Before I began looking into each of the identified persons in this collection I thought it was a mishmash of photographs. This was mostly due to some of the more unusual photos in the stash.
On the Giant website I learned Mianko Karoo toured with The Barnum & Baileys greatest show on earth and was also known as the Congo Giant. Stories vary as to his heritage. He was a native American captured and exhibited after he was civilized or he may have been an African-American or even German. There are several photos on the site, a few the same or similar to this one. At least one has the same information on the back as this one.
There was another photograph of a young lady named Isabelle Wilson, age 19 years, weight 638 lbs., height 5 ft. 1 1/2 in. The photographer was E. E. Mangold Photo of South Bend, Indiana.
Although freak shows were family entertainment and socially acceptable in the 19th century I do not believe sharing Isabelle’s photo is necessary.
This collection has become a patchwork of several families and not a jumble of unrelated photos as it appeared at first glance. Even these two oddities tell of what interested the person who saved them.
More about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
and links to previous posts in the series can be found here.
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