For World Snake Day: On Side Show Snake Charmers

I was going to share this carte de visite of Mlle. Octavia, Queen of the Reptile World, a star of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and let it go at that for this World Snake Day, but then came across this definitive visual survey of sideshow snake charmers on Sideshow World — you won’t regret going there to check it out.

Modern snake charming originated in India, then made its way to American circuses and sideshows. For many seasons, the star Snake Charmer of Coney Island USA has been the statuesque Serpentina. If you’re in NYC, go check her and the rest of the sideshow out — they’ll be there all summer!