“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.

“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.

Accounts of Insane Asylum Patients http://www.visualphotos.com/image ... what the hell!??!!

Accounts of Insane Asylum Patients http://www.visualphotos.com/image ... what the hell!??!!


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mental hospital nurses 1936  Absolutely fascinating article if you click through to the website printed in a 1930's LIFE magazine

mental hospital nurses 1936 Absolutely fascinating article if you click through to the website printed in a 1930's LIFE magazine

This is why I say history is so important to know. To appreciate what we have, we have to know where we've been.

This is why I say history is so important to know. To appreciate what we have, we have to know where we've been.

OHIO INSANE ASYLUM IN 1946…….SO OFTEN WE MIGHT ASK OURSELVES:  "WHAT ARE THEY THINKING (??)"……BUT IN REALITY, I GUESS THEY DON'T THINK……THEY ARE PUT HERE IN THE MORNING AND DON'T MOVE ALL DAY…………ccp

OHIO INSANE ASYLUM IN 1946…….SO OFTEN WE MIGHT ASK OURSELVES: "WHAT ARE THEY THINKING (??)"……BUT IN REALITY, I GUESS THEY DON'T THINK……THEY ARE PUT HERE IN THE MORNING AND DON'T MOVE ALL DAY…………ccp

Family posed with a deceased young child arranged at her mother's feet. So sadly sweet how the child is resting her head on her mother's knee.

17 Haunting Post-Mortem Photographs From The 1800s

Family posed with a deceased young child arranged at her mother's feet. So sadly sweet how the child is resting her head on her mother's knee.

Antesala de un Desnudo. Paz Errázuriz. [En una institución psiquiátrica]

Antesala de un Desnudo. Paz Errázuriz. [En una institución psiquiátrica]

Rare Photos Of Legendary People....the Clintons nearly killed me, and then I saw Churchill.....

Rare Photos Of Legendary People

Rare Photos Of Legendary People....the Clintons nearly killed me, and then I saw Churchill.....

I thought this was quirky and cute…then I read the caption.  For real?!  .  Via weirdvintage:    Sending a child through the post, 1900  “After parcel post service was introduced, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.”  - Smithsonian

I thought this was quirky and cute…then I read the caption. For real?! . Via weirdvintage: Sending a child through the post, 1900 “After parcel post service was introduced, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.” - Smithsonian

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