Snake Charmer

Vintage circus sideshow snake charmer photo

Vintage photo of a circus sideshow snake charmer.

Crawford Long’s Ether Amputation

Crawford Long demonstrates an amputation using ether as an anesthetic in a tintype photo c. 1855-1860

This tintype photo c. 1855-1860 is a staged portrayal of Crawford Long’s first use of ether as an anesthetic in a surgical procedure.

Inhaling “laughing gas” become popular at parties in the early 1840s. Dr. Long noticed people under the influence of ether at these parties seemed to feel no pain. Long performed a surgery on March 30, 1842 using ether as an anesthetic to remove a cyst from someone’s neck. The patient insisted he felt no pain.

This is the only known photo of Crawford Long, though it is unknown which man in the photo is him.

More info on this photo can be found here: Nixon Library Owns Rare Tintype of Crawford Long

Eaten by mountain rats on Pike's Peak

Eaten By Mountain Rats on Pike’s Peak

The supposed grave of John O’Keefe’s (non-existent) daughter, whom he claims was eaten by mountain rats on Pike’s Peak.

Hangman’s Tree

Hangman's Tree

Hangman’s Tree, the number one place to take your family for lousy food and warm beer.

Crab Hat

Vintage photo of a woman wearing a crab hat

Vintage photo of a woman wearing a crab hat.