Strange and Unusual
Painting of a strange airship/balloon inspired by a hoax involving life on the moon, 1830's. From Retronaut.
Victorian Spy Camera...disguised as a pocket watch!
"The classic terrarium is housed in a ‘Wardian” case, named for the 19th century amateur biologist Dr. Nathaniel Ward. Out on a woodland walk one day in 1830, he gathered a moth pupa and slipped it into a bottle he happened to be carrying. Once home, he forgot about it, only to come upon it months later. He found no butterfly, but instead, a seedling fern had sprouted. And thus began a Victorian “fad” that has survived over decades."
19th-century Wardian Case. Ooh
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Victorian artificial arm: Made from steel and brass, the elbow joint on this artificial arm can be moved by releasing a spring, the top joint of the wrist rotates and moves up & down, and the fingers can curl up and straighten out. The wearer may have disguised it with a glove. Among the most common causes of amputation throughout the 1800s were injuries received as a result of warfare. - Science Museum
If I ever lose an arm...
Curiosities: Parking Meter Grave I like this! Kind of a nice way to honor the woman's personality.
Love the unleashed power in this photo. Reminds me of that passage in the book of Job: "What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth? Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm.... (Job 38)