Weird Wellcome

Just as our eponymous founder had a penchant for collecting weird and wonderful items from around the world (you can see some at Wellcome HQ right now), so too are there some rather intriguing pictures to be found within Wellcome Images.

We’ll begin with the quirky and go from there. If it’s all too mainstream and passée, let us know and we’ll up the ante. So, what better way to kick things off than with some anthropomorphic animals (-that’s critters doing people things, in case you hadn’t already worked it out).

This image of a well-dressed pair of thirsty orang-utans could well have been the inspiration for a major tea company’s advertising campaign.

But as far as I’m aware, no baboon has yet put its face to any tobacco products. 

And finally, showing us that being told that you ‘eat like an animal’ need not be an insult, two impeccably attired elephants demonstrate the very best in alfresco fine-dining.

Al McCartney, Wellcome Images.

Image Credits: Wellcome Library, London.

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