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The Creepiest Victorian Headless Photographs Ever Taken

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There was a whole lot creepy about the Victorian era. Using arsenic as a beauty tool, writing off every woman's trouble to "hysteria," and thinking that electric shocks were a technologically advanced medical tool - we've come a long way since then. And considering it was a time with such strange customs, it's not surprising that some truly creepy images emerged from that era. Plus an obsession with the new art of photography and photographic manipulation meant that suddenly Victorians could come up with new ways to immortalize themselves. And they're all pretty morbid. 

One of the biggest fads in the Victorian period was headless photography, where - you guessed it - the heads were removed from the subject and instead appeared somewhere else in the photo. It was developed by Oscar Rejlander and became a phenomena. Pretty soon it was being used by men, women, families, and even pets. Because, you know, there's nothing more adorable than a photo of your baby holding its own head. It was a weird time... 

  • This One Does It for the Kids

    Getting the kids involved seems totally unnecessary. And about 10 times creepier than any of the adult portraits. 

  • This Bucket List Masterpiece

    One of these guys definitely got the raw end of the deal. 

  • This Head a la Carte

    Removing the body completely. Bold choice. 

  • This Narcisstic Juggler

    "There's only one thing beautiful enough for me to juggle with, and that's me."