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Practical Hints Encouraged Lone Lady Travelers

Practical Hints Encouraged Lone Lady Travelers

Increasing numbers of women planned trips—without male escorts. In the late 19th century, these lone lady travelers were still considered Read More>...

Kate Warne Became First Female Pinkerton Detective

Kate Warne Became First Female Pinkerton Detective

Women had proven their mettle as spies for centuries. So when a 23-year-old widow named Kate Warne responded to an Read More>...

Victorian Strongwomen Reshaped Body Images

Victorian Strongwomen Reshaped Body Images

They were heavy lifters of the changing female body image. Women were still discouraged from any exercise that could build Read More>...

Pie Girl Dinner Humbled Powerful Men

Pie Girl Dinner Humbled Powerful Men

The Scandalous Pie Girl Dinner of 1895 is not a dusty history lesson. Rather, it was a lesson never learned. Read More>...

Jean Paleologue Posters Shaped Modern Advertising

Jean Paleologue Posters Shaped Modern Advertising

It was an era of monumental change. Life was moving faster each day. Bicycles promised new freedoms. Automobiles promised even Read More>...

Early Tennis Fashion Did Not Stop First Female Wimbledon Winner

Early Tennis Fashion Did Not Stop First Female Wimbledon Winner

Cyclists were still fighting for the right to wear bloomers. The concept of “rational dress” for female athletes remained fertile Read More>...

Doctors Triggered Victorian Bicycle Face Hysteria

Doctors Triggered Victorian Bicycle Face Hysteria

Bicycles meant improved health and independence, particularly for women in the late 1800s. But “wheeling” came at a high price Read More>...

Charles Courtney Curran Portrayed Daring Women Perched On Mountain Ledges

Charles Courtney Curran Portrayed Daring Women Perched On Mountain Ledges

He was an enormously prolific and successful painter for nearly five decades beginning in the i880s. Charles Courtney Curran (13 Read More>...

Painter Elizabeth Nourse Portrayed Unflinching Social Realism

Painter Elizabeth Nourse Portrayed Unflinching Social Realism

Elizabeth Nourse defied all odds by carving out a successful full-time career as a female painter in the late 19th Read More>...

Belle Époque Influencer Caroline Otero Mastered Self Promotion

Belle Époque Influencer Caroline Otero Mastered Self Promotion

Only a few details from the life of Caroline Otero can be authenticated. In her 1927 autobiography, My Story, she Read More>...

Quirky Victorian Easter Cards Reveal Surprisingly Twisted Humor

Quirky Victorian Easter Cards Reveal Surprisingly Twisted Humor

Have you heard the one about the Victorian couple whose corsets were so tight they couldn’t laugh? Yes, much of Read More>...

Victorian Umbrella Defense Surpassed Perilous Hatpins

Victorian Umbrella Defense Surpassed Perilous Hatpins

As women ventured into the world without escorts, fashionable hatpins doubled as excellent weapons to discourage unwanted advances from men. Read More>...

Dangerous Victorian Hatpins Foiled Mashers Across America

Dangerous Victorian Hatpins Foiled Mashers Across America

The “New Woman” was emerging into public places—either alone or in groups. She was independent, brave and self-reliant. It was Read More>...

The Flying Zedoras Human Arrow Showcased Feminine Courage

The Flying Zedoras Human Arrow Showcased Feminine Courage

Like so many circus performers in the Victorian Era, the details from the life of the Flying Zedoras Human Arrow Read More>...

Early Female Conservationists Promoted Bird Friendly Fashions

Early Female Conservationists Promoted Bird Friendly Fashions

Despite fake news stories to the contrary, the magnitude of the later Victorian Era plume trade continued to escalate. By Read More>...

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