Monday, March 23, 2009

The Biggest Loser - Not here..

Obesity is not just a modern phenomenon as these these larger than life personalities will attest.

For early circus and sideshow stars such as Miss Lucy Moore, Big Joe, The Giant Children & Elvira, far from shedding their kilos, performers turned their fine forms into lucrative careers.
Exaggerated claims such as 'The Heaviest Female in the World' bought in huge crowds and large takings for exhibitors and individuals alike.

The accompanying posters of the time have a charm all of their own..


'Miss Lucy Moore - The Heaviest Female in the World'



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'Big Joe - The Largest Man in the World'
Photo c.1903


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'The Giant Children'.
Poster c.1906


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'Elvira'
Poster c.1925


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