Men at the turn of the twentieth century may not have had the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, but they weren’t at a complete loss for photographs of women posing for the awe of the male species. In fact, some of the women captured on film for the admiration of men were, in my opinion, more charming than the scantily clad females of the present.
Take this series of French photographic playing cards released in 1902. They depict women in a variety of “futuristic” careers. These include professions such as doctor, lawyer, sailor, and firefighter. Their wardrobe is a bit impractical — a sleeveless shirt for fighting fire is questionable — but all of the women appear proud to be photographed in their quirky ensembles.
Check out these pin-up girls of old: