Julia Pastrana: A “Monster to the Whole World”

Julia Pastrana, a woman from Mexico born with hypertrichosis, became one of the most famous human curiosities of the 19th century, exhibited as a "bearded lady" while both alive and dead. Bess Lovejoy explores her story and how it was only in 2013, 153 years after her passing, that she was finally laid to rest. …Continued



Napoleon at St Helena (1855)

An illustrated compilation of "interesting anecdotes and and remarkable conversations of the Emperor", Napoléon Bonaparte, during his time on Saint Helena, the island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean (a whopping 1870 km from the west coast of Africa) to which he was exiled after his surrender to the British on July 15, 1815. …Continued