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)

#1 Luzon Woman From The Philippines

Luzon Woman From The Philippines

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MjSapiera 2 years ago

She is so beautiful :O

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#2 Japan Female-warrior

Japan Female-warrior

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ChristopherBurroughs 2 years 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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#3 Gypsy Girl With Mandolin

Gypsy Girl With Mandolin

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DeldiBurger 2 years ago

Romani, not gypsy.

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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 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

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#6 Lily Elsie, English Actress And Singer

Lily Elsie, English Actress And Singer

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CarrieFox 2 years ago

She looks like Rachel Weisz!

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#7 Berberian Girl

Berberian Girl

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VioletCamicat 2 years ago

This girl is also featured in #6.

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#8 Anna Pavlovna Was A Russian Prima Ballerina

Anna Pavlovna Was A Russian Prima Ballerina

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АлимааБ. 2 years ago

It's Anna Pavlova, not Pavlovna

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#9 Rita Martin

Rita Martin

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Debbie 2 years ago

Such a soft photo.....

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#10 Unknown Lady With Book

Unknown Lady With Book

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KristenLucas 2 years ago

That dog is quite frightening!

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#11 Nepaly Lady

Nepaly Lady

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Capt'nJack 2 years 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 2 years ago

Striking resemblance to Maggie Gyllenhaal :)

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#13 Queen Mary Of Romania

Queen Mary Of Romania

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DanielTzapu 2 years ago

Come on guys, stop feeding the troll.

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#14 Unknown Lady

Unknown Lady

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bruxa912 2 years ago

Fernande, Jean Agélou's model. :)

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#15 Agnes Ayres Was An American Actress Who Rose To Fame During The Silent Film Era

Agnes Ayres Was An American Actress Who Rose To Fame During The Silent Film Era

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karenza 2 years ago

oh the dress. the dress. the dress. and the feather.

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#16 Unknown Lady With Book

Unknown Lady With Book

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SalmanGurung 2 years ago

Maggie Gyllenhall

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#17 Unknown Japanese Woman With Umbrella

Unknown Japanese Woman With Umbrella

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PhilipAtkins 2 years ago

Shes such an enigmatic character, I love this

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#18 Gabrielle Ray Was An English Stage Actress, Dancer And Singer

Gabrielle Ray Was An English Stage Actress, Dancer And Singer

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MargotArtner 2 years ago

Showing her ancle - scandal!

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#19 Unknown Lady With Book

Unknown Lady With Book

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Debbie 2 years ago

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

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#20 Louise Derval

Louise Derval

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ClaudiaGoyzueta 2 years ago

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

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