Title: 60,000 IMMORTAL INDIVIDUALS

Artist/Maker: Ben Denzer

Date: 2021

Source: Catalog Press

Copyright/Permissions: Ben Denzer, Catalog Press

Location(s): Boston, MA, USA

Commentary: Public information on individuals whose cells are “immortalized” in cell lines used for scientific research.
Human cell line data from Cellosaurus (Release 36, November 2020).

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Date posted: May 20, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on 60,000 IMMORTAL INDIVIDUALS

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Title: Julia Pastrana, a bearded woman, embalmed

Artist/Maker:

Date: 1862

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Julia Pastrana, a bearded woman, embalmed. Wood engraving, 1862. Public Domain Mark

References: Herzig, Rebecca M. “Bearded Women and Dog-Faced Men: Darwin’s Great Denudation.” In Plucked: A History of Hair Removal, 55-74. NYU Press, 2015.

Location(s): Picadilly, London, England, UK

Commentary: Julia Pastrana was a woman from Mexico whose hairy face and body made her a popular attraction to carnivals and freak shows in the mid-1800s. People, like Pastrana, who were considered abnormally hairy by the Euro-American public were displayed and publicised as sub-human examples of the “missing-links” proving Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. This wood engraving was printed after Pastrana’s death to publicise the exhibition of her embalmed body in a gallery in Piccadilly, London in 1862.

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Date posted: February 22, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Julia Pastrana, a bearded woman, embalmed

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Title: A woman offers a watermelon to a sick man; he is cured and both start dancing; she holds up a medicine bottle.

Artist/Maker:

Date: 1890

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: A woman offers a watermelon to a sick man; he is cured and both start dancing; she holds up a medicine bottle. Coloured lithograph, 1890. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): New York City, USA

Date posted: February 22, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on A woman offers a watermelon to a sick man

Categories: Pharmaceuticals

Title: “Krao”, the “missing link” : a living proof of Darwin’s theory of the descent of man : special lectures, 2.30, 5.30 & 9.30… : all should see her : [jungle illustration].

Artist/Maker:

Date: March 1887

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: “Krao”, the “missing link” : a living proof of Darwin’s theory of the descent of man : special lectures, 2.30, 5.30 & 9.30… : all should see her : [jungle illustration]. Public Domain Mark

References: Herzig, Rebecca M. “Bearded Women and Dog-Faced Men: Darwin’s Great Denudation.” In Plucked: A History of Hair Removal, 55-74. NYU Press, 2015.

Location(s): Laos; Westminster, London, England, UK

Date posted: February 22, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on “Krao”, the “missing link”

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Title: Harriet Tubman

Artist/Maker: H. Seymour Squyer

Date: ca.1885

Source: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Copyright/Permissions: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Location(s): Dorchester County, Maryland, USA; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Auburn, New York, USA; Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA

 

Date posted: January 30, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Harriet Tubman

Categories: Disability Nurses and Physicians Punishment

Title: The Joice Heth Exhibition, Boston Concert Hall, 1835. From P.T. Barnum, The Life of P.T. Barnum, Written By Himself (London: Samson Low, Son, 1855), 158.

Artist/Maker:

Date: 1855

Source: P.T. Barnum, The Life of P.T. Barnum, Written By Himself (London: Samson Low, Son, 1855), 158.

Copyright/Permissions: Public Domain

References: Boster, Dea H. African American Slavery and Disability: Bodies, Property and Power in the Antebellum South, 1800-1860. New York, NY: Routledge, 2013.

Location(s): Boston, Massachusetts, USA

 

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Categories: Disability Gender and Sex Slavery and Medical Knowledge

Title: Just arrived from London, and, by permission, will be exhibited here for a few days at Mr. James’s Sale Rooms, corner of Lord-street : that most wonderful phenomenon of nature, the Hottentot Venus : the only one ever exhibited in Europe

Artist/Maker: 

Date: ca. 1810

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Just arrived from London, and, by permission, will be exhibited here for a few days at Mr. James’s Sale Rooms, corner of Lord-street : that most wonderful phenomenom of nature, the Hottentot Venus : the only one ever exhibited in Europe. Wellcome CollectionPublic Domain Mark.

Location(s): London, England

 

Date posted: January 28, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Just arrived from London

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