If you like bathing beauties in masks, perky breasts and giant cucumbers, fun with animals, boys with antlers, tubas on trains, veiled matrons wearing boxing gloves, the occasional skeleton, and several even weirder shots, you might enjoy this quirky collection of old snapshots from Buzzfeed. (The pictures come from Matt Stopera's blog of unusual old photos, Black & WTF.)
There are one or two where I don't even want to know what's going on. I wonder how hard it would be to try to invent stuff like this? I mean, I don't think chickens are as common a part of everyday life for most people as they used to be.
(Thanks to Jay Townsend)
ADDENDUM: Speaking of weird photos...all things taken into account, this is perhaps one of the most bizarre photographs I have ever seen in my life. It's not a photo I want to publish on my site, but the picture seems stranger to me than anything surrealists could invent when they're trying.
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Featured Comment by James: "The second of the two photos you highlight (the young boy and cockerel) immediately struck me as 'somewhat' familiar, but I couldn't put my finger on it. I showed it to my wife, who comes from the far north of Spain. She also felt it was familiar, and reminded me that we possess a very similar mini-chair and a photograph of her grandmother (born 1902) as a young girl sitting in such a chair. In truth, it was the chair that drew our eye. My wife is fairly good with period clothing (she has in the past worked for theatrical costumiers) and thinks the style of the clothes is European from sometime after 1900.
"Those chairs are certainly very numerous in the far north of Spain (where my wife is from) and southwestern France. They could be popular elsewhere, but I don't know. The cockerel is one of the symbols of France, particularly southwestern France, where rugby is a passion and the cockerel is a talisman for French rugby teams.
"So I'm going to put two and two together, and confidently declare an answer of 17.5. The image is of a young French boy, son of a smoking father who is a passionate Frenchman and rugby player. Taken in early 1903 in south western France, probably in Pau, sometime in the two weeks before Easter. The cockerel weighs a good twelve pounds, and will make a good Easter lunch, casserole, soup and sandwiches for the week after Easter."
Watson replies: What the deuce, it seems simple once you lay it out, Holmes. Splendid. So then—one down, 49 to go.