How tall was Robert Wadlow - Page 3

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8ft 11.78in (273.8cm)
ANON said on 26/Jun/09
On 24/Jun/09 a posting by Marskeedy mentions a woman called Margaret Harvey.
The description of a height of 7 ft 1 and born about 1949 matches a woman I saw
around 1973. This was in The Strand, London. I am 6 ft and back in those days wore the then fashionable platform heels, in those I was near 6 ft 4. The woman
was so much taller, I was astounded. She had to be at least 7 ft and her age was
approx 23 or 24 years old.
MisterSil said on 26/Jun/09
Just to pay my compliments to Rita for what she did for Sandy Allen's headstone.

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Poker Portal said on 25/Jun/09
Andrew M:
If it was real it would have been...
Rob C said on 25/Jun/09
I searched his name in Google and it looks like he is 23 years old by now and 2,30 m tall (7'6 1/2"). He is collecting money to have a surgery to treat his gigantism which is going to be done in Cuba.
Rob C said on 25/Jun/09
I just read on Lanky Men's Board about the tallest man from Colombia. His name is Asdrubal Herrera. He is only 21 years old and 7'4" tall (2,24 m tall). Wears a 23 UK shoe size or 24 US shoe size).
Golam said on 25/Jun/09
Andrew M
The Darden photo is believed to be a worthless fake.
Boxerwhiteray said on 25/Jun/09
Not been able to see Bartley Green photo. Seemed too good-to be true.
Truthfinder said on 25/Jun/09
I have been able to get onto the footage link anonymous but still haven't been able to access any Bunford clip.
A Nonny Mouse said on 25/Jun/09
Andrew M - the Darden photo is a fake. See the link in a posting by anonymous on 20 June. Someone took a picture of an unnamed fat man (probably 20th Century), reversed it, put a hat on him, and pasted the image in an old picture of men in a field.
Johnny C - what is your opinion?
Johnny C said on 25/Jun/09
Clearwater: Tom Hernandez ( believes "Abomah" was born in England Click Here
Andrew M said on 25/Jun/09
The photograph of Darden must surely be the oldest.
Clearwater said on 25/Jun/09
Abomah was an American giantess. What is she doing on a British giantess list
Rambling Man said on 25/Jun/09
The Bartley Green link aint working for me either. Is this a hoax?
A Nonny Mouse said on 25/Jun/09
Has anybody been able to see the Bartley Green picture on the link posted by anonymous on 23 June? We've all been hoping for a Bunford picture. Anyone had any luck? If not, can you help, anonymous?
Goldminer - I wonder who was the earliest giant to be photographed. Earliest date of death, of course, not birth, as someone born in 1800 could have been snapped if he lived to middle age. Frederick Chadwick (died 1854) was photographed, but sitting down and visible only from the waist up. Next up is Angus Macaskil (died 1863).
Goldminer said on 25/Jun/09
(a former anonymous poster)
The list of giant people, where photo's are still needed is very interesting.
Some of them have lived in fairly recent times.
There are many familiar names. Would be good to put a face to them.
But its like looking for the Grail itself, nigh on impossible.
KCT said on 25/Jun/09
a Nonny Mouse
get yourself a spade and a tape measure. we gotta know how tall these fok were.

Barnaby Joyce
any more interesting stories about the wadster.
Truthfinder said on 25/Jun/09
Anonymous posted
"Still image from film Bartley Green 1918. Presumably that is Bunford at the back:
Click Here"

Could s/he post a link of that which works?
Marskeedy said on 25/Jun/09
Johnny C: My Uncle Clive was very enthusiastic about tall people, amongst many other subjects. The names of those five women, were contained in an excercise book. He kept lists of tall people, and those names were amongst better known
examples. I became interested in tall people and he passed on his book to me.
He would collect names and information and when he had some new names, would start a new book to include those additions. There are no indications, as to where he got the information from.
Johnny C said on 24/Jun/09 (Click Here) offers a financial reward plus free membership of our project to anyone who can provide a photograph of Austria's 7 ft 8 inches (233.68 cm) tall Adam Rainer, 1899-1950.

Further rewards plus free memberships are offered by to anyone who can provide a photograph of any of the following tall people:
Abdul Houl, 7 ft 10.5 inches (240.03 cm)
Grgo Kusic, 7 ft 9.3 inches (236.98 cm)
Viktor Prenner, 7 ft 8.13 inches (234.00 cm)
Rev. Charles Kesterton, 7 ft 8 inches (233.68 cm)
Hu Chun-Rhang (Fu Qun-Zhang), 7 ft 7.75 inches (233.05 cm)
Amenates Tingitsoglu, 7 ft 7.75 inches (233.05 cm)
Henry Dalglish, 7 ft 7 inches (231.14 cm)
George Page, 7 ft 7 inches (231.14 cm)
Reino Rutanen, 7 ft 7 inches (231.14 cm)
Wassiliki Calliandji, 7 ft 6.5 inches (229.87 cm)
Joseph Drazel, 7 ft 6.5 inches (229.87 cm)
Robert Hales, 7 ft 6 inches (228.60 cm)
Terrence Keenan, 7 ft 6 inches (228.60 cm)
chris said on 24/Jun/09
Johnny C - that's great, can you post a copy of the article on the web? or post the link to it?
Johnny C said on 24/Jun/09
chris: Chris Till, a 6 ft 11 inches tall postman of Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, refers in a newspaper article to his taller sister, Julie.

Marskeedy: Are you able to cite published references to the five tall women named in your 24/Jun/09 comment here?
Marskeedy said on 24/Jun/09
British Tall Women

Cauthleen Horner. Belfast. Northern Ireland. 6 ft 11. 1880s.

Lydia Barnes. Berkshire. England. 7 ft 0. fl 1926.

Nellie Tupp. Lanarkshire. Scotland. 6 ft 8. fl 1929.

Abigail Dean. Manchester area. England. 7 ft 0. born about 1930-fl 1960.

Margaret Harvey. London. England. 7 ft 1. born about 1949-fl 1974.
A Nonny Mouse said on 24/Jun/09
Anonymous (23 June). I dson't know about anyone else, but I can't get anything at the Bartley Green link. Have another try, Anonymous. If you really found a picture of Bunford, that's sensational.
Rita said on 24/Jun/09
Interesting (and disturbing) story about a funeral home who cut off a 6-foot-7 man's legs so he'd fit in the casket. If this has been posted before, sorry for the repeat! Click Here
chris said on 23/Jun/09
Johnny C - please tell us what proof there is of a Julie Till existing and being 7 ft 3, for a google search yields nothing...
Anonymous said on 23/Jun/09
The 'Birmingham Giantess'
Click Here

Still image from film Bartley Green 1918. Presumably that is Bunford at the back:
Click Here
Anonymous said on 23/Jun/09
Have tried to post link to Bunford pic twice. Trying with no link.
Boxerwhiteray said on 23/Jun/09
A Nonny Mouse

Sylvia Hardy was supposed to be measured properly by a Doctor at 7 ft 6. Promoters billed her at up to 8 ft.

There are many other giants and giantesses-who died a long time ago-where there
is no skeleton. There are absolutely dozens on Johnny C's lists and record books -who could be debated by people. I do not know if you have seen a photo of Sylvia Hardy-but she appears to be of very similar size to Anna Swan. She must have been just a shade taller.

Princess Pontus. I would likev too see more photos of her.
Rand Hobart said on 23/Jun/09
Johnny C
Thanks for compiling British tall woman list.
Perhaps others can help, filling in the blanks.
Once again thanks Johnny C.
Anonymous said on 22/Jun/09
The Birmingham Giantess:
Click Here

The previous link I posted to the Bunford photo didn't work. This should be OK:
Click Here
It's only a still from the film, but you can see quite clearly Bartley Green 1918.
A Nonny Mouse said on 22/Jun/09
Boxerwhiteray - with all respect to the Maine museum, do you think their statement is good evidence? She died a long time ago, and they don't have her skeleton or anything to measure, do they? It would be different if it were a medical museum.
As for Princess Pontus, in the only photograph I've seen where she's not alone, she looks to me to be somewhere about six feet ten.
Road Gaffer Dixon said on 22/Jun/09
Have looked for this info on Mlle Royal that"Anonymous" mentions.
Have found nothing. There was another giantess in the Birmingham are who predated Royal. Her name was Mitton.
Anonymous said on 22/Jun/09
Is it Bunford on this movie still. Bartley Green 1918, who else could it be? She bears a striking resemblance to Alice the Goon.
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Anonymous said on 22/Jun/09
Click Here
The Birmingham Giantess
Johnny C said on 22/Jun/09
Rand Hobart: Very tenuous initial effort: Britain
mask said on 22/Jun/09
Yo guys I hope you're all fine!

Recent Stadnyk news:
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Yao Defen story:
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A young but very tall Vikas Uppal:
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Boxerwhiteray said on 22/Jun/09
Regarding Sylvia Hardy-The Maine Giantess.

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Some years back-I contacted the Curator of the museum-where some artefacts belonging to Sylvia are housed. I was told that Sylvia was a bonafide 7 ft 6 and she looks it in photos-I have seen. For show purposes Sylvia was advertised at 7 ft 10 1/2 and then 8 ft. Her Mother ran a boarding house-and
when Sylvia was not working for Barnum or others she helped out at home with the chores. By all accounts she was a good soul and must have just edged Anna Swan in height.

Mlle Royal. She is mentioned here-but all it says was died birmingham 1909.
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What I found more interesting-was mention of a giantess who I have heard of and seen pictures of. Princess Pontus "The Amazon Giantess" -Her show height was 8 ft 2 but was supposedly 7 ft 2. If that height 7 ft 2 was indeed correct
then she was probably one of the tallest living women in the 1930s.
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Scroll down to 1937 Freak Shows.
Rand Hobart said on 22/Jun/09
Johnny C
That was a terrific list of world's tallest women from 1800-present day.
Might you be able to produce a list of UK's tallest women over that period.
I am sure many contributors would enjoy that.
Brumber said on 22/Jun/09
Mlle Royal was not a true giantess, she was obese. Ginny Bunford may not have travelled far, but she was the real "Cadbury Giantess".
Anonymous said on 21/Jun/09
Mlle Royal was the original 'Birmingham Giantess'. If you Google that title you will see a contemporary newspaper report of her death. The 'Cadbury Giantess' travelled to Australia with Cadbury for publicity, but I think that was after Mlle Royal died, so who was that? Bunford never ventured outside Birmingham.
A Nonny Mouse said on 21/Jun/09
ABC123 - Anna might have been world's tallest had she attained the height given in that article, but she didn't. It's always been annoying the way non-specialist coverage of giants has accepted exaggerated heights.
Johnny C said on 21/Jun/09
Anonymous people: Create a username please.
Johnny C said on 21/Jun/09
ABC123: 7 ft 5.5 inches (227.33 cm) Anna Swan died 20 days before 7 ft 6 inches (228.60 cm) Sylvia Hardy. However, given that Sylvia's height is unconfirmed, Anna may have been the taller.
ABC123 said on 21/Jun/09
The Guinness Book used to be the yardstick, but now well I dont know.

Johnny C. Was Anna Swan ever tallest woman in the world.
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Rita said on 21/Jun/09
I realize that, but then who DID measure them? Or is it just folklore? How can we be sure Mulia was taller than Sandy? Just wondering. I'm glad Sandy was able to hold the record as long as she did. Being the compassionate person she was, she was sad when she heard of Zeng's death, even tho it gave her the GBR record back.
Manticore said on 21/Jun/09
can the anonymous poster or somebody else tell me anyrhing about mmle royal.
Johnny C said on 21/Jun/09
Rita: GWR cannot be relied upon as the authority in its tallest people categories.
Golam said on 21/Jun/09
If those women were taller than Sandy, then they should have been listed.
Rita said on 21/Jun/09
Sandy wasn't "ousted" from the GBR though, even if these heights are true. The only year Sandy wasn't listed was in 1982 when Zeng was listed, and died that year, giving Sandy her record back in '83. Were these other two women meansured by Guinness?
A Nonny Mouse said on 21/Jun/09
Well, done, anonymous! You've cracked it. Someone has reversed the image, added a hat, and pasted it in. The modern fat man is pretty tall, but he doesn't seem to be an actual giant. Whatever... he isn't Miles Darden.
Golam said on 21/Jun/09
I knew that Zeng Jinlian had ousted Sandy Allen from her world's tallest woman title. Though I was not aware that she was ousted by 2 others called Mulia and
Hu Chun-Rhang. Thanks to Johnny C for that information on his History's tallest living women: 1800-2009.
Anonymous said on 21/Jun/09
ninth thumbnail from the end..
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Rand Hobart said on 21/Jun/09
I am 6 ft 4 and around 1958, saw a woman in Blackpool Pleasure Beach, who would have been easily 7 feet tall. So much for Gemini's information that there were
no known women 7 footers from 1934 to mid 1960s. There have probably been a good few, who went unrecorded. It would be interesting to discover the identity
of that woman, I saw. She was probably in her forties, and extremely large of build.
Anonymous said on 20/Jun/09
Johnny C:
That's not a photo of Mills Darden on your site. He is a 20th century fat man...

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Johnny C said on 20/Jun/09
History's tallest living women: 1800 - 2009 Click Here (theTallsite free)
A Nonny Mouse said on 20/Jun/09
aram, has he denied being officially measured? I didn't know that, but it's important news. I suppose it depends what is meant by "officially". We would mean "measured by Guinness" (as long as we were sure they'd actually done it!) but he might mean no more than "measured by doctors".
Gemini, I for one am quite ready to believe Annie Haase was less than 7 feet tall!
Poker Portal said on 20/Jun/09
aram x:
You are talking about Zhao Liang. He was measured a few years ago at 225 cm which is 7'4.5". That is the height I believe for him. An exaggeration of 8.5 inches.
Poker Portal said on 20/Jun/09
As far as I know Yao Defen was not in the news in 1998. This was the period that she was with a circus manager who was not very nice to her.

I haven't heard about a foot amputation for her. Last I heard of her was when she was in hospital for a treatment to her head which she got when she fell while preparing dinner. It was then when Zhang Jun-Cai visited her in hospital. Pictures are well known by now I suppose.
aram x said on 20/Jun/09
So some of you guys doubt the height of the new Chinese who claims to be 8,1". Since he denies getting officially measured, that's pretty strong evidence of deceit.
Sandman said on 20/Jun/09
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Rita said on 20/Jun/09
That is quite an impressive list! A correction on Sandy Allen -- in 1975-76, when she first got the record, she was 7 feet 5 and 5/16ths. It was in the 1977 GBR that she was listed at 7 feet 7.25 after a growth spurt. That was the year she had her tumor removed and she stayed at that height. Was Yao Defen even in the news in 1998? If so, it's strange that Guinness didn't measure her then, or even now. I heard she had to have a foot amputated not that long ago, which might compromise the measurement. Anyone else hear about that?

Moge -- welcome aboard!
Boxerwhiteray said on 20/Jun/09

I am afraid the Guinness Book did not always get it right.

Carolina Rascon. Maria Carolina Rascon ponce de Leon is listed on Johnny C's Phrasm site at an estimated height of 7 ft 8.91. She was Born at Chihuaha. Mexico in 1916. She was not listed by Guinness. Obviously her existance was unknown to them.

Annie Haase(Katja van Dijk) spelled numerous different ways was listed by Guinness at 6 ft 11. However this was not correct. I have been informed that there was probably a confusion between Katja and her colleague of many years
-Dora Helms. They appeared for many years as the Van Droysen sisters. According to some sources it was Dora who was 6 ft 11. Johnny C lists Dora at 6 ft 9. In any case that still makes Katja quite a bit taller and was in fact
above 7 feet.Click Here

Also Mary Ellen Powers(Stapleton)"Leah May" is listed by many sources at
7 ft 2.

As well as Carolina Rascon-I am sure there would have been other 7 footers who went unlisted.
Conal Cochrane said on 20/Jun/09
Anonymous Contributors

I have read many books on Giants etc. There are many claims for individuals who
would surpass the height of Robert Wadlow. What is lacking is hard evidence.

Mlle Royal: Can the Anonymous, who claimed this woman was the Cadbury Giantess, furnish any evidence in support of this claim.
Brumber said on 20/Jun/09
One of my Gran's was born the same year as Ginny Bunford, in 1895. Ginny was employed by the Cadbury company. After she began to work there, people started to refer to her as "The Cadbury Giantess".
Gemini said on 19/Jun/09
Here is a list of who might have held the title of world
Boxerwhiteray said on 19/Jun/09
Ginny Bunford was known as The Birmingham Giantess and The Bartley Green Giantess. I have not heard of Ginny being a cleaner on the Bournvillre estate
and accounts I have read-indicate Ginny was in the factory. Besides this Mlle
Royal was not in fact a true Giantess. She was a Fat Lady. Therefore Ginny is in my opinion the true Cadbury Giantess.
Anonymous said on 18/Jun/09
The complete (470pp) Ed Wood's Giants and Dwarves is now on Google Books. Many giants taller than Wadlow.
Anonymous said on 18/Jun/09
Mlle Royal was 'The Cadbury Giantess', not Bunford (who was briefly a cleaner on the Bourneville estate, but nothing more). It seems that in the early 1900s it was a good thing for people to think chocolate made them fat!
Golam said on 18/Jun/09
Indrid Cold. That Giant Woman you have described sounds a whole heap bigger than anyone, I have ever heard of. It is a shame that we had no proper dimensions to work on. The mind boggles.
Conal Cochrane said on 18/Jun/09
Hello, Most people on this site are friendly and a good bunch overall. There are some real boffins, who certainly know their subject.
Rand Hobart said on 18/Jun/09
The woman, you have described, must have been a sight to behold.
Red Dragon said on 18/Jun/09
Merioneth: There was a very tall woman who lived in or around Maesteg, I am told. Her name was Bronwyn Davies and they say she measured 6 feet 8 in bare feet.
Merioneth said on 18/Jun/09
Thank you for your ridiculous suggestion. I am familiar with well known Welsh giants. George Auger, who you mentioned and William Evans.

This was posed as a serious question. Surely there must have been some giantesses, who have hailed from Wales. Grateful for any proper replies. Thank You.
Indrid Cold said on 18/Jun/09
There have been some interesting giantesses discussed lately, though an old book
I had, mentions one that would take some beating. The details were taken from an old handbill, and go something like this.










If those dimensions were to be correct, then she must have been some woman.

NOTE: GYANTESS, this was how it appeared , as opposed to the spelling GIANTESS.

ALSO: SHEWS, was the spelling in the book as opposed to SHOES. I am not sure if
it was a case of incorrect spelling, or the way it was expressed at that time.
Curly said on 17/Jun/09
Oh, yes...George Auger. She was quite a tall lady...for a guy.
Anonymous said on 17/Jun/09
Yes - George Auger. She was over seven feet tall.
Merioneth said on 17/Jun/09
Does anyone know of any welsh ladies, who would have been classed as giantesses.
Rand Hobart said on 17/Jun/09
Those Van Droysen sisters were really formidable looking women. The taller one looked like the tall woman I nicknamed "The Blackpool Tower" who I saw walking about, in the Pleasure Beach. Though that must have been someone else.
Rolling Thunder said on 17/Jun/09
In the 70's I knew a guy called Rob. Big Rob as we called him was 6'6 and had a face not unlike another Robert, often mentioned here. Two of Rob's mates Davey and Fred both told me that his mother and one of his sisters was actually taller than him. The father was about 5'10 and his other siblings were all above 6 ft.
A Nonny Mouse said on 17/Jun/09
jf - you keep using the word "fun". Why was it fun? I'm not going to rant on about this and get myself barred, but I meant every word I said. You're a disgrace. Have a good day.
Hystermann Schultz said on 17/Jun/09
Dora Van Droysen(Dora Herms) return to Berlin with daughter, this because of war. The daughter called Ruth, she was very tall, perhaps a little more than her mother, though not so big in build. I not know if they appeared in exhibition together.
moge said on 16/Jun/09
Wanted to say hello to everyone, I have visited this site off and on for a few years. Never had anything to really say or add to any information. Maybe that will change, my interest in tall people or giants arrives from being a mom of a giant. My giant is not a celebrity so is not listed here. Rita told me to stop by so I did and left a note.
jf said on 16/Jun/09
wow just wow "A Nonny Mouse" Relax. It was just a fun prank, as obviously the most known height of all time might be Wadlow's. I thought it would be fun to come in and claim he was "only" 8'5". Big whoop. Relax. Besides, one guy already posted that he was actually 8'8" in 1939, so my story could have been close to being true. Calm down.
A Nonny Mouse said on 16/Jun/09
jf - so in fact you made the whole thing up? That's terrific. You have just betrayed the whole point and value of the Internet as a medium for the exchange of information and ideas, and if I had my way you'd never be allowed to post another word online, ever.
What is the point of s little "joke" like this? Surely to make the joker feel superior, because others were silly to believe it. But we, with one possible exception, didn't believe anything about Wadlow's true height. All we believed was that you had a grandfather who told this story, and why should we not believe that? Now stop being childish.
MisterSil said on 16/Jun/09
In my opinion Katja van Dyck was 7'2 tall
Conal Cochrane said on 16/Jun/09
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This photo, that Sandman shows us, must be in Paris at the famous summer fair
Foire du Trone. As pbge1964 indicates in his posting Katja or Annie is a very impressive giantess with a solid frame. Not sure of her exact height, but weightwise she was about 362 pounds and Dora though not as tall, must have been a similar weight.
Chaz said on 16/Jun/09
jf,you are not far off the mark,wadlow was only 8'8.25''in 1939 he did not grow to 8'11''untill just befor he died in 1940.
pbge1964 said on 16/Jun/09
If you want to see Katja van Dyck in video, there is a short clip of her in the Woody Allen movie " take the money and run" right in the beginning of the movie. I think this clip from year 1956 has been published on Youtube, where you can see her in a beatle with her head much taller than the roof of the car.
She was a very impresive giantess with a solide frame and a little bit overweighted.
Sandman said on 16/Jun/09
Van Droysen Sisters
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Rand Hobart said on 16/Jun/09
The British version of the Guinness book listed Sandy's shoe size as 16 EEE for many years. It should have been updated years ago. Thanks Rita for confirming her shoe size, I thought she was wearing a 22 or thereabouts.
You are the Rita, in the I'm with Sandy photo I believe?.
Boxerwhiteray said on 16/Jun/09
Old Oak/A Nonny Mouse
The Van Droysen Sisters Annie Haase(Katja Van Dijk) and Dora Helms(Hilda Van Droysen) as far as I have been able to gather left the United States during the
war. I am not sure if both went straight back to Germany. As far as I can gather
Annie was living in Holland at some point. Dora had been ill at some stage and had to have a long rest-and Annie began to work on her own-though I believe kept in regular touch with Dora. Annie did visit Britain at least once. However
Dora as far as I can gather recovered and did some engagements with her daughter
Ruth. Ruth's Father was the giant Anton "Werner" Syre. According to one source
Ruth was 6 feet at 14 and by 17 was 6 ft 7. It may have been Dora and Ruth that Old Oak's Father saw. However I cannot say for certain. As far as I can ascertain Annie Haase was still doing engagements right through the fifties and into the sixties. I think Annie died in 1968, though another source said that she died in the early eighties. Annie used many aliases-perhaps Katja being her best known, though someone led me to wonder whether Ruth Syre may have even appeared with her Mother-with Ruth using the Katja handle. This is only a theory-though might explain why G.B.R listed Katja as not more than 6 ft 11.
Annie Haase would have been above 7 ft. Also it would explain the death date discrepancy. But I cannot be certain. Does anyone else have any further information.
jf said on 15/Jun/09
I'm just teasing everybody about my grandpa meeting him. I'm certain he was 8'11.1" as is historically recorded. I did grow up in STL though and we saw his statue in Alton Illinois. There was also a museum there with his school desk and high school ring and shoes and stuff.
Rita said on 15/Jun/09
Sandy wore a 16EEE shoe in high school. In later years, it was a 22EEE. Shaq sent her several pairs of 23's and they fit her better because her feet were very swollen in the last couple of years.
Barnaby Joyce said on 15/Jun/09
jf your grandfather is an idiot. Please refer to mine and Johnny C's posts for some home truths about the Big Wad.
A Nonny Mouse said on 15/Jun/09
Old Oak - I wonder if that could be the so-called Van Droysen Sisters? I'm not sure if they were still around by that time.
Hiram said on 15/Jun/09
Robert was nearly nine feet, no doubting that. There have been other characters mentioned in books, such as Hans Brau or Braw and Nicholas Keating,
Who were said to be taller than nine feet. There was a woman in Holland about
the twelfth century about nine feet according to some old books, not only tall,
but of a prodigious poundage. She might have been bigger than Robert. I know Robert had feet like jf puts it tennis rackets. But I am certain Harley Davidson, whoever he was, took a larger size again.
Old Oak said on 15/Jun/09
My Father was in Germany, just after the war. He went to Aachen Cathedral, where the Emperor Charlemagne is laid to rest. According to tradition Charlemagne "Charles the Great" was a giant. Father also visited many other places, whilst over there. He once told me he had seen a pair of enormous women
exhibiting themselves. I think that this was in Dusseldorf, at the fair known as the Rheinkirmes. Father measured 5 ft 11 in his prime, and these women he says made him feel small. I do not know who they were. Would anyone here, have any idea.
Rand Hobart said on 15/Jun/09
Robert Wadlow's height was monitored regularly. Your Grandfather must have been mistaken.
A Nonny Mouse said on 15/Jun/09
jf - I don't wish to be offensive, but your grandpa was deceiving himself. Estimating height from photographs can be difficult (look at all the discussion about Stadnyk), but in Wadlow's case there is such a sheer number of photos that it is possible to get a very good idea of his height. If there is a photo of your grandpa standing beside Wadlow, it's evidence. His subjective guess is not.
Big Show said on 15/Jun/09
jf says on 14/Jun/09
My grandpa met him in St. Louis in like 1939 and said he was "maybe 2 feet taller than me. That's it, though." Well my granpappy was a legit 6'5", so this puts Wadlow's claim of 8'11.1" as utterly false. 8'5" MAXIMUM, in my grandfather's opinion. He did say he had the "hands of a 9 foot man." and... "it was astounding to see his feet, they looked like tennis rackets. This man is a legit 8'5", no doubt about it." he would add "...this man is one of the tallest men in Illinois, perhaps even the entire USA. Top 10 in the world, and I should know, I'm a legit 6'5"."

How many 9 footers did your grandfather met to be making the claim 'he has the hands of a 9 foot man'?
Honestly, Wadlow has been officially measured at 8'11" and I'll take that measurement over an estimate from a guy who's 2.5 feet shorter than him.
Alex5 said on 15/Jun/09
jf: that's ridiculous. Wadlow was measured at his given height. I'd pick that over your grandfather's word. Then again, Wadlow was 8'11" when he DIED, perhaps he was shorter when he met him.
Poker Portal said on 15/Jun/09
If Wadlow was a legit 8'5" that would make him almost as tall as Stadnyk!
Let's all go back to reality.
Duhon said on 15/Jun/09
I'll take your grandpas words obviously he would have been able to decipher between a man being 8'11" or 8'5".
Boxerwhiteray said on 15/Jun/09
There was a Scottish Giantess called Victoria Hall-who must have been alive at the same time as Ginny. Victoria was about 7 ft 6. Therefore the tallest known
Women from England and Scotland were around during the same period.

Johnny C
That just reminds me that Ginny is not on your alias list.
Known variously as
The Birmingham Giantess
The Bartley Green Giantess
The Cadbury Giantess
jf said on 14/Jun/09
My grandpa met him in St. Louis in like 1939 and said he was "maybe 2 feet taller than me. That's it, though." Well my granpappy was a legit 6'5", so this puts Wadlow's claim of 8'11.1" as utterly false. 8'5" MAXIMUM, in my grandfather's opinion. He did say he had the "hands of a 9 foot man." and... "it was astounding to see his feet, they looked like tennis rackets. This man is a legit 8'5", no doubt about it." he would add "...this man is one of the tallest men in Illinois, perhaps even the entire USA. Top 10 in the world, and I should know, I'm a legit 6'5"."
SomePerson said on 14/Jun/09
Rand Hobart: Rita said that it was size 22 EEE
Brumber said on 14/Jun/09
Ginny Bunford was Britain's tallest woman during her lifetime. Does anyone know of any other true giantesses alive ib Britain, during Ginny's life.
Clancy said on 14/Jun/09
The recent postings about Robert Wadlow, have been plain ridiculous. I do not know, why people want to sully his memory. Robert in life was a sensitive soul.
Never mind rolling in his grave, he will be spinning in it.
Rand Hobart said on 14/Jun/09
An article, I was reading regarding Chris Greener, stated that he had weighed up to 30 stones otherwise 420 pounds. I had not realised Chris had ever weighed that amount. The Guinness book and TV documentaries always gave his weight as less.

Whilst thumbing through an old copy of Guinness, it indicated Sandy Allen wore a
size 16 EEE shoe. Having read Rita's postings and seen Sandy on TV talking about her shoes, I know it was a much bigger size.
aram x said on 14/Jun/09
lol Bisad claiming 8,6". that's ludracious!
Beowulf said on 13/Jun/09
re johnny c's comment of 12 th june about chris lister, has any other giant so gone off the rails?
Anonymous said on 13/Jun/09
Fingleton is Europe's tallest person, though Bissad is now claiming 8-6.
Fred said on 13/Jun/09
Isn't Neil Fingleton Britains tallest man, in that news article they state Chris Greener Britains tallest man, that Johnny C posted. I may be wrong.
Rand Hobart said on 13/Jun/09
II have not been able to attend The Giant Bradley Event for the last couple of years, I wish I could have made the last years event when Chris Greener was in attendance. Click Here

A few years back there was a tall woman there, who was quite a height. Well above six feet tall. Though the tallest and biggest woman I have seen was in The Blackpool Pleasure Beach, a lot of years back. She was extremely large and
sounded very like the woman Cramphorn described at Hull Market. The woman I saw had to be about 7 feet. She wore a continental style garb with an apron over a dress. She was huge.
aram x said on 13/Jun/09
If you stand out of the crowd by that much, burglary or any civil crime would be hard to get away with especially in broad day light.
Metetron said on 13/Jun/09
Johnny C
Youm ommited Wadzilla VS Godzilla


Big Bob is invited to tour Japan. He is also in vited to meet one of the world's foremost authorities on growth. But a mad scientist imposes as the doctor and injects Bob with a growth serum. He begins to grow rapidly and goes on the rampage. The authorities send for godzilla, from monster island.
after a titanic tussle Godzilla chases Wadzilla(Bob) away.

Though beaten and bruised Bob lives to fight another day.

King Kong VS Wadzilla
A Nonny Mouse said on 13/Jun/09
Anonymous (12 June) - that question is a lot more complicated than it might seem at first sight. It wouldn't be enough simply to find an 8 footer who lived to a greater age than Wadlow. You'd need to know at what age he reached 8 feet. Some pituitary giants have spurts of growth well after becoming adults. I'll tell you what - Leonid Stadnyk didn't "reign" for long!
kking Aarfur said on 13/Jun/09
A Nonny Mousse: Hello . I daresay you know a few things about giants. But I believe you really need to consult someone who is a real master. A man whose expertise on giants is beyond question. My first impression was to refer you to
Johnny C. Now Johnny knows his stuff, but then I realised that whilst he is good, I mean very good, he wouldn't mind me going over his head and passing you on to another. There is after all another resident on this planet, who
could just be the world's foremost authority on Robert Wadlow and inded giants in general. If you are a man who is quick on the uptake, and I believe that you are. You should know who I mean.

Barnaby Joyce: It was good to hear from you. Good Luck for your journey abroad.
I hope you will keep me posted on how it goes.
Anonymous said on 12/Jun/09
Qn: Who was the lomgest reigning 8-footer? It certainly wasn't RW.
Johnny C said on 12/Jun/09
Great to see my local giant in the news Click Here
Rita said on 12/Jun/09
Johnny C:
Thanks for the laugh and the wry humor!
Johnny C said on 12/Jun/09
Barnaby Joyce: What can I say? You're simply star quality!

I'd almost forgotten about those of Robert Wadlow's incredible exploits to which your latest posting refers, as I seem to have been overly concentrating on his height alone.

Yes, that was a tense deciding set at Wrestlemania 3, when the 69-year-old, 13 ft 10 inches tall "Big Wad" touched down that slam dunk to win the Superbowl versus the tag team of Andr
Big Show said on 12/Jun/09
Barnaby Joyce says on 12/Jun/09
Kking Aarfur

It seems we are kindrid spirits. As you say, RObert lives on in our hearts. I am visiting Japan later this year on political business and hope to upgrade my autograph collection with some Japanese celbrities such as Bao Xishun, Jet Lee, Chow Yun Fat etc. Besides being an authority on our tall friends I am an aved collector of autographs and currently have signatures that once belonged to Margaret Thatcher, Heath Ledger and Aquaman, among others in my collection. I first found out about Robert Wadlow (or The Big Wad as he preferred to be called) during Wrestlemania 3 when he battled Andre the Giant for the Superbowl and was victorius in five sets. My favourite story about the Wadster was that time he caught that guy and that other guy trying to steal that fish and he turned them into a pillar of bread. And they never stole fish again. As you say blind freddy can see that Nig Wad could have grown to ten or elven feet or more if he hadn't left our worlkd. He was the tallest man who ever lived and he lives on in our hearts.

What in God's name are you talking about? Robert Wadlow at Wrestlemania 3? Robert passed away 47 years prior to Wrestlemania 3.
Is this the same Barnaby Joyce that posted below or is someone using his username to discredit him?
Barnaby Joyce said on 12/Jun/09
Kking Aarfur

It seems we are kindrid spirits. As you say, RObert lives on in our hearts. I am visiting Japan later this year on political business and hope to upgrade my autograph collection with some Japanese celbrities such as Bao Xishun, Jet Lee, Chow Yun Fat etc. Besides being an authority on our tall friends I am an aved collector of autographs and currently have signatures that once belonged to Margaret Thatcher, Heath Ledger and Aquaman, among others in my collection. I first found out about Robert Wadlow (or The Big Wad as he preferred to be called) during Wrestlemania 3 when he battled Andre the Giant for the Superbowl and was victorius in five sets. My favourite story about the Wadster was that time he caught that guy and that other guy trying to steal that fish and he turned them into a pillar of bread. And they never stole fish again. As you say blind freddy can see that Nig Wad could have grown to ten or elven feet or more if he hadn't left our worlkd. He was the tallest man who ever lived and he lives on in our hearts.
A Nonny Mouse said on 11/Jun/09
Here is a great article
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The subject is movie monsters, but there is much fascinating discussion of the natural limits to the size of various creatures including man, and said information should convince anyone that an eleven foot man is an impossibility.
Boxerwhiteray said on 11/Jun/09
Johnny C
Thanks for including my submissions on giants and their aliases.
Two others I omitted were.
Maria Schubinger"The Alpine Giantess" and
Amalie Schulte"The Amazing Amazon"
A Nonny Mouse said on 11/Jun/09
Kking Aarfur - in heaven's name what are you on about? You don't have to be a doctor to know that a human being could not grow to ten or eleven feet. All you need to do is read a little in the fields of biology and biomechanics.
As I've pointed out before, Wadlow's death was due to the fact he couldn't feel his feet. How on earth do you think that same overworked circulatory system would have coped with an eleven foot body if it was inadequate for one of nine feet?
Johnny C said on 11/Jun/09
Boxerwhiteray: Giants and their Alias now includes your additions Click Here (theTallsite free)
Boxerwhiteray said on 11/Jun/09
Johnny C

Enjoyed reading through your list of Giants/Giantesses and their alises.
Here are some others.

Sandy Allen"The Shelbyville Giantess"

George Gracie"The Gentle Giant"

Hugh Gracie"Huge Hugh"

Eleanor Wagner(Londy)"The Wonderful Giantess" and "The Dreamland Giantess"

Ruth Duncan "The Magnificent Giantess"

Nellie Smith "Britannia" also "The Great Brittania" and "The Brittania Giantess"

Annie Haase and Dora Helms-amongst their many other aliases were sometimes called Elsa and Hilda van Droysen and Elsa and Hilda Dorryson.

I am also going to try and obtain a photograph of the booth in which George Gracie appeared in-and where I met him many times. Hope to be able to scan this and send on via email sometime in future.
Kking Aarfur said on 11/Jun/09
Barnaby Joyce: Why does a man of your intellect, waste his time bandying words with these fellows. After all, what do they know.

Robert Wadlow was a hero to many, he's up there with Big John Wayne and Bruce Lee. You say he's alive in the hearts of people and rightly so.

How did you find out about him. For me it was The Guinness World Book, that brought him to my attention. What a man. One christmas morning, I opened the book, and there he was.

You also tell us, that potentially in your opinion, that Robert may have reached ten or eleven feet tall. Can you expand on that, as there were some doubting Thomases. I mean what do these fellows know, you would think they were all doctors.

What we need is people with a real opinion on this forum. People with your sort of perception and intellect.

Could you tell us more about your proposed visit to Japan. That sounds very interesting. Have you got a large collection of autographs, perhaps you could illuminate us more. Who are your other heroes. Robert was a great hero and an inspiration to millions.

Ignore the fools, but dont dissapoint the people who want to be inspired.
Johnny C said on 10/Jun/09
B7f3: I don't know.
A Nonny Mouse said on 10/Jun/09
mytg8 - I don't think we need pay too much attention to that somewhat unethical doctor. If Wadlow, resenting being treated like a lab specimen, was rude to the doctor, good for him. I think I remember that the doctor also claimed Robert was of limited intelligence, which is clearly nonsense. As for the "moodiness" in private, he mostly looks cheerful in the private family photos.
mask said on 10/Jun/09
Ghulam Shabbir and Mohammad Riaz:
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B7f3 said on 10/Jun/09
Johnny C, I look forward to your response now that I am no longer Anon (there are several other Anons). Regarding the high concentration of giants in NE England, it seems that it might be simply that interest is higher there, possibly due to yourself (you are from the Market Weighton area, I guess).
mytg8 said on 10/Jun/09
Oops! I of course meant defamation of character in my earlier post.
ABC123 said on 10/Jun/09
Barnaby Joyce
Thank you for ignoring me, however it was you who began all this rubbish.
All I did was make a few comments and you had a go at me.
Anyway enough is enough.
mytg8 said on 10/Jun/09
My mother saw Wadlow when she was a young girl, during one of his many tours in the late 1930s. She said he was very friendly; everybody called him Bob.

However, it appears he had a public and a private face. A doctor specializing in giantism examined him about the same time and he published his paper in a journal he said(paraphrasing here) Wadlow privately was moody and somewhat of a brat. Wadlow's parents sued for infamation but lost the case. In his defense, 'tho, he really was just a teenager.
Clancy said on 10/Jun/09

Have never heard of Mister Wadlow called Bob, Bobby or Robby, just Robert.
As you observe, he was rather conservative in his outlook and attitude. That of course was his choice. I believe he wanted and tried to be as normal as possible, though it would have been impossible to be so, for obvious reasons.

In jest Jack Earle made some comments to Robert. Though I do not remember the exact quote, I believe he said Hello Lofty and the usual weather jape. This was something that Jack had endured most of his life, and learned to take in his stride. Apparently Robert was deeply offended, though the comments were only meant as a joke. Robert did not see the funny side.
Barnaby Joyce. said on 10/Jun/09
Anonymous u talk big for a fool who don't even got the guts to have a username. Try saying that to my face not onlne and see what happens. Ur a keyboard warrior, internet tough guy who thinks hes all that.

ABC123 I have decided that I will not lower myself to ur level and I am thus ignoring you.
Diamond Cut said on 10/Jun/09
Uncle Amos
We thought the tall woman we saw in Bridlington was approximately 6 ft 8.
Her weight was perhaps in the region of 400 pounds. My shoes are size fourteen and the tall lady mentioned was wearing a larger size, maybe size seventeen or eighteen.
Barnaby Joyce. said on 9/Jun/09
He was the tallest man who ever lived.
Johnny C said on 9/Jun/09
Anonymous: Create a username please, and I'll respond to your questions.
Johnny C said on 9/Jun/09
Giants and their Alias Click Here (theTallsite free)
Anonymous said on 9/Jun/09
Barnaby Joyce: you sound just like tallbillet86, who was on this forum a while ago. heroworshipping Wadlow.
Anonymous said on 9/Jun/09
Johnny C
That's an interesting set of links. Why are there so many giants in north eastern England? Was it a Nordic settlement?
ABC123 said on 9/Jun/09
Barnaby Joyce
I have not come here looking for conflict. I did not say anything about the infirmities of others are fodder for public amusement, you have. Okay I said that you would be suited to a clown's outfit. That is because your comments are
absolutely ludicrous and your spelling is awful. Primitive indeed, take a look at yourself. I have not set out to offend anyone, though if I have offended you, then you brought it on yourself.
Uncle Amos said on 9/Jun/09
If the top of a 6 ft 2 inch man's head was level with the bottom of a woman's ears as described by Diamond Cut. Then what height, would the tall woman have been?.
Barnaby Joyce. said on 9/Jun/09
Why do you come here seeking conflict?
This is a family forum. You obviously believe that the infirmities of others are fodder for public amusement and I for one find this attitude both primitive and offensive.

He was the tallest man who ever lived and he lives on in our hearts.
ABC123 said on 9/Jun/09
Barnaby Joyce
Tell me how do you actually talk to a man, who is no longer alive.
Many giants appeared in military or other costumes in sideshow
I was not showing Robert any disrespect, only making some comments.
You, however sound like the kind of person, who would be suited to a clown's outfit.
Barnaby Joyce. said on 9/Jun/09
Show some restecp ABC123!

He was the tallest man who ever lived.

Why should he degrade himself by appearing in a costume liek a type of clown? You wanna disrespect him try sayin it to his face I dare you.
ABC123 said on 9/Jun/09
Without being disrespectful, It seems to me that Robert Wadlow, appears to have been a rather conservative, and a somewhat stuffy sort of individual. He refused to appear in costume in the sideshow. Instead he came into the circus tent dressed in a business suit. I have never heard of him being called Bob or Bobby or Robby(wonder if he ever was). Can anyone answer that?.
Silver Link said on 9/Jun/09
Whilst travelling up north, I had to change trains in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. An extremely tall lady walked past me. I am 6 ft 1, and this woman absolutely loomed above me.
Anonymous said on 8/Jun/09
This is an international forum, right? Why do so many messages come from the Yorkshire/East England, a very small area. Is it just one person posting most of the messages?
Monsoon said on 8/Jun/09
Some contributor's have recently mentioned several women of exceptional height.
A while back I visited The Trout Hotel, Cockermouth,Cumbria. Here I saw a woman, who towered above everyone else present. The tallest man in the room,
who may have been 6'3 or 6'4 stood back to back with her, and she was way taller. She was large in the build (not fat) but would have been some weight.
This woman was not british. I think she was from somewhere in europe. The impression I got, was that she was a genial sort of person.
Clancy said on 8/Jun/09

Regarding Mister Wadlow.
What more can anyone say about him, that has not been said before.
We know his height and weight.
His other statistics, eg shoe size are known.
Hundreds of photos, of him exist.
We know how he died.
What more can we say.

People keep on bleating on about how much taller he would have grown, had he lived longer.

I've heard it all before.

If the whole forum, was only about him, it would get stale and boring.

There are many other giants and giantesses, we need to know more about.

Willow Tree said on 8/Jun/09
Anonymous(Wish people would give themselves a handle)
I just did comment on Robert Pershing Wadlow. The comment I made, somewhat controversial. Robert is the tallest person we know of. Though I have wondered if any taller people have existed. The countless individuals, who have lived over many centuries. Surely if there were no others taller, there still could have been some who got close, who have gone unrecorded. But someone might just have been even taller.
Anonymous said on 7/Jun/09
Please someone talk about "Robert Wadlow" Hell, he'll be rolling in his grave....poor guy.
Rita said on 7/Jun/09
TLC will air the program on "world's tallest kids" tonight (Sunday, 6/7) at 8 p.m. EST. I hope this post gets put on the forum in time ..... my last post from a few days ago hasn't made it yet. Where is the moderator???
Silver Link said on 6/Jun/09
The anecdote mentioned by Rolling Thunder reminds me of "A Brief Encounter", pardon the pun, which I had. Again a railway station, though this was at Doncaster. Whilst waiting on a platform, a really tall woman walked past me and absolutely loomed above my height. I am 6 ft 1, but it was a case of what's the weather like up there. This woman whoever she is, is considerably taller than I am.
Sandman said on 6/Jun/09
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Willow Tree said on 6/Jun/09
Robert Pershing WadlowClick Here
is universally acknowledged to have been the tallest human being, who ever lived. But how can we be 100 per cent sure. Many historians and explorers, and others speak of individuals, who they describe as taller than Wadlow. How can we know for definite.
Cramphorn said on 6/Jun/09
A good number of years back, I saw an absolutely huge woman in Hull Market. She was a great block of a woman. Her head, face, body, hands and feet were extremely large. I am 6 feet tall, but I reckon this lady was about a foot taller. Her clothing suggested she was not british. I remember that she wore a blue dress with an apron over it. Perhaps it was a national costume. Lots of people were pointing and gaping. The tall lady was talking to a man of about average height, who was dressed in what I would describe as a continental style suit and an unusual looking hat. They seemed to be aware that people were looking. Some of the bypassers walked close to the tall woman and her companion, yet they just carried on talking and did not appear in the least bothered.
Anonymous said on 5/Jun/09
Exactly why is the Robert Wadlow section never about Robert Wadlow?? Shouldnt there be a seperate section for people wishing to waffle about other people and their opinions?
Anonymous said on 5/Jun/09
Liang is wearing regular clothes. He can't possibly be anywhere near 8-5.
Anonymous said on 5/Jun/09
Mask - Great movies. The first (Juncai) is surely the most Wadlowesque person in the world. The second (Liang) is the new Stadnik (7-5 ish). He even speaks in the same moaning manner. I bet Juncai could armpit him if they ever met.
aram x said on 5/Jun/09
btw, Mask how do you know he's only 7,5"? I am skeptic too, but at least in this vid, he seems taller than 7,5". Maybe the doorway he walked through is also shorter than average like everything else in China?
aram x said on 5/Jun/09
That 7,5" Chinese guy looks like he suffers from some bad spinal curvature. He would definitely be taller if he stood without that hump.
Anonymous said on 5/Jun/09
Barnaby, it would be a bit easier to contact Bao Xi Shun if he happened to be Japanese, but he ain't,and I never heard that he'd emigrated!
Mask - those are some nice pics of Max Palmer, but it's painful having to scroll down through all that loony and very American religious dreck.The Steve Quayle site is bad enough in that respect.
mask said on 5/Jun/09
Click Here (would have been truly about 8'1" if he could have been able to stand up straight)
Click Here (judge by yourselves to me he is not more than 7'5")
Click Here (funny giants Viktor "Nicolay" Zabolotny and Bao XiShun)
Barnaby Joyce said on 5/Jun/09
Wassup peeps I'm going to Japan at the end of this year, does ne1 know where I can get in touch with Bau Xishun for an autograph?
Diamond Cut said on 5/Jun/09
During the summer of 1981 my then girlfriend and I had a holiday in Bridlington.
One day we went into a department store and saw an enormous woman. My girlfriend said afterwards, do you realise the top of your head only reached the bottom of that big womans ears. This woman was massive, I bet she would have
weighed 400 pounds or more. Her shoes were huge and extremely wide, much bigger than my size fourteens. My height is 6 feet 2 inches.
Rita said on 5/Jun/09
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Toby Twirl said on 4/Jun/09
I am 6 ft 1 and have seen some ladies taller than me. The tallest was probably about 6 ft 6. It would be interesting to compare heights with women like Dydek and Semenjova. I would probably make shoulder level, with these two.
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mask said on 4/Jun/09
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OXO CUBE said on 4/Jun/09
MisterSil: The woman you mention as "Aviemore giantess",6'9 tall is probably the same woman I saw. It was in a place called Carrbridge, that I came across
her. Carrbridge is only a few miles from Aviemore.
MisterSil said on 4/Jun/09
@Conal Cochrane, no doubt I know who is Pina Tufano, who is well known here. I saw her by chance many years ago in London, but I never met her recently. She used to have her personal website and a yahoo group, but now both are closed down. Let me say she is much more beautiful now in her forties than in her twenties. An ugly duckling who mature in a graceful swan.
Conal Cochrane said on 4/Jun/09
I was sure that you mentioned an Italian tall lady about six eight and something like 280 pounds in weght. It may have been this lady Guiseppina Tufano
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or otherwise Milena Boteva, or perhaps Eva Giauro, both six eight and a half.
MisterSil said on 4/Jun/09
@oxo cube, just wondering if you're talking od the so called "Aviemore giantess", 6'9 tall. There is only a small pic on theTallsite. Anybody has more news about her?
OXO CUBE said on 4/Jun/09
Whilst on holiday, in the Scottish Highlands some time ago, I came across a very tall woman. She must have been in her mid thirties, with dark hair and was attractive. My height is 6 ft 0. The tall lady had to be 6 ft 8 or 9.
MisterSil said on 4/Jun/09
@Conal Cochrane, yes I got close to Semenova on a tramway and she was almost touching the ceiling with her head. Even seated she was still gigantic.
Actually I don't remember the italian woman you talk about, but I met several tall women between 6'5 and 6'8.
Conal Cochrane said on 4/Jun/09
Did you actually get close up to Uljana Semenova. I remember her participating in the 1972 olympics. I believe she takes a size 21 shoe. A while back you sent a posting, regarding an Italian woman you met. I believe she is about six eight
or six eight and a half. Have you met many or any other really tall women ?.
Rolling Thunder said on 4/Jun/09
2 or 3 years back, I made a train journey from Nottingham to Derby. I looked out the window at Long Eaton station, and saw a woman who was tremendously tall.
This woman absolutely towered over everyone else. She appeared to be in the height range Tom Boller and ANON describe. There cannot be many women of that stature living in Britain. Is it possible, that this was the same person. The profile seems to fit.
MisterSil said on 4/Jun/09
In the 70's I saw a couple of times Uljana Semenova and she was really gigantic. Tall and big. Everybody was tiny near her. At that time she was in her twenties and even you can't call her a beauty, she was feminine.
aram x said on 3/Jun/09
Actually what I meant to say was I've never seen a woman remotely that size. I've seen a few men that height or even taller (the tallest I've seen in recent memory was the 7,4" Shagari Alleyne guy). I can't imagine seeing a girl that tall though. Quite intimidating I meant say!
Tom Boller said on 3/Jun/09
The lady ANON mentions.

Could this lady, I saw three times be the same one.
Came across her in Birmingham, Coventry and Leicester.

Description and age would fit.
I measure six three and I would say the lady I saw was at least six ten, though
probably more.
My weight is around 240 pounds and the lady in question would be at least 280, but perhaps more, difficult to say.
Her feet were a lot bigger than my eleven's.
She had long fair coloured hair when I first saw her, but the last time the hair was shorter and greying.
People generally consider me large, though I felt anything but in comparison to the lady mentioned. Never seen another remotely near her size.
Pierre said on 3/Jun/09
My height is 6ft4 and I have never seen a woman of the height ANON describes. I have seen a few though, who might have been say an inch or perhaps 2 inches taller than myself at most.
Anonymous said on 3/Jun/09
Hmmm - can't think of anyone who fits the bill. She'd have been born about 1950 and from your description might be one of many nationalities. Of course someone seen in a main street in London could be a visitor from abroad. Today, in such a situation, you could craftily snap a picture!
ANON said on 3/Jun/09
Anonymous/Aram X
I saw the tall lady I mentioned yesterday in London, this was in the Strand and near the Savoy Hotel. I would approximate this to be 1973. The woman in question was then probably in her early to mid twenties. Her hair was fair and longish and her build was medium, and yes 7 feet tall is a good approximation.
she was taller than a guy I knew who was 6'8 thats for certain. At that time platform shoes were fashionable and several friends of mine who were six footers
also wore them. Once I saw a woman about 6'2 who was wearing boots about 4 inches high, making her about 6'6 with them on.
Highman said on 2/Jun/09
This Zhang Liao is probably not even taller than Boa Xishun much less Zhang.
Anonymous said on 2/Jun/09
Anon, that's an interesting anecdote, but you don't tell us where this took place, so we can't try to guess who the woman was. By the way, why ever would a six-footer wear platform shoes?
aram x said on 2/Jun/09
ANON, that must mean she's at least 7 feet tall if a 6' person only comes up to her shoulder level. To be honest, I don't recall seeing anyone that tall in my life.
Poker Portal said on 2/Jun/09
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ANON said on 2/Jun/09
I am a six foot tall male. Back in the 1970s I used to wear platform shoes with three or three and a half inch heels. One day I was wearing some real high ones
and passed this woman in the street, she was wearing a regular heel and she was
towering above me. My head may have been a little above her shoulder, though I think if I had removed my shoes, would have probably only been about level with her shoulder line. WOW. Wonder who she was.
Siegfried said on 2/Jun/09
Did you make it to this years Giant Bradley Event?
aram x said on 1/Jun/09
26 stones sounds just about right for Neil. 360 lb is actually a pretty thin for somebody his height because some obese weigh that much but are at least a foot shorter!
Michael S said on 1/Jun/09
Calvin Coolidge's son died from an infected blister, Highman. You are simply wrong.
Brumber said on 1/Jun/09
A Ginny Bunford day Siegfried, good idea. You know what, a lot of people in Birmingham dont know who she was. Someone ought to write to the Birmingham Post
or contact the local authority and suggest that. She was the tallest british person and should merit more recognition.
Pontoon said on 1/Jun/09
I am 6 ft tall and take size 12 shoes. Once I encounterd a guy who is so tall, my head did not even reach his shoulder level. This man was slim to the build. I just happened to glance at his feet and I swear his shoes looked no bigger than my own.
Anonymous said on 1/Jun/09
Highman, anyone would think you were a doctor! "People don't die from blister infections". Well, Wadlow did. He got blood poisoning and penicillin hadn't come into use yet. If someone had been shot with a South American poison dart, no doubt you'd say "people don't die from little skin punctures."
Mocho Bunterro said on 1/Jun/09
Please anyone here know of Angelique of Chile mayhap tallest lady in world. She very very tall indeed. Neil Fingleton very very tall man indeed. Heem awful big. Please what 26 stone mean. Me no comprende.
Barnaby Joyce said on 1/Jun/09
He was the tallest man who ever lived
Siegfried said on 1/Jun/09
Thanks for supplying details of Neil Fingletons current weight. He sure has a massive appetite, althouugh that's to be expected. I have heard of the Giant
Bradley Day in Market Weighton.

They should have a Ginny Bunford day in Birmingham, after all she was Britains tallest citizen.
Mark D. said on 1/Jun/09
He had a pituitary tumor, causing giantism. In his day there were no treatments like there are today, from drugs to surgery, to fix that.
Ghost said on 1/Jun/09
Yep, Wadlow would have possibly grown a little past the 9 foot mark, but he probably wouldn't have been able to stand or walk
Danimal said on 31/May/09
I don't know how much his height was actually tapering off, considering the last year and a half of his life he grew 3", going from 8'8" to 8'11". Had he lived 2-3 more years, he would surely have well surpassed that 9 foot mark. Can you imagine how much of a rarity Robert was? No man has ever grown to that height before, or since. What was so special about Robert that he achieved a height of 9'0"?
Highman said on 31/May/09
Who are these so called doctors opining to Wadlow's possible height? Hasn't this topic been beaten to death already resulting in a poster being banned from this site? Geez. Wadlow's height was the proximate cause of his death. People don't die from blister infections. His maximum height was 8-11 and he reached it. RIP RW.
aram x said on 31/May/09
There's a biological limit to how tall humans can grow, and while Wadlow obviously grew much more than the humans are suppose to, he could have kept on growing until height completely disabled him. And he was already at that point since he required leg braces to walk!
Conal Cochrane said on 31/May/09
Danimal: The question of how tall Robert Wadlow may have reached, had he lived
longer has been debated here before. We cannot be sure, but I think he may have reached 9 feet or a little over. An expert on growth, gave the opinion that Robert had nearly done growing at the time of his passing.

Barnaby Joyce: I would say that 10 to 11 feet would not have been possible.
Anonymous said on 31/May/09
Please, Barnaby! The human circulatory system has evolved to deal with a body within a normal height range. Wadlow's death was caused indirectly by his height, because he couldn't feel his feet and hence was unaware of the advanced state of the foot blister which became infected. If he'd grown another foot or so, surely the circulation would have given up the struggle and his feet would have "died". Then, it would have been gangrene that killed him.
He'd have reached nine feet, but that would have been length, not height, because he'd have been bed-ridden.
Barnaby Joyce said on 31/May/09
I would say that if Robert had lived on past his time of death that ten to eleven feet was completely possible heights at which he could grow to.
mjv said on 30/May/09
if he had lived maybe 9 foot 5.
chris said on 30/May/09
an old article about Neil, touting the benefits of his tiny size 15s

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Gretzil said on 30/May/09
John Wain was not the writer or poet. He was a traveller of sorts and went around by horse and cart/caravan. It is probable that he came from or had a connection to Ireland, he did travel around towns in Yorks and Lancs probably in the 1930s or before that. This man was very tall, maybe 7 feet and they say he somewhat resembled Abraham Lincoln. He was reckoned to be an excellent cobbler and also mended other things. His shoe was size 17. A friend of my grandfather was 6'4 and wore size 12 shoes and he was considered a big bloke.
The only bloke grandfather knew bigger than his mate Fred was John Wain.
OWEN said on 30/May/09
Siegfried, Neil Fingleton now tips the scales at 26 stones. Apparently he may be appearing at the annual event 'The Giant Bradley Day' at Market Weighton East Yorkshire tomorrow. Sun 31/05/09. He will be walking around the streets happy to talk to anyone interested in tall people. I met him and Chris Greener (the former tallest man in Britain before Neil) at the event last year. Unfortunately Chris is mostly now confined to a motorised wheelchair.
Indrid Cold said on 30/May/09
Neil Fingleton is approximately the same height as Sandy Allen was. However Sandy had much better proportions, her head and feet were larger than his.
Though whilst Sandy was acromegalic, Neil certainly does not appear to have that condition.
Curly said on 30/May/09
Although it's impossible to determine with absolute certainty, most medical professionals, using Wadlow's growth charts and medical history as a basis, opined that he would have continued growing until about the age of 25, at which point he would have stood about 9' 2.5". His rate of growth had begun to taper off during the final 2 years of his life and he wwas exhibiting the early stages of acromegalic changes, which meant that his growth plates were starting to close. Unfortunately, had Wadlow lived, he probably would have been confined to a wheelchair within a few years. Also, with his history of foot and leg infections, he might even have wound up a double amputee like Cecil Boling. Hope that sort of answers the question...which is not so silly.
aram x said on 30/May/09
Yeah, he could have very well reached or surpassed 9,6" although his arm span could still be longer than his height.
Danimal said on 29/May/09
Silly question, but can anyone give an estimate as to how tall you believe Robert Wadlow would have grown to had he not died at 22 years of age? How many more inches could he have grown? I read that his wingspan was 9'6". Perhaps that was what his ultimate height could have been? Any thoughts?
aram x said on 29/May/09
Rita, Manute Bol shockingly only weighed around 240-250 lbs at 7,7". He must be physical anomaly!
Road Gaffer Dixon said on 29/May/09
Who was/is John Wain. The only person of that name, I have come across was a writer and poet. Was that him.
Siegfried said on 29/May/09
Has anyone any idea what Neil Fingleton weighs now.
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Anonymous said on 28/May/09
Soomro seems somewhat clumsy and uncordinated in his movements.
For a comparison, according to the BoxRec website, Manny Pacquiao is 5 feet 6.5 in (169 cm)tall.
Rita said on 28/May/09
I loved the Fingleton story -- he sounds so much like Sandy Allen, who also refused to exploit herself and had fun with her size. But a 14 shoe? He's the same height as Sandy and she wore a 22/23. I think 14 would be very small for a man of that size.Also, as a comparison, Sandy weighed between 380 and 425 most of her adult life, at 7'7". She looked and felt better at the lower weight, and anything lighter would have made her too skinny for her height.
aram x said on 28/May/09
"Siegfried says on 27/May/09
In general a size fourteen shoe is large, though not for a man of seven feet and seven inches tall. Also me thinks his hat size, would not be very large for a man of his size. Does anyone agree."
Yes, somebody his height I would expect at least a size 17 or 18 shoe. And Neil's head is rather small for his height too. I guess he's a relatively small framed person. This 7,3"-7,4" guy, on the other hand,
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Indrid Cold said on 28/May/09
The actress Blanche Payson who appeared as Formidable Woman in Laurel and Hardy short Below Zero, when comparing her to Hardy seemed about the same height as John Wayne. Wayne and Hardy were in the Fighting Kentuckian together. Having looked at both films, Payson and Wayne seem roughly about the same amount taller than Hardy.
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Conal Cochrane said on 28/May/09
Regarding your statement about Neil Fingleton, I tend to agree that his hat size would be small in relation to his body size.
Gretzil said on 27/May/09
Indrid, the man you called John Wayne, was I think John Wain. This man I have been told was about 7 feet high. He wore a size 17 shoe, not size 7.
Siegfried said on 27/May/09
In general a size fourteen shoe is large, though not for a man of seven feet and seven inches tall. Also me thinks his hat size, would not be very large for a man of his size. Does anyone agree.
Anonymous said on 26/May/09
Highman, this guy (Zhao Liang) was discussed a while ago, when most people here didn't believe he's an 8 footer. Once again we're up against an apparently reliable report ("measured by doctors") which is probably NOT reliable. It's irritating. Mind you, I don't ever think we should attack the giant. These people have medical problems, and if they can improve their life by a spot of scamming, good luck to them, howvever frustrating it may be to investigators!
Highman said on 26/May/09
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This sounds like another giant scammer. On one hand he takes an interview talking about his life but then he won't be measured on-camera for ostensibly privacy reasons. He also simply doesn't look that tall. I thought for a second it would be Zhang Jun Cai but it wasn't.... he is the guy to measure!!
Johnny C said on 26/May/09
Indrid Cold: That's the best message I've read here for months! You're STAR quality! MORE!
Highman said on 26/May/09
Mask: Do you know what the video commentator said about Zhang?
Indrid Cold said on 26/May/09
A man I met in Barnsley claimed there was a guy called John Wayne (not to be confused with the actor), who he claimed was seven feet in height, yet only wore a size seven shoe. Personally speaking, I think he was talking a load of bull and I told the man I did not believe him. This John Wayne supposedly lived in Lancashire, but near the Yorkshire border.

The real John Wayne "Marion Michael Morrison" was reckoned to be six four and a half, though I am not sure if this was true. A woman who appeared in one of his films(not sure which one) seemed as tall as him.
aram x said on 25/May/09
Yeah at least Zhang will eventually get recognized by Guinness, but why not SOONER!
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Anonymous said on 25/May/09
Fingleton show size is still 14 (15 US size). Tiny feet. No wonder his balance is off.
aram x said on 24/May/09
252 lbs sounds extremely light for 7,5". But I suppose Fingleton is a relatively small framed person especially given that his shoe size is a 'measly' size 16 at 7,7". Right now, he probably weighs in the high 300 lb range or possibly even the 400 range (if he's a little chubby), but it's hard to tell since we never see him in too much 'revealing' clothing.
Conal Cochrane said on 24/May/09
What weight is Neil Fingleton now ?. At 18 years of age he was 7'5 and weighed 252 pounds. His shoe size was then 14. I think he takes a 15 now.
Anonymous said on 23/May/09
Fingleton should watch his diet! At his height, he'll get leg problems before long if he puts on weight the way he seems to be doing.
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aram x said on 19/May/09
Man it must be inconvenient being that tall!
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aram x said on 18/May/09
yeah those photos on the 3rd page clearly show Stadnik's true height. His head is about 3 inches short of the 7,11-8' ceiling of his house.
mask said on 18/May/09
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