Item #19880 An Early Photo Archive of Lesbian Companionship and Sapphic Love: 1900s-1940s. LGBTQ Sapphic Love.
An Early Photo Archive of Lesbian Companionship and Sapphic Love: 1900s-1940s
An Early Photo Archive of Lesbian Companionship and Sapphic Love: 1900s-1940s
An Early Photo Archive of Lesbian Companionship and Sapphic Love: 1900s-1940s

An Early Photo Archive of Lesbian Companionship and Sapphic Love: 1900s-1940s

Photo Archive

[LGBTQ] Early Archive of 16 Original Photographs Highlighting Sapphic Love ranging between circa 1900s-1940s. This archive includes 10 original vintage photographs and 6 real photo postcards. This archive documents primarily young women in lesbian and sapphic relations in the early 20th century. Black and white silver gelatin photographs and 2 colorized real photo postcards measuring between 2.5" x 2.5" to 3.5" x 5.5". One photograph captures a woman joyously dancing closely with another woman. Six real photo postcards capture a strong essence of sapphic love and companionship, as two women gaze into each other's eyes, as they sit in closely near each other. Two of these real photo postcards are in color and capture two young women as they hold onto a bundle of flowers. A woman caresses the chin of her lover as her lover ties her ballet flat for her. A couple lovingly poses near a large home or retreat of some sort---the woman holding her partner cheek-to-cheek. Two women playfully pose for the camera in one photo, and share a light embrace as they hold up a rose. Another photo captures a couple posing for the camera as one holds the other at the waist from the rear. Many captured at a time when homosexuality was considered taboo, these remarkable images capture defiant women who flouted convention in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Through tender embraces and soft touches that indicate something beyond friendship, these photographs provide a rare glimpse into women who dared to display physical love in the 20th century. The images capture young women presenting a daring level of openness with one another for the era they were living in. Even so, it is quite extraordinary that these images of illicit female affection still survive as many old photos of homosexual couples are believed to have been purposely destroyed by family members. One photograph dated "Sept 1910" in pencil, and two photographs dated "Sept. 1931" on their versos. Several photos originate in the US, while some originate in Europe. Most photos have explicit expressions of lesbian love and affection, close dancing, intimate embraces, and enamored gazes. This archive is a testament to the endurance and joy of the queer community, and is in very good condition.

Item #19880

Price: $2,200.00

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