BaD Jul 27, 2020 - Monkey Boy
27/31 Blythe A Day
The exhibition of freaks, monstrosities or marvels of nature were essential components of travelling exhibitions in Europe and America throughout the Victorian period. What was saleable as far as the freak was concerned was, of course, physical difference, in a form that was both marketable & palatable.
An essential part of the telling of the tale consisted of wonderfully & medically impossible reasons to explain to the audience the history of the person they were going to see. The most popular attractions were oddities with extraordinary talents, who could do supposedly normal things despite their disabilities.
Hirsute or bearded attractions would range from Jo Jo the Dog Faced Boy & the famous fake show Hairy Mary from Borneo, which was in reality a monkey.