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Creepy vintage medical photos, Germany’s real-life fairy tale castles, famous monuments when they were under construction, iconic newspaper front pages, World War II’s most bad-ass women.

Babies Glasses

Vintage EverydayTanning babies at the Chicago Orphan Asylum to offset winter rickets in 1925.

Disturbing Medical Treatments And Gear Of Yesteryear

Girl Contraption

Vintage EverydayDr. Clark’s Spinal Apparatus, circa 1878, one of the more bizarre and least practical treatments for scoliosis.

Whether the outrageous historical medical treatments of decades and centuries past or the most bizarre practices of modern medicine, doctors have always been rather scary.

Even setting aside, say, the Nazis’ medical research or the evil science experiments of other corrupt regimes, sometimes doctors are terrifying without even trying.

But, thankfully, as these vintage photos show, doctors seemed to be most terrifying long ago.

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Radiation Suit

Vintage EverydayProtective gear for a radiology nurse, circa 1918.

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The Boring Day Jobs Of Your Favorite Authors

A writer’s paychecks are often collected from sources completely unrelated to their writing — just ask your local liberal arts grad. Whether they work in the service industry or as desk-jockeys, many writers bide their time until they can get home and do what they really want: make art.

But that doesn’t just apply to the next Salinger or Steinbeck. Many of your favorite authors had to put in their menial time, too — and in some cases, you wouldn’t believe what day jobs they held:

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William Faulkner

Writers Day Jobs William Faulkner

Wikimedia CommonsWhile he worked as a night supervisor at a university power plant, Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying, one of the books that earned him the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Haruki Murakami

Writers Day Jobs Haruki Murakami

Tufts UniversityNow an international sensation, Murakami wrote his first book, Hear The Wind Sing, while running a jazz and coffee bar called The Peter Cat in Tokyo. Coincidentally, he also met his wife there.

Kurt Vonnegut

Writers Day Jobs Kurt Vonnegut

FlickrAfter serving in the Army during World War II (at the end of which he was awarded the Purple Heart for frostbite, of all things), Vonnegut worked as a publicist for General Electric, and later managed one of the first Saab dealerships in America, all while writing short stories and essays for magazines.

Stephen King

Writers Day Jobs Stephen King

Wikimedia CommonsWhile writing and submitting short stories, King did anything he could to earn money, including working as a janitor, a gas pump attendant, and at an industrial laundry facility.

Agatha Christie

Writers Day Jobs Agatha Christie

Wikimedia CommonsChristie wrote her first detective novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, while working in the dispensary of the Red Cross hospital in Torquay, England. Apparently she learned much about poisons there, which would become useful in her later work.

JD Salinger

Writers Day Jobs JD Salinger

PBSIt may make sense why he withdrew toward the end of his life once you know that Salinger was once the entertainment director on a Swedish luxury cruise liner.

Bram Stoker

Writers Day Jobs Bram Stoker

The Imaginative Conservative/WordpressStoker wrote Dracula while working as the manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, imagining Henry Irving, a famous actor and owner of the theater, playing the vampire himself.

Douglas Adams

Writers Day Jobs Douglas Adams

Janna Vanderveen/WordpressWhile he wrote for radio shows and Monty Python, Adams served as the private bodyguard to a family of oil tycoons from Qatar.

James Joyce

Writers Day Jobs James Joyce

Wikimedia CommonsPerhaps the most remarkable of the bunch, Joyce, a gifted tenor, literally “sang for his supper” and even won the Bronze Medal in the 1904 Feis Ceoil, an Irish classical music festival.

Octavia Butler

Writers Day Jobs Octavia Butler

FlickrAlthough Butler wrote wondrous science-fiction, her day job was more grounded in reality. She worked as a dishwasher, telemarketer, and potato chip inspector, all while getting up at 2 a.m. to write.

Robert Frost

Writers Day Jobs Robert Frost

J.R. Benjamin/WordpressUnsurprisingly, considering his subject material, Frost labored for nine years on his family farm, but before that, he delivered newspapers, assisted in his mother’s classroom, and maintained carbon arc lamps in a factory.

T.S. Eliot

Writers Day Jobs TS Eliot

Wikimedia CommonsBy day, Eliot could have been any ordinary bank employee, but at night, he composed some of the world’s most important and influential modern poetry.

Vladimir Nabokov

Writers Day Jobs Vladimir Nabokov

Wikimedia CommonsIn Nabokov’s time, butterfly hunting was a popular pastime for Russian intellectuals, but he took the hobby further, publishing quite a few theses on the creatures, and accepting a job as a curator at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.

Wallace Stevens

Writers Day Jobs Wallace Stevens

The Operating System/WordpressStevens worked as an insurance lawyer, but he was known to write bits of poetry on the job, sending them to his secretary to be typed and worked on later.

John Grisham

Writers Day Jobs John Grisham

Wikimedia CommonsAs a young man, Grisham watered bushes at a nursery for one dollar an hour until he was promoted to working as part of a fence crew for 50 cents more. Eventually, he became fed up with that line of work and left to work with a plumbing contractor — all before becoming a prolific author, of course.

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