Can You Dance in A Nightgown?

We've got a beautiful collection of photos from the latter part of the 19th century for you to be entertained by. After all, they are of entertainers of the era! Also, witness how serious and actor-like they are as opposed to the distinct roles today's various entertainers, from exotic dancer to movie actor, have!

Images via Retronaut

The above photos are from the Charles H. McCaghy Collection of Exotic Dance From Burlesque To Clubs and are all from the late 19th century. They are all letterpress captions on mounts from leading portrait photography studios such as Thomas Houseworth & Co. which actually worked with entertainers a lot hence the title “Houseworth’s Celebrities” that was given to the series of photographs.

Some look peeved, some look like children about to go skip around a lake – all of who are very well clothed indeed. Just think about our ideas of exotic dancers and how these images would have never been the first thing that came to mind!

And some of our very own exotic horse hatted beings. Who knows if they’ve taken tips from watching the above masters!

Credits: wil6ka

This article was inspired by this How to Be A Retronaut post.

written by soundfoodaround on 2012-03-21 in #lifestyle #19th-century #old-photos #entertainers #1890s #exotic #dancers #retronaut

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