Gallery of the Bizarre: Antique Costumes, Sexist Mid-century Ads and Bonus Collages

History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images

-Anselm Kiefer

We will never be able to fully, thoroughly and wholly understand the past. Regardless of whatever monumental knowledge we might have about history, religion and geography. We will always be, no mater how hard we try, observers out of context.

Inevitably sooner or later our thoughts will betray us and we will fail; judging over the shoulders of the privileges and beliefs our times provide us. This judgment is however suitable and advantageous to the development of our society and our own behavior, for it coaches us in the most gentle of ways; by example.

The gallery I introduce today is purely historical, rare and, at times, bewildering. May you enjoy

Actress Marian Martin in a Satan-themed burlesque cape

Actress Marian Martin in a Satan-themed burlesque cape

1970s Playboy magazine ad

1970s Playboy magazine ad

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Miss Evelyn Leigh Ralliston of Teaneck, New Jersey, winner of thecostume contest at the first annual Ectomo Halloween Masquerade Ball

Miss Evelyn Leigh Ralliston of Teaneck, New Jersey, winner of thecostume contest at the first annual Ectomo Halloween Masquerade Ball

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Bee costume, Unknown

Bee costume, Unknown

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''If she doesn't give it to you, get it yourself!'' Jade East perfume 60's-70's ad

Phyllis Monkman in The Butterflies by Foulsham 1910

Phyllis Monkman in The Butterflies by Foulsham 1910

 'The Annunciation', Arthur Hacker, 1892

 'The Annunciation', Arthur Hacker, 1892

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“Speech on Days Past" by Eugenia Loli

“Speech on Days Past" by Eugenia Loli

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Collage, author unknown

Collage, author unknown

Mrs. William Seward Webb (neé Lila O. Vanderbilt). 1883

Mrs. William Seward Webb (neé Lila O. Vanderbilt). 1883

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Women with weights, picture by Willis T. White. Retronaut, collage author Lynn Skordal

Women with weights, picture by Willis T. White. Retronaut, collage author Lynn Skordal

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"Fawnies" by Liza Kharina

"Fawnies" by Liza Kharina

Julia Lillard ''Untitled''

Julia Lillard ''Untitled''

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Robert Julian Onderdonk - Bluebonnets in Texas 1915

Robert Julian Onderdonk - Bluebonnets in Texas 1915

If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.

- Anatole France

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