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23 Horrifying Old Photos That Will Keep You Awake At Night

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Horatio Gordon Robley and his collection of severed heads, 1895.

Public Domain / Via Wellcome Library, London

During the 19th century, Horatio Gordon Robley was a renowned collector of the macabre and the obscure, specializing in collecting "Mokomokai" — otherwise known as the preserved heads of New Zealand's Maori people.

A patient undergoing treatment for mental illness in 19th-century Germany.

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In this 1890 picture, a woman is shown standing in a narrow cell, her arms affixed to the wall in a crucifixion pose. Though seemingly inhumane, at the time it was seen as a reasonable treatment for those with mental illness in Germany.

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These med school students and their study subject in 1901.

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There's no trick photography in this one. This 1901 picture shows a group of medical students posing with their class assignment.

Adr. Evtikhiev the "Wolfman," 19th century.

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Taken sometime between 1834-1892, this picture shows doctor Nikolaĭ Porfirʹevich's patient Adr. Evtikhiev, suffering from hypertrichosis, a condition resulting in excessive hair growth.

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The faceless victim of an acid bath, circa 1905.

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This staged photo was taken during a play at the Grand Guignol theater, a French theater that existed from 1897 to 1962 and specialized in horror.

CORRECTION

The Grand Guignol theater was located in France. An earlier version of this post misstated its location.

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