Early 20th Century: The Fetus was Unknown Because Pregnancy was Censored…

Posted November 2, 2017 1:39 am by Suzanne F.

Early 20th Century: The Fetus was Unknown Because Pregnancy was Censored…

So I have been busy doing some historical research. I just got back a paper I wrote on fetal imagery—specifically Lennart Nilsson’s photoessay in an April 1965 issue of Life magazine. One thing that I learned that was very surprising to me was the degree to which pregnancy—and by extension the unborn—had little visual presence in the first half of the twentieth century. I was very surprised when I realized the degree to which all things having to do with pregnancy was shrouded in secrecy. Two examples to illustrate:1. Maternal clothing catalogues from the 1920s to the 1960s featured models who

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