MAXIMO & BARTOLA – The Aztec Children

Maximo and Bartola first appeared in 1848 and the hoax perpetrated by their handler in the spirit of shameless promotion not only sustained their long careers, but also the careers of two generations to come. Maximo and Bartola were born microcephalic and were originally from the village of Decora in St. Salvador. The pair were…



The true identity of the pinhead known as Schlitzie is still somewhat debatable. The most common opinion is that Schlitzie was born as Simon Metz on September 10, 1901 in the Bronx. His birth parents remain mysterious figures to this day and young Simon was likely ‘sold’ to a showman for display. Yet, despite his…


ZIP THE PINHEAD – What is it?

A pinhead is a person born with a condition known as microcephaly. It is a neurological disorder and is characterized by a smaller than average head. Biologically, during conception the head fails to grow in time with the face – which continues to develop at a normal rate; this produces a person with a small…