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Arteria Magna Harorti ex Sinistro by peacay, via Flickr

Arteria Magna Harorti ex Sinistro by peacay, via Flickr

This is a handbill for Harry Philips' Living Mythological Mermaid exhibit. Sideshows and exhibitions of curiosities have appeared in travelling fairs, circuses and taverns in England since the 1600s. Some of these curiosities were genuine - people born with abnormal features or those able perform extraordinary physical acts - and some of them were fake - based on illusions and tricks. These shows were a particularly popular form of entertainment during the Victorian period.

This is a handbill for Harry Philips' Living Mythological Mermaid exhibit. Sideshows and exhibitions of curiosities have appeared in travelling fairs, circuses and taverns in England since the 1600s. Some of these curiosities were genuine - people born with abnormal features or those able perform extraordinary physical acts - and some of them were fake - based on illusions and tricks. These shows were a particularly popular form of entertainment during the Victorian period.

Thomas Moffett, 1553-1604.   Insectorum sive minimorum animalium theatrum: olim ab Edoardo Wottono, Conrado Gesnero, Thomaque Pennio inchoatum. Londini: ex officinâ typographicâ T. Cotes, 1634.

Thomas Moffett, 1553-1604. Insectorum sive minimorum animalium theatrum: olim ab Edoardo Wottono, Conrado Gesnero, Thomaque Pennio inchoatum. Londini: ex officinâ typographicâ T. Cotes, 1634.

'Sea Goddesses Eurynome' by Italian mythographer & diplomat of the Italian Renaissance Vincenzo Cartari (1531-1569).

'Sea Goddesses Eurynome' by Italian mythographer & diplomat of the Italian Renaissance Vincenzo Cartari (1531-1569).

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