Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

8/8/2012

Bearded dwarfs, headless girls and The Man Without a Stomach: Fascinating LIFE photos show the bizarre (and politically incorrect) acts at a pre-war West Virginia county fair

Hermaphrodites revealing their bodies, bearded dwarfs dancing for curious onlookers and monkeys racing in motorcars – they are the acts that would be lambasted as politically incorrect by today’s crowds.

But in the summer of 1938, they were the treats that enticed more than 100,000 people in West Virginia to part with their cash.

These intriguing photographs, reprinted by LIFE for the first time since they appeared in the magazine in September 1938, give modern audiences a view into the bizarre world of the rural country fair of the pre-war era. for more click here

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