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Victorian Burlesque~Circus~Show & Call Girls

Prostitution in Victorian England was legal & a part of everyday life for people from every class, ethnicity, & gender. The number of women prostituting during the Victorian Age was staggeringly high. Unless you had a husband to support you the life of the working class woman was considered a breeding ground for failure due to low wages & limited jobs for a woman (i.e, seamstress, governess, teacher). There were somewhere between 8,000 & 80,000 prostitutes in London during the Victorian Age.

Madame Moustache Brothel Vintage Ad .. This ad was used to welcome new customers and promote Madame Moustache's Brothel in 1860 welcoming new customers with a real deal. 'A SPLENDID BARGAIN Grand Opening Special Present this handbill & 50 cents for the regular $1.00 Treat. Good any time through April 30, 1860 - Closed on Sundays.'

Joséphine Marcus Earp (1861-1944) was an American part-time actress, dancer, and prostitute who was best known as the wife of famed Old West lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp. Known as "Sadie" to the public in 1881, she met Wyatt in the frontier boom town Tombstone, Arizona Territory when she was living with Cochise County Sheriff Johnny Behan. She became Earp's common-law wife for 48 years. She died in Los Angeles in 1944.

vintage photographs of circus performers - c.1890s-1910s [via vintage everyday; link to set of images]

Miss Jenny ~ evidently a corsetted circus act with dalmations, a poodle, a pit bull & a couple Jack Russells -- must've been some show...

Dutch born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, or more famously known as Mata Hari. She was an exotic dancer, courtesan, and (wrongly) convicted spy for both the French and Germans during World War 1.

Vintage Photograph Circus Black and White Trapeze Artist Woman Victorian

Sportswear, 1890..

Šechtl a Voseček: foto kategorie Portréty a postavy sportovců

Julia Bulette was a prostitute working the gold mine camps at Virginia City, Nevada. She was brutally murdered and John Millian arrested for her murder. It took months to find an unbiased jury as she was loved by so many. A jury was finally found. Millian was hanged in 1868.

History Undressed: Prostitution in the West by Meggan Connors

These types of business cards were given to men at train stations as they entered town to advertise houses of prostitution. These cards were in popular and open use until the 1930's. The women were called "Soiled Doves" in the Victorian era. During the Civil War there was such a huge epidemic of venereal disease that in one town the army quarantined "doves" on a river boat. BiddyCraft

Victorian era pinup

Shopping Detox: Jour 82: The birth control thing

Not enough Victorian lady boxers. Hattie Stewart - World Female Boxing Champion 1884.

Edwardian era circus performer Pansy Chinery (c. 1916) dangling in the air by her teeth.

Lottie Collins (1865–1910) was an East End singer and dancer, most famous for introducing the song "Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay!" (Photo ca. 1892)