We might be shocked by this gallery of Victorian freak show posters, but at least there's a weird sort of honesty about them; "Here are some people who look different from you, so that you can gawp at them".
Times haven't changed all that much - we've just become better at lying to ourselves... Wait. That sounded rather sincere and cynical didn't it? Maybe we've sobered up at last. Dear god... we're starting to feel things again! Quickly, mother - the gin!