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Madame Polonawsky, The Bearded Lady at The Albert Palace
Madame Polonawsky, The Bearded Lady at The Albert Palace
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Madame Polonawsky, The Bearded Lady at The Albert Palace
There have been showmen as long as there have been crowds to profit from. They have exhibited all kinds of people, animals and objects for education and popular entertainment. Showmanship was a hard business. People and animals with unusual characteristics were ruthlessly exploited and there was little care for them once they lost their popularity with the audience.
1886
London Metropolitan Archives
Granger Entertainments
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