Vintage Photographs of Greenwich Village's Bohemian Partiers Over a Century Ago

A recent posting in The Vault, Slate's historical blog, historian Rebecca Onion tells the story of early American photographer Jessie Tarbox Beals and her personal life amongst the other free-thinking bohemians in the "Village".

In a series of photographs taken between 1910 and 1920, Jessie Tarbox Beals documented the parties and get-togethers of bohemian Greenwich Village. Beals also took posed portraits of denizens of the Village, some of which she sold as postcards to curiosity-seekers interested in seeing how the famously "liberated" men and women of the Village conducted their lives. These group shots of gatherings are the most casual of her Village images.

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