One in the Same
(8"x 23"x 8") 2015
Nesting dolls all fit together and remind us that we aren’t all that different from one another. We share 99% of the same DNA. But these dolls remind us that it is our differences that make things interesting. Whether we have too much hair, four legs, are too short or tall, are magenta, purple or green, or are just a little odd, we all have a story, and we are all human!
Scroll down to see photos of the fine people I used for these dolls.
LIANE DE POUGY
follies bERGERE dancer RENOWNED AS ONE OF PARIS'S MOST BEAUTIFUL & NOTORIOUS COURTESANS.
but by gum, she's fabulous
she TOURED WITH p.t. Barnum & SHE CAME TO BE KNOWN FOR HER MUSICAL SKILLS AND GRACIOUS ETIQUETTE AS MUCH AS FOR HER FACIAL HAIR.
William Hayes and Harry Benham
In 1887 they joined Burton's Circus in Australia. Soon after they broke their contract and created their own circus.
Jenny Lee & Elvira Snow
1901 (?) -1932 & 1976
Born with microcephaly and loaned out by their parents to circus freak shows for the money. They were featured in the 1932 movie "freaks."
Featured with P.T. Barnum, and later with Ringling Bros. and Coney Island. She earned enough money to retire at 19. She also married and gave birth to 4 daughters and a son.
doll # 7
Millie & Christine Mccoy
Sold by a slave owner at 10 months old. They worked for P.T. Barnum's traveling circus, and did charity work supporting African american schools and churches.
Clarence Chesterton Field Howerton 1913-1975
and Nellie D. Lane
Both were huge successes. Nellie, once known as the fattest woman in the world, appeared in movies and traveled the world 5 times.
Clarence visited with presidents, helped with war recruitment and was in "The Wizard of Oz."
From Cuba, she spoke 7 languages, and had acquired $100,000 during her years on the circuit. She married a 17 year old man when she
was 31. She was 26" tall.
Comprised of the torso and head of a juvenile monkey sewn to the back half of a fish. Common sideshow attraction.