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Framed cabinet photo and Victorian trade card of Conjoined twins sideshow performers Millie & Chirstine McKoy 1851-1912

Framed cabinet photo and Victorian trade card of Conjoined twins sideshow performers Millie & Chirstine McKoy .Also known as the "two headed nightingale" and the "Carolina twins" The girls were born into slavery in 1851 they were sold at only 10 months old to be displayed on the sideshow circuit. Millie and Christine eventually ended up in the possession of Joseph Smith, who hired them out to various road and side shows. By the age of three, they were appearing in P.T. Barnum's famed American Museum in New York City. During this period, their caretaker / manager kindapped them and they were brought to England. Smith eventually found the girls in England and, with their birth mother at his side, regained custody of them and the sisters returned to the United states. They still preformed and even when they were emancipated stayed with the Smith's. The sisters always commanded a premium over other acts and at one point preformed for the queen of England. Near the turn of the Century it was reported that the ladies made $600 a week and were able to buy back the home their birth. Comes with 2006 article of great niece Millie Marthena McCray. Cabinet photo was taken by Wesner in Los Angeles, the trade card was printed by the Strobridge lithograph Co of Cincinnati Ohio. Frame overall measures 14" x 10" gesso frame has a few small edge chips.

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