Pictured: A very hardworking Jenny Easther who along with Jude Marks and Alex Riley put in a lot of time and effort to get Big Bash 2020 up and running. However, as the Coronavirus virus started to spread worldwide and the Federal Government banned gatherings of 100 people we had no choice but to postpone […]

Gunnison, Colorado: the town that dodged the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

Spanish influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital at Camp Funston, Kansas, United States in 1918. Photograph: Associated Press In late 1918 the world’s greatest killer – Spanish flu – roared towards Gunnison, a mountain town in Colorado. The pandemic was infecting hundreds of millions of people in Europe, Africa, Asia and across the United […]

It Killed anyone.

The influenza pandemic of 1918 killed well over 50 million people around the world. The image above shows people playing baseball while wearing masks. The crowd wear masks as well. And that reflects the most terrifying and devastating aspect of the 1918 pandemic in a way the other pictures don’t: It killed anyone. Young, healthy […]

Ruysch, the Artist of “Death”.

Detail from Jan van Neck’s Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Frederick Ruysch (1683), showing Ruysch in the centre with an infant cadaver. When visiting Frederik Ruysch in Amsterdam in 1697, Tsar Peter the Great kissed one of the specimens from his anatomical museum, and afterwards bought the entire collection. Three hundred years later, the Dutch crown […]

The Painful Art of Tooth pulling, circa 18th Century.

Gripping moment … a tooth being extracted by an evil looking blacksmith/dentist, in an 18th-century oil painting. The blacksmith-cum-dentist seems to be enjoying himself as he uses a pair of giant pincers to remove a tooth – or teeth – from the mouth of a frightened and distraught patient. Much Pain awaits this poor devil […]

Oil of Wintergreen for pain relief still used today.

All-Purpose Pain Relief Back Then: [Wintergreen] boiled in wine and water and given to drink to them that have any inward ulcers in their kidneys or neck of the bladder, doth wonderfully help them; it stayeth also all fluxes, whether of blood or humours, [such] as the lask, bloody flux, women’s courses, and bleeding of […]

Circumcision in Egypt, circa 2400 BCE.

This is one of the oldest known illustrations of circumcision being performed. Actually, it’s a colorful re-creation of a bas-relief found in an Egyptian tomb built for Ankhmabor in Sakkara, Egypt. It dates back to around 2400 B.C.E. The origins of circumcision remain unclear. According to this online essay, a stele (carving on stone) from […]

Syphilis was one reason they wore Powdered Wigs, circa 1580.

For nearly two centuries, powdered wigs—called perukes—were all the rage. The chic hairpiece would have never become popular, however, if it hadn’t been for a venereal disease, a pair of self-conscious kings, and poor hair hygiene. The peruke’s story begins like many others—with syphilis. By 1580, the Sexually Transmitted Disease had become the worst epidemic […]

Micrograph of a Nit and Human Hair.

 Image via Wellcome Images. by Kevin Mackenzie. Scanning electron micrograph of a nit or head louse egg (coloured green) attached to a strand of human hair (coloured brown). Head lice feed on human blood and live in close proximity to the scalp. Female lice lay eggs in sacs that attach firmly to individual strands of […]