Alice E. Doherty was born in 1887 with a rare genetic mutation called “hypertrichosis”, or “werewolf syndrome”, which causes excessive body hair. She was billed as “The Minnesota Woolly Baby”. At birth, she was covered all over in two-inch long, silky blonde hair. She began exhibiting as a sideshow “freak” at the age of two, and remained in the business until 1915.
Frieda Pushnik was born on 10 February 1923 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Although healthy, Frieda was born without arms or legs — caused, Frieda said, by a botched appendectomy performed on her mother. Despite her lack of limbs Frieda taught herself to perform many useful tasks, some of which would become part of her act. Pushnik spent six years with Ripley, but in 1943 Frieda joined the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus Sideshow, becoming a member of their 'Congress of Freaks'.
Could these pictures dated from the 1930s of a supposed apeman found in the jungles of Brazil be proof for the much sought after missing link? His giant lips and furrowed brow and awkward monkey-like gait appear to be simian, and the Dutch magazine Het Leven, which published them in 1937, certainly seemed convinced, describing the pictures as those of a "mystery apeman".
Barney (born 1827) and his older brother Hiram were two mentally impaired dwarves who were born and raised on an Ohio farm. Despite their tiny size:said to stand 4o inches and weigh 45 lbs. Farm labor had made them strong, endowing them with the ability to lift heavy weights (up to 300 lbs) They were given the stage names Waino and Plutanor, two gentlemen from the exotic land of Borneo. Years later, they were hired for P.T. Barnum’s travelling shows. Hiram passed way in 1905; Barney in 1912.