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Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, who were not allowed to be buried together. Roermond, NL, 1888

Australian model caught distracted during a photo shoot when the first plane hit tower 1. What an epic photo. It’s so weird to think that normal things were happening on 9/11. People were walking their dogs, riding their bikes, models were doing photoshoots… and the planes hit.

Taxidermy cat hat. Apparently this was a thing because I have a book on Victorian fashion that describes a tippet with a real kitten head at each end.

Device to Prevent Masturbation: To curb men's urges, Victorian social moralists proposed & to a degree imposed socio-medical discourse based on male self-control. It was seriously held that sexual appetite was incompatible with mental distinction & procreation impaired artistic genius. Men were vigorously counseled to conserve vital health by avoiding fornication, masturbation & nocturnal emissions (devices were invented) & by rationing sex within marriage.

The Slipshod Sisters, date unknown. The Sisters ran the Slipshod Home for Feeble Minded Children.

Victorian tear catchers, usually used by a widowed bride. Upon the day of the funeral, the widow would collect her tears into this small vile, and all the tears she cried in the first year over the loss of her husband, she would capture in this vile she would wear upon her neck. And on the anniversary of his death, she pours the preserved tears atop his gravesite. It’s tragic, and prolongs the suffering for ritualistic purposes. However, it’s quite poetic.

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Happy Birthday, There’s a Corpse in Your Cake!

A small, metal viewing coffin with the unnerving inscription, “Don’t talk so much.” From the viewing window a strange, pale countenance started out. These are no ordinary playthings. The dolls originated in the US during the Victorian era and were called Frozen Charlottes (or Charlie for males) dolls. The dolls were made in response to the enormous popularity of a song “Fair Charlotte,” which was based on an 1843 poem penned by Maine journalist, Seba Smith, entitled, “A Corpse Going to a…