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Remarkable Women in History ~ Vintage

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"The Amazing Seven Sutherland Sisters And Their 'Niagara Of Curls'", with their parents, c. 1890s. #photo #vintage #vintagephoto #sepia #vintagehair #hairstyles #hair #longhair #reallylonghair
The bizarre story of the ‘Seven Sutherland Sisters’ girl group & their 37-feet of hair | Dangerous Minds
1. The Tale of the Seven Sutherland Sisters and Their 37 Feet of Hair The Seven Sutherland Sisters in their late 20s to mid-40s. (Via Sideshow World)

Seven Sutherland Sisters

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Theda Bara as Cleopatra 1917
Theda Bara as Salome.
The only surviving footage of Theda Bara in Cleopatra (1917), along with an interview with Bara on Lux Radio Theater (1936).  Sadly, most of Theda Bara's film output was lost.  A 1937 fire at Fox's nitrate film storage vaults in New Jersey destroyed most of that studio's silent films.


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I think that Barbara Jordan (1936-1976) was one of the most remarkable women in our history. She was the first African American since Reconstruction to serve in the Texas Senate and then the first African American woman from the South to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Coretta Scott King & Rosa Parks:  Two remarkable women!
Women who changed the World: Rosa Parks

African American

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Burlesque dancer from the 1890's. This was considered risque, and very sexy. Note she is not rail thin. I wish some modern women were a little more modest.
exotic dancers of the 1890s
Vintage photos collected by Charles H. McCaghy, a professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University in Ohio


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Waléry, Folies Bergère, 1925 beautiful draping and headpiece shape
Ziegfeld Follies Costumes 1910s to the 1920s


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Zelda Boden, circus performer from the 1910s/1920s.
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Zelda Boden, circus performer in the 1910's-1920's..........Like h2o for elephants, I just like this shot.


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Mata Hari (1876-1917), was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I and executed by firing squad in France.
They knew how to dress...Cleo de Merode
Cleo de Mérode


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Traveling through history of Photography...Mata Hari by Emilio Sommariva, 1912.
Dolly Arthur...prostitute in the early 1900's aka Dolly's House in Juneau Alaska?
Margaretha Geertruida "M'greet" Zelle McLeod, better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan, and accused spy who was executed by firing squad in France under charges of espionage for Germany during World War I.

Famous Courtesan

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Flapper 1920's
Flapper 1920's


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Alexandra David Neel fut la première personne à rapporter en France le bouddhisme tibétain.
Alexandra David-Néel


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Jeanne Manford got a call in April 1972 from a hospital where her gay activist son Morty was taken after being beaten.  She wrote a letter to the New York Post complaining about police inaction and began giving interviews in several cities. June 1972  she participated with her son in the New York Pride March, carrying a hand-lettered sign that read ‘Parents of Gays Unite in Support for Our Children.’  She will posthumously receive 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal from President Barack Obama.

Gay Rights

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Queen Christina  1626 – 1689  Christina was Queen of Sweden from 1633-1654. She was the only child of King Gustav II Adolph. At age  6 she succeeded the throne. Being the daughter of a Protestant in the Thirty Years' War, she caused a scandal when she abdicated and converted to Catholicism. She spent her later years in Rome, becoming a leader of the theatrical life. She is one of the few women buried in the Vatican. Her unconventional lifestyle would feature in novels, plays, opera, and film.
Queen Christina 1626 – 1689 Christina was Queen of Sweden from 1633-1654. She was the only child of King Gustav II Adolph.     She was a lesbian, who refused to marry, who often dressed in men's clothes. as a man instead. As a child she refused to subscribe to a traditional gender system, and consequently refused to learn how to knit, or embroider a pillow, and instead she became a skilled soldier and horse-rider.
Colette, French novelist who was as famous for her free (and therefore scandalous) life style as for her writing, 1925


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Helen Fairchild (1885 – 1918): The letters Helen Fairchild sent to her American family about combat nursing during WWI made her famous. She was only a nurse for five years, after graduating from Pennsylvania Hospital, when she died of complications due to an ulcer surgery. As a result, she was not buried in the U.S., but at Somme American Cemetery and Memorial in Bony, France.
Nigar Huseyn Afandi gizi Shikhlinskaya, née Gayibova (October 10, 1871 or March 21, 1878, Tbilisi–August 15, 1931, Baku) was the first Azerbaijani nurse. She was fluent in several languages, including Russian and French[1] and served on the Western Front of World War I, where she opened the Red Cross hospital
USA: Clara Barton; Founder of the American Red Cross. Women we admire; influential women in history #Lottie dolls #herstory


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Soiled Doves of the Old West
Evelyn Nesbit The woman that caused a scandal that left one very famous man dead. Look her up.She has a very sad story
Nana, Nana, Nana, Nana, Nana, Nana, Nana

Ill Repute

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"The only woman ruler in India-- Her Highness the Begum of Bhopal,"
1914 Golda in Milwaukee - Golda Meïr - Wikipedia


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Evelyn “Jackie” Bross (left) and Catherine Barscz (right) at the Racine Avenue Police Station, Chicago, June 5, 1943. In 1943 Evelyn “Jackie” Bross of Cherokee heritage, was arrested on her way home from work for violating Chicago’s cross-dressing and public indecency ordinance. Bross, 19yrs at the time, and a machinist at a WWII defense plant, wore men’s clothes and sported a man’s hair cut – that was more than enough for the Chicago police. Chicago outlawed cross-dressing as early as 1851.
group of women having a smoke, gelatin silver print, c. 1896.     red alert the dapper levels are off the charts


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Meet the Women Who Led the Klondike Gold Rush - Neatorama
Harriet Quimby, America's first licensed woman pilot
Mme Decourcelle is said to have been the first female taxi driver in Paris— a chauffeuse who also had a license to drive horse cabs. 1909, Bois de Boulogne.

Male Profession

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vintage everyday: Circus Lives during the Early 20th Century
"If someone ever tells you strong muscular women didn’t exist in the past, and that every woman was little, tiny and dainty, show them their ignorant ass this post."


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Lina Cavalieri, c1900, She was considered one the most beautiful woman in the world. As a young girl, she ran from the orphanage with a theatre group, made career as vaudeville singer first in Paris and soon all around Europe. In 1900 she debuted as opera singer, soon conquering the operahouses of Monte-Carlo, Paris and New York. She was famous for her hour-glass-like corsets, visible in photographs and portraits by Cesare Tallone and Giovanni Boldini.
Edith Piaf- French singer, her wild life, I love her voice...
Billie Holliday


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Cherokee Nanyehi. One of the most important Women in American History
Sacajawea. Stolen, held captive, sold, eventually reunited the Shoshone Indians. She was an interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark in 1805-1806 with her husband Toussaint Charbonneau. She navigated carrying her son, Jean Baptiste, on her back. She traveled thousands of miles from the Dakotas to the Pacific Ocean. The explorers, said she was cheerful, never complained, and proved to be invaluable. She served as an advisor, caretaker, and is legendary for her perseverance and resourcefulness.

Native Americans

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roaringtwenties:  An official measuring bathing suits to make sure they are no higher than 6 inches above the knee, 1920s.
1921 Chicago: Woman beach constable measures young woman’s swim suit to see if it conforms to the law. If looks could kill...
1925 "Smokey" Buchanan from the West Palm Beach police force, measuring the bathing suit of Betty Fringle on Palm Beach, to ensure that it conforms with regulations introduced by the beach censors.

One Piece Bathing Suit

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Mata Hari (1876-1917), was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I and executed by firing squad in France.
A História das Damas Tatuadas do século 19 | Tinta na Pele
Maud Wagner, the first known female tattooist in the U.S., 1911. In 1907, she traded a date with her husband-to-be for tattoo lessons. Their daughter, Lotteva Wagner, was also a tattooist.


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My Aunt had hair this long and it was always getting caught in things.
A group of women identified as The Sutherland Sisters (and a man, perhaps their father?) pose in all their long haired beauty. #sisters #women #portrait #Victorian #19th_century #1800s #photograph #antique #vintage
"The Amazing Seven Sutherland Sisters And Their 'Niagara Of Curls'", with their parents, c. 1890s. #photo #vintage #vintagephoto #sepia #vintagehair #hairstyles #hair #longhair #reallylonghair


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Lois Gibbs. In 1978, after discovering her entire neighborhood was built on a toxic waste dump and with no prior experience in community activism, Gibbs organized her neighbors and formed the Love Canal Homeowners Association. She led her community in a battle against the local, state, and federal governments. After years of struggle, 833 families were eventually evacuated, and cleanup of Love Canal began. Her efforts also led to the creation of the EPA's Superfund Act.

Rights in general

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