Jobeide Luti, Circassian Lady.
Gen. Grant, Jr. Aged 15 years. Height 27 inches. Weighs 18 lbs. Now on exhibition at Barnum’s Museum.
The Fairy Wedding Party. Mr. & Mrs. Genl. Tom Thumb, Commodore Nutt and Miss Winnie Warren. Feb. 10, 1863.
Prominent Portraits. No. 4751. Major Charles Colvin, height 23 in., weight only 12 lbs. He is being held by the giantess Anna Swan.
Prominent Portraits. No. 4617. Major Charles Colvin, height 23 in., weight only 12 lbs. According to Kunhardt, P.T. Barnum, America’s Greatest Showman, page 173, the man at left is John Drummond and on right is “Professor Cromwell.” Barnum often added the titled ‘Professor’ to the names of his employees.
Prominent Portraits. No. 3918. Zuruby Hannum (Pearl of the Sea) the Circassian Girl, at Barnum’s Museum.
Prominent Portraits-The Stage. No. 2128. Zuruby Hannum, the Circassian Girl, at Barnum’s Museum.
Prominent Portraits. No. 3922. Zuruby Hannum (Pearl of the Sea) and Zuluma Agra, (Star of the East) the Circassian Girls, at Barnum’s Museum.
Prominent Portraits. No. 5540. Mammoth Fat Boy, (Barnum’s Museum), age 16 years, weights 526 pounds, measures across the shoulders three feet two inches, round the waist six feet three inches.
Mrs. Anna Bates, 8 feet tall. Anna Swan, the “Nova Scotia Giant Girl,” who married Captain M.V. Bates.
Anna Haining Bates (née Swan; August 6, 1846 – August 5, 1888), was a Canadian woman famed for her great stature of 7 feet 11 inches. Her parents were of average height and were Scottish immigrants.
Anna Swan was born at Mill Brook, New Annan, Nova Scotia. At birth she weighed 16 pounds. She was the third of 13 children, all of the others being around average height. From birth she grew very quickly. On her fourth birthday she was 4 feet 6 inches tall. On her 6th birthday she was measured again, and she stood 5 feet 2 inches tall, an inch or two shorter than her mother. On her 11th birthday she stood 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighed 203 pounds. By her 15th birthday Bates was 7 feet tall. She reached her full height three years later. Her feet measured 14.2 inches long.
Swan excelled at literature and music and was considered to be very intelligent. She also excelled at her studies of acting, piano and voice. She played Lady Macbeth in one play. At one time, she nearly burned to death when Barnum’s museum was destroyed by fire. The stairs were in flames and she was too large to escape through a window. She did get help and escaped safely. She normally weighed 340 pounds. When visiting a circus in Halifax with which Martin Van Buren Bates — another enormously tall person — was travelling, Swan was spotted by the promoter and hired on the spot. The giant couple became a touring sensation and eventually fell in love and, on June 17, 1871, in St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, they married.
In 1872, Bates and her husband purchased 130 acres of land and had furniture made to their specifications. Martin supervised the construction of the house. The main part of the house had fourteen-foot ceilings, while the doors were extra wide and were eight feet tall. The back part of the house was built an average size for servants and guests.
Bates conceived two children with Martin. The first was a girl born on May 19, 1872; she weighed 18 pounds and died at birth. While touring in the summer of 1878, Anna was pregnant for the second time. The boy was born on January 18, 1879, and survived only 11 hours. He was the largest newborn ever recorded, at 23 pounds 9 ounces and nearly 30 inches tall; each of his feet was six inches long. For this he was posthumously awarded a Guinness World Record.
The Bateses resumed touring with the W.W. Cole Circus in the summer of 1879, and again in the spring of 1880. Bates spent her remaining years quietly on the farm that she and her husband owned. She had joined the local Baptist Church in 1877 and attended services with her husband.
Bates died suddenly and unexpectedly of heart failure in her sleep at her home on August 5, 1888, one day before her 42nd birthday.
Monsieur Joseph, Ex-officier de l’armee francaise. Ancient officer in the French Army. The most enormous Giant living. 8 feet 4 inches high. Weighing 400 pounds. Exhibiting at Barnum’s Museum, New York.
Figi Cannibals. Imported by P.T. Barnum for his Great Show. Ko Ratu Masi Moa. Ki Na Bose Yaco.
An Infant Female-Esau, 2 1/2 Years old. Whole body covered with hair. Now at Barnum’s Museum.
Miss Adelaide Powers, The Kentucky Mammoth Lady, Age 24 years. Weighs 490 lbs. Now on Exhibition at Barnum’s Museum.
Sam’l Bishop, Mammoth Fat Boy, 2 years old. Weighs 220 lbs. Now on exhibition at Barnum’s Museum.
William Wallace, the Scottish Dwarf. 15 years old; 23 inches high; weighs 24 lbs. Now at Barnum’s Museum.
General Tom Thumb and Wife, Commodore Nutt and Miss Minnie Warren, in the identical costumes worn before the Emperor Louis Napoleon and the Empress Eugenie, at the Palace of the Tuileries, Nov. 29, 1864.
General Tom Thumb and Wife, Commodore Nutt and Miss Minnie Warren, in the identical costumes worn before Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, at Windsor Castle, June 24, 1865.