“Welcome to Gibtown, The Last ‘Freakshow’ Town in America”: The Guardian

on the social construction and theology of disability, sort of:

For those who didn’t quite fit elsewhere, Gibtown was a utopia. Its first settlers, the Giant, and his wife, the Half-Woman, ran a campsite, a bakeshop and the fire department. The post office catered to little people with extra-low counters, and the beer hall had custom-built chairs for the Fat Ladies and the Tallest Man. Special zoning regulations allowed residents to keep and train exotic animals in their gardens. Siamese-twin sisters ran a fruit stand. Three factories manufactured Ferris wheels and carousels.

Or at least that’s how Ward Hall, aka the King of Sideshow, remembers it.

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