Antique 1890s Cadaver Dissection Photograph Baltimore College of Dental Surgery


The photo itself is in fairly good condition, showing mode moderate dust and some mild water damage along the left edge and a bit on the left side top/bottom edges. There is some mild damage to the image across the lower center, but it’s only very visible when angled to the light (see photos). The card the photograph is on shows heavy water damage along the left side, likely from years of storage (it is about 130 years old!) The frame is old and shows some moderate wear from age, along with two holes top center and bottom center on the front facing side.



  • Very interesting, morbid and very cool Antique Photograph of a College Dissection!
  • The group of lively students stand crowded around the full cadaver, which lays center on a large table.
  • The Students are wearing dissection smocks with the letters of their states embroidered on the center – according to discussion the additional single letter above that may refer to their last name.
  • The edge of the table is marked: ‘B.C.D.S.’  Class 90 and 91.
  • In research and discussion with the Museum of Dentistry in Maryland – its is believed to be the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery – Photo year of either 1888, 1889 or 1890
  • The image is held in an old wood frame – and does not appear to have any photographer or additional markings on it.
  • The image itself is approx 9-3/8″ W x 7-1/2″ W
  • The frame is 13-1/2″ W x 10-3/8″ H x 3/4″ Deep
  • Very unique and cool photograph for your collection!



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