These Tekonsha, Michigan farm boys presumably raided their mothers’ and sisters’ closets for this portrait, c. 1870s
Allen Ginsberg, taken December 1963 at The Women’s House of Detention in Manhattan, photo by Benedict Fernandez
“She went out with him several times, but after a little she turned him down. Of course she couldn’t tell him the reason, ‘B.O,’–body odor–is a delicate subject.”–Lifebuoy Health Soap advertisement, 1931
Wedding photo, Budapest, c. 1920s
Le Musée des Vampires — the Vampire Museum
14 rue Jules David
France (entrance at the back)
This unique story started many years ago. Jacques Sirgent, an eccentric but highly knowledgeable scholar and specialist of the macabre, opened “The Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures” as a visual manifestation of his dedicated research on vampirism, esoterism and occidental folkore.
A lifetime of collecting, translating rare texts, and gathering syncretic information on demonology and the dogmas that generated them made Sirgent a fascinating storyteller who will patiently extrapolate for his visitors the tales of the mysterious relics that his curiosity cabinet contains.
Comfortably seated on a crimson velvet couch, you’ll be thrilled and amazed by the cryptic history of Paris and the cemeteries where vampiric rituals were once practiced, medieval christian hierarchy and its crusade against sin and “cannibal sorcery” or the everlasting superstitions of the Undead.
The museum is also a pure delicacy for the eyes – vampire killing kit, Hammer Film collectibles, Dracula toys and antique books that might turn into dust if you touch them – a merry clutter of art, literature and popular myths that remind you that Carmilla, Vlad Tepes, and the others , once catalyzing archaic fears, are still trangressive figures of modernity.
As photography was coming into fashion, groups of medical students and morticians pose for photographs with their cadavers. The results are actually quite freaky.
We don’t have this in the shop… just a fan and wanted to share his work.!