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

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 humor

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 humor

(1880)


This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humor(A ghost, 1905)
This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humor(Good lord, is that a drunk Santa.)
This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humor(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 humor(1909)
This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humor(An invaluable tome, 1902)
This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humor(A tourist's photograph from Cairo, 1880)
This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humor(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 humor(Mardi Gras costumes, 1911)
This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humor(A stereograph card, 1906)
This creepy trick photo from 1875 proves our great-great-great-grandparents had a twisted sense of humor(1885, brings to mind those prancing cats )