Circus sideshows vintage photos are not for the faint-hearted

In the olden days, the deformed are usually hidden and with no form of remedy or explanation, some are deemed as 'freaks'.

Well, a circus usually recruits those who are special and these people definitely are. 

It might break your heart and some may be a little freaky but these photos are certainly a reminder of what the olden days are like. 

22words have compiled these fascinating photos so please view the gallery above.

Remember to click on the photos to read the captions and get to know who these people are.