Admit it. You came here first didn't you?
She said nothing. She was thinking of what it would be like to be a bad girl. People would know about it perhaps. Eddie might tell. Then she'd have to go away to a place where nobody knew her.
Bad Girl by Viña
But if you came looking for something racy, you ain't going to find it here. Yes, I know there were and always have been much naughtier pictures available, but these postcards represent what people could send openly through the mail.
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Came across this article in the Milwaukee Sentinel, 24 July 1913:
GIRL HAS X-RAY SKIRT
Men Fight Police Off to Keep Her Out of Jail
ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 23. - Taking the council's failure to consider further the moral efficiency resolution designed to regulate women's dress as a graceful withdrawal from an embarrassing position, Alicia Burnett appeared on Main street here in a diaphanous gown of the latest Parisian style. Miss Burnett was attired in filmy, gauzy, spider web like material that seemed to cling as though she had been poured into it. While women held up their hands in horror, men twisted themselves into all manner of shapes trying to better view the young woman. When four police zealots attempted to reach Miss Burnett through the crowd murmurs arose, and then a roar, which caused them to desist. Several young men finally managed to place Miss Burnett in an automobile, and, making a quick dash, succeeded in getting her out of the danger zone.
She may not really be a bad girl, but she's certainly posing as one, with her prop cigarette and what appear to be harem trousers.
|We are having
a high old time.
Feet propped up on the table? Stockings showing? I think they may actually be lounging in their petticoats! And the various bottles and the seltzer spritzer on the table suggest that they aren't drinking tea. Shocking!! (At least they're not smoking....)
Aside from the leg up in the air, she could probably pose as a demure young lady in some other postcard scene. I assume she's supposed to be a can-can dancer. Those theater folk! Certainly not a profession for a lady!
Postcard, 1905 copyright
The morning after WHAT? This is about as risqué as it gets. And I don't just have a dirty mind. They don't have wedding bands on their ring fingers. The man's languid (ne'er-do-well?) pose and the way their hats obscure their faces both suggest this is not a respectable couple. And just what in tarnation are they doing under the boardwalk anyway?
From the Pittsburgh Evening Penny Press, 5 September 1884:
|The town of
Ansel is no place for a Minister's son
Postcard, 1913(?) postmark
The postcard dealer could have the pennant printed with the name of the town where he sold them. Now are they implying that there are loose women galore in Ansel?
drink - by a woman
You were expecting something stronger?
Raphael Tuck & Sons' Valentine Post Card, Series No. 5
careful, men, of the advocate
Not a bad girl in the sense of the women depicted above, but probably much more frightening to some men. Behind her raised fist, a heart wears a pair of pants and has the message "Back to the background" underneath it.
|Uncle Has My
One of those little puzzles of material cultural interpretation. According to a British friend of mine, in her childhood "Uncle" sometimes meant the pawnbroker. As far as I can tell from the message on reverse, this card was sent by a Hoosier bachelor to Albert Hendricks in Pine Village, Indiana:
|Photograph, 1910s or
Who wears the pants? These two women apparently dressed for a some costumed event. The woman on the left appears to have on a baseball uniform.
And Some Bad Boys (of sorts)
photo postcard, c.1907-1908
These fellows, with their cigarettes and blasé expressions, may be trying just a bit too hard to be hep.
Off the Grass
Real photo postcard, c.1907-1908
Did these otherwise respectable looking gentlemen steal the sign?
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