The woman shown in this 1860's ambrotype defies the norms of her time. Her dress is unconventional, and her hair is downright non-conformist. It would have been considered highly inappropriate for a woman of this era to wear her hair down. So, what's this unusual lady's story? I wish I knew precisely, but I can only speculate. The writing on the photo's case is sloppy, but it looks like it reads "Mademoiselle." There's a name after that but it is illegible. Was this woman a lady of the evening? An actress? An opera star? A gypsy? If anyone out there in the blogosphere knows the identity of this mysterious lady, please share it! Image is hand-tinted, 1/4 plate sized.
FringePop is a showcase for uncommon and esoteric cultural artifacts. The focus is on unusual items from both popular and fringe culture, with an emphasis on subversive pieces. The items shown are from the author's personal collection, unless otherwise noted.
I am a pop culture buff and collector, who focuses on the odd, subversive, and fringe elements of Western culture. In 2005, I edited a book for Feral House called "Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties." The vintage oddities in my collection include victoriana, sideshow, medical, and kitsch. I am also an amateur sewer, making clothing from vintage mod patterns.