Mrs. Meyers, Bearded Lady

One of P.T. Barnum’s sideshow performers, circa 1880s. From the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection.

To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.

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