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Bioshock: Infinite props provide clues

This collection of promotional props from Bioshock: Infinite offer some clues to the game's mysterious story.

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Murder of Crows tonic

Seemingly similar to the plasmids found in the original BioShock game, the liquid contained in this vessel was shown to give the user the ability to summon an angry murder of crows during a brief in-game demo.
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A closer view of the bottle's label, note the 1895 founding date of the tonic's maker.
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Port of Columbia immigration tag

This weathered paper tag hints at the eugenics thread running through the game. This official-looking form includes entries for racial origin, cranial circumference, and general mental ability. Note the 1907 date stamp as well.
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Dr. Gallop's Cocoa Restorative

Doctor Gallip may be an in-game character we haven't seen yet.
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Dr. Gallop's Cocoa Restorative

No clues here, just delicious candy...
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Columbia Calls You poster

This mock propaganda poster is clearly inspired by the real-life WWI poster known as "Fight or Buy Bonds."
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Dady, what did you do? poster

Another propaganda piece inspired by a real-life poster. The 1915 original, known as "Daddy, what did you do in the Great War?" was used by British army recruiters.

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