Alarming Experience of Fair Bathers Who Are Attacked by an Octopus, 1896

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14 Responses:

  1. Cat Mara says:

    "Excuse me, can you spare five minutes to talk about Our Lord And Savior, Great Cthulhu?"

  2. japhomatic says:

    Earliest tentacle porn, maybe? Cool. Coincidentally, all four bathers just happen to have, um, rather huge tracts of land...

      • japhomatic says:

        Holy smokes, I had no idea--1814 or even earlier (depending on the cultural origins in local myths and fables). Thanks for the reference!

        • Cat Mara says:

          I've seen some folk trying to claim modern tentacle porn as some kind of continuation of a venerable tradition of hawt lady-on-cephalopod action in Japanese erotica, but it was more likely cooked up as a way of getting around Japan's strict no-depictions-of-penetration rule:

          Censor: You heard me, filthmonger! You're not to show penises going into vaginas or asses without pixelation! Or there'll be trouble (pats Japanese law book smugly)
          Hentai director: What if it wasn't penises. though? Like, what if it was, I dunno, tentacles or something?
          Censor (leafing franticly through law book): It says nothing about tentacles. Not that anyone would be that deprave-- hey! Why are you asking?
          Hentai director: Oh, no reason (walks off, whistling innocently)

    • jwz says:

      Given the octopus anatomy on display, I have no reason to doubt the historical accuracy of the mammalian component.

      Also the Japanese surely have prior art.

    • Elusis says:

      It was the style at the time.

  3. robert_ says:

    I think the octopus looks more scared than the women.

  4. mr_mercer says:

    Were women drowning in those stupid Victorian bathing gowns on the regular? Were they ever "a thing" outside the US Northeast coast and England? If a wave knocked you over in one of those you'd have no hope of swimming back to shore even if you were a strong swimmer. Even the weird wool full body bathing suits the men wore must have been dangerous.

    • @ndy says:

      People were clearly made of sterner stuff back then!

      In my day we had to walk to the beach and back in a soggy bathing suit.

      • mr_mercer says:

        There are a bunch of records of American men dropping dead of heatstroke because they'd refuse to remove their wool dress jackets/uniforms. Happened a lot during the civil war. They'd apparently failed to notice they weren't in Northern Europe and wool suits weren't a great idea for most of the year.

      • the hatter says:

        I understand walking home in a soggy bathing suit, but two possibilities come to mind of why you were walking to the beach in such a state. Between them, cruel and unfortunate, but don't feel that you have to explain.

  5. Menard Ochothorpez Puggs says:

    Summer is very bright indeed when filtered through the growth and flowering of a bloody mary. Thanks for sharing. I have a spare thought for the provenance of the art here and in the Pryor/Feldman superhero comic which can wait a few centuries.

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