Freak Show Postcard Gallery

This entry is part 19 of 19 in the series Countercultural History

Here’s a selection of freak show mementos, circus & carnival promo cards & ‘carte de visites’… These are mainly sourced from the American circuit of the mid-1800s to the 1930s, when traveling shows such as the legendary Barnum & Bailey circus proved hugely popular with the prurient public, catering to their appetites for the bizarre & outlandish by displaying all sorts of human mutations…

A panoramic view of Barcelona's Montjuic cactus garden (Will Phuq, 2018)
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A Visit to Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera, Barcelona

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Psychogeography & Cool Spaces

Barcelona’s Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera is one of Europe’s oldest & largest publicly-accessible collections of cacti & succulent plants. Recently renovated, the gardens are situated in the Montjuic area of the city & offer a breath-taking panoramic view of Barcelona’s coastline…

Gay porn circa 1900

Victorian Porn & Erotica Gallery

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Sex Weirdness

We’ve long been avid fans of vintage & Victorian porn, especially as collectively we often tend to consider some of the sexual practices contained therein to be relatively novel (perhaps having first been exposed to them via Gonzo Internet porn). However – as evidenced by Will Phuq’s short overview of the Victorian sexual scene published earlier on this site – our predecessors were certainly already a kinky bunch when it came to getting down to it, entertaining (& documenting) paraphilias galore…

M.O.R.E. - Duty poster

The Ministry of Re-Education

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Creators and the Creative Process

The Ministry of Re-Education (‘M.O.R.E.’) is a visual arts project from London, UK, offering biting & subversive parody & pastiche inspired by the UK government’s anti-terrorism, public information & propaganda poster campaigns…

Tart Cards – Prostitute Advertisement Cards

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Sex Weirdness

We’ve compiled a gallery of ‘Tart Cards’ – those provocative printed adverts used by prostitutes to solicit in phone boxes throughout the known universe. Advertising hitherto unimaginable delights, these offer flimsy glimpses into a hilariously sordid & intriguing world…

'Island of Death' video nasty artwork

Video Nasty List Gallery

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Halloween Horror Movies

Enjoy a gallery of artwork for all 72 of the films on Britain’s infamous ‘Video Nasty’ list of the 1980s! The Video Nasty list comprised films believed by the Director of Public Prosecutions to be in violation of the Obscene Publications Act 1959 – its inception brought about the requirement that all video releases be approved & certified by the British Board of Film Classification…