Horatio Gordon Robley, a collector of the obscure, with his collection of severed heads, 1895.
A meeting of the Mickey Mouse Club, circa 1930s.
A shell shocked soldier gives a thousand yard stare, circa 1916.
William Henry Wheeler manipulates early photography to appear as though he has been decapitated, 1875.
The original Ronald McDonald, 1963.
Contestants in a beauty contest hide their faces with masks so as not to be judged on looks.
French neurologist Duchenne de Boulogne electrocuting a man’s face to study facial muscles, 1862.
Children pose with their deceased sister. Early photography was so expensive that people typically only had photos taken at birth, marriage, and death.
Boys return from their initiation into the Poro, a secret society in parts of Africa.
Melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London, 1925.
Lieutenant Herman with his terrifying ventriloquist dummy, 1870.
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