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A Female Mason Perched High above Berlin (c. 1910) With the rise of industrialization, the number of German women who worked outside the home also increased. This usually meant factory work. But in some families with their own businesses, daughters also learned a trade so that they could help out: here, we see a master-mason's daughter during the renovation work on the old city hall tower in Berlin.

ca. 1861-65, [carte de visite of “The Devil” holding portraits of leading Southern figures during the American Civil War such as Jefferson Davis, Alexander H. Stephens, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson] via Luminious Lint, Private collection, LL/38774

Annette Kellerman promoted women’s right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit, 1907. She was arrested for indecency. She's also a rather curvy gal and seemingly proud of it.

With the perfect hourglass figure, backless dresses & silver tinted hair, jazz singer Joyce Bryant became known as "The Bronze Bombshell" AKA The Black Marilyn Monroe. She would become the first dark-skinned African-American woman celebrated by the mass media as a 'sex-symbol'. She made her way to the stage in 1940. It was there she gained national and international acclaim for her earthy, sultry tone and figure flattering costumes.

Figure of a Cynocephalus Ape Period: Late Period Dynasty: Dynasty 26–29 Date: 664–380 B.C. Geography: Country of O...

c. 1920 Suffrage Flyer MHS Collections. (via Missouri History Museum)

"Shoe seller" from a series of portraits of Russian Types taken at the end of the 1800s.

[ child miner, circa 1900 ] Next time you think you're having a bad day at the office…

Alice Roosevelt with her dog Leo. She smoked cigarettes in public, chewed gum, placed bets with bookies, rode in cars with men, stayed out late partying, and kept a pet snake named Emily Spinach, which she often wore wrapped around one arm and took to parties.  Her father President Theodore Roosevelt once said of her “I can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both.” 1902

Colonial soldier with German women, 1919. In the period following World War I, French colonial troops were used as part of the Allied occupation of the German Rhineland, in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles. Germ Hitler wrote about the Black Shame in Mein Kampf, decrying the "negrification" of Europe. His government would later sterilize 500 or so mixed-race children born of African servicemen and German women (the so-called "Rhineland Bastards"),