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    IMPERIAL CARD OF PROSTITUTE OR "ACTRESS" - PROMENADE CARD - ca. 1885. A Large and expressive portrait of an early prostitute or "performer" featuring a rare sleeveless corset dress; this gold-rimmed, maroon promenade card is in mint condition and measures 4" x 8.25". The contrast and focus of this image is evident in the subject's wistful face, which is illuminated in haunting clarity. A proper woman of this Victorian era would consider this dress to be an undergarment, not suitable for a photographer's lens. This is an unusual image that garners attention from any astute Western photography collector or specialist in saloon items.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2007
    10th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 13
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