Sometimes it seems that all of our inventions are designed to multiply the world.
Image: Reflection in two parallel plane mirrors: multiple images of an object placed between them. From El mundo físico, by A. Guillemin (1882) (via mondonoir)
Augusta turned her back to the judge, in order that he might examine what was written on it.
From Mr. Meeson’s will, by Henry Rider Haggard, London, 1888.
Entführung, plate 9 of the Ein Handschuh (“A Glove”) series by Max Klinger, 1881
Topaze, portrait painter.
J-J. Grandville, from Vie privée et publique des animaux (Public and Private Life of Animals), under the direction of P. J. Stahl, Paris, 1867.
Lewis Carroll, Rev. Thomas Childe Barker and his daughter, May 1864
A photograph of Augustine Gleizes from Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris by Asti Hustvedt
Through hypnosis, Jean-Martin Charcot sparked off different states in his patients like catalepsy, lethargy or somnambulism, up to cause artificial spasms by rubbing flexors. This photography shows his patient, Augustine, in a state of lethargy. The back muscles and those of the thighs and legs are contracted by friction; the rigid body placed between two chairs was holding the pose for several minutes.
A Nun Surprising a Monk Kissing a Nun in a Church Interior by Richard Cosway, 1785-1800
No. 13 by Pierre Louÿs, 1898 (From a “bullet album”)
Étienne-Jules Marey, Falling Cat, 1894
Batwoman by Albert-Joseph Pénot, 1890
Microscopic Images of a Fly by Anonymous, 1860s
German inventor Joseph Faber’s Talking Machine, known as “Euphonia,” was able to speak sentences in a human if monotone voice. It is “… a speech synthesizer. By pumping air with the bellows … and manipulating a series of plates, chambers, and other apparatus (including an artificial tongue … )”
Cheval blanc monté by Etienne Jules Marey, 1886
Anonymous photograph, Thomas Eakins carrying a woman, 1885. Via.
Someone travelled inside me, crossing from one side to the other. I have become his home. Outside, in the black landscape, someone is maintaining that they exist. From his gaze the circle closes around me. Traversed by him inwardly, encircled by him from without — that is my new situation. And I like it.
Unica Zürn, The Man of Jasmine: Impressions from a Mental Illness, 1967, translation by Malcolm Green. Via.