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A doll maker in the 1920’s. She was an elementary school teacher. She wanted to make her dolls look so real, she cut hair off of her students. She even skinned off some of her daughter’s skin for one particular doll. She was caught and found not guilty for reason of insanity.

Mary Ellen Wilson (1864–1956) or sometimes Mary Ellen McCormack was an American whose case of child abuse led to the creation of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. As an eight-year old, she was severely abused by her foster parents, Francis and Mary Connolly.

ANGELIZD's Place - Child Abuse Prevention - Index Page!

A Funeral Bearer, 'Mutes' were hired to lead funeral processions. They wore white or black sashes and carried staffs draped in cloth. Robert William Bus, 1831-1840 (Museum of London)

A Funeral Bearer: 19th century, Robert William Buss

African-American women sweeping their yards in Belton, South Carolina. The preference for bare earth and smooth, regular surfaces, carefully tended, was common in Africa and remained customary in the yards of black Americans until the 1940s.

U.S. History in Context - Document

In the history of raffles and lotteries, tontines and lottos, few would rank so high in the Department of Forbidden Weirdness as this 1912 Parisian lottery of babies.

Ptak Science Books: Baby Raffle of Paris, 1912

The largest chandelier in the world weighs 4 tons and is pink. It was a gift from Queen Victoria for the Dolmabakce Palace in Istanbul.

"My Cup Runneth Over" by Annie Lee. A beautiful work of art by the legendary Annie Lee.

Spiritualism by Susan Macatee: Although the Victorian era was a time of scientific discovery and technological advances, the Victorians seemed to be obsessed by the supernatural. Many people believed in ghosts, fairies, physic phenomena and telepathy. They also thought it possible to communicate with the dead. susanmacatee.word...

Water massages as a treatment for hysteria (c. 1860). Women considered to be suffering from hysteria would sometimes undergo "pelvic massage" – manual stimulation of the genitals by the doctor until the patient experienced "hysterical paroxysm" (orgasm).

U.S. Marshals escorting the brave Ruby Bridges. One of the first African Americans to attend a white school.

A Knocker-up was a profession in England before alarm clocks were affordable or reliable. It was their job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time. They used a heavy stick to knock on the clients’ doors or a long and light stick, often made of bamboo, to reach windows on higher floors. Some of them used pea-shooters. The knocker-up would not leave a client’s window until sure that the client had been awoken.

1945- A chronicle of the life of Lena Baker, the first woman to be sent to the electric chair in Georgia for the murder of her employer, who forced her into sexual slavery. Baker was charged with capital murder for killing her employer, Ernest Knight, In 2005, 60 years after her execution, the Georgia Parole Board issued Baker a full and unconditional pardon.// A little too late don't you think...

An amazing list of actual reasons for admission into the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum from the late 1800s. Sometimes, I'm really glad I live now else I'd have been committed at least 8 times over...

~ Little Sarah Rector, a former slave, became one of the richest little girls in America in 1914. Rector had been born among the Creek Indians, as a descendant of slaves. As a result of an earlier land treaty from the government. Back in 1887, the government awarded the Creek minors children 160 acres of land, which passed to Rector after her parents' deaths. Though her land was thought to be useless, oil was discovered in its depths in 1914, when she was just 10 years old.

Why we call it "the living room": In years passed, it was the habit to hold a deceased person's viewing and wake at home in the front parlor. During that time it was referred to as "the death room". The Ladies Home Journal in 1910 declared the "Death Room" as no more and henceforth the parlor would be known as the "Living Room".

Lier Mental Hospital was built in 1926 and has a long history of lobotomies and electroshock therapy as well as many stories of mistreatment of patients. This site was partially abandoned in the mid-80′s with Buildings A, D and E being emptied out. The remaining buildings are still being used as a psychiatric facility. This location is, perhaps, the most famous haunted place in Norway.

Queen Victoria with John Brown her personal servant. Oh his deathbed the Queen's chaplain Rev Norman Macleod confessed to marrying Queen Victoria and John Brown in a secret service. Queen Victoria asked for various items that had been given to her including letters between them and a ring that Brown had given to her belonging to his mother to be placed in her coffin.

Grave dolls were sometimes made and left at the grave of a deceased infant. It was made of wax, and had locks of hair from the deceased child. It sounds morbid by today's standards, but it was not too uncommon in the 19th century.

Annie Catherine Couts "I thank you for buying my picture. My name is Annie Catherine Couts and my home is Nashville, Tennessee. I was born in Springfield, Tennessee October 10, 1931. I have one sister. I am 16" tall sitting erect. I have completed nine grades in school. I have been afflicted all my life and have traveled in 35 states. I have been playing the organ for 20 years. Thanks again for buying my picture."

A very interesting find down here was this fever cabinet (also known as a hot box). It was used to treat venereal diseases by using rows of high-wattage light bulbs to increase the temperature inside the box to 105°F. This extreme heat killed or reduced the micro-organisms that cause gonorrhea and syphilis while the patient was given dosages of chemotherapy or arsenic. This extreme method of treatment was highly controversial due to the fact that the remedy was more dangerous than the disease.

1918: At the "Eastern Asylum for the Colored Insane" in North Carolina, women participate in "work therapy" -- picking cotton....Well! Lookee here...Free labor! Disgusting!