A look back at how gender norms were blurred during the early 20th century, presented by Getty Images.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on June 13, 2017, at 5:47 p.m. ET
Two couples stage a double wedding proposal in 1912.
Two women in Navy uniforms pose for a studio portrait, circa 1920s.
Teddy Caisser performs as his persona Mademoiselle Sousette, in France, circa 1920.
Left: A person shows off their dress in 1910. Right: Vesta Tilley, an English male impersonator and singer who gained fame during World War I, sits for a portrait in 1904.
A group of men in drag perform in 1920.
Two women are married by a clergyperson, circa 1912.
Two women share a smoke dressed in the masculine fashions of the era, circa 1955.
A group of people in men's suits pose for a portrait at a Chicago billiards bar in March 1915.
Four couples pose for a photo, circa 1910.
Bebe Daniels dresses as a swashbuckler in the 1927 silent film Senorita.
A group of people dressed as men smoke, drink, and play cards while having their photo taken in Chicago, circa 1920.
Three people show off their finest skirts, circa 1905.
Two people dressed as men work in a woodshop, circa 1900.
Customers wearing dresses and necklaces have a drink at the Eldorado nightclub in Berlin in 1929.
A pair wearing dresses pose for a portrait alongside a person in a suit, circa 1900s.
A group of people pose for a photo during a party in 1915.
Four people in long gowns clown around in a photographer's studio during the 1900s
Dr. Ethel Rice, a Chicago physician, poses for photographers after being arrested in 1920 for attempting to gain entrance to a "Men Only" lecture.
The all-women Black Crook theater company drink champagne in formal attire in 1893.
A pair pose in the road after swapping each other's clothes, circa 1920.
A group of friends pose in their favorite outfits, circa 1910.
A group of people in drag make their way down a Philadelphia street in the 1920s.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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