1910s

Ziegfeld Girl in a Peacock Plume Dress

Ziegfeld Girl in a Peacock Plume Dress

Kathleen Rose, aka “Rose Dolores”, a Ziegfeld Girl in peacock plume dress. c.1917-1923 Isn’t this the most wonderful costume? I’d love to know what kind of show it was a part of, whether she just moved slowly around the stage and posed in the costume or whether it was part of some kind of routine. I’m(…)

George Washington’s teeth

George Washington’s teeth

George Washington’s teeth which, contrary to popular myth, weren’t made of wood. He had various pairs, and the pair he had when he became president were made from hippo and elephant ivory with gold springs.  I’m not sure whether the pair above are those, but they certainly look about right don’t they?  Washington suffered from problems(…)

Irene Castle with her pet dog (or is it a fox?)

Irene Castle with her pet dog (or is it a fox?)

Dancers Vernon and Irene Castle with their pets ‘Wolf’ and ‘Waldo’ on board a ship c. 1910. It’s hard to make out the dog that Irene is holding, I’m not sure whether the tail is part of a fur wrap, or whether Waldo is actually a pet fox…? Can you make it out? You can(…)

Vintage dancer in Egyptian costume, 1915

Vintage dancer in Egyptian costume, 1915

A dancer in a fabulous Egyptian costume photographed in 1915. I love this costume, it reminds me of that scene from Cleopatra (the 1963 movie) when Elizabeth Taylor is brought into Rome at the end of that amazing procession. Some of the dancers in that are wearing Egyptian style wings similar these (although with much skimpier(…)

Vintage women’s boxing: late 1800s to 1920s

Vintage women’s boxing: late 1800s to 1920s

I assumed that women’s boxing was a fairly new sport, after all it was only included in the Olympics last year for the first time, but from these photos you can see it was going on (although with varying degrees of inappropriate outfits) since at least the late 1880s. I’m guessing it wasn’t a mainstream(…)