Skeleton of John Aasen (1890-1938), former circus giant and Hollywood movie actor. Aasen was cast as “Colosso” by Hal Roach in the 1923 film Why Worry? starring Harold Lloyd. The film was one of the biggest box-office attractions of 1923. Skeleton in the possession of Dr. Charles D. Humberd (1897-1960) (photographed here with Aasen’s skeleton) at the time the photograph was made is described as 214 cm (7’ 1/4”) in height. From an album of photographs and newspaper clippings of giants and acromegalic cases compiled in 1942 by Dr. Joseph McFarland (1868-1945), curator of the Mütter Museum.

 

From Mütter Museum: Historic Medical Photographs

 


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