Madam DeBarcsy, Capt. Nicu, Strongman, Sharpshooter

This oversized studio photo by FRITZ LEYDE of Berlin is a rare treasure. Lovely in composition, it captures a complex, elaborately staged moment in "the business" that is seldom seen. The 1890's image shows the bearded DeBarcsy with her natural-born son-- midget Nicu lounging relaxed, and her real-life husband, Baron Antonio de Barcsy, a strongman, posing clownishly with knife drawn, while a sharpshooter who travelled with the troupe is posed about to eliminate the knife-wielding goon with one shot.

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