Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Vintage Detroit Banner: kissing women

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 07, 2010 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Gay Icons and History
Tags: bisexual humor, sports, vintage photo, vintage sports

Perhaps fans of whichever Detroit team inspired this (late 19th century?) postcard can enlighten me whether this has some special meaning for its time and place, or whether it's was just a clever photographer who thought mixing some scandal in with a sports souvenir would make these sell like hotcakes. Either way, I just love this.

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I remember reading that women of that time used to kiss as a sign of affection without sexual meaning. Not sure if they meant the lean-your-head-over-with-a-little-tongue type of kiss in the picture, though.

Yeah, somehow I don't think this was the same thing... LOL

Its the hand on the back of the neck that is the tip off. Gentle yet passionate.

Lynn Miller | May 8, 2010 6:23 AM

Alix North has this postcard in her collection, and says that it isn't unique to Detroit. Apparently, the cards were sold in many cities, with only the pennant being different.

The image of the two women also appears in a different postcard from the same era, titled "Starving in the Midst of Plenty." In it, a man is standing next to the women, looking on with disapproval or consternation.
http://www.sappho.com/vintage/StarvingPostcard.html

It almost looks to me like he's saying, "Is that how it's done?" lol