Extra!! Eden Musee! Week Commencing Monday, Feb. 13 ... Millie Christine!
Extra!! Eden Musee! Week Commencing Monday, Feb. 13 ... Millie Christine!
[African American / Women / Sideshow].

Extra!! Eden Musee! Week Commencing Monday, Feb. 13 ... Millie Christine!

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Minneapolis: Geesaman & Murphy, Show Printers, [1888]. 19" x 7". Broadsheet, printed using the same text and images on both sides, but with some variations to the type used. Includes three separate illustrations on each side. Fold line; light creasing and a few nicks to edges; quarter- and dime-sized loss to margins, slightly affecting text/illustrations; small hole to center, affecting illustration on one side. Good.

A rare, large broadsheet promoting a week of performances at the Eden Musee in Minneapolis by Millie and Christine McKoy, conjoined African American twins billed variously as "Millie Christine," "The Carolina Twins," "The Two-Headed Nightingale," and "The Eighth Wonder of the World."

Born into slavery in North Carolina in 1851, the twins were exhibited as freaks as early as 10 months old, and sold and exhibited in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Britain before they gained their freedom after Emancipation. Their final owner, Joseph Smith, also became their benefactor, educating the girls, teaching them to dance and sing, and reuniting them with their mother. Millie and Christine would go on to tour the world, astonishing audiences with their remarkable abilities, which included singing in harmony together and speaking seven different languages. They died in 1912 of tuberculosis.

This broadsheet, which advertises the twins' talents in dramatic fashion, both textually and graphically, is particularly unusual in that the printers opted to use different type on each side, perhaps to give those who posted it options about which side to display.

Not located in OCLC.


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