Female cross-dressing: the 19th century verdict

The cartoon below is from Puck Magazine, published in 1893. I believe this is a criticism of the ‘manliness’ of women’s fashions in the 1890s, but I suppose it also works on an additional level as a 19th century indictment of gay marriage.

The caption: Justice of the Peace (somewhat near-sighted): ‘Want to be married? Well–er–eh–which one is the groom?’

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From New York Public Library digital gallery

Be back here tomorrow for a lot more on Puck Magazine….

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