Harley Mankin, a.k.a. “The Frog Man”

A contortionist and acrobat, Harley Mankin was known for “[Doing} What No Other Man Kin”, i.e., acting like a frog.  Dressed in a frog costume, he’d leap and bound around the stage, on and off high and dangerous platforms and rigging, often designed to look like lily pads.  Born this day in 1888 into a circus family he began performing in vaudeville, carnivals and circuses around 1903, touring the entire world with his mother. He was a big time Keith act through the 1920s, retiring around 1930 to his own little frog pond. He passed away in 1969.

To find out more about  the history of vaudevilleconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

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