Louise Glaum as “The Wolf Woman” (1916)

The Wolf Woman is a 1916 silent era drama motion picture starring Louise Glaum. Leila Aradella (played by Glaum), is a young and egotistical woman, who finds pleasure from preying on weak men with her charm and beauty.

After seeing the film, it was reported that New York critics unanimously pronounced Glaum as “the greatest vampire woman of all time.”

Another reviewer noted that Glaum had become famous for her “vampire” characterizations and billed The Wolf Woman as the “Greatest Vampire picture of all”.

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Louise Glaum in The Wolf Woman, 1916 via

Musidora as Irma Vep in “Les Vampires” (1915)

Les Vampires is a 1915–16 French silent crime serial film written and directed by Louis Feuillade. Set in Paris, it stars Édouard Mathé, Musidora and Marcel Lévesque.

The main characters are a journalist and his friend who become involved in trying to uncover and stop a bizarre underground Apache gang, known as The Vampires (who are not the mythological beings their name suggests).

Musidora appears as cabaret singer Irma Vep (an anagram of “vampire”), who has a leading role in The Vampires crimes.

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Les Vampires, 1915 via

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Screenshot of actress Musidora in the Louis Feuillade-directed film series Les Vampires, 1915 via

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Screenshot of actress Musidora in the Louis Feuillade-directed film series Les Vampires, 1915 via

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Screenshot of actress Musidora in the Louis Feuillade-directed film series Les Vampires, 1915 via

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Screenshot of actress Musidora in the Louis Feuillade-directed film series Les Vampires, 1915 via

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Screenshot of actress Musidora in the Louis Feuillade-directed film series Les Vampires, 1915 via

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Screenshot of actress Musidora in the Louis Feuillade-directed film series Les Vampires, 1915 via

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Screenshot of actress Musidora in the Louis Feuillade-directed film series Les Vampires, 1915 via

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Screenshot from the film Les Vampires by Louis Feuillade, 1915 via

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Les Vampires, 1915 via

Portraits by Amercian Photographer James Arthur (ca. 1900s)

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Woman with a miniature by James Arthur, 1898 via

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Woman at a piano by James Arthur, 1898 via

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Woman with a spinning wheel by James Arthur, 1899 via

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Woman looking in a mirror by James Arhur, c. 1900 via

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Woman with vase of flowers by James Arthur, 1899 via

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Woman wearing a plumed hat by James Arthur, c. 1900 via

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Seated woman drinking tea by James Arthur, c. 1900 via

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Woman on a tree trunk by James Arthur, c. 1900 via

Girls in Front of Mirrors by Lady Clementina Hawarden

Clementina Maude, Viscountess Hawarden, née Clementina Elphinstone Fleeming (1822 – 1865) commonly known as Lady Clementina Hawarden, was a noted English amateur portrait photographer of the Victorian Era.

She turned to photography in late 1856 or, probably, in early 1857, whilst living on the family estate in Dundrum, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. A move to London in 1859 allowed her to set up a studio in her elegant home in South Kensington. There she took many of the characteristic portraits for which she is principally remembered. Many include her adolescent daughters Isabella Grace, Clementina and Florence Elizabeth. The furniture and characteristic decor of an upper-class London home was removed in order to create mise-en-scene images and theatrical poses within the first floor of her home. Hawarden produced albumen prints from wet-plate collodion negatives, a method commonly used at the time

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

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Lady Clementina Hawarden, unknown date via

A Collection of Portraits by Boston Studio “Southworth & Hawes” (1850s)

American photographic studio Southworth & Hawes was established in Boston, Massachusetts in 1843 when Albert Sands Southworth, a druggist, and Josiah Johnson Hawes, a painter, joined together to open a daguerreotype studio. Though portraits were the bulk of the firm’s production, they also produced landscape views.

From 1849 to 1851 Southworth left the studio to travel to California. He returned in 1851 and renewed the partnership with Hawes.

In 1853 Hawes purchased the rights to John Adams Whipple’s process for making paper prints called crystalotypes and the firm began to produce them.

In 1861 the partnership was dissolved. Both Southworth and Hawes continued to operate separate studios in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Unknown woman by Southworth and Hawes, ca. 1850s via

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Unknown woman by Southworth and Hawes, ca. 1850s via

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Miss Hodges of Salem, MET, 1850 via

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Lola Montez by Southworth & Hawes, 1851 via

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The Letter by Southworth & Hawes, ca. 1850 via

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Unknown bride by Southworth and Hawes, ca. 1850s via

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Albert Sands Southworth – Untitled, ca. 1851 – 1854 via