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Ghostly mourning scene, c 1920 by William Hope, “spirit photographer”

A woman mourns for her husband in a Chapel of Rest, the woman’s son stands beside her.  The image of a man’s face has been superimposed over the original photograph. The spirit album notes that the family were Roman Catholics and believed in life after death. 

Hope’s “Spirit Photography” work gained momentum after WWI, when many people were desperate to find evidence of loved ones living beyond the grave.  His techniques used double and triple exposures to render the appearance of ghostly apparitions around the sitter.  His deception was publicly exposed by a private investigator in 1922, but he still continued his work. (via the UK’s National Media Museum)

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Futuristic workstation, 1970s (via Ufunk)

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Unknown contortionist woman, c. 1940s-1950s (by Leslie Jones, via)

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Alice E. Doherty was born in 1887 with a rare genetic mutation called “hypertrichosis”, or “werewolf syndrome”, which causes excessive body hair.  She was billed as “The Minnesota Woolly Baby”.  At birth, she was covered all over in two-inch long, silky blonde hair.  She began exhibiting as a sideshow “freak” at the age of two, and remained in the business until 1915. (via)

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Pablo Picasso with a cute little owl, taken by Michel Sima, 1948 (via Lomography)

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Mickey Mouse costumes from 1931 (via io9)

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Mildred Katleck and opossum at bathing beach, 1922 (via Library of Congress)

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In 1932, Dr. Archibald Purves from England designed the Dynasphere.  He believed that one huge wheel encompassing five passengers was far more efficient than a car with four wheels.  The biggest issue was that it steered quite poorly.  (via)

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