Les jumeaux Chinois Célèbres, 1901

Les jumeaux Chinois Célèbres: unique pitch card of Chinese conjoined twins, 1901

[Siamese Twins]. Les jumeaux Chinois Célèbres.

 

[The Netherlands or Belgium?], [1901]. Pitch card (15 x 22 cm) with portrait and brief biography in French, on heavy card stock, text and image repeated at the back.

 

Together with two bills in French and Dutch (29 x 23):

 

Photographie et Biographie des célèbres Jumeaux Chinois. Prix 10 Centimes; and:

Photographie en levensbeschrijving van de beroemde Chineesche tweelingen. Prijs 10 cents.

 

The Dutch bill with annotation at the top: "model van een uitvoering in Fransch 6 stuks", and in lower right hand corner: "6 stuks Fransch". Damaged at top and bottom, otherwise in good condition. The French bill with some insignificant damages along the edges. The pitch card, finally, with a few small dents, and the back with a bowed line running vertically, otherwise in very good condition.

 

A rare (unique?) pitch card with a biography and photographic portrait of Chinese conjoined twin brothers Liou-Tang-Sen (Liao-Toun-Chen, or Liu Tang San) and Liou-Seng-Sen (Liao-Sienne-Chen, or Liu Soon San), together with two bills advertising the pitchcard, one in French and one in Dutch.

 

The xiphopagus twin brothers were born in China on January 2,