8ft Woman! 1927

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    Chiswick baths in London.

    A group of girls stand around by the side of an open air swimming pool. A very fat man comes out of one of the changing rooms at the edge of the pool. A young girl also comes out of one, as does a very tall woman. They all stand around in their swimsuits. They laugh at the differences between themselves. "Colossa" (the Swiss Miss) is 18 years old, 20 stones weight, and 8 feet high! (A big combination)." Low angle shot of the very tall woman looking down at the little girl. They laugh together. The large man lies on the ground with his big belly sticking up. The little girl hands him a tape measure and climbs up a step ladder to measure Colossa. C/U of the tape measure against her head.

    Colossa stands and does some keep fit exercises. The little girl ducks down and runs through her legs. They shake hands. "it's nice to think you can walk in the 7-feet end without getting out of your depth! Colossa stands in the swimming pool. A young boy dives in and swims underwater between her legs. Colossa and the fat man walk along arm in arm - he holds the little girl under his other arm.

    Was originally an item in Eve's Film Review issue number 312.

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    24/05/1927
    Sound:
    Mute
    Media URN:
    14978
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    876.18
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:44:22:00 / 01:46:00:00
    Canister:
    EP 096
    Sort Number:
    EP 096
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  • British Pathe have been told that this woman was called Eleanor Wagner or Londy. Notes according to the tallestman.com:

    In her early days as touring giantess she was marketed as being from Vienna, but later when she called herself Londy, or Miss Londy she was billed as a German giantess. Because she spent a long spell at Dreamland in Coney Island she became known as The Dreamland Giantess but was sometimes promoted as The Wonderful Giantess. She was billed at 8 ft but one postcard of her at 19 years of age was marked on the back 7 ft 1. 280 pounds. One later postcard said 7 ft 4 and 336 pounds.
    Eleanor Wagner - The Bertram Mills Circus
    Shortly before britain declared war on Germany (probably 1938) Londy was appearing in Britain with The Bertram Mills Circus. She appeared at the famous Olympia in London and several other places. After that time I have not came across any more references to her so far.

    British Pathé 17th Feb 2012

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