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23 Pictures That Show Gender Rules Were Always Meant To Be Broken

A look back at how gender norms were blurred during the early 20th century, presented by Getty Images.

Posted on June 13, 2017, at 5:47 p.m. ET

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Two couples stage a double wedding proposal in 1912.

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Two women in Navy uniforms pose for a studio portrait, circa 1920s.

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Teddy Caisser performs as his persona Mademoiselle Sousette, in France, circa 1920.

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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.

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A group of men in drag perform in 1920.

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Two women are married by a clergyperson, circa 1912.

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Two women share a smoke dressed in the masculine fashions of the era, circa 1955.

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A group of people in men's suits pose for a portrait at a Chicago billiards bar in March 1915.

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Four couples pose for a photo, circa 1910.

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Bebe Daniels dresses as a swashbuckler in the 1927 silent film Senorita.

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A group of people dressed as men smoke, drink, and play cards while having their photo taken in Chicago, circa 1920.

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Three people show off their finest skirts, circa 1905.

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Two people dressed as men work in a woodshop, circa 1900.

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Customers wearing dresses and necklaces have a drink at the Eldorado nightclub in Berlin in 1929.

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A pair wearing dresses pose for a portrait alongside a person in a suit, circa 1900s.

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A group of people pose for a photo during a party in 1915.

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Four people in long gowns clown around in a photographer's studio during the 1900s

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Dr. Ethel Rice, a Chicago physician, poses for photographers after being arrested in 1920 for attempting to gain entrance to a "Men Only" lecture.

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The all-women Black Crook theater company drink champagne in formal attire in 1893.

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A pair pose in the road after swapping each other's clothes, circa 1920.

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A group of friends pose in their favorite outfits, circa 1910.

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A group of people in drag make their way down a Philadelphia street in the 1920s.

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