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Strange and Bizarre: The History of Freak Shows

The following article appears in the current October/November issue of History Magazine. Laura Grande looks at different aspects of freak shows in England and the US in the 19th century. Lazarus and Johannes Baptista Colloredo were one of the world’s … Continue reading

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A Brief History of the Elephant Man

The following article appears in the current October/November issue of History Magazine. Laura Grande looks at the short life of Joseph Merrick, London’s most famous sideshow performer. “Ladies and gentlemen …with your indulgence, I would like to introduce Mr. Joseph … Continue reading

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Walter Sickert: Capturing the Darker Side of Life

The following article was written for an upcoming issue of History Magazine. Laura Grande looks at the life the enigmatic artist whom some believe was Jack the Ripper. Walter Sickert was a man of mystery. Even those who were close … Continue reading

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The Leaping Madman: The Legend of Spring-Heeled Jack

Previously published in the August/September 2010 issue of History Magazine. Laura Grande looks at the myth behind one of England’s most enduring urban legends. The 19th century was an age of science and reason; however, superstition remained a persistent school … Continue reading

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