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Hassan, Ali, Born c1876



  • Existence: Born c1876


Ali Hassan was born in Cairo, Egypt in c1876. By the age of 25, Ali weighed about 139 kilograms and was 8 feet and 2 inches tall. He is said to have been discovered by German animal trader Heinrich Moller at the Siwa Oasis, 560 kilometres from Cairo, while collecting animals for European menageries.

Ali was brought to Europe to be exhibited as a human giant and travelled around America with Barnum and Bailey and later Forepaugh and Sells Brothers.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Circus Friends Association Collection

Reference code: NFA0122
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a large library of books and journals, as well as archival material including posters, programmes, photographs, films, handbills, research material, scrapbooks, original artwork and many other items of ephemera relating to British, Irish and European circuses

Dates: 1795 - 2020

Hassan Ali Envelope, 1899

Reference code: 178Z50.1
Scope and Contents

Brown envelope with text reading Hassan Ali, Egyptian Giant, Barnum and Bailey Show 1899.

Dates: 1899

Hassan Ali Memento, c1800 - 1899

Reference code: 178Z50.7
Scope and Contents

Hard cover booklet with red and black squares pattern and gold spine containing a black and white image of Hassa Ali, Egyptian Giant at 28 years of age.

Dates: c1800 - 1899

Various Items, c1800 - 2019

Reference code: 178Z50
Scope and Contents

A range of circus related items related to Hassan Ali, Adha Issacs Menken, Barnum and Bailey, funeral items, illustrations of circus parades, circus tickets, discount vouchers and booking forms, circus themed stickers, famous clown clay models, circus themed jigsaw puzzles, circus model figures, comics books and children's books, Circus Friends Association related material, Montecarlo Circus Festival related items, Jesse Fossett's throwing knives and other items.

Dates: c1800 - 2019

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Archival Object 3
Collection 1
Acrobats 1
Aerialists 2
Animal trainers 1
Animals 2
Art 1