Although only a few masks survive to this day, they were popular enough that children's dolls from the period came accessorized with miniature visard masks, so that young girls could become used to their forthcoming lives of total silence and casual deformity. The masks remained in vogue for most of the century before dying out, probably after someone wondered whether they weren't being just a little silly.
You Could Steal Ancient European Buildings, Brick By Brick
On the face of it, it isn't surprising that historical rich people liked to sail to faraway countries and take whatever they wanted. That's how we ended up with the slave trade, after all. What is surprising, however, is how dumb it wound up getting. Case in point: A lot of 20th-century American moguls used to steal antique buildings and have them shipped back home, to be reassembled brick by brick like the world's most ostentatious set of Legos. And also like with Legos, sometimes they'd get bored halfway through and leave the pieces laying around.
Between 1914 and 1934, it's estimated that 20 medieval buildings happened to fall onto a back of a lorry in Europe and fall off of again when it was stateside, in locations ranging from New York and San Francisco to Milwaukee and Philadelphia. One of the most famous tomb raiders was sled enthusiast and original fake news proprietor William Randolph Hearst. In 1926, he imported a 12th-century monastery, St. Bernard de Clairvaux, with plans to install it at Hearst Castle. Due to financial difficulties, however, he later abandoned the pieces (still in the shipping crates) in a warehouse for nearly 30 years, before someone Storage Wars'd them and had the monastery reassembled in Miami, where most old things go to rest.
Daderot/Wiki CommonsThe monks inside the crates were starting to get a little cramped.
As the country hardest hit by these thefts, Spain later enacted several laws intended to stop rich assholes from stealing their heritage, but forgot to account for the fact that money is freaking dope, you guys. In 1930, Hearst paid an art dealer $30,000 to buy, disassemble, and ship another structure -- the monastery of Santa Maria de Ovila. You might think that buying monasteries was Hearst's way of atoning for his years of being a total shitheel, but noooo. He wanted to turn it into a literally goddamned swimming pool, complete with diving boards (placed where the altar used to sit), changing rooms, and an indoor beach.
He later wound up abandoning this project too, because he was, like, the William Randolph Worst.
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