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Chang and Eng Bunker "The Siamese Twins"

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Chang and Eng Bunker (May 11, 1811 – January 17, 1874), conjoined twin brothers whose condition and birthplace became the basis for the term "Siamese twins," original vintage carte-de-visite photograph posing with two of their sons. 

 In 1829, British merchant Robert Hunter "discovered" them and paid their family to let them be exhibited as a curiosity during a world tour. Upon termination of their contract with Hunter, the brothers successfully went into business for themselves. The fused liver of the Bunker brothers was preserved and is currently on display at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Numerous artifacts of the twins, including some of their personal artifacts and their travel ledger, are displayed in the North Carolina Collection Gallery in Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; this includes the original watercolor portrait of Chang and Eng from 1836. Mark Twain wrote a short story, 'The Siamese Twins,' based on the Bunkers.

In very good condition. Verso bears original photographer imprint "S. Masury, Photograph Rooms, 289 Washington St., Boston."

 

 

 

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