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Elaborate 1700s Microscope From France

This French 1700s microscope was built sometime between 1745 and 1765. “Microscopes, especially ones as elaborate as this example, were luxurious symbols of enlightened aristocratic sophistication in the 1700s.” – Image source. Fancy science.

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

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Bedazzled Crown (1755) – Expensive and Tacky

The detail to this illustration of a Bedazzled Crown is admirable. Johann Baptist Homann really knew how to capture this ‘over the top’ head piece. I’m sure the fancy levels for this thing were off the charts, in terms of status and cost. However, it seems like the more jewels a crown has – the more tacky it looks.

Also, think of how much this weighed!!

Image is from Wikimedia Commons and is under Public Domain License.

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Indecency (1799)

The indecency in this illustration is quite astounding. The lady is exposing herself(censored), peeing in public, and cursing and grimacing as bystanders! Even the cat is offended! Haha!

“B-t you, what are you staring at?” – Caption

Cruikshank, Isaac. Indecency, 1799. Library of Congress and Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain License.

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Tree People (1785) By Nicolai Abildgaard

Some people have green thumbs, and others.. they are tree people! Anatomy and Botany mixed together into a humanoid plant. Lovely! I wonder if their pet dogs are bark. hehe

Sources: Top Left; Top Right; Bottom. All are from National Gallery of Denmark & Wikimedia Commons, under Public Domain Dedication.

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The Balloon Flight Pioneer – Jean Pierre

Jean-Pierre Blanchard lived between 1753 to 1809, and he was best known as the “Balloon Flight Pioneer”. Or as some call it a ‘ballooning’ pioneer. ‘Ballooning’ is such an awesome word. He is also the first person to cross the English Channel via balloon!

Wikipedia has much more information on Jean-Pierre. The rest of this post will be images I found relating to him and his inventions! I hope seeing these lifts your spirit. hehe

Information is from Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0).

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The Scold’s Bridle

A Scold’s bridle, sometimes called a witch’s bridle, a gossip’s bridle, a brank’s bridle, or simply branks, was an instrument of punishment, as a form of torture and public humiliation.

(Photo)Scold’s Bridle, 1550-1800 under (CC BY 4.0) – Credit Wellcome Collection. Information from Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0). (Art)1870 Two Scold’s Bridles under Public Domain License.

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The Harpy (1784)

“Departure of the harpy or amphibious monster from Cadiz to be taken to the king and the royal family of Spain” – Image Description. The artist is unknown.

Welp, I guess this harpy’s singing must had been REAALLLYYY good, because it wasn’t getting any sailors with its looks.

Image is from Gallica Digital Library and Wikimedia Commons, under Public Domain License.

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Electrical apparatus

Equipment to bring a drowned body back to life! By Charles Kite.

“Electrical conductor which allows the stimulation of the body of a drowned person at various and precise points on the victims anatomy.”

Image is from Wellcome Images and Wikimedia Commons, under CC BY 4.0.

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Phenomena (1742)

By Johan Gabriel Doppelmayr. ‘Phaenomena’ is Phenomena in Latin. Described as showing – “The Quantity of days of artifacts and a solar constant wanes”.

Image is from Wikimedia Commons and is under Public Domain License. Information from Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0).

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Baba Yaga Fighting the Infernal Crocodile

In Slavic Folklore, Baba Yaga is a supernatural being who appears as a deformed scary looking old women. Read more on the Baba Yaga Wikipedia Page.

Both of these pieces are by unknown artists. The first one is from the 17th century and the second is from the 18th.

Source 1 & Source 2. Both images are from Wikimedia Commons and are under Public Domain License. Information from Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0).