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PostPosted: 14-04-2011 11:11    Post subject: 50 Unexplainable Black & White Photos Reply with quote

Some truly odd stuff there... Shocked

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/50-unexplainable-black-white-photos
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PostPosted: 14-04-2011 12:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of them are circus/carnival pictures, probably taken to promote the acts. Some are probably shots of amateur theatricals and make perfect sense in context.

Some of them are just weird.
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PostPosted: 14-04-2011 12:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.forteantimes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1086991&highlight=#1086991

*mumble-mumble... been there... mumble-mumble... done that*
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PostPosted: 21-04-2011 07:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

I syspect that the first photograph linked to from the opening post is nothing more outre than two circa 1903 sisters (?) vacationing at Niagara Falls.
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PostPosted: 26-04-2011 21:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that the same lady in 18 and 28? She looks similar and the pics are of a kind.
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PostPosted: 01-05-2011 06:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

whats photo 2 all about?
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PostPosted: 02-05-2011 11:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a great collection of curios. Apart from No 10. That one is actually quite disturbing.
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PostPosted: 12-05-2011 18:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

McAvennie_ wrote:
That is a great collection of curios. Apart from No 10. That one is actually quite disturbing.


That looks like some sort of folkloric ritual. The two guys in masks could be some sort of morris dancers.
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PostPosted: 15-05-2011 09:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm fairly sure #10 is some Nordic version of the St Nikolaus ritual.

In Germany (and other countries) St Nick comes in early December accompanied by an evil off-sider who carries a stick and a sack of coal or something. If you'be been naughty, you cop the stick, not the presents.

#2 - the blood stain after a virginal wedding night - or a spoof thereof? Or maybe some spilled wine after a long party or a combination of the two?
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PostPosted: 15-05-2011 10:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

Number 12, what the hell is that chicken doing? Shocked
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PostPosted: 15-05-2011 10:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zilch5 wrote:
#2 - the blood stain after a virginal wedding night - or a spoof thereof? Or maybe some spilled wine after a long party or a combination of the two?


Perhaps too much blood for that?
Maybe blood after a home birth?
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PostPosted: 15-05-2011 14:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zilch5 wrote:
I'm fairly sure #10 is some Nordic version of the St Nikolaus ritual.

In Germany (and other countries) St Nick comes in early December accompanied by an evil off-sider who carries a stick and a sack of coal or something. If you'be been naughty, you cop the stick, not the presents.



Never heard of that ritual, I am from Norway. I'll vote for morris dancers.
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PostPosted: 15-05-2011 15:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zilch5 wrote:
I'm fairly sure #10 is some Nordic version of the St Nikolaus ritual.

In Germany (and other countries) St Nick comes in early December accompanied by an evil off-sider who carries a stick and a sack of coal or something. If you'be been naughty, you cop the stick, not the presents. ...


I tend to agree that picture #10 is a Krampus visit / ritual. Both men are wearing demon-styled costumes (one's 'horns' are flaccid ... ), so neither one of them is the St Nick figure. Although St. Nikolaus and Krampus were often pictured together on Xmas cards (etc.), Krampus' visit was often described as involving Krampus alone and occurring separately, earlier than Xmas.

The bundled branches / switches are probably for ritually whipping the child. Krampus was often pictured as carrying a whip.

So far as I know, the Krampus tradition was localized to central Europe - particularly around the Alps, and especially in southern Germany and Austria. I never heard of this tradition during the years I lived in Scandinavia.
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PostPosted: 15-05-2011 15:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

PeniG wrote:
... Some are probably shots of amateur theatricals and make perfect sense in context. ...


That's my guess with respect to #46 - some sort of theatrical bit representing a student's nightmare (apparently with special regard to mathematics and geometry).
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PostPosted: 16-05-2011 05:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Krampus was what I was thinking of - but I thought it was "Nordic" rather than "Alpine" - sorry! Just learned something new then. Smile
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