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ca. 1860’s - not often you see someone this old in photos of this period. Those hands tell a story by themselves.

Blenobia Brimswaddle at age in Blenobia gouged out her daughter Constance's wandering eye at 3 months of age, believing it would lead her to temptation and ruination with men when she grew of age.

How do you like your tea?

Is this why it's called cup size? (failed trends) Woman with Cups and Saucers - Coffee, tea and her.My tea cups bring all the boys to the yard

Vintage Portrait, Olivia De Havilland, Errol Flynn, Vintage Beauty, Vintage Fashion, Beautiful Ladies, Beautiful Things, Golden Age, 1920s

I just can't stop looking at her face...it says it all. July 1940. Berrien County, Michigan. "Migrant mother of family from Arkansas in roadside camp of cherry pickers."

July 1940 Berrien County, Michigan - "Migrant mother of family from Arkansas in roadside camp of cherry pickers.

Flora Stewart, who had her portrait taken the year before her death in 1868, was a house slave in New Hampshire during the Revolutionary War.

Flora Stewart, who had her portrait taken the year before her death in was a house slave in New Hampshire during the Revolutionary War. She was 117 years old at the time of the portrait.

Mary Surratt, 42, proprietor of a Maryland tavern and a Washington boarding house that served as meeting places and safe houses for Confederate spies and couriers. She was found guilty for her part in Lincoln's assassination.  Pictured: Mary Surratt, the first woman ever put to death by the Federal Government.

Mary Surratt, proprietor of a Maryland tavern and a Washington boarding house that served as meeting places and safe houses for Confederate spies and couriers. She was found guilty for her part in Lincoln's assassination. Pictured: Mary Surratt, the

The Melungeons (1600s- ) are a mixed-race people in America who live in the Appalachian mountains where Tennessee meets Virginia meets Kentucky. There are about 50,000 of them. They look mainly white nowadays but in the 1690s French traders said they looked like Moors (the Berbers of north-west Africa). They looked neither white nor black nor American Indian.

The Melungeons ) are a mixed-race people in America who live in the Appalachian mountains where Tennessee meets Virginia meets Kentucky. In the French traders said they looked like Moors.

Memento Mori inspired photo

This site exists to discredit the idea of the Victorian standing post mortem photo. Post mortem photos do exist, but none of them are stand alone.

Victorian post-mortem photography stand...is not what this is. It was simply a posing stand to keep the living in place for their photographs. THESE STANDS WERE NOT USED TO SUPPORT OR PROP UP THE DEAD!

Post-Mortem Photography was an important part of dealing with the death of a loved one in the Victorian era. This article explains the fascinating truth behind the photos of the dead.

Portrait of Helen Keller reading an embossed book. Visit the Perkins Archives flickr collection: http://www.flickr.com/photos/perkinsarchive/collections/

Helen Adams Keller (June 27 1880 – June 1 was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

May Pierstorff became the only child in history to be mailed.  In 1914 the parents of 4-year-old May Pierstorff needed to send their daughter to stay with her grandmother in Idaho, 100 miles away. The couple took the little girl to the post office and told the clerk they wanted to mail their daughter.  The clerk thought they were crazy, but finding no policy, rule, or law against it, he accommodated the family.

TIL after the USPS began offering parcel post, numerous poor families used the service to mail their children to relatives. One girl was mailed to her grandmother 73 miles away for just 53 cents.

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