Joseph Merrick A.K.A. “The Elephant Man”

Welcome to what will probably be my last post in my series on the 19th century freak show, for now at least. This week, we are leaving the land known as the United States of America and heading across possibly the biggest “pond” in the world, to good old England. You see, I will be discussing none other than Joseph Carey Merrick, better known as “The Elephant Man”. Some of you may be thinking, “I thought his name was John Merrick”. Let me try and clear it up. Frederick Treves, the doctor who looked after Merrick, mistakenly recorded his name as John in his 1923 memoir. As a result, the…