The Animal Kingdom Illustrated. S.C. Goodrich (1885)
Antique cabinet card. (Via eBay)
From the advent of photography in the 19th century and into the 20th century, medical students, often in secrecy, took photographs of themselves with the cadavers that they dissected: their first patients. The photographs were made in a variety of forms, from proud class portraits to staged dark-humor scenes, from personal documentation to images reproduced on postcards sent in the mail. Poignant, strange, disturbing, and humorous, they are all compelling.
Further reading: http://www.blastbooks.com/dissection.htm
An 1800’s fire-screen filled with various taxidermy birds. These extravagant and ornate pieces were used to hide unsightly fireplaces during the warm summer months.
The bamboo frame is typical of the taxidermist Rowland Ward.
Victorian Era practice of photographing deceased relatives.
‘Graben’ nymphs: Viennese prostitutes posing. Carte-de-visite-photography. About 1865.
An antique photograph of what appears to be an extremely frightened chamois.
(I am unsure if this is genuine fear or just an odd taxidermy job.)
Antique cabinet card with a photograph of a taxidermied deformed dog.
Miniature dogs in a case by a 19th century taxidermist.
My antique porcelain and metal dentures.