Life and Death Contrasted (c.1770)

A striking image from the British engraver and publisher Valentine Green, illustrating the idea that life, with all its frivolity and distractions (symbolised by the romance novel, parlour games, and high society lady in all her finery) is in fact – echoing the sentiment of Ecclesiastes (quoted on the obelisk) – nothing but “vanity”, all lives as they do inevitably ending in death. (via)

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Masks worn by doctors during the Plague - The protective suit of the plague doctor consisted of a heavy fabric overcoat that was waxed, a mask with glass eye openings and a cone nose shaped like a beak to hold scented substances and straw.

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Hiroshima, Shadows of beings burned in after the atom bomb

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"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."

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