Skinny People

The emaciated individuals exhibited as living skeletons were standard dime museum fare. Often the males were paired with fat ladies and the couples presented as man and wife although only the twentieth-century living skeleton Peter Robinson is know to have actually married a fat lady. Most living skeletons suffered from degenerative diseases, tuberculosis being the most common. As their bodies wasted their muscles atrophied. Isaac Sprague, illustrated below, embarked on a show career when he found himself getting too weak for other work.

30157.

Unidentified human skeleton.

30158.

Isaac Sprague, Living Skeleton.

30159.

Mr. I.W. Sprague, Age 38 years. Height 5 feet, 5 1/2 inches. Weight 46 pounds. With his family.

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Isaac W. Sprague, Living Skeleton, 5 feet 6 inches high, weight 48 lbs. & 26 years old.

30161.

Unidentified Living Skeleton.

30162.

J.R. Garrison, age 25, wt. 55.

30163.

L.L. Dorrington written on verso.

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The Living Skeleton George Prise.

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Unidentified Human Skeleton.

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Ida Gray, age 23, wt. 40.

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Sideshow Boxers Fred Howe and George Moore.

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John William Coffey, the Skeleton Dude.

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John William Coffey, the Skeleton Dude.

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John William Coffey, the Skeleton Dude. With his assistant.

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