Daisy & Violet Hilton Conjoined (Siamese) Twins Play Bill Promo – Autographed – Famous “Sideshow” Twins
A really cool sideshow promo piece found in Virginia – Daisy and Violet Hilton Conjoined Twins – Academy Theatre Lynchburg VA show Feb 20th 1945. America’s Original Siamese Twins!
Wikipedia: Daisy and Violet Hilton (5 February 1908 – 4 January 1969) were a pair of English conjoined twins. They were exhibited in Europe as children, and toured the United States sideshow, vaudeville and American burlesque circuits in the 1920s and 1930s.
The Hilton sisters toured first in Britain in 1911 (aged 3) as “The United Twins”. Mary Hilton took them on to a tour through Germany, then to Australia, then in 1916 to the USA. In true sideshow manner, their performance was accompanied by an imaginative “history”. Their controllers kept all the money the sisters earned. In 1926, Bob Hope formed an act called the Dancemedians with the sisters, who had a tap-dancing routine. When Mary died in Birmingham, Alabama, the girls were bequeathed to Mary’s daughter Edith Meyers, and Edith’s husband Meyer Meyers, a former balloon salesman.
The couple took over management of the twins. Held mostly captive, the girls were beaten if they did not do as the Meyers wished. They kept the twins from public view for a while and trained them in jazz music. Violet was a skilled saxophonist and Daisy a violinist. They lived in a mansion in San Antonio, Texas. The 1930 US census records the twins as Meyer Meyers’ nieces.
In 1931, the sisters sued their managers, gaining freedom from their contract and US$100,000 in damages.They went into vaudeville as “The Hilton Sisters’ Revue”. Daisy dyed her hair blonde and they began to wear different outfits so as to be distinguishable. After vaudeville lost popularity, the sisters performed at burlesque venues.
Shortly after gaining independence from the Meyers, the Hiltons sailed to the UK on the Berengaria in December 1932.They spent most of 1933 in the UK, and returned to the US in October 1933.
Violet began a relationship with musician Maurice Lambert, and they applied in 21 states for a marriage license, but it was always refused.
In 1932, the twins appeared in the film Freaks. Afterwards their popularity faded, and they struggled to make a living in show business.
$3500 VINTAGE LEVI JEANS SOLD ON EBAY
The time we sold vintage LEVIS on ebay for $3500.00 was a great pick-and-flip for us. An old estate that had been abandoned for over 25 years help more treasures than you could ever imagine. From the debris on the floor to the “junk” in the sheds – Treasures were EVERYWHERE! We actually swept the floors covered in “mouse nesting” torn and shredded paper and got dust pans full of old silver coins (NO LIE)! In one of the closets there were a few old pair of jeans never unfolded or worn, they were LEVI Jeans so I knew they must be worth $100 or so a pair at least so I threw them in a bag with some other vintage new old stock sanforized shirts and other items. A few weeks went by and my partner in this estate listed a pair of them on ebay and within 2 minutes the pair sold for the asking price of $3500! We paid $X,XXX.00 for the contents of the house so finding 2 pair of these jeans pretty much had us on our way to profit in no time! Moral of the story – don’t overlook vintage clothes!
Vintage (Creepy) Battery Operated Toy Collection
Even beat-up old vintage toys have a vintage appeal and there is always a buyer for old battery opp toys. Usually battery opp toys are made in Japan from the 50s-80s – Check-out this creepy graveyard of neat old battery opp toys – JW
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Rare Photos – Bluefield WV – Coalfield Photo Book
Daily Telegraph Print – Book For Sale By DILGER The Jeweler
Here is a very interesting photo book I found at a recent “Pick” I went on and it contains a few real photos from the early 1900s of Bluefield WV the Gateway to the Pocahontas Coalfield. Featuring photos of the Railyard with CO, BO, NW, and other trains and Railroad images. You will also see birds eye view shots, Princeton Ave looking East & West, Resident Section, and A great Shot Of the town and businesses with Signage! This book will be for sale as most of the items I find are! -JW
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