Estelline Pike Sterilizing Her Sword

Wire-Service Photo. 7.25 x 9.25 inch UPI Photo from May 16, 1961: "Dressed in her glittering costume, Mrs. Estelline Pike, sword-swallower for the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus. Sterilizers her sword before going on. Because they gets lots of handling by skeptics who want to examine them to make certain they are real. Mrs. Pike uses a bluish oral antiseptic to clean the swords before swallowing them each time. The mouthwash leaves a peppermint flavor that takes away the metallic taste of the swords. She's been slipping swords down her throat for the past 33 years."

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