The octobass is an extremely large bowed string instrument constructed about 1850 in Paris by the French luthier Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (1798-1875). It has four strings and is essentially a larger version of the double bass. The instrument was, in fact, so large that it took two musicians to play: one to bow and the other to control the "fingering", and was consequently never produced on a large scale or used much by composers.
Fritzi Massary aged 28. An actress and singer, by 1912 her fame was such that she was known simply as “The Massary”.
Inflatable Tiger Head
outpatient care - Luna Park monkey hospital, Lincoln Heights, California - ca. 1920