were the same as any other close group. Jokes among each
other were common, and all were targets for teasing, within
the group, As in any family there were misunderstandings and
minor anger, but they were always a protectiveness and
caring group. They/we looked out for, and loved, each other.
"Freaks" tended to be fiercely independent, inasmuch as they
were, and are, special people.
To further answer your many questions, <G> (I hope I make a
good speech!) I have heard all kinds of claims of very high
wages paid to them, but logistics indicate the absurdity of
The general price of a ticket was a quarter, and often that
went down to 15 cents. With six or seven real "freaks at
each show, math says about $100-$200 a week. (I was well
paid at $75.00 weekly! that was a bunch of money in the 40's
Finally, the owners, although appearing to be "hard guys"
treated the oddities on their shows with caring, awareness,
and respect... They were often the only real "parents" these
people, (and I) had!
I think I skipped a couple of things. The "Freaks augmented
their incomes with dime cards, and generally audiences were
respectful... Most, if not all, The "congress" put on a good
show, and the few hecklers were fielded well...and
Slim Price: January 27, 1998