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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//

Early 19th century French vampire hunting kit.

Actual reasons for admission into the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum from the late 19th century

Hydrocephalic skull, 19th century.

19th century Welsh women in typical Welsh clothing... Ginghams, plaids, stripes and wild hats....

The Little Couple Here is an old postcard from my collection of a happy young couple posing on an ornate old chair in a studio setting. These two were gainfully employed as a sideshow attraction during the 19th century.

Curiosities ~ Early 19th century french vampyr hunting kit.

19th Century Cast Iron Dental Articulator.