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    Vintage ventriloquism portraits

    Creepy Family Next Door

    Vintage Gal: The Pierced Man, a circus performer from the 30’s.

    Ventriloquist | I have seen many a chilling stories about ventriloquists, and the old ones give me the shivers--like these two!

    Vintage Little Orphan Annie Wind up toy.

    Very creepy vintage “family” portrait.  This is the scariest one I have seen yet.




    HUMAN ODDITIES ... vintage sideshow freakshow circus performers. Digital Printable Collage Sheet



    A thoroughly creepy photo!

    A Black & White Photo That Cannot Be Explained

    “Mad as a hatter” In 18th and 19th century England mercury was used in the production of felt, which was used in the manufacturing of hats common of the time. People who worked in these hat factories were exposed daily to trace amounts of the metal, which accumulated within their bodies over time, causing some workers to develop dementia caused by mercury poisoning. Thus the phrase “Mad as a Hatter” became popular as a way to refer to someone who was perceived as insane.

    This 17-year-old girl is confined to a makeshift straitjacket for 20 hours a day in Hidalgo, Mexico. When it’s removed, she throws her arms in the air and laughs, then shoves her hand down her throat and begins to chew obsessively.

    ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a blind gentleman holding a cat] via the George Eastman House Collection, Still Photograph Archive

    Some really great oddity photos on this site. Portrait of James Morris - ‘The Elastic Skin Man’ - 19th century  via Wellcome Images

    Incredibly Disconcerting Vintage Portraits of Ventriloquists and their Dummies. Some of these are downright scary and might have inspired horror movies. My brother used to be a ventriloquist, but his dummies were funny, not frightening.