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Pauline Marie Elizabeth Wehde (Marianne Wehde, but also known as Marianne Wedde) was born in the Benkendorf (near Halle), Germany on 31 January 1866. She began touring at age 16, first in England and then in France and Ireland. In 1882 she was advertised as the soon-to-be bride of giant man Joseph Drasal. She was also known as the Giant Amazon Queen.

Pauline Marie Elizabeth Wehde (Marianne Wehde, but also known as Marianne Wedde)…

Companies of street acrobats could make as much as 100pounds a year. These acrobats are performing in Henry Mayhew's London Labour and the London Poor, 1851.

Companies of street acrobats could make as much as a year. These acrobats are performing in Henry Mayhew's London Labour and the London Poor, vintage newspaper pictoral report in etching and litho print circus performance illustration

A music hall show at London's Empire Theatre (1898). Seven acrobats perform a balancing feat, with the help of two horses.

A music hall show at London's Empire Theatre Seven acrobats perform a balancing feat, with the help of two horses.

Circa 1865: A Victorian girl reads a book, her skirts hitched up to show her thick, knee length stockings. Photo: London Stereoscopic Company, Getty Images / Hulton Archive

Show A Leg Caption:circa A Victorian girl reads a book, her skirts hitched up to show her thick, knee length stockings.

Anuncio de la sirena. Fue fraude, evidentemente.

Mr Harry Phillips "Living Mythological Mermaid" exhibit at The Royal Aquarium, 1886

Doubles and Doppelgangers. | 9 Terrifying Urban Legends From Victorian London

9 Terrifying Urban Legends From Victorian London

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