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: “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

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Title: $50 Reward. RANAWAY from the subscriber on the 18th May last.

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Date: July 2, 1856

Source: Louisiana State University Libraries, Special Collections

Copyright/Permissions: “$50 Reward. RANAWAY from the subscriber on the 18th May last.” The South-Western (Shreveport, LA), July 2, 1856. Louisiana Runaway Slave Advertisements, 1836-1865. Louisiana Digital Library, Baton Rouge, La.

Location(s): Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

 

 

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Title: Draft Bill-head of a pharmacist selling a remedy for Yellow Fever

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Date: 1805

Source: The British Museum

Copyright/Permissions: © Trustees of the British Museum. Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Location(s): London, England

 

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Title: Delhi: an anatomical model advertising a pharmacy

Artist/Maker: Ben Dray

Date: 1993

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Delhi: an anatomical model advertising a pharmacy. Colour photograph by Ben Dray, 1993. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): Delhi, India

 

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Title: Mercifulness: Hudson’s Extract of Soap is merciful to the clothes; it only removes the dirt, grease, and stains, leaving the linen behind- spotlessly white, wholesome and pure

Artist/Maker: R. S. Hudson Limited

Date: 1890-1899?

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Mercifulness : Hudson’s Extract of Soap is merciful to the clothes; it only removes the dirt, grease, and stains, leaving the linen behind- spotlessly white, wholesome and pure : Hudson’s Soap.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): Liverpool, England

 

 

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Title: $150 Reward. $150 reward cut of runaway slave Ranaway from the subscriber, on the night of the 2d instant, a negro man, who calls himself Henry May, … William Burke, Bardstown, Ky., September 3d. Bardstown, 1838.

Artist/Maker:

Date: 1838

Source: Library of Congress

Copyright/Permissions: $150 Reward. $150 reward cut of runaway slave Ranaway from the subscriber, on the night of the 2d instant, a negro man, who calls himself Henry May, … William Burke, Bardstown, Ky., September 3d. Bardstown, 1838. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 22, Folder 12b.

Location(s): Bardstown, Kentucky, USA

 

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