Original Photo Hairy Family Mandalay Burma Bourne & Shepherd Scarce C.1880
Bourne & Shepherd1880
The Hairy Family of Burma were four generations of a nineteenth-century Burmese family who suffered from congenital hypertrichosis lanuginose[excessive hairiness]. The earlier generations of the family were kept at the royal court as entertaining curiosities and mascots, where they were believed to bring good luck if touched. The later generations entered show business and were exhibited for money, most notably by P.T. Barnum, who advertised them as The Sacred Hairy Family of Burma under the slogan ‘Touch them for luck!’
‘They do not come heralded as freaks or monstrosities,’ insisted Barnum, ‘but as pure, long-established types of the most weird, peculiar, distinct race of mankind of whom there is any trace or record.’
(Ref: http://www.19thcenturyphotos.com/The-Hairy-Family-of-Burma-124609.htm)
Bourne & Shepherd: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bourne_%26_Shepherd Image size - 242 x 180 mm Mount size - 298 x 203 mm
Size: 242 x 180 Mm