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From an amazing series of photographs of convicted criminals in Newcastle between 1871 - 1873. Jane Farrell stole 2 boots and was sentenced to do 10 hard days labour. She was 12. (Copyright) We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Please cite 'Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums' when reusing.
Millie and Christine McCoy (1851-1912) were conjoined twins born into slavery. They and their mother were sold to a showman, Joseph Smith. Smith and his wife educated the girls; they eventually could speak five languages, dance, play music, and sing. They were known as 'The Two Headed Nightingale'. In the 1880s they retired and purchased a small farm. Millie died of tuberculosis at age 61, with Christine following hours later. They remain one of the oldest-lived set of conjoined twins.
.We have learned that sometimes the eyes were painted on closed lids for post mortem photographs. She is propped up on a flower printed pillow and holds a book in her hands. The white area in the lower right of the plate is a milky area that appears to be a coating problem but adds to the strange feeling of the image.
Presentation of the Military Medal by General Plumer to nurses for their courageous conduct when their hospital was bombed by German airmen by National Library of Scotland, via Flickr