Mar 6, 2019

Sign for Baby Siamese Twins at Carnival, NYC

Sign for Baby Siamese Twins at Carnival, NYC

c. 1948

Lloyd Ullberg

(American, 1904–1996)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 11.4 x 16.5 cm (4 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2018.660



Displays of biological rarities, sometimes real but often fake, were found in amusement parks and traveled with circuses or carnivals. By 1940 such attractions had begun to fall out of favor, although this one has amassed a crowd. While the sign says, “Siamese twins,” that medical condition is today referred to as “conjoined twins.” Lloyd Ullberg was a classically trained oboist in theater and symphony orchestras when he and his wife took up photography in 1930, seeking a more dependable income during the Depression. Ullberg did commercial assignments but also produced personal work for which he achieved acclaim.

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