Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana
This gallery contains an amazing collection of rare, interesting, unusual and beautiful photography from the past. We look at the many people, places and things that made our history fascinating and wonderful. If you’ve been here before or think you’ve seen it all, think again! We’ve added new images and we’ve tried to expand on the captions wherever possible.
Using a bear to treat back pain. Romania, 1946. No risk of danger here.
The Ursari (generally read as “bear leaders” or “bear handlers”; from the Romanian urs, meaning “bear”; singular: ursar; Bulgarian: урсари, ursari) or Richinara are the traditionally nomadic occupational group of animal trainers among the Romani people.
An endogamous category originally drawing the bulk of its income from busking performances in which they used dancing bears, usually brown bears and, in several instances, Old world monkeys, they have largely become settled after the 1850s. The Ursari form an important part of the Roma community in Romania, where they are one of the 40 tribal groups, as well as notable segments of the Bulgarian Roma population and of the one in Moldova. They also form a sizable part of the Roma present in Serbia and Western European countries such as the Netherlands and Italy.
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