Conjoined twins, Daisy & Violet, were born in Brighton, England on 5th February 1908.
The sisters were given away by their birth Mother to her boss and midwife Mary Hilton, who trained and fully exploited them for monetary gain. Their hugely successful Vaudeville act toured the world in the 1920s - Violet played the piano while Daisy played the violin.
After a court case in the early 1930s, they finally gained their freedom, a large sum of money as compensation, and became citizens of the US, where they hosted their own show The Hilton Sisters Revue. The twins also featured in a number of films including Freaks (1932), and Chained for Life (1950).
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What great fun this 1916 poster for the 'Luna Ball' is. I love the man in the blue suit, on the top right, desperately holding on, with a big demented smile on his face, and also the expressions of the onlookers...
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The Vintage Venus blog started in 2008 as a collection of vintage photographs, postcards, posters and related interests, to complement our website of the same name.
In 2016 our website had a change of direction and name, and now exists as Venus Valentino.
Still passionate about our vintage roots, we are now also exploring our love for abstract art and design. But the one constant theme, ever present, is the allure of femininity .. ..this is the spirit in which Venus Valentino continues.
Many of the images on this blog are available as Fine Art Prints via our website at http://venusvalentino.com.au
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