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Nina Leen  was a Russian-born American photographer and a constant contributor to LIFE  magazine. A self-taught photographer she never becam...

Nina Leen was a Russian-born American photographer and a constant contributor to LIFE magazine. A self-taught photographer she never becam...

Nina Leen, ‘Circus aerialist Bella Attardi, hanging on rope practicing aerial ballet for Ringling Bros.’ 1949

Nina Leen, ‘Circus aerialist Bella Attardi, hanging on rope practicing aerial ballet for Ringling Bros.’ 1949

ELLA KATE EWING (1872-1913): According to her publicity, Ella Kate Ewing, the Missouri Giantess, was 8 feet, 4 ½ inches tall, though her true height was closer to 7'3". She was born on March 9, 1872, in Louis County, Missouri, weighing seven and a half pounds at birth and grew normally until she was 9.  She died of pneumonia at the age of 40 and was extremely self-conscience of her size 24 feet until her death.

ELLA KATE EWING (1872-1913): According to her publicity, Ella Kate Ewing, the Missouri Giantess, was 8 feet, 4 ½ inches tall, though her true height was closer to 7'3". She was born on March 9, 1872, in Louis County, Missouri, weighing seven and a half pounds at birth and grew normally until she was 9. She died of pneumonia at the age of 40 and was extremely self-conscience of her size 24 feet until her death.

vintage everyday: Daily Life of Circus Girls in Sarasota, Florida, ca. 1949 http://www.vintag.es/2014/01/daily-life-of-circus-girls-in-sarasota.html ~

vintage everyday: Daily Life of Circus Girls in Sarasota, Florida, ca. 1949 http://www.vintag.es/2014/01/daily-life-of-circus-girls-in-sarasota.html ~

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