Handicapped

The category and designation "Handicapped" on showhistory.com is one that considers that many persons who sold their likenesses as souvenirs, may not have been performers per-se. Nor did some appear in a sideshow or dime museum venue, but instead plied the streets and byways for their living.

Freak, disabled, handicapped or helpless, they nonetheless chose to make portraits of themselves which they sold while on exhibit. Many of these performers travelled, going from town to town displaying themselves in public, occasionally for pay, but always in the realm of public display whereby they could sell their pitchcards-- or more properly "pity cards," or any other items they sold to make a living.