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A serene lady from the Belle Epoque

The Circus, 1870-1950 by TASCHEN

Circassian Beauty In the 1860s, P.T. Barnum exhibited women whom he claimed were Circassian beauties. They wore a distinctive Afro hair style and were known as “moss haired girls.” Circassian beauties were typically presented as victims of sexual enslavement among the Turks, who had escaped from the harem to achieve freedom in America. (via WonderfullyStrange

Suffragette Britain 1900s - carted off to prison. Could happen to women in twenty twelve and beyond.

~ Portrait of a Young Woman - Circa 1856-1900 ~

Sarah Ann Loreth - Literary suicide series : Sylvia Plath "Dying Is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well." (February 10, 1963)