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Beauty

December 13th, 2013 by

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This portrait by an unattributed studio shows a Miss Wallace, according to the information inscribed on the glass plate negative, (see detail below). The negative is also marked ‘Beauty Comp’ indicating that Miss Wallace,  (or her photograph) may have been entered in a beauty contest. In the late 19th and early 20th century beauty competitions often took the form of slide show presentations in theatres as part of a variety of entertainments. Audiences clapped and cheered, (or not) as a way of rating the entrants’ images.

Detail portrait of a woman. Unattributed studio, c.1880-1923, Tyrrell collection, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 66/335

Photography by unattributed studio, Tyrrell collection 66/35

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