Title: The Astonishing Birth and History of that Wonderful Freak of Nature…Millie Christine
Source: Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University
Copyright/Permissions: The Astonishing Birth and History of that Wonderful Freak of Nature…Millie Christine. Wood engraving & letterpress. London: Published by F. Farrah 282, Strand, And A. Richie, Wine Office Court, Fleet Street, 1871. Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Prints and Drawings Collection
Location(s): North Carolina, USA; Wine Office Court, Fleet Street, London, England; 282 Strand, London, England
Title: Title Page Image From Mille-Christine, History of the Carolina Twins: “Told in Their Own Peculiar Way” by “One of Them.” Buffalo: Buffalo Courier Printing House, 18–?.
Date: ca. 1869
Source: North Carolina Collection, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Copyright/Permissions: Documenting the American South. University Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005.
References: Boster, Dea H. African American Slavery and Disability: Bodies, Property and Power in the Antebellum South, 1800-1860. New York: Routledge, 2013.
Location(s): North Carolina, USA
Commentary: Conjoined twins Millie and Christine McCoy were born in North Carolina in 1851. Known as the “Carolina Twins,” they were subject to countless medical studies that focused on their reproductive organs and anus; their mother was studied as well. Additionally, the two were toured around the country as “medical curiosities,” and this image is the title page of a leaflet their “agents” sold to individuals who came to gawk at them.
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