In January 2021, the Boston Public Library uploaded some 8,000 public domain photographs to Wikimedia Commons. As The Boston Globe explains:
There's plenty of history to be found in the stash — the BPL highlights photos on the early history of the Red Sox and 19th century daguerreotypes of local abolitionists, for example — but which photos will make you want to run and hide? Between stilted portraiture, dusty and monochrome color palettes, and the mystique of peering into a bygone (and often horrific) era, historical photos are easy candidates for cursed images.
The Globe picked out a bunch of their favorite cursed images from the archives, but my favorite ones all come from a photographer named Edward Sutton Dorr, who worked in the Boston Sewer Department around the turn of the 20th century. Check these out:
The Globe also picked these two creepy images, though I can't find the original photographers' names:
You can check out more cursed images via Boston Globe or the Boston Public Library Digital Archives.