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L’Inconnue de la Seine, death mask of 16 year old girl pulled from the Seine. apparently a suicide, as her body showed no marks of violence, but her beauty and her enigmatic smile led a Paris pathologist to order a plaster death mask of her face.

Helen Keller teaching Charlie Chaplin the manual alphabet ~ 1919

Helen Keller teaching Charlie Chaplin the manual alphabet, 1919 I find this fascinating. One of the greatest stars of the silent film era learning a language from the silent and blind Helen Keller.

Brighter than a thousand suns: Eyes that have seen a nuclear blast. Hiroshima, Japan. August 8, 1945

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Hibakusha: That's what survivors of the nuclear bomb are called. The photo is "blind girl' taken in Hiroshima in 1963 by Christer Strömholm. Eyes that have seen a nuclear blast, brighter than a thousand suns. This girl had a hard life.

A Japanese boy standing at attention after having brought his dead younger brother to a cremation pyre, 1945

Real-life Grave of the Fireflies: Stoic Japanese orphan, standing at attention having brought his dead younger brother to a cremation pyre, Nagasaki, by American photographer, Joe O’Donnell 1945 (One of the many sad things about war.

Maxine Mina, from the Philippines, born with two extra legs.  Break.com

Freak shows were very popular in the past. And an actor with a rare physical anomaly could make a circus owner rich. Here are the most famous circus freaks of the past. Freak shows were ve

Casualties of War - Facemask for very bad wounded man - The very nature of trench warfare proved diabolically conducive to head and facial injuries. This leaded to tremendous advancements in plastic surgery and facial reconstruction. However, not all surgeries were successful. It was grimly accepted that facial disfigurement was the most traumatic of the multitude of horrific damages the war inflicted.

WWI facial prosthesis - because of trench warfare, so many wounds were to the head and face. Before plastic surgery was common, doctors and artists worked together to give returning young soldiers a way to fit back into society.

Maurice Tillet, a wrestler suffering from acromegaly. He died in 1954 & was the inspiration for the character Shrek.

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[CasaGiardino] American supermodel Dorian Leigh & Russian-born French wrestler Maurice Tillet (Shrek the character was inspired in Tillet), 1945 by © Irving Penn — with Gastón Del Porto and Elio Ortiz.

Blue People of Kentucky, Appalachia. The genetic form of methemoglobinemia is caused by one of several genetic defects. The Fugates probably had a deficiency in the enzyme called cytochrome-b5 methemoglobin reductase, which is responsible for recessive congenital methemoglobinemia. At levels of between 10 and 20 percent a person can develop blue skin without any other symptoms. Most of blue Fugates never suffered any health effects and lived into their 80s and 90s.

(Blue People of Kentucky) Fugates: The genetic form of methemoglobinemia is caused by one of several genetic defects.

That's not the picture I would want to see every day but that is cool

The remains of Vladimir Komarov, a man who fell from space. killed when the Soyuz 1 space capsule crashed after re-entry on April 1967 due to a parachute

Irene Sendler.  Polish Catholic who during WWII smuggled 2500 infants and toddlers out of ghettos. She was eventually caught and she was beaten severely. But, she continued to fight for the children, even searching for surviving parents after the war.

Irena Sendler A 98 year-old Polish woman named Irena Sendler died in During WWII, Irena worked in the Warsaw Ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist. Irena smuggled Jewish children out

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