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Jolly Nellie (642 pounds) - whilst at an exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. From the small coal mining community of Jobs near the Athens-Hocking county line, Nellie Blanch Lane (1898-1955)

Jolly Nellie (642 pounds) - whilst at an exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. From the small coal mining community of Jobs near the Athens-Hocking county line, Nellie Blanch Lane (1898-1955)


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Jolly Nellie (642 pounds) - whilst at an exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. From the small coal mining community of Jobs near the Athens-Hocking county line, Nellie Blanch Lane (1898-1955)

Jolly Nellie (642 pounds) - whilst at an exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. From the small coal mining community of Jobs near the Athens-Hocking county line, Nellie Blanch Lane (1898-1955) flourished as a circus sideshow act during the 1920s and appeared in three movies. Date: 1928

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Blanch Circus Freakshow Jolly Lane Nellie Obese Overweight Sideshow Tokyo 1928


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Jolly Nellie" - Nellie Blanch Lane (1898-1955), a remarkable woman hailing from the humble coal mining community of Jobs, located near the Athens-Hocking county line in the United States, became an international sensation during the 1920s as a captivating sideshow attraction in the circus world. Weighing an impressive 642 pounds, Nellie's radiant personality and jovial demeanor earned her the nickname "Jolly Nellie." In this striking photograph, Nellie is seen in her element, showcasing her extraordinary size at an exhibition in Tokyo, Japan, during the year 1928. The vibrant energy and curiosity of the Japanese crowd are palpable as they gather around to witness the enchanting spectacle. Nellie's presence transcended the boundaries of her hometown, captivating audiences in Europe and Asia as well. Born in the 1890s, Nellie's life story is a testament to the human spirit and the allure of the unusual. She graced the silver screen in three movies, further solidifying her status as a cultural icon. The 1920s, a decade marked by social change and artistic expression, provided the perfect backdrop for Nellie's rise to fame. Her story serves as a reminder of the intrigue and fascination that the world held for the extraordinary, even in an era long past. This photograph, a captivating glimpse into history, offers a unique perspective on the life of a remarkable woman who defied the norms of her time and captivated audiences around the world. Nellie Blanch Lane, or "Jolly Nellie," continues to inspire and intrigue, leaving us with a sense of wonder and appreciation for the human experience.

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