Bearded female

I have to share this!

6 Comments

  • October 24, 2009 - 1:13 pm | Permalink

    I did think the ad looked too 18th C to belong in the 17th. Poor woman – once her admission price dropped presumably she was no longer a spectacle.

    I’d love to hear more about your new book – and read your other one. Is it available on Amazon?

  • October 24, 2009 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I’ve found a few ads in The Times and The Morning Chronicle with the same wording but different typography, all during April-June 1829. By June the admittance price was down to 2s – she must have been old news by then!

    I love this kind of thing – I have a bearded lady as a character in the book I’m writing at the moment.

  • October 24, 2009 - 9:43 am | Permalink

    The record suggest a London publisher, but only offers the vaguest date of 1700-1799. Original in the BL. (Early English books tract supplement interim guide / C.112.f.9[180*])

  • October 24, 2009 - 9:34 am | Permalink

    Oh, I missed this post yesterday – really interesting. Do you know the date of the ad? I’m pretty sure it’s late 1820s but I could be wrong.

  • October 23, 2009 - 6:33 pm | Permalink

    I’d pay 4s to see that!

  • October 23, 2009 - 6:24 pm | Permalink

    I will send my court dwarf to get a picture…

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