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.

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
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4 years ago

She is so beautiful :O

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#2

Japan Female-warrior

Japan Female-warrior

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ChristopherBurroughs
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4 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
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4 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
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4 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
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4 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
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4 years ago

She looks like Rachel Weisz!

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#7

Berberian Girl

Berberian Girl

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VioletCamicat
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4 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.
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4 years ago

It's Anna Pavlova, not Pavlovna

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#9

Rita Martin

Rita Martin

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Debbie
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4 years ago

Such a soft photo.....

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#10

Unknown Lady With Book

Unknown Lady With Book

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KristenLucas
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4 years ago

That dog is quite frightening!

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#11

Nepaly Lady

Nepaly Lady

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Capt'nJack
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4 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
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4 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
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4 years ago

Come on guys, stop feeding the troll.

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4 years ago

Guys better enjoy the photo! That guy doesn't deserve your attention.

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GabrielCiprianBalmus
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4 years ago

https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regina_Maria_a_României Alex grab and read article, you stupid fuck!

Vlad-CristianHondru
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4 years ago

And your point is ... ?

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MonicaPorumb
Community Member
4 years ago

AlexSteel, do not choose to be an ignorant. You've got some research to do before making such allegations...

Debbie
Community Member
4 years ago

Very regal....

JuneGamble
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4 years ago

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Ignorants is not a word. Ignorant is an adverb. Ignoramus is the word you should be using.

AlexSaran
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4 years ago

Actually, ignorant is an adjective, which is indeed a word, though not a noun. Before ungraciously correcting others...

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AlexSteel
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4 years ago

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Gypsis Queen

AndreeaJovi
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4 years ago

She was actually Queen Victoria's granddaughter and she had both english and russian origins. She was a great woman appreciated by many ìmportant politicians of those times. But I am pretty sure you had no idea of this, seeing that you didn't know that romanian people are simply romanian people and gypsis are a nation originaly from India. Good luck being rude with people on the internet

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#14

Unknown Lady

Unknown Lady

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bruxa912
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4 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
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4 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
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4 years ago

Maggie Gyllenhall

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#17

Unknown Japanese Woman With Umbrella

Unknown Japanese Woman With Umbrella

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PhilipAtkins
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4 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
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4 years ago

Showing her ancle - scandal!

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#19

Unknown Lady With Book

Unknown Lady With Book

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Debbie
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4 years ago

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

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#20

Louise Derval

Louise Derval

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ClaudiaGoyzueta
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4 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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#21

Sisters From The Philippines In The 20's.

Sisters From The Philippines In The 20's.

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TatsianaAmosava
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4 years ago

Beautiful girls, especially, the girl from the right.

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#22

Unknown Japanese Lady With Long Hair

Unknown Japanese Lady With Long Hair

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MaireadWilliams
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4 years ago

Capturing her while brushing her hair feels so intimate.

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#23

Carolina “la Belle” Otéro Was A Spanish-born Dancer, Actress And Courtesan

Carolina “la Belle” Otéro Was A Spanish-born Dancer, Actress And Courtesan

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PhilipAtkins
Community Member
4 years ago

She is absolutely striking

#24

Young Vietnamese Woman With Sword

Young Vietnamese Woman With Sword

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PhilipAtkins
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4 years ago

Bare footed and armed, she looks powerful and capable. A functional and real beauty

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#25

Miss Valli Valli

Miss Valli Valli

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Debbie
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4 years ago

She looked quite unhappy.....

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#26

Unknown Tonkin Lady With Big Hat

Unknown Tonkin Lady With Big Hat

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JerieRagsac
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4 years ago

"Big hat"? isn't that kind of underestimating her hat? try GIGANTIC

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#27

Princess Viktoria Luise Von Preußen

Princess Viktoria Luise Von Preußen

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SusannaVesna
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4 years ago

Love the dress!

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#28

Unknown Lady With Long Hair

Unknown Lady With Long Hair

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Valerie Drake
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4 years ago

It has to be her hair, my hair looks like that when it's air dryed , kind of hard to tame.

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#29

M. Thermonde

M. Thermonde

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AlissaMerstrand
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4 years ago

i feel bad for their waists....

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#30

Tamil Girl

Tamil Girl

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DeborahSmock
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4 years ago

BEAUTIFUL

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#31

Unknown Gypsy Girl

Unknown Gypsy Girl

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BethTaccia
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4 years ago

Omgosh that waist!

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#32

Unknown Japanese Woman With Umbrella

Unknown Japanese Woman With Umbrella

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MáriaDusová
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4 years ago

I imagine what colour was that kimono because even on this picture it looks amazing

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#33

Two Pretty Young Ladies

Two Pretty Young Ladies

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DeborahSmock
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4 years ago

Twins

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#34

Beduinin

Beduinin

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Jude
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4 years ago

She looks young and rather unhappy. I wonder if she wasn't thrilled about posing like that but she and maybe her family too might've needed the money.

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#35

Beautiful Geisha

Beautiful Geisha

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MaríaPazGreeneF
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4 years ago

She really seems like a child :(

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#36

Cambodian Girl

Cambodian Girl

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DeborahSmock
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4 years ago

Posing

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#37

Unknown Lady, Vintage Erotica

Unknown Lady, Vintage Erotica

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Laverne Swanson
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4 years ago

Bet my grandma flirted with my grandpa like that. She was born in 1896. Died at 103.

#38

Unknown Lady With Big Hat

Unknown Lady With Big Hat

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YikaRiley-Smith
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4 years ago

From her look I'm betting that wasn't the first photo attempt balancing that hat--the dress is so beautiful it just detracts from it.

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#39

Margaretha Geertruida Macleod Better Known By The Stage Name Mata Hari

Margaretha Geertruida Macleod Better Known By The Stage Name Mata Hari

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SusannaVesna
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4 years ago

Oh the famous spy!

#40

Vesta Tilley Was A Star Of The English Music Hall Circuit For More Than Four Decades

Vesta Tilley Was A Star Of The English Music Hall Circuit For More Than Four Decades

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AngelaJones
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, that necklace!

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#41

Unknown Lady With Flowers

Unknown Lady With Flowers

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Angel Reeves
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4 years ago

It looks like she is cross-eyed that's why. Her right eye is angled wrong.

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#42

Two Unknown Young Ladies

Two Unknown Young Ladies

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Jude
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4 years ago

Look at their elbow length gloves! I guess a proper lady wore gloves in public then.

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#43

Unknown Lady With Cigarette

Unknown Lady With Cigarette

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#44

Algerian Dancer

Algerian Dancer

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KarpeD.M
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4 years ago

Amy Winehouse?

#45

Unknown Lady In Nice Dress

Unknown Lady In Nice Dress

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YikaRiley-Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

Couldn't help but wonder how many animals went into making up that entire outfit.

#46

Unknown Lady With Big Hat And Umbrella

Unknown Lady With Big Hat And Umbrella

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Jude
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4 years ago

Not an umbrella, maybe a crop instead? Wonder if those were considered riding pants then for serious horse women?

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#47

Matilda Alice Powles, An English Music Hall Performer

Matilda Alice Powles, An English Music Hall Performer

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CataGarzaLecea
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4 years ago

Classy outfit!

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#48

French Show Girl Backstage

French Show Girl Backstage

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Brian Hermann
Community Member
4 years ago

Are you counting Asia and South America?

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#49

Russian Opera Singer Makarova

Russian Opera Singer Makarova

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SusannaVesna
Community Member
4 years ago

What an outfit! Beautiful

#50

Young Japanese Lady

Young Japanese Lady

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HelveciaTomić
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4 years ago

with a book :D

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#51

Burmese Dancing Girl

Burmese Dancing Girl

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Adelaide McAllister
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2 years ago

Gorgeous..

#52

Unknown Lady

Unknown Lady

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DianeMoffatt
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4 years ago

That ain't no lady.

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#53

Georgette Delmare

Georgette Delmare

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#54

Tamil Girl From Ceylon

Tamil Girl From Ceylon

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#55

Unknown Lady

Unknown Lady

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Adelaide McAllister
Community Member
2 years ago

Cute!!

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#56

Vintage Erotica

Vintage Erotica

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HanizaRahmat
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4 years ago

seniwati sarimah famous malay actress and singer

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#57

Unknown Geisha

Unknown Geisha

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TrixMills
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4 years ago

thats not a geisha

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