Globalization hasn't only changed the way we do business: it's had an impact on what we consider to be beautiful, too. Just as many lament the McDonalds and Starbucks on every corner, where once there might have been a local restaurant, so too has what people wear become homogenized in our Global Village. Love Levi's? Buy them practically anywhere. Want a pair of New Balance shoes in Eastern Europe? There's a specialty shop for that.


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Before mass communication, and television in particular, there used to be quite a difference in what we thought was attractive, as this list of postcards from 1900-1910, collected by user PostMan on flickr, shows. Which photo is the most surprising? Vote on the photos below, or if you have any vintage shots of ladies' fashion, post them!

More info: Flickr (h/t: designyoutrust)

#2 Japan Female-warrior

Japan Female-warrior

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ChristopherBurroughs 1 year ago

This picture is Not of a man: "[...] Recent research indicates that Japanese women participated in battles quite a lot more often than history books admit. When remains from the site of the Battle of Senbon Matsubaru in 1580 were DNA-tested, 35 out of 105 bodies were female. Research on other sites has yielded similar results." http://listverse.com/2013/08/06/10-fascinating-facts-about-the-samurai/

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#4 Anna May Wong Was The First Chinese American Movie Star, And The First Asian American Actress To Gain International Recognition

Anna May Wong Was The First Chinese American Movie Star, And The First Asian American Actress To Gain International Recognition

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HeatherOgden 1 year ago

my grandma was named after her :) but I never saw her picture till this she is so beautiful

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#5 Young Algerian Girls

Young Algerian Girls

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DarioRubio 1 year ago

The girl in the left looks like Lauryn Hill of the Fugees

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#7 Berberian Girl

Berberian Girl

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VioletCamicat 1 year ago

This girl is also featured in #6.

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#9 Rita Martin

Rita Martin

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Debbie 1 year ago

Such a soft photo.....

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#10 Unknown Lady With Book

Unknown Lady With Book

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KristenLucas 1 year ago

That dog is quite frightening!

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#11 Nepaly Lady

Nepaly Lady

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Capt'nJack 1 year ago

Its Nepali not Nepaly

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#12 Unknown Young Lady In Traditional Dress

Unknown Young Lady In Traditional Dress

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TrinaRisos 1 year ago

Striking resemblance to Maggie Gyllenhaal :)

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#13 Queen Mary Of Romania

Queen Mary Of Romania

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DanielTzapu 1 year ago

Come on guys, stop feeding the troll.

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#14 Unknown Lady

Unknown Lady

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bruxa912 1 year ago

Fernande, Jean Agélou's model. :)

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#17 Unknown Japanese Woman With Umbrella

Unknown Japanese Woman With Umbrella

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PhilipAtkins 1 year ago

Shes such an enigmatic character, I love this

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#19 Unknown Lady With Book

Unknown Lady With Book

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Debbie 1 year ago

A pin up other day.....'Scandalous'...Ha,Ha.

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#20 Louise Derval

Louise Derval

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ClaudiaGoyzueta 1 year ago

I don´t know what´s more shocking... the tiny little waist or the dead bird on the hat!

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