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vaudeville sideshow | Via Heather Myers

Pip Flip: "pinheads," the most tragic of common side show acts. A misshapen head resulted in limited development and early death.

A young Bob Hope, in vaudeville...

A young Bob Hope, on the right, whose vaudeville name was Leslie Hope, or later Lester, then--to make himself sound more American and tough--Bob. This is how he looked when he met Jessie touring on the Gus Sun Circuit.

1945: Vaudevillian burlesque Ventriloquist

Female Ventriloquist -via Retronaut I have the feeling this young woman didn't sell tickets b/c everyone wanted to hear her ventriloquism talents.