World’s greatest curiosity! A woman with 3 legs and 2 bodies! An 1878 poster.

There are two right legs. I don’t know if that’s significant. But I am having a difficult time seeing the second body. I guess one just had to go see this curiosity in person at 251 Rue S.-Honore…


A French medical curiosity book poster (1883),  featuring urinary tract and bladder ailments. It is possible that the book was meant to be of use to medical profesionals while also creating some interest in the general public.


Early 20th century patriotic swimwear?

February 10, 2012

I am not entirely sure, but the presence of a vast body of water suggests that the young lady is wearing an early swimsuit. Note the swim-shoes, too.

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The best savings bank – a war loan (1917)

February 8, 2012

Die beste Sparkasse: Kriegsanleihe – The best savings bank – a war loan. One of the cool things about propaganda posters is that they leave out some reasoning. It is possible to argue that giving money to the war effort is ultimately the best way to preserve one’s savings, but arguments can always be refuted. [...]

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Pick your poison!

January 25, 2012

If course, it’s better. But one has to to consider the chances, also.

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Aerial Bike Show (1896)

January 13, 2012

Chas. H. Kabrich, the only Bike-Chute Aeronaut! This fellow combined the coolest things known at the time: balloons, bikes and parachutes.

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Saint Sam and the Giant Fly

December 21, 2011

“A Challenge to that Greatest of Public Enemies, the Desease-breeding Fly” From “Puck magazine”,1912

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