creepy "baby venus" 5 year old girl very rare circus or sideshow personality
creepy "baby venus" 5 year old girl very rare circus or sideshow personality
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Weird and very rare cabinet card of "Baby Venus", who was billed as a child "with a woman's development". Creepy, right?! However, this is a very rare sideshow image. 

A contemporary mention: "Only child-woman known in the world and A human paradox , this information is given:
Born in Massachusetts, Dec 18th, 1879. Weight, 65 pounds. Height 3 feet, 7 inches.
Address all communications to Col. Jesse W. Foster, Manager, 244 N. 8th, Philadelphia, Pa.
Obituary found in several newspapers says she died April 20, 1885: Ethel Ward, known to the world as Orinda, the Baby Venus, died in Chicago. She was born in Massachusetts in 1879 and physically was a matured woman."
Overall in very good antique condition. 6.5" x 4.25" with blank, undamaged back. 
 
Boxed & insured Priority Mail.