Snake People

Snake charming was introduced to American shows as a form of ballyhoo (promotion, marketing), a compelling spectacle to attract crowds to the entrance. Originally a male profession, snake charming was infiltrated by women after 1870. Showmen quickly realized that exhibiting lady snake charmers was a whole new game with much more interesting implications than the traditional male snake acts. Consequently, female snake charmers had become universal by the 1880s.

30053.

Circassian Snake Woman.

30171.

Wonderful Spotted Boy, and his Companion (or huge Boa Constrictor.)

30172.

Unidentified Snake Lady.

30173.

Amy Arlington, Snake Lady.

30174.

Unidentified Snake Lady.

30175.

Unidentified Snake Lady.

30176.

Amy Arlington, Snake Lady.

30177.

Unidentified Snake Lady.

30178.

Unidentified Snake Lady.

30179.

Millie Betra, the Serpent Queen.

30180.

Alnetta, Snake Charmer.

30181.

Unidentified Snake Lady.

30182.

Alnetta Snake Charmer.

30183.

Little Flora, the Child Snake Charmer.

30184.

Unidentified Snake Man.

30185.

M’lle. Viola.

30186.

Unidentified Snake Lady.

30187.

Unidentified Snake Lady.

30188.

Delarnagenta, Snake Charmer.

30189.

Unidentified Snake Lady.

30190.

Miss Bonobia.

30693.

Miss Clio-Snake Charmer.

30694.

Willis Brackett. Snake Handler.

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