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Sailing Duo: c. 1902

Sailing Duo: c. 1902

Two women, one in men's clothing, on a sailboat in a studio shot. Photo by Fritz W. Guerin, c. 1902. View full size.

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Okay, new theory: the female-dressed female is in the process of pointing at something in the distance. They ARE both looking in that same direction. Perhaps it was supposed to look like she had her hand resting on "his" chest before she pointed.

Who's on first?

"So, if the 'man' is really a female, does that mean the girl on the right is or isn't touching breast?"

I think she was posed like that to draw attention away from the breast.

Fritz W. Guerin

I think the photographer posed them like this, if you look at his work it was fantastic, also I tried finding info on him and came up with nothing.

In Those Days

Women were arrested for dressing like a man in public. It was definitely not a common thing and was very risque for a woman.

re: get your filthy minds

Reminds me of what Hannah Arendt wrote. About the banalality of evil.

get your filthy minds out of the gutter if that is possible

in todays homosexual world !! those pics were ment to be commical in those days !! and homosexualality was still consideres filth !!!

[Four stars!!! - Dave]

not "very good friends"

Im so tired of all thinking that filthy nonsense !!! such photos were common in those days. often just to be commical !!! the world was not such a filthy place then as it is now !!!

[Hmm. Multiple comical misspellings and non-ironic overpunctuation ... I give this comment three Shorpystars. - Dave]


Let's just say that they're very good friends.

What do we have here?

The L word?


So, if the "man" is really a female, does that mean the girl on the right is or isn't touching breast?

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