Posts tagged with ‘1890s

Morning vintage sexy: Exotic burlesque dancers of the 1890s
Come for the Cupid, stay for the lady dressed as a horse. Whatever did it for them back then.
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Morning vintage sexy: Exotic burlesque dancers of the 1890s

Come for the Cupid, stay for the lady dressed as a horse. Whatever did it for them back then.

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The ten best films of the 1890s

The very first days of motion pictures in the 1890s were some busy days for filmmakers. This brand new medium could express more than a still photo and it was cheaper and quicker than putting on a stage play. As soon as film was invented, it quickly became a big deal. So what were the best films of the 1890s?

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Results from America’s first sex survey, from 1890

The woman above is Clelia Duel Mosher, the first person to do a survey of the sexual habits of American women. From 1890 to 1920, she did periodic interviews with 45 women, asking them questions that women of the time didn’t dare to talk about in public. The results were never published anywhere, and Mosher’s work wasn’t discovered until 1973, shedding light on a period of time when women didn’t talk about sex and didn’t admit to enjoying it.

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One of the first films was a short about boxing cats

Well before the internet, people found cats doing silly things endlessly amusing. In 1894, Thomas Edison and his technicians made this film about a man who traveled the country with his boxing cats.

Professor Welton’s Trained Cat Circus boasted cats that rode bicycles, turned somersaults and walked through fire. But the boxing cats were the most popular of his attractions playing New York vaudeville houses and roof gardens during the summer of 1894.

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And now, here’s Paul Gaugin playing a harmonium pantsless
Taken in Paris in 1895, here’s artist Paul Gaugin sans pants playing a harmonium. Why? Because shit was crazy in Paris in the 1890s.
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And now, here’s Paul Gaugin playing a harmonium pantsless

Taken in Paris in 1895, here’s artist Paul Gaugin sans pants playing a harmonium. Why? Because shit was crazy in Paris in the 1890s.

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First ever footage of the New York Fire Brigade, from 1893

Wow golly gee look at those brave men in horse drawn carriage go! Progress is on the march ladies and gentlemen! 

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The late 19th century, also known as the time when the US had the most awesome paper money in the world

Even with all of the changes to the look of American paper money in the past decade or so, it still seriously lags behind the rest of the world in the awesome money quotient. But in the late 1800s, the US had some seriously badass paper, with huge, intricate and beautiful scenes from Greek myth and it just screamed “THIS IS THE FUCKING LAND OF LIBERTY MOTHERFUCKER”.

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Thomas Edison’s film of the Statue of Liberty in 1898

It’s amazing to look at these films of Thomas Edison, where he was going around filming everything he could. It’s just too bad this wasn’t in color, since the Statue was only about 15 years old at this time and probably had just started to green over, or had recently turned green from its original copper color.

Also check out Thomas Edison’s film of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1899 and his film of a San Francisco bath house in 1897.

Thomas Edison film of a bath house in San Francisco in 1897

In the late 1800s, Thomas Edison knew what an awesome invention film was and he took a film camera with him pretty much everywhere, making him the world’s first annoying guy with a camera attached to one hand. But his films, like this one of a San Francisco bath house (not the gay kind) gives a unique perspective on life in the 1890s.

It looked like a lot of fun, though I’m sure the water was full of polio and smallpox or whatever.

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Music on your phone? That’s soooo 1890s

We think we’re all sorts of hot shit these days because we can pull out our phone and listen to music, but people have been trying to pair telephones and music ever since the telephone was invented. 

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Harvard entrance exam from 1899 will make you feel like a complete moron

A lot of colleges have been dumbed down a bit over the years, but if you were a student in 1899 trying to get into Harvard, you would have had to pass the following entrance exam, recently uncovered by the New York Times. And you’d better hope that you have a solid foundation in the classics, since education in the late 1800s was built on studying lots and lots of Greek and Latin and their respective histories.

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Erectile dysfunction ad from the 19th century
This was found in a copy of the Omaha Daily Bee from 1899, advertising a cure for “weak men” to restore lost manhood. This magical cure was apparently from France, as all fancy and cutting edge things were back then and the ad says it was endorsed by the French and German militaries. So there’s that.
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Erectile dysfunction ad from the 19th century

This was found in a copy of the Omaha Daily Bee from 1899, advertising a cure for “weak men” to restore lost manhood. This magical cure was apparently from France, as all fancy and cutting edge things were back then and the ad says it was endorsed by the French and German militaries. So there’s that.

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Thomas Edison’s 1899 film taken as he was crossing the Brooklyn Bridge

In 1899, Edison was on a train crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and took this short film.

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