Humor, page 5
Ladies showing legs and various other bits




Only when I started to sort out my material did I realise  stereographers' obsession for revealing  ladies' legs and other naughty bits. As early as 1870 Photographic News published a report of a man arrested for selling 30 vulgar slides to soldiers, sailors and schoolboys - so if you don't come into one of those categories this page may not be for you. Some of these are mechanically produced views - presumably to keep them in pocket-money range. They are often not in particularly good condition - presumably because they have been taken into battle/up rigging/to school. The pricing of these views is loosely based on the principle of 'more flesh, more dollars'. I find this a sad comment on me, you, and the world in general.

In Victorian England even the legs of tables were covered with a cloth down to the ground in case the sight inflamed the passions of men. Playboy these are not, social history they are. I will try to refrain from sexist comments that might get me in trouble with the Thought Police. I have included the odd view of men showing legs to provide a sense of balance. Some of these bear the name of a previous owner 'John Farrow'. If you know him, avoid him. If you are  him - see a shrink ASAP. If you can't afford it, I'll start a fund.
 
 


'A terrible strain'. Not sure if lady is pooing her pants. Neither is man in backgound or author of title.
Condition. Yet again, mounted after liquid lunch. Light crease thru right image.
Order #17812.
Price $5.
 


Untitled.
Condition 7.
Order #17815.
Price $10.
 


Untitled.
Condition 7.
Order #17816.
Price $8.
 


Untitled.
Condition 7.
Order #17817.
Price $12.
 


Underwood. 'Well, what are you looking at?'.
Condition 7.
Order #17820.
Price $12.
 


Nice quality studio posed view, probably German.
Condition 7.
Order #17821.
Price $15.
 


Fine Art Photographers' Publishing Co. Not a lot of flesh but a very pretty girl.
Condition 7.
Order #17822.
Price $12.
 


Fine Art Photographers' Publishing Co.
Condition. Slight damage to mount.
Order #17825.
Price $10.
 


Fine Art Photographers' Publishing Co. 'A lotus bloom, Japan'. See thru blouse.
Condition. Mark under leg on right image is damage.
Order #17826.
Price $6.
 


Fine Art Photographers' Publishing Co.
Condition. Creases on right image.
Order #17827.
Price $5.
 


British & Foreign View Co. Stamp on back indicates that this was originally sold by an opticians in Leamington !!!
Condition 5.
Order #17831.
Price $6.
 


'It makes a new woman of you'. Am I missing something?
Condition 7.
Order #17832.
Price $4.
 


Anglo-American Stereoscopic Co. 'I'll bet you don't'. Nice studio pose.
Condition 7.
Order #17833.
Price $8.
 


'Cinderella'.  Can't imagine her in a fairy coach.
Condition. Fading.
Order #17834.
Price $4.
 


Anglo American Stereo Co. 'Lace my ?????'. Lady has had a very bad hair day. Small amount of ankle showing. If you're turned on by this - get a life.
Condition 7.
Order #17835.
Price $8.
 


'Pickwich in the wrong room'.
Condition. Images 8, mount trimmed at bottom edges to fit in a narrow viewer.
Order #17836.
Price $8.
 


Griffith & Griffith, copyright 1897, William H. Rau. 'Well, what are you looking at?'. Again, formerly owned by Mr Farrow.
Condition. Slight production fault at bottom of right image. Mount trimmed at bottom edges to fit narrow viewer.
Order #17837.
Price $8.
 


'Paddy's Blarney'. Not much flesh but four girls.
Condition 7 (surface scratches).
Order #17838.
Price $10.
 


Healthier outdoor pursuits by Underwood. 'Surprised bathers'. They look anything but surprised and I think they had been trying to get this shot right all morning.
Condition 6/7. (slight mark on face of woman l/h image. Views better than scan).
Order #17839.
Price $5.
 


Just to prove the point, this Excelsior version is a slightly different pose.
Condition 7.
Order #17840.
Price $8.
 


Excelsior. Untitled.
Condition 4 (fading).
Order #17841.
Price $5.
 


'Smokeless powder'.
Condition. Some light dents on left image.
Order #17843.
Price $8.
 


'Don't get above your business'.
Condition 7.
Order #17844.
Price $8.
 


'Lady banjoist'.
Condition 7/8.
Order #17846.
Price $10.
 


'Smoking not allowed here'.
Condition 8.
Order #17847.
Price $12.
 
 

The views in the next section are of paintings. This ruse, used since time immemorial, enabled much more flesh to be exposed in the name of 'Art'. This can cause untold hassle at times, as when Epstein sculpted the memorial to be placed on Oscar Wilde's tomb in Paris. The figure's 'dongle' caused much heart-searching among the city burghers who metaphorically sat on the problem for a year before allowing the statue to be erected (no pun intended) - but bearing a screwed-on figleaf. By the 1930s a more relaxed attitude allowed the figleaf to be unscrewed again. Two English ladies, visiting the cemetery, were so outraged that they wacked the dongle off with their brollies. It then rested for many years on the office desk of the cemetery caretaker, who used it as a paperweight, before disappearing from history. No wonder I get very little work done!
 


Great Western View Co. 'A serious misadventure (Scalbert)'.  NO STEREO EFFECT.
Condition. Three small brown spots on left image.
Order #17848.
Price $2.
 


'Danae (Van Dyck, A.)'.
Condition 9.
Order #17849.
Price $12.
 


'Bathers (Salles-Wagner, Mme A.)'.
Condition 9.
Order #17850.
Price $12.
 


'Bacchante Awakening (Kraus, F.)'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #17851.
Price $10.
 


'Nymphe mit Liebesgott (Papperitz, G.)'.
Condition 9.
Order #17852.
Price $12.
 


'Diana (Lefebvre, Jules)'.
Condition 9.
Order #17853.
Price $12.



 

Tissue views. Tissues are difficult to photograph and, generally, the quality is much better when viewed. Sometimes the image just can't be scanned satisfactorily. As always, if any view fails to please, we offer a money-back guarantee.



 

Very much better tinting than scan with delicate colors.
Condition. Split as pic. Other image undamaged.
Order #17854.
Price $12.
 


A very big girl with painted over bloomers.
Condition. Slight lifting of tissue backing.
Order #17855.
Price $18.
 

Finally, a couple of tissues from 'Nos Mondaines' series by Block of Paris. When I got them they were warped, with the tissue having pulled tight on the mount. This was probably due to being stored loosely in a very dry atmosphere. They have now settled down and, as long as they are kept properly, I think they will remain reasonably flat.


1. Chez le Peintre.
Condition. Some light black spotting.
Order #17856.
Price $22.
 


Josephine elle est malade.
Condition. Undamaged.
Order #17857.
Price $22.
 
 
 

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