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    Accession Number: 1974:0056:0523

    Maker: William M. Vander Weyde (American 1871–1929)

    Title: Tattoo

    Date: ca. 1900

    Medium: negative, gelatin on glass

    Dimensions: 5 x 8 inches

    George Eastman House Collection

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    1. earthy minute [deleted] ages ago | reply


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    3. SherryH80 ages ago | reply

      I have 6 tattoos, it's hard to believe women were getting tattoos in 1900! Very cool photo.

    4. ceremony ages ago | reply

      wow - very cool photo - but the procedure looks more painful than the needles they use today

    5. dependent butter [deleted] 120 months ago | reply

      Nice Photo!

    6. Masgara 118 months ago | reply

      I love her top...very frilly.

    7. oliva732000 117 months ago | reply

      It's a young Lydia. you know, the Ta-a-atooed Lady.

    8. She's Clearly a Bad Influence On Herself 110 months ago | reply

      holy cow! it looks like she was getting one dot/little blob of ink injected at a time! i'd never have gotten past my first tattoo if they still used hypodermics like this...

      it would be fascinating to know the backstory.

    9. Writtersrightword 110 months ago | reply

      It took some guts for a woman to have a tattoo during this time period. Not to mention to mention the fact that it must have hurt.

    10. Christian W. Schiller 109 months ago | reply

      I really don't think she is getting a tattoo. I have been a big fan of tattoo history for years, and have never seen ink injected with a syringe.

      The equipment, the placement of the markings on her arm and the apparell of the young man points towards a medicine student practicing injections.

    11. decembre 109 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Portrait★Faces★Open Minded, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Seen in someone's favorites. (?)

    12. thoughtful north [deleted] 93 months ago | reply

      I agree with Christian. I know they used different equipment then, but I'm almost certain she is not getting a tattoo.

    13. d_flam 69 months ago | reply

      It's probably a skin allergy test.

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