This intriguing lady was likely a performer at a Wild West show or circus sideshow during the Victorian era. Her role was probably something ala Annie Oakley-- sharp shooting for sure. This photo is striking for that reason but also because the woman has a very small waist that is accentuated by very tight corsetry. Photos of women with "wasp waists" are not as common as one would think, even though corsetry was the style of the time. Even with a corset, it takes a woman with a certain shape to end up looking like Dita Von Teese when she puts on a corset. Due to the rarity of wasp waist images, I've seen them fetch upwards of $100 on eBay.
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.