Sunday, October 01, 2006

The Lucasie Family

P.T. Barnum struck gold during a visit to Amsterdam in 1857. Not only did he find a bushy-haired albino – he found an entire family of them. Rudolph Lucasie, along with his wife and child accompanied Barnum back to America to cash in on their pigment-free peculiarities.
Advertisements claimed the Lucasies were of “black Madagascar lineage” and slept with their pink eyes wide open. Though this was typical Barnum hype, the Lucasies’ pure white hair, skin, eyebrows, and eyelashes was not. Their albinism made them a well-paid, popular exhibit at the American Museum for three years.


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