FREAKS DRAW LARGE CROWDS
Biggest Collection of Live and Museum Curiosities Here
Curious crowds gave
a rushing business Christmas day, according to the management of
opened Wednesday for a stay of a week in Wichita, at 122 West
museum includes what is said to be the largest collection of live
and museum freak now traveling the country.
feature of the show is a Japanese wood-carving valued at $25,000,
his carving is the statue
Carver life sized and, according to authorities, the most perfect
anatomical reproduction ever Carved. It was assembled by the
carver from over 2000 pieces of wood with an ordinary carving
included are a number of live freaks. Ralph Johnson billed as the
man a remarkable curiosity. A woman whose bones have never
matured and has always lied in a reclining position. A
mentalist believed to be Americas youngest, a magician, a horse
like man, and many others.
the museum section are a endless variety of curious and
interesting exhibits. Among them are complete
illustrations of many of Robert Ripley's "believe it ore not"
items, in reproduction of the world fames freaks of P.T. Barnum's
original museum, the most perfectly preserved human body mummified
by natural causes that is known today, example of shrunken and
preserved human heads taken by Ecuadorian Headhunting Indians and
a hundred unusual exhibits.
Ito on display Maui 1927
MUSEUM FREAK MODELS SHOWN
Successor to P. T.
Barnum's Great Show Will Be Exhibited Here
One of the largest and
most unusual traveling museums of freaks and curiosities to the
world is the attraction offered Wichita for Christmas and the days
immediately following at 122 West Douglas. It terms itself
the successor to P. T. Barnum's great show and among its
many exhibits includes wax models of the freak made famous by the
first great show man.
Both live and museum
freaks are included in the many exhibits. The most valuable
and one of the most interesting exhibit is the original
self-sculpture of Ito Hamachi the greatest of all Japanese
The statue is life
size and was fashioned by Ito over a period of many years with an
ordinary carving knife. More than 2000 separate pieces of
wood were used in the statue, and it generally said to be
the most perfect piece of anatomical reproductions in the world.
It is valued at $25,000.
Ito carved his statue
more than 70 years ago, but it is perfectly preserved even to the
hair which he plucked and transplanted from his own head one
single hair at a time.
Among the live
entertainers and freaks are Professor Davidson magician, Miss
Lucille the youngest mentalist in the country, who gives an
interesting and clever demonstration of mental telepathy and mind
reading, Eco the horse like man, one of the most versatile and
inspiring freaks in the business; Alfred the amphibian boy, one of
natures curiosities; and Medusa, goddess of the son a woman who
never since her birth on a Japanese sailing vessel on route to the
United States from Australia has stood or set upright.
Medusa's bones have never matured and are as flexible as India
exhibition in the museum section is a collection of shrunken and
mummified heads, made by the Ecuador head-hunting Indians.
The collection is very valuable and is the only on e of its kind
which is displayed in a traveling museum. The four others
that exist are in large eastern museums.
exhibit is one illustrating with the articles. Many of the
"Believe or Not" items appearing in Robert Ripley's daily feature
in the Beacon. Among these are the platypus, the four legged
animal that lays eggs like a chicken, and an exhibit which proves
that the emblems of the Elks Lodge are made from the tusks of a
walrus, not from the antlers of the elk.
A wide variety of
other freaks and museum curiosities are also displayed.
Among these are the
most perfectly preserved mummified body in existence, loaned to
the museum by a Kansas City undertaking establishment: several
antique and valuable paintings; a dress made in Japan for the
famous actress Jeanne Engle's,
(a former Ziegfield star, died 1926)
at a cost of more than $3,000, and others.
Photograph courtesy of Lynne Bell
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