Women of the Future, 1902

Generals, marines, lawyers, coach drivers, politicians, and even artists!  These were “Les Femmes de l’Avenir,” or “Women of the Future,” as imagined in a series of 20 postcards from the turn of the last century.  Above is the wasp-waisted, tattooed General; below, the smartly-dressed, attentive Journalist with a post-modern duck on her hat. Despite some of these being a proto-version the whole “Sexy (fill-in-the-blank)” thing, which can be problematic, there is a sweetness and feeling of empowerment to these that modern costume equivalents (i.e. today’s “sexy general“) often lack.

See all 20 original postcards here. [via Darla Teagarden]

9 Responses to “Women of the Future, 1902”

  1. Meredith Yayanos Says:


  2. Ama Says:

    Nope, couldn’t resist this vintage voluptuiousness?

  3. Becky Says:

    Looking at the other 18 of them, it seems the only sexy ones are for careers that involve weapons -officers and duelists! Most of them just seem awesome.

  4. S. Weasel Says:

    Why does the journalist have a duck on her head?

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  6. sanjuro Says:

    Maybe because the word for duck, “canard”, is also the slang for any cheap/bad newspaper. The term seems old enough to have been used for that particular meaning already back then. Also, it could be a goose, which in French is a derogative word for women. But then again, fashion from the previous century was still a strong influence and very different from what it is nowadays; fancy hats with flamboyant ornaments were customary in an elegant woman’s attire.

  7. gruff Says:

    Hell yes, these old French chicks are hot as hell, dressing up like men.

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