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Mrs. Everitt and her son - The gigantic infant

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Mrs Everitt’s son is shown aged 11 months. He was not particularly large when born, but by this age he was over three foot tall with a chest measurement of 30 inches. His excessive size was inaccurately attributed to the positive effects of breastfeeding. Mrs Everitt’s son died young, probably from excessive production of growth hormones. The print was published to shock and amaze at a time when so-called ‘freak shows’ were popular at carnivals and shows.

Object number:

1987-701

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