Circus acts you just don't see anymore

Updated 3:13 PM ET, Wed March 11, 2015
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Carnivals and circuses used to be filled with unusual acts alongside the more mainstream fare we see today. For example, boxing a bear was part of the festivities in 1928. General Photographic Agency/Getty Images
In the 1930s, a man crushes a rock block on the body of another man. Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images
Forget King Kong: Gargantua the Great, "The World's Most Terrifying Living Creature," raises a terrified African tribesman in a poster reprinted in 1938. Al Fenn/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images
Tattoos used to be a way to make a living, at least if you were Stella, a Philadelphia tattooed lady who worked for a circus. William James/Toronto Star/Getty Images
Famous little person Charles Sherwood Stratton, aka "General Tom Thumb," poses with his new bride, Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump, and the wedding party on their wedding day in 1863. Blank Archives/Getty Images
Disc jockey and writer Paul Gambaccini takes on a boxing kangaroo at Eastbourne circus in the UK. Central Press/Getty Images
The "freaks" at Barnum's menagerie included, from left, Laloo (two bodies), Young Herman (expanding chest), J.K. Coffey (skeleton body), James Morris and Jo Jo (the dog-faced man). Reinhold Thiele/Getty Images
Circus aerialists Alfredo Codona, his wife, Vera, and brother Lolo rehearse their trapeze act the Flying Codonas at a factory in San Pedro, California, circa 1930. Keystone/FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Sea lions perform in front of an audience of 6,000 children, brought from hospitals, orphanages and children's homes to the Bertram Mills circus, in 1958. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Circus performers Captain Gulliver and Major Mite pose with Annie and Lulu, who each weighed in excess of 350 pounds, in 1930. Major Mite was born Clarence Chesterfield Howerton and measured only 26 inches high. FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
P. G. Lowrey's Band and Minstrels were part of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, circa 1920. Vintage Images/Getty Images