Born in 1893, Alice Dunbar, nicknamed “Alice from Dallas,” worked for Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey for nearly 20 years. Alice also exhibited at Coney Island, the Texas Centennial Exhibition in 1940 at the World’s Fair Museum in 1943. Alice Julian, the successful fat lady married a circus tattoo artist, named Frank Julian. Happily married, they retired from show business in the mid-1940s. On November 25, 1955, the 62-year-old Alice from Dallas died in Dallas.
"Memento mori, conjoined twins". Not 100% convinced this is legit. The head on the left-side may have been photoshopped in? Just doesn't look authentic to me.
Hunterian Museum - Elephantiasis. Image by Mister J. Photography
Joseph Merrick #Merrick #Elephant_Man #Medicine
Each bead of the rosary represents the bust of a well-fed burgher or maiden on one side, and a skeleton on the other. The terminals, even more graphically, show the head of a deceased man, with half the image eaten away from decay. Such images served as reminders that life is fleeting and that leading a virtuous life as a faithful Christian is key to salvation.
Victorian artificial arm. “Made from steel and brass, the elbow joint on this artificial arm can be moved by releasing a spring, the top joint of the wrist rotates and moves up & down, and the fingers can curl up and straighten out. The wearer may have disguised it with a glove. Among the most common causes of amputation throughout the 1800s were injuries received as a result of warfare.” - Science Museum
Gold locket with the hair of Queen Marie Antoinette; British Museum
Little Ballerinas by Black History Album, via Flickr