Marie Tussaud was one of the most successful career women of the 19th century. She is truly a fascinating woman. At the age of 17, she became the art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister and then, during the French Revolution, was hastily forced to prove her allegiance to the feudalistic nobles by making the death masks of executed aristocrats. In 1802, when her marriage dissolved, she left France and took her sons and her waxworks to England; where she began displaying her lifelike artwork.

Marie Thérèse Charlotte de France aka Madame Royale aka Duchesse d’Angoulême. The first born child of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and the only one of her immediate family to survive the French Revolution. She is worth reading up on as she lead an interesting life, she single handedly stood up to Napoleon in 1814 & he paid her the compliment of calling her, " the only man in the family." Tumblr

Fatima Massaquoi - An African Princess Who Stood Unafraid Among Nazis. Her autobiography is a one-of-a-kind perspective of an educated, empowered, world-traveling daughter of a royal family, which no one wanted to publish until now.

An original photo bought in San Franciso about 15 years ago. It's a classic image of Lotta Crabtree smoking a cigar. She was a major singer-actress in the 1880s earning up to 5K a week and when she died in 1924 she left an estate worth 4 million. She donated a fountain to San Fran at Market & Kearny where people meet to mark the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake. #Victorian #celebrities #women #portraits

King Edward the Confessor: King of England from 1042, the son of Ethelred II. He lived in Normandy with his mother Emma of Normandy's relatives until shortly before his accession to the English Throne. During his reign power was held by Earl Godwin and his son Harold, while the king devoted himself to religion, including the rebuilding of Westminster Abbey (consecrated in 1065), where he is buried.

:::::::::::: Antique Photograph :::::::::::: Utterly beautiful portrait of a Mother and her daughters - all seven of them! 1912

Desiree Clary was the daughter of wealthy parents and went on to become Queen of Sweden. Initially courted by Joseph Bonaparte, she became engaged to him before becoming romantically involved with his brother Napoleon. Despite other offers put to her she married General Bernadotte and, when he was adopted by the childless King of Sweden, became royalty. Her son became King Oscar I of Sweden and the royal house she helped begin still reigns today. Portrait by Lefèvre, 1807

‘Clara “Mother” Hale, humanitarian who founded the Hale House, a sanctuary for drug-addicted and HIV/AIDS-infected babies in Harlem, NY, was born in Philadelphia, PA, on this date April 1, 1905.’

PASSING OF A CODE BREAKER George Smith, a member of the famed Navajo Code Talkers, who used their rare and ancient language to outwit the Japanese during World War II, has died. He died on Oct. 30 at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico, said Navajo Nation president Ben Shelly. Smith was 90. Photo: Navajo Code Talker George Smith (Paul Natonabah/Navajo Times)

"Helen ‘Curl’ Harris - an entrepreneur at a time when women (let alone African-American women) were a rarity in business. A self-made graduate of the Skidmore Vocational School and the Philadelphia Charm and Model School, she ran and operated numerous beauty businesses in Philadelphia (Curl’s Beautyrama, Curl’s Beauty Salon and Charm Service, and Curl’s Moderne Beautyrama) as well as created her own line of make-up and hair products. Ella Fitzgerald and Josephine Baker were among her clients...

Decapitated heads of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, wax and natural hair, displayed at Madame Tussaud's, London, 1995.

In 1920, Anna Anderson turned up at a mental hospital in Germany as a Jane Doe. She refused to reveal her identity at first, but two years later she began claiming to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, who was believed (though not by all) to have been executed with the rest of the Russian Royal family four years earlier. Anderson was the most well known woman claiming to be Anastasia, and she continued to uphold the claim until her death.

WOMEN IN HIDING: James Barry was a woman disguised as man in order to study medicine. Admitted to Edinburgh University in 1809. After graduation, was assigned to various British colonies and noted for "his" care & struggle to improve the standard of life of patients. Died in 1865, after 46 years working as an army medical officer. Was then when her real identity, MARGARET ANN BULKLEY, was discovered. Among her many achievements she was the first British surgeon to perform a successful C-sect...

Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette's husband, king of France

Marie Tussaud was arrested and taken to the Bastille for being a royalist supporter. Her head was shaven, a custom before being taken to the guillotine, but was pardoned. She was forced to do not only one of the more curious acts in history, but one of the most morbid. She was employed to make death masks. The first were of course the most obvious: Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Mary Queen of Scots, aged 19, in white mourning to mark the loss of three members of her immediate family within a period of 18 months. Her father-in-law Henry II died in July 1559; her mother Mary of Guise died in Scotland in June 1560; and in December of the same year her husband Francis II died. Mary, no longer Queen of France, returned to Scotland in August 1561. Wearing white was the official sign of mourning worn by women of royal blood or high-ranking courtiers.

Robert Graves, c. 1914, age 19. Reported dead at the Somme, Graves was one of the few of his generation to survive World War I. He became a translator, poet, and novelist, and was the author of I, Claudius. Graves died at the age of 90 in 1985.

Marie-Therese, Duchesse d'Angouleme The only surviving child of Marie~Antoinette & Louis XVI

"Florence Mills in 1923. She was born in 1895, to ex-slaves in a Washington, D.C. slum. By the age of four, she was performing on stage. By the 1920s, she was the toast of Broadway and London and the first black woman featured in Vogue. Her trademark song, ‘I'm a Little Blackbird Looking for a Bluebird’ was a protest against racial inequality. Mills died in 1927, aged only 31."

Victoria Woodhull (1838 - 1927). She was quite a lady ... the first woman to run for President of the United States (1872); first woman to start a weekly newspaper, first woman along with her sister to operate a brokerage firm in Wall Street (where she made a fortune). She fought for women's rights, against corruption and for labor reforms. The reforms and ideals espoused by her for the common working class against the corrupt rich business elite were extremely controversial in her time.