We’re big fans of collections and the collecting impulse here at The Big Something. Collectors are the front line curators of the future, and yet their personal obsessions far too often remain private. Local photographer Carol Dass, a Big Something collaborator, shared one of her collecting obsessions with us: a selection of her postcards of circus freaks, weird animals with people, weird people with animals, and so forth. Says Dass:

I’ve been collecting old photogrtaphs since I was in college, so 30+ years. I love old photographic post cards because a lot of them are actual silver gelatin photographs that were made into postcard format. I love oddities and I would get on jags of people with weird animals or weird people with animals—however you want to look at it. And then I started getting interested in circus imagery, so I have a lot of those. And then I got interested in circus freaks like “midgets” or “fat ladies.” And then I have a nice little collection of women with snakes. Big snakes. And then my dad’s legs got amputated and I started collecting images of amputees. I have so many. I just love them. This is just a wee drop in the bucket.

We’ll see more of Carol’s photographic postcard collection in the near future. If you have a collection you’d like to share with us, please email thebigsomething@krcc.org. Thanks!

 

5 Responses to Freaks, Geeks & Creatures: A Slice of Carol Dass’ Photographic Postcard Collection

  1. Nancy Wilsted says:

    Gotta love Carol Dass. So sick, and so public about it.

  2. joyce cheney says:

    Unfortunately, these days, people of the very same girth as The Fat Lady would not be displayed at freak shows; they’d just be blended into the crowd buying tickets to see some other oddity.

  3. j says:

    Carol, these are great. This is what Dylan called Old Weird America. More interesting for sure!

  4. mike procell says:

    Ah, the good old days.. That tattooed guy was way ahead of his time.

  5. Jennifer dunaway says:

    Carol has one if the best collections of photography I’ve ever known. What a treat for her to share this with us! Thanks carol!!

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