The Ghost of Glamour Past: Turn of the Century at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, in New York City

Like everyone who will see this, I was born long after the Gilded Age ended. So how is it possible that I feel so nostalgic for these days of beauty and grace? I think I must be a ghost. Today, I have for you pictures of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City at…

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The Confidence Men of Paris, Circa 1900

The Met Museum has posted some images from a book called the Album of Paris Crime Scenes, collected between 1901 – 1908. Apparently, it belonged to Alphonse Bertillon, the fellow who invented modern mugshots. Actually, Bertillon’s mugshots are more detailed than a modern mugshot, with measurements of the body, evaluation of teeth, etc. This mugshot…

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The Serpentine: Loie Fuller

Loie Fuller is a turn-of-the-century dancer whose name stands apart. She is often coupled with the great Isadora Duncan, who was also an experimental dancer, but Loie Fuller was first. Fuller is most closely associated with Art Nouveau. She first came to prominence in the 1890s and was admired and imitated well into the 1900s.…

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