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“In the 1860s P. T. Barnum exhibited women as Circassian beauties. They wore a distinctive hair style, which had no precedent in earlier portrayals of Circassians, but was soon copied by other performers, known as “moss haired girls”.    “These were typically presented Turkish sexual slaves who had escaped the harem for freedom in America.    “Their distinctive hairstyle were held in place by the use of beer.”    - Wikipedia

“In the 1860s P. T. Barnum exhibited women as Circassian beauties. They wore a distinctive hair style, which had no precedent in earlier portrayals of Circassians, but was soon copied by other performers, known as “moss haired girls”. “These were typically presented Turkish sexual slaves who had escaped the harem for freedom in America. “Their distinctive hairstyle were held in place by the use of beer.” - Wikipedia

McCausland residence in Lexington, MO used as a hospital during the Civil War. Missouri History Museum

McCausland residence in Lexington, MO used as a hospital during the Civil War. Missouri History Museum

Rare CDV of Woman with Afro Holding a Python Taken by the famous sideshow and celebrity photographer Charlese Eisenmann.

Rare CDV of Woman with Afro Holding a Python Taken by the famous sideshow and celebrity photographer Charlese Eisenmann.

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