#misanthropemonday as promised in the last episode here are photos of some of the skeletons found by workers in Oxfordshire. 28 three thousand year old skeletons were uncovered, and thought to have been partly ritual burials. images from the daily mail, April 14, 2019.3 #historylessonsformisanthropes
episode 12 is now live. in this episode we discuss the "Canadian stonewall", Operation Soap, where cops raided 4 gay bath houses in Toronto, on Feb 5, 1981. we discuss the deep seeded institutional homophobia that led to these raids, and how this mobilized the community to protest, resulting in Toronto's first pride "parade". for further listening, please see the cbc "uncovered: the village" podcast, episode 7. and visit the Canadian gay and lesbian archives at arquives.ca #historylessonsformisanthropes#hlfm
#misanthropemonday in 1887, a young corset maker in Toronto named lizzie bray met a man named John gamble. their relationship became sexual and lizzie got pregnant. they made every attempt through the underground network available to terminate the pregnancy but failed. out of desperation John tried himself and failed. lizzie died from complications due to abdominal trauma. in 1888 john was hanged for murder. (the globe, Feb 2, 1888) the more things change the more they stay the same. #historylessonsformisanthropes
#misanthropemonday Maud Wagner (1877-1961) was an American circus performer and widely known as the first female tattoo artist in America, beginning an apprenticeship in 1904 (which might discredit any female indigenous tattoo artists, but here we are). despite the availability of tattoo guns, she preferred stick and poke. her husband and daughter were also both tattoo artists. #tattooerlady
episode 10 is now live. in this episode we don't talk about Jack the ripper. we talk about his victims, and the lives they lead before their deaths thrust them into the public eye, with all the speculations of their lives that came with. #historylessonsformisanthropes#hlfm
#misanthropemonday did you know Jules Léotard (1838-1870) is the reason we have leotards? as a trapeze artist in the 19thc you'd think his early death was caused by a horrific fall from high. but nope, he died of small pox. #historylessonsformisanthropes
#misanthropemonday Mildred's doctoral supervisor just released a kids version of her book "fashion victims". the kids book is called "killer style: how fashion has injured, maimed, and murdered through history". I think we all know a child who has a morbid streak, and this book is perfect for them. kids can learn how hats were made with mercury, dresses were died with arsenic, how there was lead in makeup, how accessories were made of explosive celluloid and other fun facts. #killerstyle
today's contribution to #misanthropemonday is a hint at the next episode but also a post about one of Mildred's favourite places in Toronto. she got this 1960s reprint of a 1930s book at @mopaw_toronto, a book store for those who, themselves. are strange and unusual. #historylessonsformisanthropes
episode 07 is now live. please excuse getting used to new microphones. in this episode we explore the anatomy murders of Burke and hare in 1828, and the greater issue of grave robbing and the price we pay for progress. #historylessonsformisanthropes#burkeandhare
#misanthropemonday image 1 is the death mask of Napoleon I, 1821. image 2 is the death mask of Mildred strange, c2005. death masks were casts made of the faces of the recently deceased. they were used as momentos of the dead, and for reference for future paintings. (Mildred's isn't technically a death mask. it was a cast done for sfx makeup. same process though) #historyformisanthropes
thanks to my sister for bringing this to my attention. 2 days ago, March 25, was the 108th anniversary of the triangle shirt waist factory fire (episode 02). a group called invisible nation bk left a beautiful tribute to the lives lost, writing names and ages of the victims on the street. more pics can be seen at streetpictures.org/chalk (damn Insta and it's link impotence). #triangleshirtwaistfactory#invisiblenationbk
#misanthropemonday iron maidens are known as a medieval torture device and are often listed among inventories of torture of witches and the Spanish inquisition. it's inclusion is a good sign to throw a book away because the iron maiden is a 18thc invention that was never used. the popularity of the myth of this medieval device was spread through the 19thc and their often misguided obsession with the middle ages. it doesn't help that bram stoker wrote a short story about an iron maiden. you can call it a torture chamber folly, I suppose (a folly is a fake ...
episode 06 is now live. in this episode we go back to 1937 to explore how mild mannered cannabis became enemy number one, the devil's lettuce. we discuss the racialized propaganda that led a very useful plant to get taxed into oblivion, and then become a controlled substance. #historylessonsformisanthropes#hlfm edit- updating before coffee means I don't edit the Pinterest magnifying glass. sorry bout it
#misanthropemonday iron corsets (technically stays or a pair of bodies) are used to show how horrific and torturous corsets were. of course, like all good shocking fear mongering, the story isn't that simple. there is no evidence that iron corsets were a sartorial norm, but very likely used in a medical context, as an orthopaedic solution. this one is in the collection of the museo stibbert, in Florence, and dates to the 17thc. #corset
#misanthropemonday plague doctors tend to be associated with the black death (1347-1351), and while it's true there were doctors who dealt with the plague then, they did not wear the iconic beaked mask until the 1600s (this image is from 1656). the beaks of the mask were filled with aromatics to protect the doctor from the miasma from the patient. early medicine correlated smell and illness, in that illness was often found in conditions where there were also bad smells and the patients themselves often emitted a stench. the practice of wearing plague masks ended in the 1800s as ...
happy #internationalwomensday. Mildred specializes in women's history, so it was hard to choose someone for this post. elisabetta sirani (1638-1665) was an Italian painter. prolific in her short 27 years, she produced over 200 pieces, and was patroned by the Medici family. she never married but trained a number of artists. this painting is "Portia wounding her thigh" which tells the story of Portia, wife of Brutus, where she tries to gain his trust that she would not reveal his assassination plot by stabbing herself in the thigh. this was to prove she could withstand the pain of ...
episode 05 is now live. in this episode Mildred tell Lou about the great binge, a time at the turn of the 20thc where controlled narcotics like heroin and cocaine were household medicines. along for the ride is opium and absinthe. thanks for @vlhll for the theme music, which we forgot to say in the episode. again. #historylessonsformisanthropes#hlfm
"Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666" rev 13:18 William Blake "the number of the beast is 666" 1805-1810 thanks for bringing us to 666 downloads. truly here is wisdom. (and again sorry Instagram hates formats) #historylessonsformisanthropes#hlfm
episode 04 is now live. this episode is about Mildred's biggest history crush, Dr Alexander Augusta. his story on the surface was once of a successful doctor, but it was achieved as a black man in civil war America. follow Mildred and Lou while they recount the journey through racially charged bullshit Alexander experienced at every step of his path. #blackhistorymonth#historylessonsformisanthropes
#misanthropemonday it's family day here in Canada, except Manitoba, which is celebrating #louisriel day. Louis Riel (1844-1885) was a Métis political leader in the Canadian prairies who led two rebellions against the govt, defending their rights, culture and land against the westward expansion of colonization. he's a folk hero to many Canadians, and led a fascinating and often tragic life and in the end was hanged. If you would like to read his story we highly recommend the graphic novel "Louis Riel" written by Chester Brown. (second photo taken by Mildred at the Manitoba legislative assembly) ...
#misanthropemonday this week brings us #valentines day. we could have taken this to some dark places about disturbing historic love, but instead here are some vinegar valentines. a practice in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these cards afforded people to opportunity to give others a piece of their mind, in rhyme. the format of these aren't happy with Instagram, sorry some were cut off.
#misanthropemonday the 40 elephants (sometimes 40 thieves) was an all woman gang that terrorized London for almost 200 years, specializing in shoplifting. shown here is Lilian rose Kendall (aka the bob-haired bandit), a member in the 19-teens and 20s. the first mention of the elephants in the press was in 1873, but it's speculated that they operated for 100 years before that. dress of the late 1800s involved underpinnings like bustles and cage crinolines, ideal for hiding stolen goods in shops. the elephants disbanded in the 1950s, possibly due to increased security in retail outlets #historyformisanthropes ...
#misanthropemonday today is the feast day of st. Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of students and universities. he taught at the university of cologne between 1248 and 1252, so in honour of that, here is a grotesque of the bishop in cologne while Aquinas was there, konrad von hochstaden. he wasn't particularly liked by the city. yes, he is performing felatio on himself. this is on the old cologne city hall. #historylessonsformisanthropes
episode 2 is now live. here Mildred tells the story of arguably the first major industrial accident in America, the triangle shirt waist factory fire, in new york, 1911. the episode starts low energy as Mildred deals with caffeine withdrawal, but picks up once she gets fired up over the indifference to life of factory owners. link in bio, or find us on iTunes. we'll hopefully be on Spotify and Google play soon! #historylessonsformisanthropes#hlfm
#misanthropemonday our discussion of bog people in the first episode generated so many messages and comments. this is a photo I took at the Mosegård museum in Højbjerg, Denmark. he is known as gaubealle man and was discovered in 1952. he was an iron age man, alive over 2000 years ago, killed in a violent way, and placed in a bog. it is hypothesized that he was a sacrifice to a fertility goddess. the website of the Mosegård museum has a lot more information if you want to learn more about bog people and my little buddy here. ...
#misanthropemonday in 1888, the British magazine "answers" ran a contest asking readers what England will be like in 100 years. cremation and a magical island city are two answers. cremation was illegal at the time. happy New year's, folks. we're excited to bring you tales of weird history in 2019. stay safe tonight. (this content came from the Twitter account of Dr bob Nicholson, digivictorian). #historylessonsformisanthropes
#misanthropemonday happy day near the end of December, one and all. Victorian Christmas cards often featured surreal or absurd images. scrapbooking was a common past time, so card like this were meant to be kept, not because of the holiday message, but because of the image. for this same reason, business cards (then called advertising cards) featured images unrelated to the product they in theory advertised. Victorian ephemera is weird and fascinating. but I, for one, welcome the holiday tradition of murder thief frog. #historylessonsformisanthropes
#misanthropemonday Tarrare (1772-1798) was a French man with an unusually insatiable appetite. he left home when his parents could no longer afford to feed him, he became a showman, eating whole live animals, metal, entire baskets of fruit, basically anything he could get his hands on. He was hospitalized after some military service, and would frequently mow down on corpses in the morgue. When a baby went missing he was immediately suspected. He died, anticlimacticly, of TB. It's a disgusting and amazing story. #historylessonsformisanthropes
Congratulations to Dr Monroe at Healthy Life Family Medicine in Goodyear for being selected as one of Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doctors. The team at #hlfm make up one of the best primary care practices in the valley. #healthylifefamilymedicine