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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.

    Collusion between Harry Gordon, posing as a medium and William Mumler the photographer. 1860

    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.

    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

    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)

    ‎Ada Wright, British Suffragist, pummeled and arrested for attempting to vote in 1872. She was fined for registering to vote. Women are amazing!

    "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…