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Vintage photos of:
A portrait of two girls seated, one looking at the braided hair of the other. The photograph is by the Tonnesen Sisters of Chicago, c. 1900. The Tonnesen Sisters ran one of the country's first photo studios for the purpose of creating advertising images. They also ran one of the first professional modeling agencies. View full size.
A young woman models in a studio for photographer Fitz W. Guerin. No date is recorded with the photo, but it was probably taken around 1902. View full size.
A young model lies in bed with a book. Photo by Fitz W. Guerin, between 1900 and 1903. View full size.
A young woman models, wearing a cowgirl outfit and holding a rope. Photo by Fitz W. Guerin, c. 1902. View full size.