"The Women of The Future," according to 1902 French trading cards

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In 1902, a French trading card manufacturer released this curious batch of playing cards depicting women and their futuristic careers as soldiers, lawyers, journalists, and cigarette-chomping students. But because these cards were designed to titillate, many of these outfits aren't entirely practical — note the firefighter and general's lack of sleeves above. In fact, much of the military regalia pictured wouldn't be handy whatsoever in the battlefield.

The obvious pin-up element aside, there are some fun sartorial choices here. I kind of wish duck hats and pince-nezs were standard issue for all journalists nowadays. Similarly, monocles should be required at any reputable law school. Here are some of the quirkier cards.

Illustration for article titled The Women of The Future, according to 1902 French trading cards
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[Fantasies Bergeret via Ptak Science Books]

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catvonawesome
Cat VonAwesome

I LOVE these! (And I'm thinking that these would make amazing Mardi Gras costumes.)

Even if these were designed to titillate a bit, none of these woman look objectified and none of the portrayals are negative opinions. As in, it doesn't look like a woman becoming a soldier or a student or a journalist are negative things.