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Episode 190: Tattooed Ladies

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Inspired by her new tattoo (and challenged by another podcaster) Beckett explores the history of tattoos in women (mostly of North America and Europe, but there’s a history of the art itself, too.)

Olive Oatman, 1863 by Benjamin Powelson

 

Nora Hilderandt, circa 1880

 

Did she or didn’t she? Jennie Jerome Churchill, circa 1899

 

Maud Stevens Wagner, circa 1907

 

Betty Broadbent, 1938, courtesy State Library New South Wales

 

 

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Books!

By Margo Mifflin

 

By Amelia Clem Osterud

 

By Jane Caplan

 

By Maarten Hesselt Van Dinter

 

By Marc Hartzman

 

By Joe Nickell

 

Beckett’s favorite, by Linda Simon

Web!

More about Maud Stevens Wagner’s life.

The exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago is no longer open, but you can explore the history of tattoos online through their website.

PBS Skin Stories: The Art and Culture of Polynesian Tattoos

The Bowery Boys discuss, among other things, the invention of the tattoo gun/pen, Episode 323 and here’s an article and photo of that first tattoo pen.

The Washington Post has an article about the complicated history of travel and tattooing. and one about travel, tattoo, and Maud’s husband, Gus.

Snakes? Why did it have to be snakes? An article about snakes in tattoos.

Some women are revitalizing an ancient tattoo tradition, read all about it in this piece from the New York Times.

Did Crusaders get tattoos? Here’s a talk at the Museum of St. John that explores that very question:

Curious about the history of tattoos in America? Skin Factory Tattoo has an article for you!

And how did tattoos become fashionable in Victorian England? Here’s an article from The Conversation and another from Smithsonian Magazine that answers that question (It was a very curious route!)

Ever want to run away and join the circus? You would be in good company with these Stars Who Ran Away to Join The Circus.

Photos from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, and a bit about the mysterious Miss La La

Moving Pictures!

You can find this on Amazon Prime, streaming

You can find this on Peacock or Apple TV

 

A collection of Lydia the Tattooed Lady videos:

Groucho Marx:

 

Robin Williams, from the movie, The Fisher King:

 

The Muppets:

And the version that was performed at Jim Henson’s funeral (starts at 1:38):

 

Break music: Jack My Swag, Harper Active; End Music: Thrillbound by Napoleon Blownaparts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 188: Fannie Merritt Farmer

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Fannie Farmer circa 1900, around the time that she started her own school.

For a woman who taught generations of people to cook…she’s often forgotten. But this cook, teacher, administrator, author, and businesswoman has a lot to teach all of us, and not just about cooking! (more…)

Episode 187: Elizabeth Báthory, Revisited

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The only original painting of her disappeared, this is a copy of that painting done when she was about 25.

Happy Halloween! This woman’s life story is the greatest (and definitely the creepiest) mystery we’ve ever discussed! Elizabeth Báthory: Cold, blooded serial killer, or misrepresented and framed, innocent noble? Maybe both? That’s what made her story so fascinating to so many people for so many years! The truth may never be realized, but even if it is, it’s so much fun to speculate about it, and perfect for Halloween!

Snag all the good candy from anyone’s bucket and settle in for a spooky tale that left us with one solid realization: We don’t care for the gore–there is a huge Little Ears warning on this one!

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For all the recommendations and things we discussed on this episode, click on over to our original coverage:

Elizabeth Báthory  

Episode 185: Sarah Bernhardt

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One of the famous Felix Nadar portraits taken shortly after she joined the Conservatoire. Circa 1864

Sarah Bernhardt was an actress, sculptress, writer, mother, celebrity…legendary global phenomenon. She was also a courtesan, a master self-promoter, and an all-around unique individual who lived her life on her terms and in her own way. (more…)

Episode 184: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Part Two

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by Jean-Étienne Liotard 1756

We left Lady mary rolling her eyes as people found reason after reason to not immunize against smallpox. While she cared about people not contracting a deadly disease, what Mary really want to be was a writer. Those letters she wrote from the road? She edited them into a book that was the first to capture a woman’s perspective of the Ottoman Empire. It would not be published in her lifetime, she had other things to do…like garden, socialize, write more biting commentaries on political and court life, raise two kids, ditch her husband and run off with a n’er do well Count to Italy, tour Europe, then entwine her life with another unscrupulous noble. (more…)

Episode 183: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Part One

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Circa 1716 by Charles Jervas

For a woman who is not well known these days and who lived way back in the 1700s, it’s surprising that there’s enough of a story to fill two episodes…Lady Mary Wortley Montagu is such a woman! (more…)

Episode 182: Typhoid Mary, Revisited

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There are quite a few parallels between Mary Mallon’s story (a series of typhoid outbreaks) and our present-day pandemic, and so there are things we can learn from it.

But was Mary a villain?

Or simply a victim of circumstances?

This episode also serves as a little hint for the one we’re working on right now for next time!

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For photos, things we discuss, and our media recommendations click on over to Mary’s ORIGINAL SHOWNOTES.

 

Episode 181: Olympias

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This image, from an ancient coin, is believed to be Olympias and the only known image of her still in existence…but even this has been disputed.

She had several names: Polyxena, Myrtale, Stratonice, and the one she is best known by, Olympias. People often get hung up on the snakes she had around her and the faith by which she lived her life– but we focused on the power she had as not only a wife of a king but the mother of a great one: Alexander the Great. We had to go in the Way…Way Back Machine for the story of this woman who was descended from Achilles (or so family lore claimed) and managed to survive a cut-throat court life at a very turbulent time and place in history. (more…)

Episode 180: Statue of Liberty, Revisited

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Liberty Enlightening the World! DoD photo by Lt. Matthew Stroup, U.S. Navy/Released)

The annual revisit of our coverage of the Statue of Liberty is, this year, coinciding with her Little Sister’s arrival in the US! The replica version is on loan first to be displayed on Ellis Island next to her big sister, and then heading to the French Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. where she will be on display for the next ten years!

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For more information on the Little Sister’s shipping and arrival, the Smithsonian Magazine has an article including a video of her packing for the trip.

For photos and links to the things we talked about in this episode, visit her original SHOWNOTES 

Episode 179: Marjorie Merriweather Post, Part Two

Posted 25 June 2021 by
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Portrait of Marjorie that hangs in the Marjorie Merriweather Post parlor in the Women’s Democratic Club in Washington, DC. (If you donate enough money to refurbish and furnish a mansion, you get a room named after you.) photo credit, us

When we left Marjorie, she was on her second marriage, this one to E.F. Hutton, and they were moving and shaking up New York and Palm Beach society. Marjorie had “strongly suggested” that the Postum Company should buy a new frozen food company, owned by one Clarence Birdseye, despite most homes and grocery stores not having freezers– and she had begun work on a very unique home in Palm Beach she named Mar a Lago. (more…)