Posts tagged with ‘19th century

This is a 19th century anti-masturbation device. Looks comfy.
The rare 19th century item is made of copper and was designed to be worn by boys so they could not commit the ‘sin’. Attached to a belt it would have encased the genitalia. The bizarre antique dates back to around 1880 and was used in Catholic France. It is being offered for sale on auction website eBay with a starting price of £750.  Seller David Burns, of Curious Science, says that during a quarter of a century dealing in medical curiosities he has never had one for sale… “This is the first example we have offered for sale in 24 years. The condition is excellent. Three and half inches top to base.”
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This is a 19th century anti-masturbation device. Looks comfy.

The rare 19th century item is made of copper and was designed to be worn by boys so they could not commit the ‘sin’. Attached to a belt it would have encased the genitalia. The bizarre antique dates back to around 1880 and was used in Catholic France. It is being offered for sale on auction website eBay with a starting price of £750.

Seller David Burns, of Curious Science, says that during a quarter of a century dealing in medical curiosities he has never had one for sale… “This is the first example we have offered for sale in 24 years. The condition is excellent. Three and half inches top to base.”

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The weirdest map of North America ever printed is this 19th century giant meat man

In the late 1800s, merchants in the city of Superior, Wisconsin needed a way to convince other companies their town deserved to be a national center of manufacturing and shipping. To promote this idea, the Superior business interests created this rare map of a skinless, naked giant covering a good chunk of North America.

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The late 19th century, also known as the time when the US had the most awesome paper money in the world

Even with all of the changes to the look of American paper money in the past decade or so, it still seriously lags behind the rest of the world in the awesome money quotient. But in the late 1800s, the US had some seriously badass paper, with huge, intricate and beautiful scenes from Greek myth and it just screamed “THIS IS THE FUCKING LAND OF LIBERTY MOTHERFUCKER”.

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The day in 1883 when most life on Earth almost ended

We think we’re so cool because so far, we’ve been sitting here on Earth for tens of thousands of years without a major extinction event meteor or comet strike, but we’ve had some incredibly close calls, the most recent perhaps being back in August of 1883, when a comet barely brushed the Earth. If it had hit, you and I wouldn’t be here reading this on the internet.

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Color photos of whales Wales from the Victorian era
Come for the funny hats, stay for the gorgeous vistas.
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Color photos of whales Wales from the Victorian era

Come for the funny hats, stay for the gorgeous vistas.

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19th century prosthetic arm is a thing of beauty
Made from steel and brass, this unusual prosthetic arm articulates in a number of ways. The elbow joint can be moved by releasing a spring, whereas the top joint of the wrist allows a degree of rotation and an up-and-down motion. The fingers can also curl up and straighten out. The leather upper arm piece is used to fix the prosthesis to the remaining upper arm. The rather sinister appearance of the hand suggests the wearer may have disguised it with a glove. Among the most common causes of amputation throughout the 1800s were injuries received as a result of warfare.
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19th century prosthetic arm is a thing of beauty

Made from steel and brass, this unusual prosthetic arm articulates in a number of ways. The elbow joint can be moved by releasing a spring, whereas the top joint of the wrist allows a degree of rotation and an up-and-down motion. The fingers can also curl up and straighten out. The leather upper arm piece is used to fix the prosthesis to the remaining upper arm. The rather sinister appearance of the hand suggests the wearer may have disguised it with a glove. Among the most common causes of amputation throughout the 1800s were injuries received as a result of warfare.

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