Someone recently called me "eclectic." I guess that's better than "mad as a hatter." Hm.
Anyway, among my multitudinous quirks, I've lately developed a fascination with images from the sideshows and circuses of old, and particularly with the people who found employment there. It was a safe place for many people who, whether by appearance, ability, or other reasons, could not find acceptance in the straight world, including bearded ladies and transsexed performers. It was also one of the few professions which welcomed women into its ranks.
If you're interested, you may view my whole collection of vintage sideshow photos on Facebook.
After the jump are two beautiful banners by legendary sideshow artist, Snap Wyatt.