The Cojoined (And Possibly Transgender) Mermaids of Wildwood NJ

22 Jul

July 22, 2015

Sideshows, carnivals, and traveling circuses used to feature all sorts of “amazing” oddities and displays. Bearded ladies, wolf-men, snake-people, and even mermaids could be seen and gawked at for just a few cents. But nowadays, not only has the price gone up, but the public demands more and more. Nope, plain old run-of-the-mill mermaids aren’t enough to satisfy audiences today. This amazing piece of sideshow art was on display in Wildwood New Jersey.


These are not your average mermaids, nope. These are conjoined mermaids. And ironically, they are painted behind a pair of seats it would be impossible for them to sit in.

This being the modern era, and not knowing thing one about how mermaids would reproduce- like a fish? Like a human? -the painting is very unhelpful in that regard, the possibility came up that maybe, somehow, those conjoined mermaids are also transgender. The one on the right does look a little more masculine than the other. (Unbelievably, alcohol played no part in that conversation.)

I will wisely leave that topic alone.

However, although I am sure that isn’t vintage, it is still a great example of old sideshow art.


7 Responses to “The Cojoined (And Possibly Transgender) Mermaids of Wildwood NJ”

  1. zathra July 22, 2015 at 12:49 am #

    This dealer from the TLC series ” Pickers ” would love that. It’s it’s been a while since I last watched it, but they scour the US & Canada looking for things like those mermaids.


    • bmj2k July 22, 2015 at 1:21 am #

      I’m not a fan of that show (you can search American Pickers in the search box above to see why) but they do find some real treasures.

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      • zathra July 22, 2015 at 1:52 am #

        I’ve seen them handle stuff that could cause TETANUS or Heaven – knows – what else if handled the wrong way…..


        • bmj2k July 22, 2015 at 5:14 am #

          Yeah, I’ve seen them climb all over sharp rusty stuff in crowded barns.

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          • zathra July 22, 2015 at 6:04 am #

            I use to be acquainted with a model who did the same stuff – in abandoned houses, warehouses & buildings. Crazy ! & she’d be nude / topless at the time.


            • bmj2k July 22, 2015 at 7:02 am #



              • zathra July 22, 2015 at 8:11 am #

                I wish I HAD been able to meet her in person. We exchanged comments on her photographs on Deviantart / deviantART for 2 – 4 yrs. Then she got an agent / manager & kinda got too big for most of her ” fans ” ( Mostly sex – starved single guys who couldn’t afford Hustler, FHM, Maxim or Playboy on a regular basis. 🙂 ). C’est La Vie….. 😦


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