The cabinet card fad saw 19th-century women dressing in ridiculous costumes


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The woman in the first picture has three feet.


Uh, actually, that was another person behind her getting ready to do the first ever rabbit ears, but, as with many things experimental, it completely failed.


I would wear a pretzel dress any day!


So the idea of the sign spinning guy isn’t all that new.


The picture shows two of those extra ‘feet’; the other one (to the right) is a bit faint though. Those and a third ‘foot’ make up the base of a stand that reaches up (likely the back of the woman’s neck) and helps steady her for the long exposure shot.


Why are there Polaroid style photos attached to someone in the 1800s?


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