Fortune tellers and gypsies

Women Making their own Rules (1870s -1920s) and why I don’t tell my own fortunes

 in Literature 



1870’s Fortune Teller

Looking through vintage photographs of women who are quite clearly not following the established normals of ‘proper behavior’ has always made me happy. Probably that points to a feeling that I’ve had since I was young, that I was ‘different’.

When I am writing a short story or working on a novel, I find myself drawn to such characters. Right now, I am working on the story of a clairvoyant on the Wild West. Due to the subject matter, I find myself surfing the web, and Pinterest has come up with some truly great inspiration. Some of these pictures are so great, I just have to share!


Wild Woman Smoking

One writing class that I took suggested that the writers collect pictures of their main characters, locations, etc. So toward that end…I must add that a lot of the women who posed for these antique photographs were famous actresses – others were, ahem, subject to speculation!