31 March 2012

Carte de visite of a bearded woman (~1860)

Found in Cornell University's online exhibition of "Dawn's Early Light" (the first 50 years of American photography), via Historical Indulgences.

Lots of interesting images at the link for those interested in photography (or for bloggers looking for material).


  1. Does anyone else think this is just a guy in drag? Wouldn't that be a lot more probable?


  2. Yeah, it seems much easier for a man to grow out his hair and put in the curls than for a woman to grow such a nice, full beard. And since I doubt there wasn't a trouser check, I'm thinking dude in drag.

  3. Hate to say it, but he/she looks an awful lot like Paul Krugman.


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