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On Pleasure Bent: 1905

On Pleasure Bent: 1905

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1905. "Three little maids on pleasure bent." Which I guess would be the 1905 equivalent of "Girls gone wild." Show us your elbows! 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Time machine

If i had a time machine I could go back in time and marry the girl on the left. She is Hott!! That bow-tie is totally sexy. I wish chicks would accessorize like that nowadays. I am totally serious.

These young ladies

are probably no more than 16 years old, wearing their fanciest grown-up dresses and hats, and delighted in how old they look!

Beach fashion

I guess if you're going to wear winter clothes on the beach they might as well be black.

Is that you, Eleanor?

The woman on the right ... Eleanor Roosevelt?

Yelping bosom

The one on the right looks like Eleanor Roosevelt after having tucked Fala into her bosom.

The one on the right

Looks almost like a young Eleanor Roosevelt.

The Whole Tooth

The one on the right looks like a young Eleanor Roosevelt. And that's hardly a compliment.

One on the right

Reminds me of Eleanor Roosevelt, for some inexplicable reason.

Teen Girl Squad!

It's been a while since I've seen a new episode.

Man hands

Just saying.

Eye of the beholder

I agree with "Left, right, center," but I think that the cute one on the left looks like a young Mickey Rooney.


Spiffing locket.

Left, right, center

Girl on the left with a trace of freckles is definitely cute. Center looks like she could be part of the Kennedy clan. On the right ... well, as Bugs Bunny said, "She was somebody's baby once."

Fashions of the Era

The Unibosom (fashion historians refer to it as the Monobosom) was actually The Look between about 1895 and 1907. Far too long, I would agree.

I would have to say that the fashions of this period are some of the ugliest ever invented. However, these girls have timed themselves reasonably well. Within 5 years, the bosom will deflate, the figure will straighten, skirts will become a reasonable weight and length. Hats the size of a large cat will continue a little longer, then they too will deflate to a practical and comfortable size. Bring on the '20s!

I like the quiet one on the left


Dressing up for the beach

I love the fact that almost everyone in this shot is in full street clothes; the lady to the right of the trio even has (low) heels on -- in the sand. And the ballerina-like shoes of the one in the middle are great.

Sandbags at the Shore

I, for one, am happy that the Unibosom look never caught on.


"I will be strange, stout, in yellow stockings, and cross-gartered."

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