The Living Skeleton

LivingSkelThe Living Skeleton (April 6, 1874 – 1947), whose real name was Peter Robinson, had a normal appearance until his early teens when his weight began to drop rapidly. Weighing in at 58 pounds, he first went on exhibition in 1895, working at Coney Island and later at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Robinson was married twice, both times to circus fat ladies. He married “Sweet Adaline” la France in 1914 and Helen “Baby Bunny” Smith in 1916. Bunny later related that he had been involved with no fewer than eight fat women before he married her. Over the years, the two were “married” over and over again for circus and sideshow promotions purposes.




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