Don’t call ‘em freaks!
Robert Ripley set up his first Believe It Or Not! museum - the Odditorium- at the 1933 Century Of Progress exposition, and things only kept getting weirder and weirder from there! The exhibits ranged from artifacts from Ripley’s personal collection, to ordinary folks with amazing talents. Such was the shock of seeing them in person that at the 1933 Odditorium, a nurse was needed to handle as many as 100 people fainting each day. Ripley always disliked the term “freak”, and would always refer to his performers as “human marvels”.
Seen here at Ripley’s New York Odditorium in 1940 are:
Charlie Romahn - contortionist.. note the position of his legs!
Edna Price - Sword and neon light swallower
Alfred Langevin - He breathes through his eye!
Dr. Mayfield - The fire-proof man… he would put out a blowtorch with his tongue!
Horace Riddler aka. The Great Omi - Tattooed wonder
Joe Laurello - His head turns 180 degrees
Zorita Lambert - Glass and metal eater
The Great Waldo - Master regurgitator… don’t worry, that mouse makes it out unharmed!
I hope to finish a Robert Ripley tribute piece soon too….