The Tattooed Lady: A History

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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 lives. Though they spawned a cultural movement?almost a quarter of Americans now have tattoos?these women have ...

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2009 Hard cover First edition. New in new dust jacket. Ship in sturdy box with bubble wrap. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 154 p. Contains: Illustrations. ... Audience: General/trade. Read more Show Less

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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 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 more 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.com

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“While a lady with a tattoo is not a big deal today, Amelia Klem Osterud's new book is a look at women who became sensations through their tattoos. Osterud, a librarian, surveys ancient tattooing practices before launching into her 19th- and 20th-century subjects, many of them performers for circuses and sideshows. Readers will learn, for example, about Lady Viola, billed as 'The Most Beautiful Tattooed Lady in the World,' who had images of six presidents tattooed on her chest, as well as Babe Ruth and Ginger Rogers.”Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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  • ISBN-13: 9781933108261
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Amelia Klem Osterud is a tattooed academic librarian from Wisconsin. She has a Masters in history from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and writes and lectures on the subject. This is her first book.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2010

    pretty cool I have to say

    I wasn't sure what to think of it at first but once i started to read it i was amazed on how informative it is. I was hooked on the second page! The information and research she has in her book is just awesome! If you would like to know about the history of tattooed woman this is the book.....it also has other facts and information on tattoos, artists, products etc.

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