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During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies. A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.

"It felt as if one’s entire world was one, long Sunday afternoon. Nothing to do. Nowhere to go."

arsvitaest : Agnes Richter, Held annually in Asylum for the Insane in the 1890's, embroidered text on Her jacket, WAS Which Part of the uniform Given to patients at the time. from the Prinzhorn Collection

Serge Clément, Anna B., 2001 épreuve argentique (via Galerie Simon Blais)

”Fault Line” ©Rick Berry 2012, oil on panel, 24 x 48 Rick, it's fantastic as usual. I love that you generally don't use reference... but you still study all the time. Todd Lockwood said that "No one can just draw muscles perfectly out of their imaginations. Well... except Rick Berry." 5/27/2012 ~Ann~

J.R. Eyerman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Unpublished. Hiroshima, September, 1945.

From notes by LIFE’s Bernard Hoffman to the magazine’s long-time picture editor, Wilson Hicks, in New York, September 1945.