Category: women

When Hairstyles Were So Complicated People Wro…

These images come from a two-volume illustrated treatise on French hairstyles, produced in 1778/1780. That’s right, there were so many hairstyles, they had to publish them in two volumes!

10 adorable portrait photos of famous female authors posing with…

10 adorable portrait photos of famous female authors posing with their pet dogs and cats.

The Accidental Widow

Oda Tokuhime, the daughter of Oda Nobunaga, married Tokugawa Ieyasu’s five-year-old son Nobuyasu in 1563, when she herself was just five years old. The marriage, though for political advantage, became a happy one. The was just one problem: Tokuhime’s mother-in-law.

Lady Tsukiyama was so jealous and quarrelsome that even her husband had difficulty dealing with her. Among other things, she took a made a retainer’s daughter Nobuyasu’s concubine because Tokuhime had produced no sons by age 20 – although their two daughters would suggest that Tokuhime was certainly fertile enough.

At some point, Tokuhime decided she could not like with Tsukiyama anymore. She wrote an anonymous letter to her father, the very powerful Oda Nobunaga, and accused Lady Tsukiyama of treason. Tokugawa Ieyasu imprisoned his wife as a result, then to protect his alliance with Nobunaga, had her executed. But what would Nobuyasu, Tokuhime’s husband, do? Everyone was very concerned that he would seek an honorable revenge against Oda Nobunaga for the death of his mother. So Ieyasu ordered Nobuyasu to commit suicide by seppuku: his own son killed himself, to protect his father’s most important alliance. Tokuhime accidentally got rid of her husband while she was trying to get rid of her mother-in-law. Tokuhime lived another 50 years and never remarried.

Back when women wanted to get fat: 26 funny vintage ads…

Back when women wanted to get fat: 26 funny vintage ads promoting weight gain for women from between the 1930s and 1950s.

Two women dressed for a garden party, 1934. Photographed by…

Two women dressed for a garden party, 1934. Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt-LIFE.

This is Meritamun. Her name means “belov…

This is Meritamun. Her name means “beloved of Amun,” the great Egyptian creator/sun god. She lived in ancient Egypt, sometime between 1500 BCE and 331 BCE, and was likely high status judging by the quality of the linens she was mummified with. Meritamun was between 18 and 25 when she died.

The extending mini-skirts in Paris in the mid-1960s.

The extending mini-skirts in Paris in the mid-1960s.

This vintage photograph shows students protesting the high…

This vintage photograph shows students protesting the high school dress code that banned slacks for girls in Brooklyn back in 1942. It illustrated a question in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle magazine on March 26 1942. As war raged around the globe, readers were invited to consider the burning question: “Should high school girls, particularly students of Abraham Lincoln High School on Ocean Parkway… be permitted to wear slacks to class?”

The article featured 16-year-old pupil Beverly Bernstein, who was suspended from Lincoln for showing up to class wearing blue gabardine slacks.

“She wore them to school, along with a lipstick-red sweater,” the Eagle wrote, explaining that she was then sent to the office of the dean of girls, who apparently issued the suspension.

Outraged classmates showed their support by coming to school the next day in pants.

“Girls show up in slacks at Abraham Lincoln High School, Brooklyn, in protest because a classmate, Beverly Bernstein, was suspended the day before for wearing slacks,” reads the caption on the photo above.

These rule-breaking wartime students also circulated a petition, stating that girls should be allowed to wear pants because “they are better than skirts in the event of an air raid” and to “conserve silk stockings.”

20 vintage photographs captured daily life of Submarine Yoyage…

20 vintage photographs captured daily life of Submarine Yoyage mermaids in Disneyland from the 1950s and 1960s

Roma women on street, Naples, Italy, April 1964. Photographed by…

Roma women on street, Naples, Italy, April 1964. Photographed by Ronald Reis.