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Rakish: c. 1902

Rakish: c. 1902

A young woman models in a studio for photographer Fitz Guerin, c. 1902. View full size.

What is wrong with her leg?

What is wrong with her leg? Even woolen stockings wouldn't look like that, or be so… -lumpy-.

[I think that's a skirt under an apron or overskirt. - Dave]


Looks like a chubby Bette Davis. Check out the eyes.

Gotta hand it to Fitz…

I mean, look at those elbows! Out for the whole world to see!

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