Myrtle Corbin, “The Four-Legged Girl from Texas”

“Myrtle Corbin entered the freak show circuit at the age of 13 and was billed as the ‘Four-Legged Girl from Texas.’ Born with two separate pelvises situated side by side, Corbin’s four individual legs made her a very popular ‘oddity:’ she had the ability to move her two inner legs, but they were too weak to sustain her weight or be used for walking.

“Corbin’s fame in the circus directly led to several phony four-legged acts popping up in other freak shows worldwide.

“After her successful circus career, Myrtle married James Clinton Bicknell at the age of 19 and went on to birth four daughters and a son. Corbin died six days short of her 60th birthday, in 1928.”

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