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    Additional reps to anyone who can explain the possible symbolism of this Victorian-era photograph.
    Picture from original poster.

    What's the answer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by heidixx View Post
    What's the answer?
    I could not locate any information that helps to explain the gestures and arrangement of objects in the photograph. Is it symbolism of some kind? The focal point seems to be the woman who is seated on the ground. She is staring at a coin that she holds in her hand. A stick of some sort is resting against her lap and next to that a gentleman’s top hat. Four of the standing women are directing their gazes at her. The woman in the center is curiously pointing a finger at the corner of her mouth and is the only one staring at the camera. Also, what is the woman holding in her hand above the head of the seated woman? Is that a bell?

    These young ladies appear to be in their mischievous teens and could be just larking it up for the camera. The Victorians had very different ideas about what was considered genuine humor compared to the jaded version the average person of today often has. Still, I can’t help but think there is more to it than that.

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    "Endloser böser Traum" by Amelie Anke Merzbach


    Death rocking a child (La mort basculant un enfant)
    Charles Emile Jacque, Etching and drypoint, ca. 1845.


    Anonymous British occult print dated 1721

    "A terrified man standing within a magic circle, while another wears a long cape and witch's hat using a wand and book of spells to direct demonic serpentine creatures and heads to blow vapours at the other."


    'Lucifer' by Cornelis Galle, early 1600s.






    This tissue view dates from the 1870s and is titled "Resurrection". The tinting is beautiful.


    The viaduct at Ziegenrück


    1870s? I would very much like to know where this photograph was taken as well as the story behind it.


    Sigmund Grimm, Augsburg, Germany, 1521


    Jan Luyken, 17th century. This mysterious etching depicts a woman named “Bianca Rubea”, burying herself alive in the tomb of her husband.
    The inscription below says:

    "BIANCA RUBEA, wife of BAPTISTA Á PORTA / crushes herself with the tombstone of her husband."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    This carving is over 1000 years old
    NSFW: http://i.imgur.com/Mumeb.jpg

    In case anybody is curious, the carving is part of the Khajuraho group of temples in India.
    It's interesting that you can find similar scenes in Scandinavian rock carvings from the same time.

    E.g.:

    http://tantrikblog.files.wordpress.c...ning.jpg?w=450
    http://tantrikblog.files.wordpress.c...ng_2.jpg?w=450

    There is some speculation that this is related to myths about animal-human hybrids such as the Minotaur and the centaurs and composite monsters like basiliks and griffins. Nor should we forget Sleipnir in this context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wulfram View Post
    1870s? I would very much like to know where this photograph was taken as well as the story behind it.
    That looks like one of the Flying P line ships.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_P-Liner
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    Flying P line Video

    There is an excellent film of a voyage of the Peking sailing around Cape Horn.

    It is still owned and sailed by Germans at the time of the filming. A great example of European dominance of the Seas.

    "Around Cape Horn" Irving Johnson

    Owned by Mystic Seaport

    While this is not it, the footage may have been taken from it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X840oaD6R14
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    Jeremy Bentham


    Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) was an English author, jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer. As requested in his will, Bentham's body was dissected as part of a public anatomy lecture. Afterwards, his head and body were preserved and stored in a wooden cabinet. Following the mummification process the head became darkened and was replaced with a wax imitation. The body was acquired by University College London, but is kept locked away after the real head was stolen (and returned) by students.


    King Frederick's Lion


    In 1731 King Frederick I of Sweden acquired a Lion which had been bought in Algiers. Following the death of the lion Frederick asked for it to be stuffed. The only problem was that the taxidermist who was commissioned had never seen a live lion, and was only given the skin and bones of the creature. Apparently the taxidermist used images of lions from the royal coat of arms as a reference.



    Works of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736-1783)








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    Blue Caves (Zakynthos Island), Greece

    The Blue Caves is a stunning sea cave with a fascinating rock formation in the island of Zakynthos. You can swim in the beach together with turtles or enjoy scuba diving in crystal clear waters. These underwater caves surrounds the island. What makes Blue Caves one of the most amazing places is its magical light reflection. This light reflection turns the water into a fantastic translucent blue. The island has a sunny weather with pure azure water and beautiful scenery that keeps travelers rolling in.



    Grotto in an iceberg, Antarctica, with Terra Nova in the background. January 5th, 1911.


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    1842 photograph of a Moon Crater. Its amazing how they were able to take such close-ups back then. I thought this was a modern photo when I first saw it.



    A cemetery statue carving its name into her own tombstone?



    Opalized dinosaur tooth


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    A couple of unique archival photos with Augusto Pinochet. The juxtaposition between the various individuals is, to say the least, unique. First off is a public meeting with Castro in Santiago, in '72, one year before the coup. Curiously poking his head in between, like an attention seeking 14-year-old girl, is Allende. The second is a picture of Pinochet at Francisco Franco's funeral in '75. (Fun fact: He was the world's only head of state to attend the funeral) Seated to the dapper general's right is Imelda Marcos. No idea if how to deal with communist insurgencies or shoe talk came up, but I suspect the latter.


    Pinochet: these two are going to Katyn me soon...


    Ferragamos, Imelda?
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    Burnt cheese casts light on 3,000 year-old family drama



    A moment of carelessness, 3,000 years ago has given Danish archaeologists an unexpected gift. A clay pot unearthed during an archaeological excavation in central Jutland, Denmark, contains the possible remains of a failed attempt of cheese making. Something went wrong during the process and the cheese maker most likely threw the pot away into the street, only to show up again thousands of years later.

    “We found the clay pot in what was once a pit. Quite unusually, it was in near mint condition and this is itself is an exciting find,” says curator and archaeologist Kaj F. Rasmussen from Museum Silkeborg, Denmark.
    http://sciencenordic.com/burnt-chees...d-family-drama

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