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A photo montage of two tattooed circus performers for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Betty Broadbent (circa 1930s) and Frank Howard (circa 1898), from the collections of Circus World Museum

vintage everyday: 39 Gorgeous Vintage Photos of Tattooed Ladies in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries Betty Broadbent

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☆ Very first televised Beauty Pageant held at the World’s Fair in 1937 Featured Contestant Betty Broadbent a well-known and Heavily Tattooed Circus Attraction.☆

Betty Broadbent (Nov. 1st, 1909-March 28th, 1983). Betty was the Tattooed Lady for Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus. She developed an interest in tattoos early in life, and eventually sported over 500 of them on her body. Betty learned how to tattoo herself and traveled the world inking people before her death in 1983.

Betty Broadbent (1909-1983), the Tattooed Lady. traveled with Ringling Brothers Circus in the 1930s and was a star attraction for years.

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