Thursday, May 30, 2013
Gibson Girl...Flirtatious Thursday Show and Tell
I'm guessing this tinted photo is a Gibson Girl from the early 1900's. The old cabinet card photo was unframed at the time I found it.
As with most of the things I have collected over the years, the photo was purchased in a flea-market for just a few dollars.
She appears to be demure with her eyes cast down....
What I find so unusual about the photograph, is the very flirtatious way she has dropped her gown to expose her shoulder. The early 1900's saw big changes in a woman's world. Click HERE to read about the Gibson Girl image.
By today's standard, the revealing of a shoulder would be nothing. In the early 1900's I would say it was quite a statement!
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I'm actually reading a fiction/fact novel dated around 1915 and one of the ladies (a proper titled Lady) has just had her portrait painted and her pose was reclining on a couch (not sat upright) and while she was clothed she was scantily clothed, but quite decent with it, but her hair had been let loose and was falling around her shoulders etc. This picture has caused an absolute scandal and it has had to be withdrawn from the gallery and the lady in question has taken herself off to a quiet Norfolk village where she is not known, until the scandal dies down. Apparently this type of behaviour for the upper classes was NOT the done thing then. If only they knew then was was to come.... xxReplyDelete
Makes me wonder, even more, why this lady chose to "bare a shoulder" for the camera.Delete
Even when I was a young girl (in the 50s and 60s), we didn't reveal much "skin." Oh, how times have changed! This photo is stunning and reminds me of one Kelly had that was titled "Miss October." Beautiful find, XOXOReplyDelete
I tried to find out more about the photograph...with no luck. I still wear my skirts below the knee !!Delete
Ah, those days. It is a lovely photo. I like those old photo's with those soft shades. Groetjes, GerdaReplyDelete
I enjoy looking at them, too! I even have a baby photo of myself that was tinted.Delete
Very saucy for those days! She is tastefully flirtatious and perfectly lovely.ReplyDelete
I'd say she was quite a flirt in her day! A beauty, too.ReplyDelete
That photograph does look like quite a statement.ReplyDelete