46 Haunting Portraits Of 19th Century Mental Asylum Patients

The mental asylum of 19th century England housed the criminal, the insane, and the unwanted. These are their portraits. The Victorian Era ushered in several significant changes with regard to medicine and the treatment of the ill. Shifting political mores brought forth increased investment in public health institutions — one of which included the lunaticContinue reading “46 Haunting Portraits Of 19th Century Mental Asylum Patients”

34 Fascinating Photos of Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. Born and raised in the Austrian Empire, Tesla studied engineering and physics in the 1870s without receiving a degree,Continue reading “34 Fascinating Photos of Nikola Tesla”

15 Amazing Vintage Photos of Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, 1858

These remarkable photographs provide probably the only surviving images of veterans of the Grande Armée and the Guard actually wearing their original uniforms and insignia, although some of the uniforms have obviously been recut by tailors of the 1850’s. All the men — at this time in their 70s and 80s — are wearing theContinue reading “15 Amazing Vintage Photos of Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, 1858”

40 Amazing Vintage Portraits of Persians Taken During the 19th Century

Antoin Sevruguin is one of the first photographers to document life during the reign of the Qajar dynasty in Persia (1785–1925). Born into a diplomat family in the Russian embassy in Tehran in 1830, Sevruguin traveled around the country as an artist and photographer portraying the everyday lives of the Iranian people from 1870 toContinue reading “40 Amazing Vintage Portraits of Persians Taken During the 19th Century”

39 Exceptional Photographic Portraits From the 1840’s

After the introduction of photography in the 1840s the early Victorians soon recognized the medium’s potential for portraiture. At first only the rich could afford high prices at fashionable city photographic studios. Alongside the professionals, gentleman amateurs worked to master photography’s complicated chemistry and optics. It was the children or other relatives of these firstContinue reading “39 Exceptional Photographic Portraits From the 1840’s”

Rare Portraits of Men and Women From Around the World in Their Traditional Costumes at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

Here’s a rare set of large-format photographic portrait images of the different ethnic people who represented various countries of the world at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, also known as the World Columbian Exposition. The World Columbian Exposition was held from May to October 1893 in Chicago in honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’Continue reading “Rare Portraits of Men and Women From Around the World in Their Traditional Costumes at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair”