1. List of Gaol Prisoners, 1918

    A letter from the Sheriff of Lambton listing prisoners in Sarnia, arrested for a variety of offenses in 1918.

  2. Human Fly in Hamilton!

    Daredevil, Harry H. Gardiner of Washington, known as the Human Fly climbed the Bank of Hamilton (395 Main Street,E.) building on November 11, 1918, to celebrate the end of World War I.

  3. Real Post Mortem Baby Photo

    Photographer J.E. Livernois from Quebec.
    On the back is the name and date of death of this child. Marie Caroline Delphine, Nov. 18, 1885.


  4. Leaf Necklace

    Delicate glass (?) leaves hanging on this gold chain. 17″

  5. Pearl Flower Earrings

    Pretty flower design earrings with small pearls. Twist back.

  6. Pair of Butterfly Pins

    Pair of pretty butterfly pins, each approx. 1″ in width.

  7. Pogo The Clown - John Wayne Gacy

    American serial killer and rapist, John Wayne Gacy, Jr… also known as the Killer Clown, was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of a minimum of 33 teenage boys and young men in a series of killings committed between 1972 and 1978 in Chicago, Illinois.

    Gacy lured and murdered all of his known victims to his Norwood Park home; by force or deception and all but one victim was murdered by either asphyxiation or strangulation with a tourniquet (his first victim was stabbed to death). Gacy buried 26 of his victims in the crawl space of his home; three other victims were buried elsewhere on his property, while the bodies of his last four known victims were discarded in the Des Plaines River.

    This painting was commissioned by Bozo the Clown’s son.

    Gacy’s Pogo the Clown painting. Oil. Serial number #1724-261. Measures 19.5″ X 23.5″. Framed. Signed on front J.W. Gacy. Signed twice on back. “Enjoy Pogo as much as I enjoyed painting it for you, Best Wishes John Wayne Gacy. Painting is in excellent condition.

    From the collection of William ‘Billy’ Jamieson.

  8. Borneo Tattoo Kit

    From the collection of William ‘Billy’ Jamieson.
    Borneo Traditional Tattooing is a hand tapping style of tattooing with two sticks, developed by some of the ancient tribes of Borneo.

    The Bunga Terung, which translates to the eggplant flower, is the first tattoo a Borneo male would receive. The Bunga Terung is a coming of age tattoo which marks the passage of a boy into manhood. The Bunga Terung has a spiral at the center of the eggplant flower the Tali Nyawa, which means the rope of life and is identical to the underside of a tadpole which symbolizes the beginning of a new life.

    All the tattoos, following the eggplant flower, are like a diary. A young male would go out on his own to find knowledge and from each place he went to he would get one tattoo to mark not only where he is from but also where he has been. From each place the tattoos have different styles so the regional differences in his tattoos would tell the story of his journeys in life.

    Borneo tattoos do not just mark physical journeys. Some represent big life events, such as fathering children etc. For example there is a tattoo a man can have done on his hand called the Entegulun. You can only have this if you have taken heads. Some tattoos can be for protection, for example the tattoos on the throat (Ukir Rekong) are meant to give strength to the skin on the throat, to stop the bearer’s enemies from being able to sever the bearer’s head.

    Many of the designs no longer exist. In the 1950s and 1960s many people in Borneo converted to Christianity and a lot of the traditional tattooing stopped. The tattooing and designs almost died away. About 10 years ago there was a resurgence when a lot of journalists and researchers came and asked questions about the old ways. This caused a lot of the younger people to look back and now many of them are getting these traditional tattoos done again.

  9. Cabinet of Curiosities - Tooth Extractor & Ivory Dentures

  10. Ringling - Grave Sighting

    For years, every time we so much as touch a toe out of state, I’ve put cemeteries on our travel itinerary. From garden-like expanses to overgrown boot hills, whether they’re the final resting places of the well-known but not that important or the important but not that well-known, I love them all. After realizing that there are a lot of taphophiles (cemetery and/or tombstone enthusiasts) out there, I’m finally putting my archive of interesting tombstones to good use.

    Ladies and gentlemen, step right up and meet John Ringling, the “ringleader” of the famous Ringling Brothers. Though there were five brothers that comprised the business (there was also a sister and two other brothers not in the industry), John was the star of the company show, traveling to potential tour towns, booking appearances, and getting the stars aligned for those famous striped tents.


    Business was good, and by 1889, the Ringlings were doing well enough to take the show on the road via railcar instead of wagons, reaching a much larger audience. In 1907, the brothers bought their rivals, the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Things continued to go great for the Ringlings until 1911, when Al Ringling died. Otto followed in 1916, and Alfred in 1919, leaving just two brothers to manage their ever-burgeoning empire.


    Sometime in 1924, John and his wife Mable began construction on a 30-room beachfront mansion in Sarasota, Florida, where they had been wintering since 1909. When it was completed in 1926, it was deemed Cà d’Zan, “House of John” in a Venetian dialect. Less than a year later, Charles Ringling died, leaving John as the sole showrunner. Even so, things went well for another three years. John added the American Circus Corporation to his holdings, which made him the owner of every traveling circus in America, including Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. That purchase was completed on September 10, 1929. Bad timing for John—the stock market crashed in October.


    Like many others, the Great Depression took its toll on John’s finances. Although the circus industry had made him very rich, Ringling had just $311 in the bank at the time of his death in 1936. Knowing that creditors would seize his estate after his death, Ringling willed the entire property and his impressive art collection to the state of Florida. The ploy worked, and John and Mable would be pleased to know that they now eternally rest on the grounds of their beloved mansion. In fact, they’re still there—at least according to some accounts. John sightings are rare, but Mable’s shadowy figure is frequently spotted on the terrace of the house and in the rose garden, proving that the Ringlings really took the old showbiz saying, “the show must go on” very seriously.