Robert Wadlow at GallenKamp’s

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GallenKamp’s was a shoe store chain with a location in downtown Olympia. In 1938, as a publicity stunt, the chain retained Robert Wadlow, the World’s Tallest Man, to undertake a nationwide tour of the stores. In this photograph, Wadlow is towering over a vehicle advertising the event. Due to a rare disorder of the pituitary gland, Wadlow never stopped growing. In 1938, a year before his early death, he was over 8 feet tall. Photograph selected and captioned by Deborah Ross on behalf of the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum. For more information, visit olympiahistory.org. Vibert Jeffers photograph, 1938, Susan Parish Collection, Southwest Regional Archives

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