The Tattooed Lady: A History

The Tattooed Lady A History Living in a time when it was scandalous even to show a bit of ankle a small number of courageous women covered their bodies in tattoos and traveled the country performing nearly nude on carnival sta

  • Title: The Tattooed Lady: A History
  • Author: Amelia Klem Osterud
  • ISBN: 9781933108261
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Living in a time when it was scandalous even to show a bit of ankle, a small number of courageous women covered their bodies in tattoos and traveled the country, performing nearly nude on carnival stages These gutsy women spun amazing stories for captive audiences about abductions and forced tattooing at the hands of savages, but little has been shared of their real livesLiving in a time when it was scandalous even to show a bit of ankle, a small number of courageous women covered their bodies in tattoos and traveled the country, performing nearly nude on carnival stages These gutsy women spun amazing stories for captive audiences about abductions and forced tattooing at the hands of savages, but little has been shared of their real lives Though they spawned a cultural movement almost a quarter of Americans now have tattoos these women have largely faded into history.The first book of its kind, The Tattooed Lady uncovers the true stories behind these women, bringing them out of the sideshow realm and into their working class realities Combining thorough research with than a hundred historical photos, this social history explores tattoo origins, women s history, and circus lore A fascinating read, The Tattooed Lady pays tribute to a group of unique and amazing women whose legacy lives on.Amelia Klem Osterud is a tattooed academic librarian from Wisconsin She has a master s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and writes and lectures on the subject This is her first book Visit her author blog at tattooedladyhistory.vox

    • [✓ The Tattooed Lady: A History || ☆ PDF Download by ↠ Amelia Klem Osterud]
      Amelia Klem Osterud

    Amelia Klem Osterud

    Related Posts

    One thought on “The Tattooed Lady: A History

    1. Let s just pretend that it wouldn t suck to live during the depression, barely getting to bathe or see your family, scraping by doing the same things over and over again while feigning enthusiasm night after night as people shamelessly stare you down Let s me pretend I don t have horrible stage fright, am not a hidey sort who gets homesick during weekend long vacations, and am absolutely not so needle phobic, I had to have my parents hold me down to get shots as a child like I was some kind of a [...]

    2. OK nice pix overall, enjoyable Came off as as a not terribly scholarly casual research project cobbled together with a couple of other not terribly scholarly casual research projects, but if you treat this as light entertainment and a fun collection of photos, you won t be disappointed Well, except by the bits on contemporary tattooed lady performers Ugh, boring strippers with a few tattoos, big freaking deal it would have been much interesting to see and hear from some of today s extensively [...]

    3. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, women chose tattooing to purposely attract a specific kind of attention Whether it was at the behest of a spouse already in the carnival or to get out of the drudgery of a life of servitude, many young women chose to become The Tattooed Lady a life explored by Amelia Klem Olmstead in her eponymous book.While studying Native American women s history, Olmstead s research turned up information on 19th century tattooing and tattooed Native American men [...]

    4. Tattoos have always held intrigue for me working in 8 this month and I was delighted to stumble across this gem, Academic librarian, Amelia Klem Osterud, pieces together a largely forgotten overlooked past female tattoed performers and accompanies the text with beautiful photographs and illustrations Amelia does an excellent job describing the early tattooed beauties and their influence on women s rights, tattoos, and stereotypes in America s past and current culture This collection is truly ama [...]

    5. A good looking book with wonderful pix, sources and index and even an attached ribbon bookmark The writing could use some editing, information was frequently repeated from one chapter to the next and before I became accustomed to this flaw I found myself confused about maybe having lost my place no matter how elegant or well employed, a bookmark won t help in that respect I d like to see photos and less redundancies.

    6. I wish this book had a better editor a historian perhaps The first two chapters were essentially the same, covering the same topics, women, and stories Plus there were so many questions not explored I understand there will be some limitations due to scant historical records, but I feel the writer could ve covered a lot than she did Wonderful subject, disappointing research and writing.

    7. An interesting look into the history of the tattooed lady as a circus attraction.The lives of these women who chose to tattoo themselves and how they were perceived by society at the time.With a wonderful collection of pictures to accompany the text, you really get a feeling for who these women were.Grace

    8. This book is highly entertaining for the first 40 pages, but suffers from poor editing Much of the latter part of the text reads like an undergraduate research paper a paper that deserves an A but not full length publication The pictures are fascinating and from a librarian s point of view the captions provide excellent reference points for resources in this genre.

    9. great book really inspired me to be proud of my tattoos It was also interesting learning the femme history of tattoo ladies, and how brave they were.

    10. There were a few great nuggets of information but overall redundant and I remain disappointed.

    11. These tattooed ladies made a literal mark on future generations of women, and that mark is a reminder that difference is beautiful I ve always been fascinated with tattoos I started talking about wanting one when I was about eight, I got my first when I was seventeen and well now I have a lot Not as much as some people I know, but I often am the most tattooed person in the room, especially at work and yes, I really appreciate that my employers don t mind I know many work places are still very st [...]

    12. A great look at the tradition of tattooed ladies, with lots of cool photos.

    13. about dime museum and sideshow ladies, but solid scholarship.

    14. Just what it says on the tin A history starting in the 1880s when tattooed ladies started taking the limelight from the previously popular tattooed men, and continuing until the demise of traveling carnival sideshows Nicely done, even though the author sometimes fails to distinguish between carnivals and circuses.

    15. I just love to read about tattooed ladies from the past Being a current day tattooed lady, I like to know my history The stories and pictures from a time when it was scandalous to even show one s legs in public make me feel way better about people ogling my tats now

    16. Very interesting and well researched book by an MPL colleague Way to speak for all the forgotten ladies with ink, Amelia As a tattooed library employee of over 15 years, I truly appreciated this book

    17. Interesting history of tattooed ladies I didn t realize that there were so many

    18. After a while I was looking at the pictures, and then it seemed they were all the same person Freaks and freak shows.

    19. A truly wonderful book about women making their own way in a time when there were so few choices for women.

    20. Pretty good popular history of tattooed ladies Must have been fun to research Lots of great photos A little thin on content.

    21. Great information about tattooed ladies, circuses and how they fit into American culture Lots of interesting pictures and many life stories of the tattooed ladies.

    22. A really pretty book Lots of amazing phots and a peek at life as an oddity As a tattooed lady myself, I found it fascinating.

    23. I liked this one a lot than bodies of subversion Way less into the feminine thing and focused on the actual women themselves It also had a lot of really great photos.

    24. A really interesting read, nice to learn about the origins of the women and how they lived within the circus and in everyday.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *