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


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/05/the-cabinet-card-fad-saw-19th.html


#2

http://m.quickmeme.com/img/99/997f22a41da0c34d380a1a76f7daacd8f643a953f8ee13053e5e4cd61ff40b47.jpg


#3

The woman in the first picture has three feet.


#4

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.


#5

I would wear a pretzel dress any day!


#6

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


#7

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.


#8

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


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