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 Richard Daniel “Dick” Hilburn

Richard Daniel “Dick” Hilburn

Birth
Bladenboro, Bladen County, North Carolina, USA
Death 22 Jun 1971 (aged 53)
Bladenboro, Bladen County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Bladenboro, Bladen County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 72995866 · View Source
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Richard Hilburn was born in Bladenboro, North Carolina. He had no limbs except one arm. He used a custom-made skateboard for moving. He ran his own sideshow with Carl Norwood, also known as "The Frog Boy". There he worked not only a freak, but a tattoo-artist and a billboard-painter too. He had great business sense, and did not hire a showman - he presented himself. During an off-season, he and Carl worked in a diner. Dick even got married to a normal woman, and ran his sideshow till his death in June of 1971, when he was 53 years old. Carl was now the only freak on the show, and was presented a short time by Dick's widow. Carl later moved to another show, retired.
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Dick Hilburn (shown above with his showbusiness partner Carl Norwood, 'The Frog Boy') was born January 18, 1919 in Bladenboro, North Carolina. He had no legs and his left arm ended at the elbow. A small foot, consisting of two digits, grew from his left hip. He was able to move about with the aid of roller skates. He made his primary living as a tattoo artist with the carnival sideshow.Dick ran his own sideshow till the day he died.


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  • Created by: Papawraith
  • Added: 7 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 72995866
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Daniel “Dick” Hilburn (15 Jan 1918–22 Jun 1971), Find A Grave Memorial no. 72995866, citing Lewis Cemetery, Bladenboro, Bladen County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Papawraith (contributor 46491198) .