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Found Photos: Super Creepy Victorian-era Twins

Ransom Riggs
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I was digging through disorganized piles of old photos in a Portland antique store last week when I happened upon a goldmine of weirdness: amidst fading snapshots of family vacations and weddings were scattered a half-dozen or so photos of twins. At first I couldn't figure out how they all came to be in the same antique store -- but then I found a stamp on the back of one of them:

They were all from a local, long-dead (and apparently twins-obsessed) photographer's archives, which had found their way, along with thousands of other photos, to several drawers in the back of a dusty consignment shop nearly a century after they were taken. I know next to nothing about the children in these photographs, except that I find them totally haunting and strange, but if anyone recognizes their great-grandmother or something, leave a comment. (You never know!)

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Three sets of twins. (The boy in back is clearly an

evil

twin.)

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There's something

Diane Arbus-y

about these girls.

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Identical twins; identical weird haircuts.

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The dolls control their minds.

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These girls aren't twins, but they might well be sisters. Note the hyper-creepy, pinheaded Victorian doll in a stroller and completely unnecessary, Edward Gorey-esque umbrella.

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