This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humorS

We recently looked at some novel and occasionally gorgeous early cosplay from the late 1800s — here's the diametric opposite of that.

This trick photograph from 1875 — which comes to us from the George Eastman House Collection — depicts a fellow who has decapitated himself with nary a repercussion. It makes all of those poor souls in spirit photographs vomiting ectoplasm out of their noses look tame in comparison.

This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humorS

Along with this headless photo, we've included a litany of vintage pictures that have razzmatazzed our imagination for one reason or the other, such as an old Santa Claus on the verge of dipsomania.

And for more horrors of the frozen image, see this collection of ventriloquist dummies and early Disney costumes. Also, here's a treasure trove of vintage cat photography for those of you who can't get enough of felines without dignity.

See also: The giant rabbits of tall tale photography.

This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humorS

(1880)


This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humorS(A ghost, 1905)
This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humorS(Good lord, is that a drunk Santa.)
This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humorS(Santa, loaded for bear during World War I)
This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humorS(1909)
This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humorS(An invaluable tome, 1902)
This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humorS(A tourist's photograph from Cairo, 1880)
This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humorS(A 3D image of the spirit of Christmas invading a household, 1897)
This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humorS(Mardi Gras costumes, 1911)
This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humorS(A stereograph card, 1906)
This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humorS(1885, brings to mind those prancing cats )