The first post seems to have tickled your fancy, so over the past month I’ve been collecting photos on the internet, as well as submissions from readers who rifled through their attics to help me compile more preserved moments of historical sass!
Found in Good Housekeeping, June 1952
Reader submission from Peggy Brennan: “My sassy Mom!”
Wild women in the Wild West? Found here
Southside boys, Chicago 1941 taken by Russell Lee
Aerial ballet, 1948, found here
In the middle, theatre actress Isabel Irving (1871–1944) found on the NYPDL gallery
Ladies at a carnival. Photographer Addison Scurlock, found here.
Reader submission from Jessica Solari: My grandparents, Bob and Dot (Dorothy Mae). They were married for 53 years … They were smitten with each other their whole lives. (1950s).
The London Olympics, 1912 (second from left), found here.
Lisa Larsen – Syracuse University, 1949 found here
Reader submission from Florence Caplain: Here’s a photo of my mother on the French beach of Sausset -les-Pins in August 1939. Hope you find her sassy enough!
A young girl posing in a photo booth sometime during the 1930’s. Written above her in faded ink is “Mozella.” Found here.
Girls on the streets of London, late 1950s, found here.
Flappers (girl in the middle) found here
A little Napoleon found on The Old Photo Album
Double exposure photograph, part of a collection of lost & found photographs featuring women with cameras.
Three Yale men in drag; New Haven, CT, circa 1880 found here.
Elevator ‘girls’ at Marshall Fields department store, Chicago, Illinois, 1947
Backstage at the Moulin Rouge, 1950 found here
Reader submission from Gina ‘Nagler’ Smith: My grandma (the one on the right) and great aunt (the one on the left) which was probably taken around 1941 or so.
Reader submission from Katie-Malone Smith: My Grandmother who lived 1 month shy of her 100th birthday.
Fashion models on a cigarette break in Italy, 1951 by Milton Greene
Reader submission from Lisa Law: This sassy lady was my mom. Taken around 1950 in Waco, Texas, she told the photographer it was for a boyfriend who was headed to the war in Korea. The photographer said “Then show him what you got, honey. Give him something to remember you by!” When she was in her 70s, she found the photo, and made copies for all her family and friends. It brought back lots of fond memories for her, and she loved showing it off. We lost Mom a year and half ago, but her sass lives on!
Reader submission from Kat S: My dear italian grandmother (left) and great-aunt, (right) ready for a night on the town. I still have grandma’s fur in my closet, though, it’s more of a three-quarter sleeve number on me.
Charleston Dancers (Club Prudhom): In the 1920’s, women who did the Charleston were called “Flappers” because of the way they would flap their arms and walk like birds while doing the Charleston. Found here.
Sometime in the 1950s found here.
Paris, 1910 found here.
and one more before you go…
Special thanks to all the readers for sending in their photos!
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