A signed photograph of the conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton wearing evening dressand fox stoles, with inscription top left ‘For Frank…..Violet and Daisy Hilton 3/2?/1933’. Framed, the incription faded.
Daisy and Violet Hilton (1908 – 1969) were conjoined twins, born in Brighton, to an unmarried mother and barmaid who gave them up at birth. They were exhibited in Europe as children, and toured the United States in sideshows, vaudevill and burlequese shows in the 1920s and 1930s. They were acomplished dancers and musicians and best known for their film appearances in the film 'Freaks' and the biographic 'Chained for Life'(1951).
After years of being managed professionally, and held captive, by their legal guardians, in the early 1930s, on the advice of Harry Houdini they were legally emancipated.
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