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A collection of historic Images - Ronnie & Donnie Galyon


Ronnie and Donnie Galyon are the world's oldest living set of conjoined twins and also the world's only adult male conjoined twins. Born in Dayton, Ohio on October 28, 1951, the brothers, joined from the sternum to the groin, were delivered vaginally. According to Ward Hall, the twins' mother rejected them when they were born, leaving them to be raised by their father, Wesley, and later stepmother Mary. For the first two years of their lives, the twins were in and out of hospitals while doctors attempted to determine whether or not the twins could be separated. Because they share a single set of male organs, doctors decided that it was best not to separate them. They learned to walk at the age of 29 months.

Though Mr. Galyon initially vowed his sons would never be put on exhibition, he found himself with medical bills that he could not pay otherwise. The twins were exhibited in an air-conditioned trailer for most of their show careers, where they lounged about watching television while spectators peered in the window at them. The 1988 book Psychological Profiles of Conjoined Twins by J. David Smith discusses some of the in-depth tests conducted on the brothers, determining that, although their IQs are in the average range, they seem much slower due to lack of an education. They also have battled anger problems since an early age and have occasionally gotten into fist fights over the years. At the age of 14, one twin broke his foot after kicking a trailer in a fit of anger.

After politically correct backlash of the 1970s made life difficult for human freaks in the United States, Ronnie and Donnie toured Latin America, appearing with Circo Union in Mexico. In the 1980s they were managed by Ward Hall and Chris Christ and appeared with a number of other Hall & Christ freaks in Being Different in 1981.

The Galyon twins cast two votes and have two Social Security numbers, but only one passport. They are now retired from show business and living in Ohio, though are careful not to mention exactly where, since in the past they have been victims of harassment, vandalism and even threats. They bought their own house with their earnings and are quite proud of it. Their youngest brother Jim lives with them and helps look after them. They enjoy playing baseball with their brother, and their favorite team is the Cincinnati Reds. They also enjoy hunting and fishing as well as watching movies and sports on TV.

Ronnie and Donnie have mostly pleasant memories of life in the sideshow, but they enjoy the freedom of retired life and say they would not want to return to show business. When asked about separation, the brothers reply in unison, "No Way!"

 

Elizabeth Anderson - Phreeque Show

 



 

Dayton, Ohio:  Wesley Galyon and his wife hold their Siamese twin boys, Ronnie and Donnie

May 22, who were born October 28, 1951.  Youngsters, unware that they are in any way

unusual,  play together like normal babies.   United Press Telephoto 5-22-1952

 





 

 

Note information about birth date on above pitchcard is wrong

 







 

  Above images courtesy of Neil Davis

 



 

Dayton, Ohio.  Ronnie and Donnie Galyon, this city's Siamese twins, are now 20 months old and weigh 45 pounds, they left the hospital and are at home to stay now, normal in every way except for the physical abdominal connection, and are fast learning the usual pranks of healthy two year old boys.  They have two brothers and a sister.  Specialists advise against any immediate surgery.  Dayton 6-24-1953 UP Telephoto

 


 

Dayton O. Ronnie and Donnie Galyon,  Dayton's abdominelly joined twins, do not allow their handicap  to interfere with the celebration of their third birthday.   Dayton 10-27-1954 UP Telephoto

 



 

 


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