Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Phrenology



Today's picture is from a carnival in Ohio in 1938. The sideshow booth is advertising "Phrenology". Phrenology is sort of like palm reading, but instead of reading the lines on your hand, they read the bumps on your head. While you still see people claiming to be palm readers today, you don't see much Phrenology any more. It does amaze me that anyone would pay to have their future told based on the bumps on their head.

5 comments:

  1. Seems like it might be more accurate telling your past...

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  2. HI has been awhile since visiting your site. Recommend to history buffs all the time. Have a question for you. Do you still have your web site on gardening in the winter?

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  3. I can remember hearing references to phrenology when I was a kid. Usually, it was in the context of a joke -- my mother telling me she could find out who ate the cookies by feeling the bumps on our head. That had more to do with the past than the future, of course, but since it was a joke, it didn't matter.

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  4. Phrenology made more sense (if it ever made any sense) before men shaved their heads. With a shaved head, everything's all out in the open!

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