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Folies Bergere Costume

A postcard from around 1900 featuring a costume from the Folies Bergere in Paris. I can't figure out what the box sticking out from her bust is? Part of her act? I'm sure that this was a scandalous costume at the time!

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Love this photo!!
Oct 16, 2011 9:27 am reply
Me too. I think the box in front of her chest must have been a music box like Filipe suggested, or a box for tips.
Feb 06 11:08 am reply
It looks like the box might be a music box. Hard to make out at this detail, but there might be a crank on the left side? Maybe a jack-in-the-box, too.
Oct 06, 2011 6:00 pm reply
And I think it's also Folies-Bergere, with just one "L".
Oct 06, 2011 6:01 pm reply
You're right, I was wrong - I corrected the spelling. What do you think she was doing with a jack in a box around her bust? And what jumped out???
Oct 06, 2011 6:27 pm reply
I would guess that she put her money in the box and it does look like a wind up music box.
Oct 07, 2011 10:26 am reply
Alice - I bet you're right! For tips!! ;)
Oct 07, 2011 10:46 am reply
Photo taken at Folies Bergere Paris, France on