Gaddah, "The American Elephant Man"
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By nature of its marginality, the freak trade contains more lost stories than any other branch of show business. In the three decades from 1870 to 1900 the rage for dime museums begat and extinguished more freak performers than any other time in history. And no freak better than Gaddah personifies the era's ability to plunge a man from the heights of notoriety and fame into absolute obscurity and show history perdition.
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