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Background imageBizarre Collection: The Crooked House, Himley, Staffordshire

The Crooked House, Himley, Staffordshire
The Passage and doorway of the Crooked House, Himley, Staffordshire. During the early 19th century, mining in the area caused one side of the building to begin gradually sinking

Background imageBizarre Collection: Dramatic Rail Accident at Gare Montparnasse, France

Dramatic Rail Accident at Gare Montparnasse, France
At the Montparnasse terminus of the Chemin de Fer de l Ouest, the Granville train crashes through the buffers and into the street (Rue de Rennes)

Background imageBizarre Collection: Sunday Sport - World War Two Bomber Found on Moon

Sunday Sport - World War Two Bomber Found on Moon
Front cover of the Sunday Sport Newspaper - April 24th 1988 - World War Two Bomber Found on Moon *Note usage restrictions as outlined below* 1988

Background imageBizarre Collection: Japan - Geisha - See no evil, Hear no evil, speak no evil

Japan - Geisha - See no evil, Hear no evil, speak no evil
Japan - Three Geisha girls - miming the phrase See no evil, Hear no evil, speak no evil. Date: circa 1904

Background imageBizarre Collection: Frog Couple & Pet Snail

Frog Couple & Pet Snail
A well-dressed frog couple take their pet snail for a walk

Background imageBizarre Collection: Great Snoring

Great Snoring
A signpost pointing to the village of Great Snoring, North Norfolk, England, has clearly effected the man beneath it!

Background imageBizarre Collection: Bermuda - Humorous Greetings Postcard - Onion

Bermuda - Humorous Greetings Postcard - Onion
Blessed is the man who comes to Bermuda (The modern paradise) And is tempted to eat a sweet onion instead of a forbidden apple

Background imageBizarre Collection: Monkey driving a toy car

Monkey driving a toy car
A rather surreal photograph of a monkey driving a model vintage car

Background imageBizarre Collection: The Cawston Ostrich Farm - South Pasadena, California

The Cawston Ostrich Farm - South Pasadena, California, USA. A large ostrich pulls a wheeled cart, containing an enthusiastic lady passenger! The boss of the farm in bowler hat stands proudly behind

Background imageBizarre Collection: Frogs / Breakfast in Bed

Frogs / Breakfast in Bed
A couple of frogs enjoy breakfast in bed

Background imageBizarre Collection: The Big Hollow Tree - Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Big Hollow Tree - Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada
The Big Hollow Tree - Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBizarre Collection: Decorations for the Coronation - Singapore

Decorations for the Coronation - Singapore
A simply outstanding set of street decorations in Singapore, set up to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Erected and funded by High Street Indian Merchants

Background imageBizarre Collection: Chipping Campden, Cotswolds - Sheep

Chipping Campden, Cotswolds - Sheep
A flock of sheep outside the George & Dragon Inn in the High Street at Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire (in the Cotwolds)

Background imageBizarre Collection: Father Christmas

Father Christmas
A really creepy French Father Christmas surprisingly doesn t terrify two young girls

Background imageBizarre Collection: The Queens House Ghost on the Tulip Staircase. In 1966

The Queens House Ghost on the Tulip Staircase. In 1966, a retired Canadian Reverend and his wife visited the Queens House, Greenwich, London

Background imageBizarre Collection: Riding a Penny Farthing bicycle

Riding a Penny Farthing bicycle

Background imageBizarre Collection: Fantastic Adventures - The Secret of Elenas Tomb

Fantastic Adventures - The Secret of Elenas Tomb
Cover of Fantastic Adventures, September 1947, featuring the story The Secret of Elenas Tomb by Karl Tanzler von Cosel. A young woman in long white dress stands on a tomb with the inscription Elena

Background imageBizarre Collection: Scene from movie The First Men in the Moon - H. G. Wells

Scene from movie The First Men in the Moon - H. G. Wells
A scene from the Gaumont film adaptation of the H. G. Wells book, The First Men on the Moon, in which the author approved all dresses and supervised the production

Background imageBizarre Collection: Ghost on the Tulip Staircase of the Queens House

Ghost on the Tulip Staircase of the Queens House
Figure photographed on the Tulip Staircase of the Queens House, though photographer saw nothing; during normal opening hours of the Museum - (a digitally restored version of image 10003710)

Background imageBizarre Collection: Biddy The Tubman Stonham - Hastings, East Sussex

Biddy The Tubman Stonham - Hastings, East Sussex
Biddy " The Tubman" Stonham - Hastings, East Sussex - Acrobat and Seaside Entertainer (1910s - 1930s). There are a number of (hilarious)

Background imageBizarre Collection: Walter Rothschild driving his team of zebras at Tring Park

Walter Rothschild driving his team of zebras at Tring Park
Carriage drawn by a zebra driven by Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild, founder of the Natural History Museum at Tring (where this photograph was taken), now part of the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageBizarre Collection: Edouard Beaupre

Edouard Beaupre, the Willowbunch giant (1881 - 1904), giant and circus performer, and part of Barnum and Baileys circus. Named here in the Tatler as Arthur Beaupre, the Montana Giant

Background imageBizarre Collection: The Pain-Proof Man & Captain Ringman Jack - Ripley s

The Pain-Proof Man & Captain Ringman Jack - Ripley s
Arthur Plumhoff The Human Pincushion - The Pain-Proof Man (left) and Captain Ringman Jack, who lifted weights through holes through his breasts

Background imageBizarre Collection: Vought XF5U-1 Flying Pancake

Vought XF5U-1 Flying Pancake
Vought Xf5U-1 Flying Pancake Unusual Design Parked Flying Flapjack Date: 1948

Background imageBizarre Collection: Sri Lanka - Hindu Ascetic - Incredibly long hair

Sri Lanka - Hindu Ascetic - Incredibly long hair
Sri Lanka - Hindu Ascetic Sadhu with incredibly long hair, worn in thick dreadlocks called jata. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBizarre Collection: Emperor Nero watches Rome burn, whilst playing his Lyre

Emperor Nero watches Rome burn, whilst playing his Lyre
Roman Emperor Nero watches Rome burn from the Tower of Maecenas on the Esquiline Hill, whilst singing and playing the lyre. Painting by Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846-1916). Polish Artist Date: 64 AD

Background imageBizarre Collection: Two Deer enjoy Breakfast in Bed (charged extra)

Two Deer enjoy Breakfast in Bed (charged extra)
" Pass the toast, dear..!" - Mr and Mrs Roebuck enjoying an early morning cuppa in bed at the Old Stags Head Inn. I wonder if she has ant-eloped with him...! Date: 1914

Background imageBizarre Collection: Tree on the Equator - Sign noting distance to Selfridges

Tree on the Equator - Sign noting distance to Selfridges
A lovely oddity!! A large caravan passing a large tree on the Equator in Africa bearing a sign noting the distance to Selfridges & Co. Ltd. in London! Date: 1910

Background imageBizarre Collection: The benefits of taking the water at Bad Wildungen, Germany

The benefits of taking the water at Bad Wildungen, Germany
Comic illustration of the wonderful benefits to a ladys urinary tract (!) having taken the water at Bad Wildungen - a German therapeutic spa Town with springs that bring forth water containing iron

Background imageBizarre Collection: Guinness Clock - Pleasure Gardens - Battersea Park

Guinness Clock - Pleasure Gardens - Battersea Park Date: circa 1950s

Background imageBizarre Collection: Kitsch Greek Greetings Postcard

Kitsch Greek Greetings Postcard
A kitsch Greek Greetings card, featuring a rather unusual bird (cross between a swallow and a dove!?) carrying a message of good wishes across the sea, surrounded by a border of red and pink flowers

Background imageBizarre Collection: Helen Duncan showing ectoplasm

Helen Duncan showing ectoplasm
Undated photograph of the Scottish medium Helen Duncan showing " ectoplasm" bunched around Duncans mouth and twisted into a tail between her legs. HPG/1/4/2 (iv)

Background imageBizarre Collection: New Banting Bed for Reducing the Figure

New Banting Bed for Reducing the Figure
The New Banting Bed for Reducing the Figure. Cartoon by William Heath Robinson

Background imageBizarre Collection: Anti-Flu Masks

Anti-Flu Masks
A man and a woman wearing anti-flu masks. These masks cover the nose and mouth and are designed to prevent germs spreading. They may work but they look very curious!

Background imageBizarre Collection: English Lunacy - A man dressed as a chicken running wild and free across a field and up a small hill

English Lunacy - A man dressed as a chicken running wild and free across a field and up a small hill

Background imageBizarre Collection: Ideal Home Exhibition - Heath Robinson Home

Ideal Home Exhibition - Heath Robinson Home
William Heath Robinsons Ideal Home - " The Gadgets". Displayed at the Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition at London Olympia. Date: 1934

Background imageBizarre Collection: Lympstone, Exmouth, Devon - A La Ronde - 16-sided house

Lympstone, Exmouth, Devon - A La Ronde - 16-sided house
Exmouth, Devon - A La Ronde - an 18th-century 16-sided house located near Lympstone, Exmouth, Devon, England - built for two spinster cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter

Background imageBizarre Collection: Joseph Jefferson in his bicycle Chair (The Palm Beach Coach)

Joseph Jefferson in his bicycle Chair (The Palm Beach Coach) - Florida, USA. Joseph Jefferson, commonly known as Joe Jefferson (18291905) - American actor

Background imageBizarre Collection: Cartoon - Swallowing a yarn

Cartoon - Swallowing a yarn
A little blackbird fails to consume a length of twine: " I can t swallow that yarn." Date: circa 1915

Background imageBizarre Collection: Girl saying Grace but pet dog unwilling

Girl saying Grace but pet dog unwilling
" Fold Your hands Bob!" A pretty young girl says Grace, but is slightly affronted that her pet dog Bob is unwilling to join in and fold his paws together respectfully.... Date: circa 1910

Background imageBizarre Collection: The Dolly Sisters, London

The Dolly Sisters, London
The Dolly Sisters in their bridal attire by Paul Poiret from League of Notions, New Oxford Theatre, London, 1921 1921

Background imageBizarre Collection: Frog celebrating the arrival of 1907 by firing a cannon

Frog celebrating the arrival of 1907 by firing a cannon
A wonderfully odd German New Years card, welcoming in the arrival of 1907. The illustration rather bizarrely depicts a frog (holding a lucky four-leafed clover)

Background imageBizarre Collection: The Lost Ball - Heath Robinson Cartoon

The Lost Ball - Heath Robinson Cartoon
The Lost Ball. Golfers try in vain to retrieve a lost ball in a lake on a golf course. It appears that a passing fish has swallowed it!

Background imageBizarre Collection: The Red Ibis

The Red Ibis
A fantasy postcard depicting a naked woman, lying on the ground, turned away from the viewer, reaching out toward and cluthing hold of, the leg of a giant red ibis

Background imageBizarre Collection: Very Elevated Bicycle

Very Elevated Bicycle
A very elevated bicycle - the look of concentration on the riders face is very understandable!

Background imageBizarre Collection: Alec James of Arsenal in the gym

Alec James of Arsenal in the gym
Arsenal player Alec James tries out the Vita Gymno Frame in the Gym at Arsenals Highbury Football Ground

Background imageBizarre Collection: Suffragette The Woman Question Africa

Suffragette The Woman Question Africa. A group of bare-breasted African women pose for the camera. Onto this photograph has been placed, the caption, The Woman Question. We Want the Vote! Bizarre

Background imageBizarre Collection: Ivan Markoff, a Russian cossack giant, early 20th century

Ivan Markoff, a Russian cossack giant, early 20th century
Ivan Markoff, who was famous as a Russian cossack giant in the early 20th century. Markoff is seen in London where the caption says he was being fitted for a new suit. He was reputed to be 9ft tall



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