In This Episode—S01E08

In today’s show we talk about XIX century vampire killing kits with our new friends and guests Charles Trippy & Allie Wess from YouTube’s “Internet Killed Television. Let’s explore that together!

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Why would ANYONE need a Vampire Killing Kit anyway?

The kits were acquired by people in preparation of possibly meeting a vampire during their international travels to Eastern Europe and their usage dates back to the mid-1800s.

Most were created in the Boston area and were available by mail order.

Travelers brought back terrifying tales of vampires with them from the region – well before Dracula was brought to life by Bram Stoker.

XIX Century Vampire Killing Kit

Professor Ernst Blomberg

Professor Ernst Blomberg

Who was Professor Blomberg?

Professor Ernest Freiherr von Blomber, is the man whose name can be found in almost every label adhered to the the inside lid of one of these kits.

Born in Hamburg, Germany, he was a theologian and also a biologist.

He was also a tad obsessed with lycanthropes, shapeshifters and other critters of the night. He even wrote a book about it.

Ok … so what’s on the label?

Some vague DIY vampire killing advice and a reminder to actually read the instruction manual. Wait … there’s a manual??!

Great … I’m sure that eating the garlic cloves and chasing them with holy water was not recommended protocol. I’m so dead.

There are a few variations of the label, but you can read the jest of it in the image below.

Vampire Killing Kit Label

Vampire Killing Kit Label

What’s inside your run o’ the mill XIX century Vampire Killing Kit?

Although each kit is unique, and there are no two alike, the items inside are fairly consistent:

  1. An efficient pistol with its usual accoutrements
  2. Silver bullets
  3. Crucifix
  4. Holy water
  5. Wooden stake
  6. Professor Blomberg’s new serum
  7. Flour of garlic, other concoctions, and blah blah blaah!

Ripley’s has the largest collection of vintage vampire killing kits in the world. 30 of them with 26 on display. Believe It or Not!

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