What We Loved This Week, Jun. 19 – 25

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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21 Oscar Wilde Quotes To Add Some Wit To Your Day

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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Perhaps the quintessential wit of the 19th century, not a single aspect of daily life was immune from Oscar Wilde’s scrutinizing eye. In his relatively short life, the author took aim at all elements of the human condition, using humor and his rapier wit to puncture ego and bring us back down to earth — where life is, quite simply, more fun.

If you don’t have your copy of Dorian Grey or The Importance of Being Earnest handy, these Oscar Wilde quotes make for a fine taste of Wilde’s razor-sharp intelligence:

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Inside The Troubled Lives Of America’s Blind Bluesmen

Given the time and place from which they hailed, it’s not too surprising that many of the best blues musicians were blind. As it happens, blindness was just the beginning of their problems.

Blues Blind

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Racism, hunger, oppression, random bouts of syphilis — the life of a typical 1920s blues guitarist was not exactly a barrel of laughs. So just imagine how much worse it was being blind. Back then, a great many of them were: Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Blind Lemon Jefferson…in fact, just scroll down the Blues Hall of Fame list and every third musician seems to be preceded with the word “blind.”

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