ISAAC W. SPRAGUE – The Original Living Skeleton

June 27, 2006
Comments (13)
  1. Anonymous says:

    are there any known photos?

  2. J. Tithonus Pednaud says:

    Yes there are. I, however, do not own one.

  3. Kyo says:

    I wonder how many performers P.T. Barnum lost for a time being after the museum fires?

    That’s got to stink, having that sort of condition. Hope it wasn’t too painful for him.

  4. anorexia says:

    I am slightly envious. If only that disease could be identified and possibly managed into something less severe, I would love to be infected with it and be able to eat all day and not be a fatass. awesome.

    1. no says:

      its muscular atrophy and you sure dont want that

  5. Diane Harmon says:

    I have been searching any and all info on Isaac W. Sprague for a few years, as I am of the Sprague family through his brother Charles. Some info, such as Census, or Vital Records, is fact, and other stories are true, only partly true, or made up. In any case, I picture Isaac as a small town New England boy, who must have had great courage to make a living the only way he could. The early Census record show him living with brothers and a sister, and neighbors that were not only friends, but relatives….a far cry from the teeming City of Chicago where he met his pitiful demise. Of great interest to me is the “marriage” to Minnie Thompson…it strikes me as being a rank publicity stunt by Bonnell….Isaac was in terrible shape by the time this supposedly took place….and when he died his funeral was back home from the home of his brother Charles. In any case, all of the information available on the internet has been helpful to add to whatever thought I have on the matter.

  6. Mayla says:

    hmmm…he looks like he has just escaped from Auschwitz

    1. Anon. says:

      Gasp you mentioned Auschwitz

  7. Lynn says:

    I was told he had lived in my house in hanson, ma for some years. and had a store in the cellar.

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  9. Bob Zimmermann says:

    I just ran across a picture of him with his wife and 3 sons when he was 38 years old, 5′-5 1/2″ tall and weighed 46 pounds. Photo was taken by Charles Eisenmann…in 1879/1880.

  10. Lucy Harris says:

    Funny and sad he is like a human play toy

  11. Georgia says:

    I recently found out we had a “Living Skeleton” in our family. JB Garrison.Quite the story

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