The Jersey Lily
The Life of Miss Lucy
Folk were regulars on the carnival and 'freak show' scene of
Nineteenth Century America. She was born in Lexington,
Kentucky in the US of a white Englishman and a American black
woman. She was born a normal size but weighed 100lbs at 12
months, 15 stone 4 lbs at the age of ten and so on, up to her
weight at the time of the pamphlet at 40 stone and 7lbs. I have
seen postcards of her on which her weight is given as up to 48
From the age of 17
she was 'on exhibition' first with Avery's Museum in Cincinnati
and then on tour in Europe, particularly in Germany the UK where
she, of course, caused a 'sensation' and 'appeared on several
occasions before Royalty; She was said to travel with her own
bedroom and living room suite.
"In a good many
cases of fat people, you find the flesh soft and flabby, cause
by disease - dropsy being the most common complaint. If you have
not noticed the solidity and firmness of Miss Moore's flesh, pay
a return visit and convince yourself that she is in reality a
mountain of solid humanity"
She is billed here
as 'The Jersey Lily' she was also known as Alma Moore and
that her real name was Anna Chelton. According to this
pamphlet all we know is that she is 20 or older at the time of
publication and that her first visit to the UK took place in
1898 around the time she was somewhere between 17-19. Her birth
is put at about 1880.
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