Behold

A collection of pretty things.

delilahsdawson:

ladyattercop:

Katie Brumbach was one of fourteen children born to circus performers Philippe and Johanna Brumbach. In her early years, Katie performed with her family. Katie’s father would offer one hundred marks to any man in the audience who could defeat her in wrestling no one ever succeeded in winning the prize. It was during one such performance that Katie met her husband of fifty-two years, Max Heymann.

Brumbach once defeated the famous strongman Eugene Sandow in weightlifting contest in New York. Katie lifted a weight of 300 pounds over her head, which Sandow only managed to lift to his chest. After this victory, she adopted the stage name “Sandwina” as a feminine derivative of Sandow.

Sandwina worked in the United States with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for many years, until she was nearly 60. One of her standard performance feats was lifting her husband (who weighed 165 pounds) overhead with one hand. She performed many other feats, such as bending steel bars and resisting the pull of four horses. Sandwina’s record stood for many years until being eclipsed by women’s weightlifter Karyn Marshall in 1987.

Text from her Wikipedia page.

Criminy’s Caravan needs a strongwoman…

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scifi-fantasy-horror:

The King in Yellow by BASTIEN GRIVET

scifi-fantasy-horror:

The King in Yellow by BASTIEN GRIVET

gailsimone:

lawebloca:

Friends

I almost died just now.

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anachronisticfairytales:

Chinese Cherry Blossom Painting

anachronisticfairytales:

Chinese Cherry Blossom Painting

omgthatdress:

Evening Dress
Charles Fredrick Worth, 1888
Kerry Taylor Auctions

omgthatdress:

Evening Dress

Charles Fredrick Worth, 1888

Kerry Taylor Auctions

ethniu:

whats-simple-is-true:

Manuel Domínguez Sanchéz, Sleeping Beauty

Margarita in front of the mirror - Manuel Domínguez Sanchéz, 1866

ethniu:

whats-simple-is-true:

Manuel Domínguez Sanchéz, Sleeping Beauty

Margarita in front of the mirror - Manuel Domínguez Sanchéz, 1866


The Sublime Violence of the Alimentary
© Naomi Chen
Edit: Tales of the Night Whisperer

art-of-swords:

Swords in Art - Joan of Arc

  • Dated: 19th century
  • Measurements: height: 36 cm (14 inches); width: 14 cm (5-1/2 inches); depth: 12 cm (4-3/4 inches)

Bisque porcelain (unglazed, white ceramic ware) statuette of Joan of Arc in armor atop square base and holding removable silver sword. There’s a swan hallmark on sword.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Expertissim

wanderthewood:

Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain by kostyasticky

wanderthewood:

Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain by kostyasticky

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