Now here’s a picture that’s really worth a thousand words … or more.

Caption: Charles B. Tripp the armless man and Eli Bowen the legless man. Both men traveled with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circuses in the 1890′s.


H/T Deacon Eric


  1. oldestof9 says:

    What I want to know is how “armless” got what appears to be a cigarette into his mouth.

    I know, I know…teamwork.

  2. Given to him by the legless man, no doubt!

    Funny to see than even circus acts dressed better than most people today.

  3. oldestof9 says:

    Thanks Rudy. You got me laughing………. again.

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