Vintage Love

I was browsing Tumblr the other day when I cam across a bunch of gorgeous old photos of these lovely couples. The description underneath details how apparently, from 1700-1920 there was an social assumption that women did not have a sex drive at all. The description then goes on to say that for all intent as purposes, women were essentially asexual in the eyes of their male partners and had sex to fulfil a list of “wife duties”. Because of this lesbian relationships were able to flourish, enabling them to share houses and finances (called a Boston Marriage) without raising an eyelid as it was believed these relationship were nothing more than close friendships. How little they knew!

I just think these images are so gorgeous. You can see their adoration for each other in their embraces. I feel that sometimes when we think about Queer* people we only really think of it as being a modern phenomenon. It’s pretty great that we have such widespread visibility and awareness now and we’re now investing time to dig up these old gems. It’s worth it.

I’ve done a little bit of research on these images. It’s turned up some interesting stuff and I’ll put a caption below when I can.

Affectionate Ladies c. 1900s-1980s.

Affectionate Ladies c. 1900s-1980s.

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Lovers at the LGBT Castro Street Fair in San Francisco 1983. The fair was founded by Harvey Milk.

Lovers at the LGBT Castro Street Fair in San Francisco 1983. The fair was founded by Harvey Milk.

Women’s football. The team captains greet each other with a kiss. England, Preston, 1920. Nationaal Archief, The Netherlands

Women’s football. The team captains greet each other with a kiss. England, Preston, 1920.
Nationaal Archief, The Netherlands.

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A portrait of a two young woman embracing on a boat by “Victorian hack” society photographer Fritz W. Guerin, c. 1902.

A portrait of a two young woman embracing on a boat by “Victorian hack” society photographer Fritz W. Guerin, c. 1902.

 

If you’re interested in vintage photos of queer couples here’s website with more: http://www.homohistory.com/ 

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3 thoughts on “Vintage Love

  1. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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