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The Peculiarity of Victorian Era Photography

A Victorian "hidden mother' memento mori / post mortem photo / photograph. In the Victorian Era, women holding infants were often covered; because the photograph is meant to be cropped to show only the infant.


Josephene Myrtle Corbin, the Four-Legged Woman, was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee in Rather than having a parasitic twin, Myrtle’s extra legs resulted from an even rarer form of conjoined.

Olive Ann Oatman Fairchild - captive by Indians in Arizona. She and her younger sister were captured when their family was killed.  Her older brother survived..tatoo markings are seen in the AMC movie channel series "Hell on Wheels" the story of the railroad.

Olive Oatman was the first white tattooed woman in the history of the United States. ~ Olive Oatman was 13 when she travelled from Illinois to California with her Mormon family.

Du WTF à lancienne

This is a picture of a little person, Edward Garrett, who played a baby in the farce "The Little Stranger" on Broadway. So, the picture is not as weird as it looks. It is a picture of a man, not a child.

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Leaping horse while riding side saddle and wearing a corset. That woman is amazing.

Spirit Photograph

A History of Photographing Ghosts

So many great photographs on this blog! Now... some swords.

antique cabinet photo from victorian age Gustavo Arcaris and Kate . knife throwing circus act

Black beauties

The caption from Corbis on this circa picture reads "Photo shows Thelma and Bonnie, called the "Graceful Creoles," posing coyly for the photographer at the Lido. The Lido is in Venice, Italy. And you thought you just loved "Thelma and Louise"

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Beauty in riding habits circa 1880s. Simply stunning. by maureen

Selika Lazevski, a century equestrian was photographed here by Felix Nadar in 1891 in Paris, France. She was an écuyère who performed haute école – which means she was an equestrian who rode high school dressage in French circuses in the century.

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