The Tattooed Lady. Did You Know?


Like me you probably never had a thought about these tattooed ladies living in a time when it was scandalous just to show a bit of ankle. Amelia Klem Osterud is a tattooed academic librarian from Wisconsin who decided to pay homage to these courageous women with bodies covered with tattoos and traveling the USA performing nearly nude on carnival stages. Quite an intriguing book where you will discover a world that most would decide not to talk about. The book tells the amazing life of these women and contains some horrific stories of abductions and forced tattooing at the hands of savages. Today, it is estimated that about 25% of the US population wear at least one tattoo. Could it be that these women that nobody talk about have a large responsibility in this cultural movement? For sure. So, all tattooed people, male or female should know about them. Hardcover, 160 pages. The Tattooed Lady

4 Responses to “The Tattooed Lady. Did You Know?”

  1. 1 Tom Zimberoff Nov 9th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Channeling Groucho Marx:

    Lydia oh Lydia, say have you met Lydia,
    Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.
    She has eyes that folks adore so,
    And a torso even more so.

    Lydia oh Lydia, that encyclopidia,
    Oh Lydia the Queen of Tattoo.
    On her back is the Battle of Waterloo.
    Beside it the wreck of the Hesperus, too.
    And proudly above waves the Red, White, and Blue,
    You can learn a lot from Lydia.

    La la la, la la la, la la la, la la la

    When her robe is unfurled, she will show you the world,
    If you step up and tell her where.
    For a dime you can see Kankakee or Paris,
    Or Washington crossing the Delaware.

    La la la, la la la, la la la, la la la

    Oh Lydia oh Lydia, say have you met Lydia,
    Oh Lydia the Tattooed Lady
    When her muscles start relaxin’,
    Up the hill comes Andrew Jackson

    Lydia oh Lydia, that encyclopidia,
    oh Lydia the queen of them all!
    For two bits she will do a mazurka in jazz,
    With a view of Niagara that nobody has.
    And on a clear day you can see Alcatraz.
    You can learn a lot from Lydia.

    La la la, la la la, la la la, la la la

    Come along and see Buff’lo Bill with his lasso.
    Just a little classic by Mendel Picasso.
    Here is Captain Spaulding exploring the Amazon.
    Here’s Godiva but with her pajamas on.

    La la la, la la la, la la la, la la la

    Here is Grover Whalen unveilin’ the Trilon.
    Over on the West Coast we have Treaure Island.
    Here’s Najinsky a-doin’ the rhumba.
    Here’s her social security numba.

    {whistles}La la la, la la la, la la la, la la la

    Oh Lydia, oh Lydia that encyclopidia,
    Oh Lydia the champ of them all.
    She once swept an Admiral clear off his feet.
    The ships on her hips made his heart skip a beat.
    And now the old boy’s in command of the fleet,
    For he went and married Lydia.

    I said Lydia
    {He said Lydia}
    They said Lydia
    {We said Lydia}
    La La!

  2. 2 nicker Nov 10th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Don’t think i ever heard all the words to that one……. thanks!
    That’s even better-n “Hooray for Captain Spaulding, the African Explorer”……. 🙂


  3. 3 Tom Zimberoff Nov 10th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Captain Spaulding? Hmmm, didn’t he make tennis balls; or were there only nine? Say the secret word and the duck will come down—win a hundred dollars.

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