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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Swingers: 1900

Swingers: 1900

From circa 1900, somewhere in North America, comes this glass negative labeled "Lettis. Women on swing." The giant hats are especially fetching. View full size.

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Ouch, absolutely

That's not anorexia--she's thin, but her cheeks are not drawn. That's a tightly laced corset. Anne Fogarty, author of "Wife Dressing" and a fashion designer, bragged about her 18" waist. Fogarty looked a lot more comfortable in her undergarments than does the lady on the left, though.

Anorexia Nervosa

That is one very unhealthy looking lady.


That's a pretty high perch for a lady in long skirts to attain unaided. Of course, no gentleman in those days would think of permitting a member of the "weaker sex" to attempt such a feat. Doubtless there's a step ladder just out of frame. And a #10 can of male chauvinism.

Pharrell Williams Fan Club 1900

Trend setters, 114 years ahead of time.


Boy, look at that cinched-in waist. Numerous organs surely are crying out for relief.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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