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its a doctors mask used when there was the plague in england doctors thought that the black plague was contagious through the air so they packed the beak with sage or rosemary to stop the plague

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from Etsy

Steampunk Plague Doctor Mask in black "Ichabod"

Ichabod ist ein Steampunk-Ledermaske, hergestellt nach dem Vorbild der meine Dr. Beulenpest Maske, nur mehr Steamlined. Das Design stammt aus der I obviously did not write this and have no clue what it says but I'm leaving it cause I'm lazy...

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circus performer story idea - "The stork," a man who is in the circus because of a deformity, but has the most pure and romantic heart of all, and falls in love with someone whom he is too shy to speak to

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from Mental Floss

Anatomy of 14th Century Bubonic Plague Hazmat Suits

Worn during the middle ages, the beak was thought to protect the doctor from the plague.

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"As may be seen on picture here, In Rome the doctors do appear, When to their patients they are called, In places by the plague appalled, Their hats and cloaks, of fashion new, Are made of oilcloth, dark of hue, Their caps with glasses are designed, Their bills with antidotes all lined, That foulsome air may do no harm, Nor cause the doctor man alarm, The staff in hand must serve to show Their noble trade where'er they go."-Dr. Nathaniel Hodges

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