The Legless Acrobat

"Most people go through life dreading they’ll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They’ve already passed their test in life. They’re aristocrats.     - Diane Arbus, c. 1971

Carte de visite c. 1875, depicting Eli Bowen (1844-1924), wife Mattie (Haines) and son.

More on Eli Bowen’s life here

Card found in antique photograph album purchased at Market Square, Kingston, Ontario ~1995

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