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Burlesque dancers of the 1890s. Photos collected by Charles H. McCaghy, a professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University in Ohio

Burlesque dancers of the 1890s. Photos collected by Charles H. McCaghy, a professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University in Ohio

1890s burlesque - These photos were collected by Charles H. McCaghy, a professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

1890s burlesque - These photos were collected by Charles H. McCaghy, a professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Burlesque beauties of the 1890s: Stunning vintage photos of 'loose women in tights' who perfected the art of the tease.

Burlesque beauties of the 1890s: Stunning vintage photos of 'loose women in tights' who perfected the art of the tease.

Miss Eliza Weatherby as Gabriel, in Rice & Goodwin's Opera Rouffe "Evangeline"  Charles H. McCaghy, Collection  Burlesque beauties of the 1890s by Daily Mail March 2012

Miss Eliza Weatherby as Gabriel, in Rice & Goodwin's Opera Rouffe "Evangeline" Charles H. McCaghy, Collection Burlesque beauties of the 1890s by Daily Mail March 2012

Burlesque dancers of the 18902.  Vintage photos collected by Charles H. McCaghy, a professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, reveal just how different beauty was 120 years ago than it is today.

Burlesque dancers of the 18902. Vintage photos collected by Charles H. McCaghy, a professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, reveal just how different beauty was 120 years ago than it is today.

Burlesque dancers of the 18902.  Vintage photos collected by Charles H. McCaghy, a professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, reveal just how different beauty was 120 years ago than it is today.

Burlesque dancers of the 18902. Vintage photos collected by Charles H. McCaghy, a professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, reveal just how different beauty was 120 years ago than it is today.

Burlesque dancers of the 18902.  Vintage photos collected by Charles H. McCaghy, a professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, reveal just how different beauty was 120 years ago than it is today.

Burlesque dancers of the 18902. Vintage photos collected by Charles H. McCaghy, a professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, reveal just how different beauty was 120 years ago than it is today.

But in their time, these women were positively scandalous. Their form-fitting clothes showed off the shapes of their legs and thighs. Their corsets accentuated their bosoms. And everywhere they performed men threw themselves into frenzies of erotic desire.

But in their time, these women were positively scandalous. Their form-fitting clothes showed off the shapes of their legs and thighs. Their corsets accentuated their bosoms. And everywhere they performed men threw themselves into frenzies of erotic desire.

Burlesque beauties of the 1890s: Stunning vintage photos of 'loose women in tights' who perfected the art of the tease.      This is a website that has a bunch of photos of old burlesque dancers.  So cool!

Burlesque beauties of the 1890s: Stunning vintage photos of 'loose women in tights' who perfected the art of the tease. This is a website that has a bunch of photos of old burlesque dancers. So cool!

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