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April 8, 2020

Tintype of a Man Feeding a Doll

This bizarre image depicts a man tenderly cradling a baby doll, feeding it something from the dish on the table.

The photograph was made sometime between 1864 and 1866, according to a tax revenue stamp on the back. It has been hand-colored, to giving the doll’s dress and man’s cheek a pink glow.

One can only wonder why this man posed feeding a doll. Here are some theories of the picture which spotted by The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things:
  • The man’s kid died and he snapped and now believes the doll contains the spirit of his dead child
  • The photograph was made by a loving family humoring an odd brother who loves this doll belonging to his dead sister
  • Haunted doll whispers demands for food in the man’s ear
  • The man is demonstrating how to feed a small child
  • It depicts a doll that’s supposed to be treated like a living thing to bring luck and prosperity, like a Luk Thep doll
  • A playful photograph made for the man’s daughter before he departs on an extended voyage
  • A subject study of a man with some sort of mental illness

(via The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things; follow their Instagram for more)


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