The Creepiest Headless Portraits from the Victorian Era

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We all know that people messed around with photos long before there was Photoshop. But you might not have realized how crazy the Victorians were about headless portraits. They literally lost their heads over this trend. Check out the absolute creepiest examples below.

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Photographs of William Henry Wheeler, Oxford, 1875

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A decapitated man, ca. 1875

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Around 1900

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A woman keeps his head down

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Not a rugby ball

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Happy family

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It can be weirder.

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DISCUSSION

Why...? This is nightmare fodder. Why would our ancestors do this?? Why???