William Henry Johnson A.K.A. Zip the Pinhead

Welcome to my latest blog post on disability as entertainment, specifically the freak show of the 19th century. So far, I have discussed P.T. Barnum, General Tom Thumb, as well as Chang and Eng Bunker, the original Siamese twins. This week it is the turn of Zip the Pinhead. As with everything I cover, it is far more complicated than I initially anticipated.

What is a Pinhead?