Blood, Milk & Tears

My search to identify the tattooed man in a 1901 French police archive photograph - a tale of daggers through the heart, 19th-century milk advertisements, and a French paediatrician with a sideline in tattoo collecting.

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Dry-preserved tattooed human skin (chest and abdomen), belonging to a man identified as 'Fromain', c.1901-1929.

Science Museum London (Wellcome Collection). Object number A555 (left) and A542 (right).

Photograph by Gemma Angel.

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It all began with two tattoos: a portrait of a young girl, and a dagger-through-the-heart.

Gemma Angel — 2 years ago

A more academic account of 19th-century tattoo collecting, museum archives, and the history of criminological interpretations of European tattoos can be found here: http://www.academia.edu/7238338/Roses_and_Daggers_Expressions_of_Emotional_Pain_and_De

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On Saturday June 15th 1929, Captain Johnston-Saint met with Dr. La Valette at the rue l'Ecole de Medicin in Paris to finalise the sale of a collection of curious objects.

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Captain Peter Johnston-Saint was employed as a purchasing agent by Sir Henry Wellcome from ????-1936. He traveled all over Europe looking for objects of interest for Wellcome's 'Historical Medical Museum'.

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Ridge's (Patent Cooked) Foods - infant milk advertisement in 'The Sketch', August 2nd, 1893 p44.

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...I recognised her face instantly.

Gemma Angel — 2 years ago

Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home, [television programme, online], Prod. credit n.k., Prod. company n.k., Prod. country n.k., 22:00 8/4/2013, BBC FOUR, 70mins. http://bobnational.net/record/286188, (Accessed 28/03/2015). http://bobnational.net/reco

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I turned the page and gasped aloud, drawing disapproving looks from others in the library...

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