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Marie Tussaud was one of the most successful career women of the 19th century. She is truly a fascinating woman. At the age of 17, she became the art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister and then, during the French Revolution, was hastily forced to prove her allegiance to the feudalistic nobles by making the death masks of executed aristocrats. In 1802, when her marriage dissolved, she left France and took her sons and her waxworks to England; where she began displaying her lifelike artwork.

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The Ladies of Versailles

Born Jeanne Becu, she was a high class prostitute, eventually marrying her pimp's brother, Guillaume du Barry. The marriage afforded her a title, and made her a more appropriate consort for the King. She claimed royal heritage where there was none and was loathed by Marie Antoinette. Upon Louis XV's death from smallpox, she was exiled from Versailles.

Heads of Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Jacques-Rene Hebert, Fouquier Tinville, and Jean-Baptiste Carrier. Mme. Tussaud modeled the heads immediately after these gentlefolks were guillotined.

Marie Thérèse Charlotte de France aka Madame Royale aka Duchesse d’Angoulême. The first born child of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and the only one of her immediate family to survive the French Revolution. She is worth reading up on as she lead an interesting life, she single handedly stood up to Napoleon in 1814 & he paid her the compliment of calling her, " the only man in the family." Tumblr

I have to say this is one of the beautiful post Mortem photos I have seen yet. Photo by Alice M. Boughton, ~ 1910... The woman on the left is deceased while the woman on the right looks to be holding her. They look to be sisters. This is a beautiful picture though.

Mount Rushmore was started in 1927. It took 14 years and around 400 workers to finish the head carvings. The project cost almost $1,000,000. In 1934, the face of George Washington was unveiled to the public. Jefferson’s sculpture was unveiled in 1936. The sculpture of Abraham Lincoln’s face got completed in 1937. Theodore Roosevelt’s face was the last to be unveiled in 1941.

Decapitated heads of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, wax and natural hair, displayed at Madame Tussaud's, London, 1995.

An African Princess Who Stood Unafraid Among Nazis. Her autobiography is a one-of-a-kind perspective of an educated, empowered, world-traveling daughter of a royal family, which no one wanted to publish until now. Autobiography of an African Princess

Louis-Charles, Duke of Normandy, was the son of King Louis XVI of France and Queen Marie Antoinette. He had been imprisoned from August 1792 until his death from illness in 1795 at the age of 10.

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Curious History : The Guillotine

Death mask of Marie Antoinette by Marie Tussaud

Mary Ann Webster was born in London in 1874, one of 8 children. As a young woman she worked as a nurse then in 1903, shortly after her marriage, Mary Ann began showing symptoms of acromegaly a form progressive giantism that causes abnormal growth and distortion of the facial features and joint and muscle pain. To support her 4 children after her husband's death in 1914 she entered and won an "Ugly Woman" contest. She worked as a sideshow attraction from 1920 until her death Dec 26 1933, aged…

An original photo bought in San Franciso about 15 years ago. It's a classic image of Lotta Crabtree smoking a cigar. She was a major singer-actress in the 1880s earning up to 5K a week and when she died in 1924 she left an estate worth 4 million. She donated a fountain to San Fran at Market & Kearny where people meet to mark the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake. #Victorian #celebrities #women #portraits

William James Sidis, a.k.a. the smartest man who ever lived. IQ estimated between 250 & 300. Taught himself 8 languages as a child & was eventually conversant ~ 40, invented another & entered Harvard, age 11 (2 yrs later than he wanted). A mathematical as well as linguistic genius and went on to teach classes in geometry and trigonometry in Texas at the age of 17. Sadly he never fulfilled his potential, preferring a lifetime of isolation and privacy. He worked a succession of menial jobs…

In 1925, the National Geographic Society didn't admit women, so Harriet Chalmers Adams, adventurer and female badass, founded the Society of Woman Geographers. She was regarded as the foremost woman explorer of her time, traveling to Latin American, eventually writing about her travels for National Geographic magazine. She proved that women had the same moxie, the same adventurous spirit, and the same fortitude to see the world as any man!

"Florence Mills in 1923. She was born in 1895, to ex-slaves in a Washington, D.C. slum. By the age of four, she was performing on stage. By the 1920s, she was the toast of Broadway and London and the first black woman featured in Vogue. Her trademark song, ‘I'm a Little Blackbird Looking for a Bluebird’ was a protest against racial inequality. Mills died in 1927, aged only 31."

Santa Claus was a Black Muurish European Nicholas, was probably born during the third century in the village of Patara, in what is now the southern coast of Turkey. He was born of very wealthy ethnic black Anatolians of the ancient Roman Empire. He was one of those ancient and dominant black Muurs of Europe that you only fleetingly come across in today’s western history, because the Gothic Europeans would hide the true Muurish history in Europe.

Allegedly an actual photo of The Great King Shaka Zulu, but he died in 1828, when photography was very much in its infancy, so I think this is a later representation.