Daring Women: 19th-century Aerialists

Female acrobats on trapezes at circus c1890, Library of Congress A thrill went through the expectant crowd, and a breathless hush fell as Lillian took the stage. She sprang forward, caught the bar that had been let down almost level with her shoulders and was carried aloft; up and over the heads of the people;... Continue Reading →

Social Issues of the 1890s: Larrikins

Her debut, if measured by the reaction of the larrikins up in the gallery, was a huge success. They cheered, stamped their boot heels on the floor, catcalled over the heads of the more respectable crowd below, and made some rather indecent remarks. Lillian, her cheeks flushed by her exertions and now with a real... Continue Reading →

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