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Sideshow Freaks: Human Oddity I Cherry Dollface. Shot in Portland or in 2008. Photo: Travis Haight
Frances Lopez The Spotted Pony Girl Pretty much what I know is what's printed on the back of the card. Her condition is blamed on her mother being frightened by a spotted pony while pregnant. A lot of the human oddities throughout history have blamed their condition on maternal impression, which obviously holds no scientific merit. (picture postcard)
Mrs. Alma B. Little Arthur Little, a druggist, sought to divorce his wife Alma in 1914-15, because she "concealed Negro blood in her veins." Mrs. Little was a pale blonde, and denied that she had any African ancestry. She came to New York to visit the anthropologist Franz Boas, who pronounced that "If this golden-haired blond really has Negro blood in her veins, not a husband in the world can feel assured that his wife is not a Negress." The couple divorced on grounds of cruelty instead
This board, titled "HUMAN ODDITIES", shows all manner of rare and unusual anatomical & disease phenomenon: from gigantism to extreme dwarfism, additional fingers & bodies (ie, conjoined twins) to missing pieces and more. This may be difficult to view for some people but do recall that these are simply human beings born to a differently shaped body; they were brought into this world by mothers and fathers, to families that no doubt loved them.
ORBITAL ABSCESS WITH DISPLACEMENT OF THE EYE, 1908 In pre-antibiotic days orbital cellulitis and abscess could result from infections in the upper respiratory tract, sinusitis, furuncles or other infection on the face. This abscess has displaced the eye downward. As the eye is protected in a boney socket with little room for pus or tumor tissue hence it is easily forced from its socket. The infection easily spreads to the brain along the optic nerve or through blood vessels draining the eye.
Credit: Science Museum, Wellcome Library, London. The double-ended blood transfusion apparatus meant that the recipient and donor of the blood could be hooked up to the same device. The whole process took thirty minutes. The apparatus was invented by Dr Louis Jubé, whose name is printed on the lid of the tin.