Collins & Chambers collection
Catherine "Cassie" (b. ca. 1865) and Victoria (b. ca. 1871) Foster were born in Nova Scotia to Thomas and Elizabeth Foster. The daughters were two of eight children. Their parents exhibited the girls, who suffered from a form of dwarfism, as a sideshow attraction called "The Fairy Sisters"; both girls died within a year of each other, Cassie in 1875 and Victoria in 1874. Their brother, Dudley (b. 1877), was also born with dwarfism, and was similarly exhibited, often under the name "Hop-O'-My-Thumb."
Collins & Chambers was an art company based at 318 Locust Street, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1872; they painted promotional posters for circus attractions.