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ELI BOWEN original carte de visites, 1870s


One of the most famous human oddities, Master Eli Bowen, his wife and child! This is an approximately 2.5” wide x 4” tall,

Born in Ohio in 1844 -- one of ten children, all of which were normally formed except --with no legs and developed incredible upper body strength from walking on his hands. He married Mattie Haight and they had five children.

In fine Antique condition congruent with the age of the piece. The back of the image is marked "Eli Bowen, Wife and Child, A. NEWMAN, Photographer, Ground Floor Sky-Light, 228 North Ninth Street, PHILADELPHIA.".