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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.
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This picture is of real Can-Can dancers at the Moulin Rouge in the 1890's.


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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.


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Bianca Bianchi as Violetta Valery in “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi, sometime after 1880..


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Vintage Photograph Circus Black and White Elephant

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


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