Worth’s Museum of Living Curiosities, one of New York’s most popular dime museums, paired cheap ‘curios’ with vaudeville performances on the main stage. On December 29th, 1889, the star of the show was a massive hog named I-Am. “The Biggest Porker in existence. Guess his weight. If you do you will get a prize. Every purchases of a reserved seat is entitled to a guess. Three gold medals, made of $20, $10 and $5 gold pieces”.
I can find no information on what the correct weight of this monster was. However, this large animal capped a year of peculiarly sized beasts at Worth’s. The year began with what was proclaimed as Baby Bunting, “the smallest horse living.”