Saturday, May 3, 2014

Pastrana pastiche

I have almost finished making my way through a poorly edited book about 19th c. sideshow attraction Julia Pastrana. Having blogged about her before, I was well aware of the abuses suffered by the Mexican "Ape Woman" during her life and the mummification of her and her newborn son after death. So I went in search of a photo of the mummies, which were mainly in private hands until they were repatriated to Mexico and buried in 2013. I came up with the image above, but I find it hard to believe that the child shown was only 3 days old...

 

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