Title: Julia Pastrana, a bearded woman, embalmed

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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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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…

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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

 

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

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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

 

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Categories: Skin and Skin Disease

Title: A Characteristic Group, Representing Chang and Eng, The Siamese Twins, with Their Wives and Children

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Date:

Source: Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University

Copyright/Permissions: A Characteristic Group, Representing Chang and Eng, The Siamese Twins, with Their Wives and Children. Wood engraving. Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Prints and Drawings Collection.

Location(s): Thailand; Mt. Airy, North Carolina, USA

 

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Categories: Experimentation

Title: The Astonishing Birth and History of that Wonderful Freak of Nature…Millie Christine

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Date: 1871

Source: Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University

Copyright/Permissions: The Astonishing Birth and History of that Wonderful Freak of Nature…Millie Christine. Wood engraving & letterpress. London: Published by F. Farrah 282, Strand, And A. Richie, Wine Office Court, Fleet Street, 1871. Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Prints and Drawings Collection

Location(s): North Carolina, USA; Wine Office Court, Fleet Street, London, England; 282 Strand, London, England

 

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Categories: Experimentation Reproductive Medicine Slavery and Medical Knowledge

Title: Exhibition ‘Social Care’ in the Museum of the Colonial Institute

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Date: 1943

Source: Stichting Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen

Copyright/Permissions: Unknown author “Exhibition ‘Social Care’ in the Museum of the Colonial Institute” [digital image]. https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/285227 © Stichting Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen

Location(s): Java, Indonesia; Amsterdam, the Netherlands

 

 

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Title: Title Page Image From Mille-Christine, History of the Carolina Twins: “Told in Their Own Peculiar Way” by “One of Them.” Buffalo: Buffalo Courier Printing House, 18–?.

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Date: ca. 1869

Source: North Carolina Collection, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Copyright/Permissions: Documenting the American South. University Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005.

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

Location(s): North Carolina, USA

Commentary: Conjoined twins Millie and Christine McCoy were born in North Carolina in 1851. Known as the “Carolina Twins,” they were subject to countless medical studies that focused on their reproductive organs and anus; their mother was studied as well. Additionally, the two were toured around the country as “medical curiosities,” and this image is the title page of a leaflet their “agents” sold to individuals who came to gawk at them.

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Categories: Experimentation Reproductive Medicine Slavery and Medical Knowledge

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.

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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

 

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