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a vaguely human form with bulging eyes and belching some kind of vapor reaches to grab a white woman around the neck. The creature has a tunic with Yellow Jack on it. The creature's hairy claws grab the woman around the hips as well. The woman wears a simple shift dress with a sash that reads Florida. This woman appears to be fainting backaward. Another woman stands tall and raises her left arm while looking out of the picture plane. She is also wearing a shift dress, with sash emblazoned with Columbia. Below this triad of figures is a wooden crate surrounded by foliage. The crate has the word Trade carved on the sign and presumably holds fruit. In the rear of the image a group of indistinct figures flee from the Yellow Jack monster.

Title:  Yellow Jack Monster

Artist/Maker: Matt Morgan

Date: 1873

Source: Library of Congress

Copyright/Permissions: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Alfred Bendiner Memorial Collection, [ LC-USZC4-9408]

References: Ingrid Gessner, “Epidemic Iconographies: Toward a Disease Aesthetics of the Destructive Sublime,” Amerikastudien 58, no. 4 (2013): 559–582.

Location(s): Florida, USA

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