This original, 1890's cabinet card photo might be the most iconic medical-related, antique photo in existence. It's all a matter of opinion, but in terms of content, pose, and composition, I haven't seen a photo that matches this. If anyone out there has a more iconic piece, though, I'd be the first to want to see it.
The photo was purchased on eBay in October of 2008, listed without provenance. The original photographer was Johnson of Marengo, Iowa. Based on the tools of the trade, the man is likely an established doctor or medical student. Web searches for Johnson of Marengo, Iowa, produced no results. If anyone knows the identity of the man or more about the photographer, please post.
FringePop is a showcase for uncommon and esoteric cultural artifacts. The focus is on unusual items from both popular and fringe culture, with an emphasis on subversive pieces. The items shown are from the author's personal collection, unless otherwise noted.
I am a pop culture buff and collector, who focuses on the odd, subversive, and fringe elements of Western culture. In 2005, I edited a book for Feral House called "Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties." The vintage oddities in my collection include victoriana, sideshow, medical, and kitsch. I am also an amateur sewer, making clothing from vintage mod patterns.