Halloween is right around the corner, and at the National Archives we are well versed in the creepiest, weirdest records of the Federal government. Here’s our list of favorites that are sure to make you shudder with fear!
What’s more dangerous- a poison bottle equipped with spikes or the poison itself?:
In doubtful cases of actual death:
But if you are buried alive, you’ll want someone to find you, right?:
A fire mask that looks like it will do more harm than help:
A rascal officer in front of a creepy house:
Some spooky visitors in the Oval Office:
Food safety is a big concern on Halloween. Let’s hope this doesn’t show up in a trick or treat bag:
This kind of mystery meat is more trick than treat:
This creeping doll is just creepy:
But not as creepy as this wall of “heads”:
A very scary rodent trap:
Animals in the Archives make us squeamish, especially when they are a part of the record:
Many thanks to Today’s Document and the Prologue blog for their spooky contributions. What is the creepiest, most skin crawling record you’ve found at the National Archives? Let us know, and have a very spooky Halloween!
10 thoughts on “Weird Records from the Depths of the Archives”
Thank you with Halloween coming up this is great.Keep up the great work and glad everyone is back to work.Have a great weekend.
This is a great post! The fear of being buried alive (especially pre-embalming) was very real. Some coffins had bells that could be wrung… just in case. This blog should be a regular feature and not just for the Halloween season.
Back in the late ’70s, we considered putting the patent drawing of the life preserving coffin on exhibit. I don’t remember that we actually did exhibit it, though…. 🙂
We used this as part of our Halloween display!
Could be a semi regular feature Halloween, Christmas, Valentines, related patents etc.
very funny..thank you
I think that I know where to find a mole trap, and flea markets have almost everything around here.
Wonderful post – and these inventors were serious. Wonder what the folks in 2113 will think about some of today’s inventions.
Those post cards go by too fast for you to be able to read them.
Hi Tim, You can click on the cards and the link will take you directly to see all 6 in our catalog.
Hi Mary, It’s funny archives, cann’t stop to read. Especially, I just love the mystery meat section. really, you nailed it. 🙂