Letter to Pete Hennen from Charlotte Vagel




New York April 17, 75


Dear Pete!


Received your letter, & I also waited quite a while for you to answer.


I am glad Janare O.K. and hope you had good Bis - I imagine it must be good in Florida?


Dear Pete - I don't want to put  you through too much trouble - to put on a super Show - it may all be O.K. but you know I am afraid to travel again and am sorry to have to tell you dear - since I feel not as well as I should feel.  I don't want to go out again - am afraid it will be too-hard for me, as I am always tired.  I am sorry to have to disappoint you - but you will get very good alone with out me - lets always be good friends and have a good Season give my Regards to your Parents & All those I know. Ben still work's he send his Regards.


I hope we meet sometimes again


Love Susie & Puppi.





SUZY Nature's Enigma

A puzzle to the entire scientific world





This young lady was born with no normal face (as you can see) but with the strangest body the world has ever known.  She peels the skin on her face nightly.  She is the only child of normal Swiss parents and was born in the year 1925 as the most remarkable Human-Enigma.  For many years doctors used her as a fit study to demonstrate a miracle to medical science, but could not help her to be the same as you.


This young lady cannot shed tears, neither can she perspire, because pores and tear-ducks are closed since birth and the only relief from the summer heat is "By using ice on her body."  She eats well: was educated by private tutors.  She is happy and contented but advised not to marry.  She hopes by showing  her strange body to you to prove that life is still worthwhile living.


Here best wishes are extended to you.

Her Manager


Ringling Circus 1960




The Elephant Skin Girl


KORDJE was born in Vienna, Austria, 23 years ago of normal parents as their only child.  Gather and mother perfect in every respect.  Grandparents also normal. Kordje was born into the world with the skin or hide like that of an Elephant. She cannot shed tears and cannot sweat: nether can an Elephant.  Kordje has been examined by Doctors and the Medical Fraternity all over Europe, lately of U. S. A., not because she needed a doctor, but because she was a fit subject to be examined for their benefit, as she is the most remarkable person living and Europe's greatest curiosity.  Kordje is never sick, and never complains.  She has a beautiful face and a remarkable body; she is bright, smart, intelligent; eats and sleeps well.  Kordje will gladly answer any question.


Kordje is the greatest living sensation ever shown in America, and is under personal management of Mr. Julius Kuchnel.  Come to see this living wonder, Nature's greatest mistake.


A Feature Sensation

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