We round up 12 particularly curious images through history...
Wednesday 26th August 2015
Two chefs are seen here doing their groceries on skis, c1930, in Saint-Moritz, Switzerland.
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A lady and her dog are joined by a young crocodile at Bostock's Jungle, Earls Court, London, in this image dated August 1908.
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This curious woodcut featured in Hortus Sanitatis, an encyclopaedia of all knowledge and folklore on plants, animals, and minerals, printed by Johann Pruss in Strasbourg in 1497.
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Bernard Tussaud, the grandson of Swiss modeller Madame Tussaud, is seen here in September 1935 holding two wax heads - one of Haile Selassie, emperor of Abyssinia (Ethiopia), and the other of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
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This 1812 work by an anonymous artist, titled 'The Regent's Hack', depicts the Prince Regent riding a horse with the head of Richard Brinsley Sheridan - who acted as a link between the Prince of Wales and the Whigs, the future George IV, during the Regency crisis of 1788 - along a street strewn with large stones on which are heads of members of the opposition. The prince is on his way to visit his mistress, Lady Hertford. The allusion is to Sheridan's loyalty after the breach with the whigs.
According to Michael Finney Antiques Books and Prints: "Upon becoming Regent, the Prince promptly abandoned the Whigs, and retained Spencer Perceval as prime minister. At the annual St Patrick’s Day Dinner (March 17th), at which the prince was usually ‘the reigning and rapturous toast’, his name was received with boos and hisses. Sheridan, in a drunken, sycophantic and indiscreet speech, maintained that the prince would not forget his old supporters - at which the hisses were redoubled".
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In this image dated 1928, a woman is seen sitting under a large, chrome-plated hairdryer.
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This image depicts a medieval surgeon performing a trepanning operation on a patient's skull. Trepanning is the oldest-known surgical procedure whereby a hole was drilled in the skull to relieve pressure after an injury. It could also have been used to give a trapped demon a hole to escape, it was believed. This illustration is from Social England Volume II and is dated c1350.
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A policeman is seen here holding up the traffic to allow four women dressed as egg chicks to cross the bridge at the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London, 10 March 1966. There were 84 egg chicks in all, to publicise the British Egg Marketing Board's 'Breakfast Fortnight' to encourage egg consumption.
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This image depicts what would become known as the 'ball of the burning men'. In 1393, Isabeau de Baviere, the wife of King Charles VI of France, organised a celebration of the marriage of one of her ladies-in-waiting: masquerade at the royal court accompanied by live music from musicians in the upper right corner. Charles VI and others dressed up as wild men in costumes of cloth soaked in resinous wax or pitch covered with hemp so that they appeared shaggy and hairy from head to foot. Despite a ban on torches in the room, the king's brother, Louis of Valois, approached with a lighted torch and one of the dancers caught fire, causing panic. The Duchesse de Berry hid the king under her dress and saved his life. Four of the others died.
This image, by master of the Harley Froissart, dated c1470-1475, is titled 'Masquerade at the French court, 1393 (Dance of the Wodehouses)'.
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John Brophy, a professional golfer of Miami, is seen here in 1929 hitting a long drive from Rosie, a Miami Beach elephant, during practice.
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This image - The Five Orders of George III's Wigs, by William Hogarth, 1761 - depicts blueprints of Georgian wigs. Engraved by Thomas Cook, it was produced for the coronation of George III.
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