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An Important Look At Gal Pals Throughout History

Thou art my gal, pal.

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An important look back at the storied history of gals simply being pals. If tabloids existed back in the day, would things be any different?

1. The Kiss Of Friendship, 1780:

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As the title hints, this piece of art depicts two friends sharing a delicate kiss of friendship. "I love you so much," one whispers to the other. "You know, like a friend."


3. The Thorn, 1850:

Photo by Fototeca Gilardi / Getty Images / Via Lithograph by Anonymous, Germany approx. 1850.

Two friends frolic in the nude by a stream, swapping stories of bad first dates and fuckboys of past.

Actual caption as it appears with the image: "Two friends take a bath naked on the shores of a lake; one of them has the foot wounded by a thorn and the other helps her. The thorn it could mean a psychological/sexual problem, very difficult to solve, without the help of a friend."


5. Year unknown, oil on canvas:

A platonic moment of french-kissing, but only because Psalm 85 says something like, "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other," blah blah. As good friends do, tbh.


6. Untitled, 1896:

Photo by Fototeca Gilardi / Getty Images / Via Chromolithography; Italy, Turin 1896.

Two confidants stop to rest on a stone wall, one of them quite weary from the weight of rumors that have been flying about her tiny top hat and "masculine" riding crop.

7. Girls On The Beach, 1910:

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Two close companions enjoy a relaxing day at the beach. "I think your mother suspects we aren't just roommates," muses one to the other.


10. Photograph, 1890s:

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Two friends — who probably also share a home, a bed, and several small dogs — holding hands. Nothing more to it, really. Ignore the look of "oh shit, we are so busted" terror on the right.

11. Photograph, 1920s:

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Portrait of two women in Navy uniforms, indicating they clearly have boyfriends from whom they borrowed said uniforms. "Your place or mine?" one jokes to her fellow sailor. "Just kidding, we live together!"

12. And let us not forget the gal pal who started it all, OG lady pal Sappho:

Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene, 1864: Sappho and her close friend Erinna would be all your relationship goals — if they were in a relationship, that is.