Hydrocephalic child, from Anomalies and curiosities of medicine, 1900
Hydrocephaly in an adult, from Anomalies and curiosities of medicine, 1900
The guillotine is most famous for its role during the Reign of Terror in the 1790s, but did you know that it was used by the French government to execute criminals until 1981?
Other governments have used it, too, including (for a time) the Third Reich.
Jean-Baptiste Tropmann, a notorious French murderer, was executed by guillotine in 1870. You can read about his crimes here.
Image: Exécution de Jean-Baptiste Tropmann. Source: Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée. Via Réunion des musées nationaux et du Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées.
Pulp illustration by H. H. McCauley for a story called Tarantula by Tedwell Chapman. From Rogue, December 1958.
Woman with Snake 1938
Paul Outerbridge (1896-1958) was an American photographer prominent for his early use and experiments in color photography. Outerbridge was a fashion and commercial photographer, an early pioneer and teacher of color photography, and an artist who created erotic nudes photographs that could not be exhibited in his lifetime. Outerbridge’s vivid color nude studies included early fetish photos and were too indecent under contemporary standards to find general public acceptance. A scandal over his erotic photography led to Outerbridge retiring as a commercial photographer.
Weird Tales November 1933 art by Margaret Brundage
Scalped as a child by Chief Little Turtle of the Brule Sioux tribe.
Photo taken circa 1890.