Since the Garden of Eden, we have been fascinated by and been scared by the presence of the many species of this awesome creature. Down through the years, the showman has presented snakes to the public in many different formats, sometimes shocking, sometimes purely 'educational', however it was always known that the public was ready and willing to pay to be enlightened, frightened, or perhaps grossed out.

 

The sideshow, or '10 in 1', more often than not included a snake charmer or handler, probably female and presented in an 'exotic' manner.

 


 

 

Pages from History

A collection of historic Images - Snake Charmers

 


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Calcutta Monster


Snake Charmer & Snakes

JOSEPHINE MARTINEZ


A Winter at Kelvin Hall Snake Girl

How to Pet.....a Python Big Snake Alive

T.W. Bennett Sideshow Show Snake Girls Octavia the Yankee Snake Charmer

Myrtie with Her Snakes MILLIE DE GRANVILLE & HER 30'ANACONDA

Hawaiian Joe Snake Handler

1953 Snake Charmer Tanit Ikao & Her Boa Brood


BUT THERE ARE NO SNAKES IN "OKLAHOMA"

Images of Tanit Ikao

   


 

Senorita Carmen - Ringling Bros Sideshow - Snake Trainer

 


 

 


 

 


 

1895 CYANOTYPE SNAKE CHARMER


SNAP WYATT's  SNAKE CHARMER


 

 


 

 

Circus: The Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier
Mademoiselle Octavia, Snake Charmer, circa 1901


The lady snake charmer was a staple feature of the sideshow at the turn of the 20th century. Known as the “Yankee Snake Charmer,” Octavia toured with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. In a time when long skirts and sleeves were the established fashion, Octavia’s form-fitting, sleeveless outfit covered with writhing snakes provided a sensual aspect to her act.


 

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Rose Beauchamp - Snake Charmer

 


 

 


 

    

 


 

The Snake Woman Saite Layton 1947 Cole Bros. Circus


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

Chas LaMar


 

 


 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

   

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 



 

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