Title:  Mounted photographic print of the wax model of Magdeleine of Martinique (recto)

Artist/Maker: Warren Anatamical Museum

Date: 1907 (photograph), 1782 (model)

Source: Warren Anatomical Museum, Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Library

Copyright/Permissions: Warren Anatomical Museum collection, Center for the History of Medicine in the Francis A. Countway Library, Harvard University

References: Hogarth, Rana A., “To ‘excite the curiosity, and gratify the beholder’: Displaying Dappled Skin and Crafting Racial Identity in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic,” The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 18, no. 1 (Winter 2018): 180–212.

Location(s): St. Lucia

Date posted: September 27, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Magdeleine of Martinique

Categories: Scientific Racism Skin and Skin Disease Slavery and Medical Knowledge

Title: A black man buying some of J. Morison’s pills, hoping they will make him white

Artist/Maker:

Date:

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: A black man buying some of J. Morison’s pills, hoping they will make him white. Coloured lithograph.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): 377 Strand, London, England

 

Date posted: February 23, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on A black man buying some of J. Morison’s pills, hoping they will make him white

Categories: Pharmaceuticals Skin and Skin Disease

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

Categories: Advertisements Gender and Sex Scientific Racism Skin and Skin Disease Taxonomies

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”

Categories: Advertisements Gender and Sex Scientific Racism Skin and Skin Disease Taxonomies

Title: Wonderful spotted boy: seventeen months old, from the Caribee Islands, in the West Indies : to be seen at no.42, Piccadilly, opposite St. James’ Churc…

Artist/Maker:

Date: 1810?

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Wonderful spotted boy, Seventeen Months Old, From the Caribbee Islands, in the West Indies: to be seen at no.42, Piccadilly, opposite St. James’ Churc. Public Domain Mark

Location(s): West Indies; St. Vincent; London, England; 42 Piccadilly, London, England; 31 South Molton Street, London, England

 

Date posted: January 29, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Wonderful spotted boy…

Categories: Skin and Skin Disease

Title: John Boby, a black man with white markings. Reproduction of an etching

Artist/Maker:

Date: October 1, 1803

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: John Boby, a black man with white markings. Reproduction of an etching, 1803. Credit: Wellcome Collection.Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): Kingston, Jamaica; 16 Paternoster Row, London, England; England; Scotland

 

Date posted: January 29, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on John Boby…

Categories: Skin and Skin Disease

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

 

 

Date posted: January 29, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Mercifulness: Hudson’s Extract of Soap is merciful to the clothes

Categories: Advertisements Skin and Skin Disease

Title: Gordon Under Medical Inspection

Artist/Maker: McPherson & Oliver

Date: 1863

Source: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Copyright/Permissions: Public Domain. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Location(s): Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

 

Date posted: January 29, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Gordon Under Medical Inspection

Categories: Punishment Skin and Skin Disease Slavery and Medical Knowledge

Title: “Prisoners volunteer to save lives”

Artist/Maker: Michael J. Maicher

Date: 1966

Source: Temple University Libraries

Copyright/Permissions: Courtesy of the Special Collections Research Center. Temple University Libraries. Philadelphia, PA

References: Hornblum, Allen M. Acres of Skin: Human Experiments At Holmesburg Prison: a Story of Abuse and Exploitation In the Name of Medical Science. New York: Routledge, 1998.

Location(s): Holmesburg Prison, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 

Date posted: January 28, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on “Prisoners volunteer to save lives”

Categories: Experimentation Skin and Skin Disease

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