Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Beuaty

This picture shows a woman posed in a beach scene. The background looks like it was painted. The picture was taken in 1893. It is funny to notice how fashions and our sense of beauty has changed. Notice how she is holding a cigarette in her right hand. Now for the most part, cigarettes would not be considered attractive in a woman's hand.

12 comments:

  1. Cigarettes can't be attractive anymore; we know they are likely to cause cancer, and today they smell and taste poor: the cigarette our beauty is smoking here is a thing of the past, either an oriental cigarette, composed of mild and aromatic Greek and Turkish tobaccos, the creamy smoke of which she would hardly have noticed on inhaling, or a cigarette entirely made of flue-cured Virginia, sweet and tangy. The "American blend" cigarette, composed of Burley, Virginia and Orient, was still to come, and today we have only that, but now mostly made of RCT (reconstituted tobacco product): scraps and tobacco dust processed to a kind of tobacco paper, which is then cut to look like tobacco and put into cigarettes. So if you feel you have to smoke tobacco (rather don't), smoke a pipe, and don't inhale.

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  2. Jens,
    my wife did not get the memo that pipes were OK, would you ming forwarding it to her :-)

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  3. I like her bathing suit and umbrella. More tasteful than much of what we see on the beach today.

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  4. I also find it interesting that the girl in the photolooks healthy to me, but by today's standards, she would be considered "fat."

    In our society, you're not attractive unless your shoulder blades are showing and your ribs are sticking out.

    Everyone is becoming androgynous.

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  5. The woman in the picture is Marie Jansen. She was a famous musical comedy star, and in 1901 she starred at the head of her own opera company. This was unsuccessful, she went bankrupt and became a seamstress…

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  6. That is a very risque bathing suit for 1893 - combined with the cigarette indicates a woman of the world - a 'grand horizontal'. I imagine that was very popular with the gents back then!

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  7. Yes, this is quite a scandalous photo for the time. She is showing her skin above the neckline of the blouse and her legs below the skirt, plus the cigarette. "Decent" ladies would wear bathing costumes but in 1893 they were still covered head to toe, blouses came to the neck and stockings were worn below the skirts/bloomers. As for a cigarette, I had a Great-great Aunt who drove an ambulence in WW1, smoked, drank and swore. She was an outcast in the family and no one knows what happened to her. Women didn't smoke, it just "wasn't the thing!" even though I'm sure many did, they just hid it.

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  8. I know people get lambasted for nitpicking, but 'Beuaty'?

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  9. I concur with SmartGirl. It's unfortunate that a "healthy woman" isn't appreciated the way she once was, as is evident in the way the media pummels celebrities these days for their realistic bodies revealed in unsolicited, voyeuristic snapshots taken with lenses longer than one's arm. That said, this pose depicts quite the bawdy woman, in her day! I'd love to be able to wear that much without drawing attention to myself on the beach these days....perhaps I will (sans the cig...and the slippers). I invite the ladies join me: pick a day this summer to ignore the stares and start a beach fashion revolution.

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  10. She looks healthy, but I have to say it is a pretty bold pose for the nineteenth century.

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  11. Yup, in 1893 a man could grow hair on his palms over such a display of womanly charm.

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  12. Hello Anonymous,
    My wife doesn't tolerate smoke in the house either... but I wouldn't puff away indoors at home in any case, because we have a litte child. You might try switching to some Danish tobacco with cherry, vanilla or plum aroma, usually that resolves the smell issue :)

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