Thursday, August 20, 2009

Twins - Michelle Suzanne

I have always been fascinated by twins. There are a few sets of twins in my extended family and when I was younger, I always hoped that the next set of twins in my family would be my kids. I heard that having twins skips generations. I also wished I had a twin, because my little sister was a pain in the ass. I also really always have loved sideshow freak type things, probably because my mom had a bunch of photo books of old old old barnum and bailey sideshow performers and I thought they were so weird/cool. I also bought one of our own Jessica M's paintings of pretty conjoined twins and I love it!

There is an extremely rare form of identical twins that occurs perhaps in one out of every 75,000 to 100,000 births or 1 in 200 deliveries of identical twins, that of conjoined twins.

Here are some fine photos of my favorite kind of twins.

Daisy and Viola Hilton, 1924. "Twins are capable of earning living in practical pursuits.

Daisy and Viola again, in the movie Freaks, 1932

Diane Arbus' (who I love!) photo, Identical Twins. (not conjoined) Then (1967) and in 2005. The twins' father once said about the photo, "We thought it was the worst likeness of the twins we'd ever seen."

Conjoined twins born July of this year in Indonesia. The boys, who have not yet been named, have two heads, a pair of lungs, two arms and two hearts. They weighed 7 pounds. CNN article here.

I could do this all day.


  1. I love Diasy and Viola! I've always had a fascination with twins too. I have identical twin cousins on both sides of my family and my sister, who came along after two brothers, is a total pain the ass.

  2. I kinda want you to do this all day, I could keep reading. I loved seeing the old picture of Daisy and Viola. I want to go find more.