During the 1800s, Phineas Taylor Barnum – better known as “P.T. Barnum” – became famous as “The Great American Showman.” Barnum specialized in displaying odd and intriguing attractions to audiences who were eager to pay to see something out of the ordinary.
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10. Joice Heth
9. General Tom Thumb
8. The Warren Sisters
7. Myrtle Corbin, The Four-Legged Girl
6. Zip, The Pinhead
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1. Isaac W. Sprague, “The Human Skeleton”
It's easy to dislike P. T. Barnum for exploiting both his "exhibits" and his customers, but on the other hand, he paid his employees extremely well under their contracts, much better than he had to, and he let them keep what they earned, no charges for room and board and costumes. Very unusual in that era.
+bigstink9 That really depends on the mentally handicap.
The handicap can mean that specific thought processes can limit normal brain functions
But that does not automatically mean you can't think for yourself which is a common misconception about mentally challenged people.
Sure, there are mentally challenged people who cannot think for themselves but looking at the many forms of disabilities, its hard to put a single "mentally handicapped" label on all cases
Joyce Heth a Black slave woman DIED within just a few years after being placed on display up and down the East Coast by exploitive fortune seeking P.T. Barnum. Such a shame, she probably could have lived to be 102 if she was left alone to live out her days with her family. (What did these slave owners do with elderly slaves who could not physically work any more anyway? Food for thought!)
Actually Zip ‘the pinhead’ was perfectly ‘normal’, he did have slight learning difficulties and a smaller head than the average size, but he didn’t actually share the same condition as other famous ‘pinheads’.
In fact, on his death bed he allegedly said to his sister ‘We sure fooled them, didn’t we’.
If you saw unlike other freak shows these people were for the most part aloud to live normal lives and many would be in asylums or dead if it hadn't hired them. He let them be human beings. They married had families. Made a ton of money.
considering the fact that these people were able to make a living being in PT Barnum's show and they wouldn't have been able to other ways, he was not exploiting them. A lot of them were very angry when people jumped to that conclusion about him.
And you are doing EXACTLY the same thing, exploiting people for some personal gain, dont deny it, you are here doing it. This clip is monetized, and you dont even own the footage, so you are stealing and exploiting. It's ironic that you point the finger at PT barnham.
Wish we still had these, but like called Human Oddities. "*Be kind to the performers and exhibits. They are just normal people with a little extra special mixed in*" Though you would have to have security to throw out assholes and you would have to get rid of the stigma behind the word special.
_This is the greatest _*_shoooooow_*
_covered in all the _*_colored_*_ lights_
_the run aways are running the _*_night_*
_impossible comes true_
_it's taking over you_
*_THIS IS THE GREATEST SHOW_*
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