Lot 75: RARE c. 1870 Eli Bowen, Wife and Child CDV Photograph (Circus Freak The Legless Acrobat)

Lot 75: RARE c. 1870 Eli Bowen, Wife and Child CDV Photograph (Circus Freak The Legless Acrobat)

Sold: $25

One Source Auction and Estate Services

May 17, 2019 5:00 PM EST
Canandaigua, NY, US

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Item Overview

Description: Philadelphia: A. Newman Photographer. Eli Bowen was an American sideshow performer known as "The Legless Wonder", or "The Legless Acrobat". He was also billed as "The Handsomest Man in Showbiz" and the "Wonder of the Wide, Wide World". His peak weight was 140 pounds, his height - 24 inches. Eli Bowen, the Legless Acrobat, was a native of Ohio and the only physically abnormal child in a family of ten children. His condition, phocomelia or "seal limbs", manifested itself in such a way that his feet protruded directly from his pelvis without intervention of any of the bones that would normally make up the leg. Bowen learned to walk on his arms using wooden blocks to provide ground clearance for his hips. The tremendous strength he developed in his arms and chest allowed him to perform all manner of climbing and tumbling stunts. At the age of thirteen, Bowen joined a traveling wagon show. Part of his stage routine consisted of swinging on a tall pole. In the course of his long career he went on to work with many of the premier circuses and dime museums of the day, including those run by Sells Brothers, Adam Forepaugh, and P. T. Barnum. In 1870, Bowen married a 16-year-old beauty, Mattie Haines. Together they produced a family of four boys: Frank, Robert, Adrian and Victor. In later years, Bowen created a sensation when he would team up with Canadian armless wonder Charles Tripp. Together — in a famous photograph — the two would pilot a tandem bicycle: Bowen steering while Tripp pedaled. Please ask specific questions on details, condition, and shipping prior to bidding, ALL ITEMS ARE SOLD AS IS, and bidder will be responsible for payment. We box and ship what we can to keep costs low, and use USPS and UPS. Large items, extremely fragile, and high value items will be packed by UPS. Quotes available on request

Dimensions: 2.5" x 3.75"

Condition Report: Good Condition with some wear (see pics)

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By One Source Auction and Estate Services

May 17, 2019, 5:00 PM EST

Canandaigua, NY, US

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