Johan Aason

Silverprint photo postcard shows giant Johan Aason at age 18. He is 8 feet, 9-1/4 inches tall and weighs 503 lbs, according to the handwriting in pencil on the back. Probably circa 1900.

Johan's mother moved to America in 1887 where her son was born later that same year. His mother was 7' 2" (220 cm).

According to Johan's patient record and his death certificate from Mendocino State Hospital, he measured 9' 2" (279 cm).

His mother was from Veggli, in Norway's Numedal valley where a small museum is honoring he and his mother with life-sized statues. Letters sent by John show he didn't care for his American name, John, and presented himself as Johan.

He was first buried in Mendocino, but was later moved to his final resting place in Montana.

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