National Geographic : 2002 Oct
FROM OUR ARCHIVES Flashback ALEXAARONSOHN ISTANBUL Her Little Secret Perched on a tasseled divan, swathed in silks, her face demurely veiled, this elegant Constantinople lady just might not be a lady. Western curiosity about the Ottoman impe rial harem created a demand for exotic postcards like this in the early 1900s (the Society's archives received this photo in 1911). But because Islamic tradition discouraged Turkey's Muslim women from being seen by men who weren't their hus bands, photographers sometimes asked men to pose dressed as women. This photograph has never before been pub lished in the magazine. You can send this month's Flashback as an electronic greeting card and access the Flashback photo archives at nationalgeographic.com/ ngm/flashback/0210. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358)ISPUBUSHED MONTHLY BYTHENATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, 114517THST.NW,WASHINGTON. DC20036-4688.$34.00AYEARFORU.S DELIVERY, $6.00 PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDES POSTAGE ANDHANDLING). PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAIDATWASHINGTON, DC,ANDATADDITIONAL MAIUNGOFFICES. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESS CHANGES TONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, PO BOX63002,TAMPA,FL33663-3002.