May 26, 2011

Boy Without Limbs Exhibited at Zoo, Rockcastle, 1899


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[January 20, 1899] -

Mrs. J. A. Franklin, of Conway, this county, has been engaged by the Cincinnati Zoo Garden at $15 per week and expenses for her family to exhibit her two-months old boy baby that was born without arms or legs.  The child is strong and healthy and bids fair to grow up to manhood.  This remarkable freak of nature, should it live, will be exhibited throughout the world as it is the only known instance where a child was born without limbs and lived. [1]


[1] Excerpt from "Local and Otherwise." Mt. Vernon Signal, Mount Vernon, KY. January 20, 1899. Page 4. LOC.

1 comment:

deborah richardson said...

I have no words for this....however, my curiosity won out and I checked an inflation calculator and found that $15.00 in 1899 equals $416.67 in 2014.

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