November 23, 2013

The Poison Fiend

That is one whacked out Death, and I especially like the pitchforks at the bottom. Lydia Sherman, not someone you would have wanted to marry.
Philadelphia - 1873 - The National Library of Medicine

2 comments:

Ms. Moon said...

There was an article in the New Yorker, I think, about how many people used to die of poisoning. Anyone could buy arsenic. Someone's written a book on the subject.

mr. downtown said...

It makes sense. No real forensics, people died of all sorts of stuff.