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Circassian Beauty In the 1860s, P.T. Barnum exhibited women whom he claimed were Circassian beauties. They wore a distinctive Afro hair style and were known as “moss haired girls.” Circassian beauties were typically presented as victims of sexual enslavement among the Turks, who had escaped from the harem to achieve freedom in America. (via WonderfullyStrange

Edwardian era circus performer Pansy Chinery (c. 1916) dangling in the air by her teeth. #circus #vintage #1910s #Edwardian #woman #performer

Gold locket with the hair of Queen Marie Antoinette: British Museum

Sylvia Plath. On February 10, 1963 Sylvia Plath was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in her kitchen. Plath had placed her head in the oven, while the gas was turned on and the pilot light unlit. She was 30.

Dog with gas mask. 1917

A U.S. soldier mocks Hitler for the camera, World War II.

The face of an NHL goalie before masks became standard game equipment...

Medical clothing worn during time of plague, 1819, Marseille. Plague Doctors would carry a stick or staff as part of their uniform to fend off any infected person who came to close.

Dorothy Day with her prison dress. On November 1917 Day went to prison for being one of forty women in front of the White House protesting women's exclusion from the electorate.

Haunting Mugshots From The Early 1900s - James Dawson was arrested for indecent exposure (yup, definitely arrested for indecent exposure) at North Shields Police Station on June 9, 1902

Egyptian mummy from The Louvre. I have been fascinated by mummy's ever since I was a small child and saw photos in a National Geographic magazine.

Modeling a hard plastic 'safety bra' to protect female workers at war plants, USA, 1943.