Time Travellin’ Ladies: Take a trip to 100 Years ago with These Super-High Res Photos

by Debbie Stoller


These high-def photos of women from almost 100 years ago will raise some questions. Like: How did they did their hair like that??

Ever wonder what women of the past used to dress like, act like, and think like? Well, while photos can only really answer the first part of that, I just stumbled across a buttload of amazing, high resolution images, and I have become obsessed. These photos have so much detail, so much information, spend enough time looking at them and you will really feel like you just took a little trip to the past.

The photos as shown below are cute, but not particularly impressive.

 To see them in their full glory you need to click on them, which will take you to the high-res version on shorpy.com, which also sells any of these photos as prints.

Secretaries, 1902 

Omg, so much typing. Love their hair and outfits. Also, those lamps!

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Gunston Hall Girls, 1905

School girls. So many personalities in this one. Maybe one of them will grow up to be a lady subway guard.

A day at the beach, 1910
Clearly, this was taken before towels were invented. Also: Can you spot the tight man butt cheeks?!


Ladies Lounge, 1913

These ladies got their own lunchroom. And from the looks of it, their own pots of coffee as well. Wait – is that a flat screen tv in the background?

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Feminists of 1913

March for women’s suffrage in Washington D. Most of the audience are men. But just look who brought their little girl! And there are men and women of color in this pic too.

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Lady subway guard, 1917

Great uniform. Amazing shoes!

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1917 Girls Basketball Team

Do I spy a mean girl in this picture?

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War kitchen 1918

I like the one on the right who’s all, “Yeah, right. When I want to eat I’ll just call for delivery.”

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Office party, 1925. 

Who invited the local crazy cat lady?

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Beach policeman, 1922

Someone’s got to make sure those beach costumes aren’t too short. Also, those bathing caps look so much more comfortable. Bring ’em back!

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Office girls: 1925

What a difference a decade makes! That gal in the middle could totally be a BUST intern. She looks so modern!


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Radio heads, 1925. 

Women. Making radios. Wearing aprons. Only one of them seems to notice the photographer. 

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1925 Girls Rifle Team

I don’t know how I feel about those guns. But OMG that hair!

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Munitions Factory 

These real Rosie the Riverters don’t look nearly so happy as the one on the t-shirts

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