Bailey Bros Circus Sideshow circa 1948

 


Were Eko and Iko really savages? Cannibals? Ambassadors from Mars?

 

Were the light-skinned brothers black or white?

 

Sometimes, the brothers would do as they had throughout their careers: They would oblige the curious.

 

The gawkers were disappointed. Those who did see Eko and Iko -- the names bestowed upon the brothers by sideshow promoters -- didn't gaze upon the fearsome creatures they'd heard about -- savages with wild hair and tribal loincloths.

 

Instead, in their place stood two men. Willie Muse, 68, and George Muse, 71.

 

Old men, retired from the circus after more than 60 years. No massive dreadlocks. No Martian insignia. George's close-cropped hair was white, Willie's was reduced to peach fuzz.

 

They had been wild men. Trapped in a cage. Forced to eat raw meat.


Pages from History

A collection of historic Images - Willie and George Muse

 

 


 


 


 

Eko and Iko the Straw Haired Boy Ringling Circus 1937 


 

Eko and Iko Wild Men from Borneo Dec. 1935

 


 


 

Big Combined Sideshow Performer's Band

 


 

Eko & Iko Sheep-Headed Men

 


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