Information on Victorian photography...with some examples (Although some photos are later than Victorian, I still found them interesting enough to save to this…
This is a 19th century trade card for James Allan, jeweler from Charleston, South Carolina. I understand the joke about the shackles on the subjects feet and hands and the neck brace but do not understand the scales and pointing finger. Maybe just to add to the joke about the posing stand being intimidating. Even this fantasy posing stand would not be enough to hold up a body.