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20th Century

Sydney Oddities – Mannequin Arms (1942)

The source labels this as Sydney Oddities, which I think refers to a collection of odd images by the photographer Ray Olsen. Mannequins are creepy and uncanny, so very fitting.

Sydney Oddities - Mannequin Arms (1942)

Image is from the State Library of New South Wales and is under Public Domain License.

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Magnolia Branch & Flower X-ray (20th Century)

This photo was taken some time between 1910 and 1925. The creator is unknown. Who would had known a flower x-ray could be so lovely.

“After X-rays were discovered in 1895, they soon came to be applied in photography. X-radiographs made visible what was concealed to the human eye. They served primarily useful purposes, such as revealing fractures. This photograph, however, was probably taken simply for its sheer beauty. The petals hardly absorbed the X-rays, which is why they look so transparent and ethereal in the photograph.” – Image description.

Makes me wonder how many other flower x-rays are out there! Might have to do a bit of digging for more.

Magnolia Branch & Flower X-ray (20th Century)

Image is from the Rijksmuseum and is under Public Domain License.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1914)

These are very detailed pieces featuring scenes from Shakespeare’s Comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The artist is William Heath Robinson. Imagine trying to color these in!

Images are from the New York Public Library and Wikimedia Commons, under Public Domain License.

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Penicillium Mould Created in 1935

“A sample of Penicillium mould presented by Alexander Fleming to Douglas Macleod, 1935.

The British biologist and pharmacologist Alexander Fleming gave this sample of the mould Penicillium notatum to a colleague at St Mary’s Hospital, London, in 1935.

Seven years earlier, Fleming had discovered by chance that this species of mould produces a substance he called ‘Penicillin’ that was found to have powerful antibiotic properties. This sample marks penicillin’s transition from an interesting phenomenon to a potential drug.”

Image is from the Science Museum Group, © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London – under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence.

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Decorative Animal Head Tea Pots (1902)

These silver and Ivory(😡) decorative tea pots portray various animal heads. The designer is Carol Bugatti, and the maker is Adrien-Aurélien Hebrard. They are magnificent and cruel.

Image is from the Cleveland Museum of Art and is under Public Domain Dedication.

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Photograph of New York City Circa 1900

This is a photo of Mulberry Street, New York City Circa 1900. It is a photomechanical print published by Detroit Publishing Company. It is like looking in a time machine!

New York City Circa 1900

Image is from the Library of Congress and Wikimedia Commons, under Public Domain License.

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1930s Japan Night Lights By Hasui Kawase

This 1930s painting(1933 to be exact) is a lovely look in Japan at night. The lights look almost magical contrasted against the dark evening.

Illustration of Japan at night.

Image is from the National Diet Library and Wikimedia Commons, under Public Domain License.

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Creepy Ventriloquist Doll (1910)

This is an old postcard depicting ventriloquist Alan Stainer and his very creepy doll. Alan and his little buddy were part of an entertainment group called “The Gaieties” – and also a part of our nightmares.

Creepy Ventriloquist Doll (1910)

Image is from the Australian National Maritime Museum and is under Public Domain License.

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1900s Sheet Music Covers By André De Takacs

These are a few of the sheet music covers that André De Takacs did that I found funny(mostly the titles). He also did various questionable covers, so I wouldn’t look into his other works unless you are not easily offended.

All images are under Public Domain License.

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The Unknown & Gas Mask Fear (1941)

Silver gelatin photograph of taken in 1941, which I have nicknamed “Gas Mask Fear”. From the Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria. The photographer is unknown. The background is unknown. The fear is unknown.

Scared looking girl in a gas mask.

Image is from the State Library Victoria and is under Public Domain License.