The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco -- Marilyn Chase. An excellent book that chronicles the Bubonic Plague epidemics of 1900–1904 and 1907–1908 in San Francisco. It is the story of a deadly epidemic, the application of new science, political chicanery, blatant racism, judicial involvement, personal heroism, indefatigable perseverance, and the triumph of good over evil.
Early mourning jewelry such as rings and pendants with skeletons or skull and crossbones reflects Memento Mori or As I Am So Shall You Be. The earliest depictions of these items are thought to go back to the late Middle Ages during the virulent plague known as The Black Death. This plague was a catastrophic pandemic that swept Europe beginning in 1347 and killing millions of people. It is thought to have inspired images reminding the viewer that death comes to all regardless of their station ...
A working model of a guillotine made by a Napoleonic prisoner, awaiting his death. The 200-year-old replica was crafted by an inmate using scrap animal bone.