armless wonder

Strange vintage photo of the day. Ann E. Leak. Born without arms in Georgia on December 23, 1839. She became one of the most popular “armless wonder” acts of the 19th century and was so adept at using her feet she could skillfully sew and braid hair. She believed that she was born armless because her father, an alcoholic, came home from the pub with his coat thrown over his shoulders without his arms in the sleeves, and that her mother saw this image while pregnant with her.