Alfred J. Bird (1811 – 1878), born in Nympsfield, Gloucestershire, was a qualified chemist and food manufacturer, inventing the first modern baking powder in 1843, whilst trying to create a yeast-free bread for his wife. Alfred's wife; Elizabeth, was reported to have had allergies to both eggs and yeast, which also led to the invention of the egg-free Bird’s Custard Powder in 1837.
Elizabeth Green, born in Springfield, Massachusetts, was a Jewish American sideshow performer, who toured with Ringling Brothers Circus. She was presented to audiences as 'Koo-Koo the Bird Girl' during the early 1900s. Elizabeth is reported to have had a genetic condition which was responsible for her unusual thin bone structure. Encouraged to dance around in a 'feathered body suit with large bird feet and a long feather on her head', Elizabeth was most famous for her appearance in Browning's 1932 film 'Freaks' as 'The stork-woman'.
'Koo Koo'; derived from the male cuckoo bird's mating cry and a derogatory term for a crazy person.
Dimensions: H 49cm W 17cm D 16cm
Vintage Composition Doll,
Vintage 'Birds Baking Powder' Tin,
Vintage Dariole Tins,
Vintage Bun Tin,
Vintage Savarin Tin,
Pair of taxidermy Lovebird wings,
Various Nuts, Bolts, and Washers.
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