COLLECTIBLES & ANTIQUES ARE A GOOD INVESTMENT. THEY PROVIDE GREAT PLEASURE WHILE GROWING IN VALUE! WE WELCOME YOU TO CLASSICLITERATI AUCTIONS. PRESENTING A RARE ANTIQUE HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPH OF A FAMOUS CIRCUS SIDESHOW PINHEAD! “GONDIO THE MONKEY BOY”! THERE IS BOTH BAD AND GOOD NEWS! THE BAD NEWS IS THAT THE PHOTO IS VERY LIGHT. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE PHOTO IS VERY, VERY RARE & HISTORICALLY VITAL! IN ORDER TO PROPERLY SHOW THE DETAILS, BELOW IS AN ENHANCED IMAGE OF THE PHOTO! EXTREMELY EXPRESSIVE & GROTESQUE! IMAGES OF GONDIO AT THIS AGE ARE SUPER RARE & HARD TO FIND! (BELOW): FOR HISTORIC REFERENCE, COMPARE THIS UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPH OF AN OLDER AND BEARDED GONDIO WITH THE MORE POPULAR YOUNGER IMAGES. A HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL ACT! ONCE DEPORTED FROM SAN FRANCISCO! GONDIO EXHIBITED THROUGHOUT EUROPE & AMERICA! … HE ALSO TOURED WITH THE LEGENDARY RINGLING BROTHERS CIRCUS! GONDIO (or “GONDINO RAO”) TOURED AS A PART OF VARIOUS PINHEAD TROUPES. ALSO WITH AN ALLEGED SISTER “APEXIA”. NOSTALGIC HISTORY FROM THE OLD TIME CIRCUS! MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 3 ½ x 5 INCHES! Visit Our Classicliterati Auctions Each Week For.. Fascinating, Historic & Unique Collectible Treasures! Regarded by Collectors Worldwide as the Leading Specialist in Masonic, Knights Templar, Odd Fellows, Fraternal and other Secret Society Antiques & Collectibles! We also Feature Many Other Fascinating Collectibles from Throughout the World! We Treat You Like Royalty!! This is an authentic and very, very rare original antique circa photograph of a Circus Sideshow Pinhead known as Gondio and also Godiono. Allegedly from either India or Burma, this man who was afflicted with the medical condition of Microcephally toured as part of several groups: “The Himalayan Family, “Les Himalayas and sometimes appeared beside a very short and equally afflicted female pinhead who they billed as his sister (but was not). A controversial act even in its day, Gondio and his fellow Himalayan pinheads were once depoted by United States officials to a port in Europe. This is an actual photograph that was developed onto postcard stock (a common technique at the time). As can be seen here, the picture is very light. In order to show details, we also present the same image with enhancement. There are some creases, corner bumps and routine staining. But the picture is a true rarity nonetheless. A great addition to any collection. It measures arpproximately 3 ½ x 5 inches. We regularly feature extremely attractive and also very rare, top quality antiques including among the finest in Fraternal and Masonic Swords and Historic Relics as well as many other fascinating items. Among our clients are Museums and Archives as well as many collectors the world over. Please keep checking our Classicliterati auctions. We try to describe items to the best of our ability. While completely unacceptable in modern times, the exhibition of mentally deficient individuals was once extremely popular in circuses, sideshows and carnivals. They have their place alongside the Celebrated Freaks such as Jo-Jo the Russian Dog Faced Man, Lionel the Lion Faced Boy, Zip the “What-Is-It” Pinhead, the “Midget” Tom Thumb, “Bearded Lady” Annie Jones, “Armless Wonder” Charles Tripp, “Legless” Eli Bowen, Siamese Twins Chang & Eng and other historic marvels. Many of whom we know from photographs by Matthew Brady, Charles Eisenmann, Frank Wendt or the Swords brothers. This item is a GENUINE PERIOD ORIGINAL! No part or parts of this ad may be reproduced without permission. The item “GONDIO PINHEAD Rare Antique Circus SIDESHOW FREAK PHOTO Monkey Boy! MICROCEPHALY” is in sale since Sunday, April 29, 2018. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Photographic Images\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)\Other Antique Photographs”. The seller is “classicliterati” and is located in New York, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Original/Reprint: Original Print
- Subject: CIRCUS FREAK PINHEAD P.T. BARNUM MEDICAL DISEASE
- Size Type/Largest Dimension: Small (Up to 7”)
- Listed By: Dealer or Reseller