TWO YOUNG PUREPECHA GIRLS IN JANITZIO, MICHOACAN, MEXICO

This ethnographic vintage real postcard features two young native Mexican girls posing on the steps of some sort of structure. The girls are posed next to a large cactus. The girl on the left is adorable and wearing a nice smile and a necklace. She seems to be resting her hand on the cactus. The darker girl on the right has her hand on her face. She is blocking the camera from adequately providing a good photo of her face. The girls are both barefoot. This photograph was taken in Janitzio, Michoacan. The Isle de Janitzio is the main island on Lake Patzcaro. The lake is located in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. The word “Janitzio” translates to “where it rains”. The town is known for it’s “butterfly fishermen” who catch the local favorite, “pescado blanco”. Wikepedia notes that some of the people of Janitzio are of indigenous descent. These people are known as “Purepecha”. These girls may be members of this ethnic group. This postcard is part of a series (no. 406). The postcard was published by Kodak Mexicali. The postmark on this card appears to be “1944”. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF TWO CATALAN DANCERS IN ROUSSILLON, FRANCE

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foreign dancers 1This vintage ethnological postcard features two Catalan dancers. They are wearing their traditional clothing and holding tambourines. The photograph was taken in Roussillon, a community in Southeastern France. Wikipedia reports that the Catalans are an Iberian/European ethnic group of Mediterranean and Pyrenean descent. The postcard is published by Labouche Freres which was located in Toulouse, France. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A PARTIALLY CLAD YOUNG MOORISH WOMAN

morroco A young Moorish woman is the subject of this vintage ethnographic photogravure postcard. The Moors were Muslim people of the mixed Berber and Arabs inhabiting Northwest Africa. This postcard is from circa (1900-1909). It is from a series, “Scenes et Types (no. 1004)”. This postcard is in very good condition.

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BABY ELEPHANT AND FRIENDS IN THE COLONIAL GARDENS OF LAMBORENE, GABON

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This vintage real photo postcard features two men and a baby elephant at the Colonial Gardens in Lambarene, a town in western Gabon. The town is known for being the home of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital. The health facility was built by a German doctor in the early twentieth century to treat victims of rare tropical diseases. Gabon was colonized by France, and became part of French Equatorial Africa in Seine-et-Marne (France) in 1905. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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A TOPLESS TATOOED WOMAN AND HER TAMBOURINE IN MOROCCO

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moroccp 1 A pretty young topless woman sits in deep thought. She is holding a tambourine. Her facial tatoos, headdress and jewelry reflect her Moroccan culture. Some viewers of this postcard believe that the woman is a prostitute. It is likely that these observers are correct. Her nudity and the popularity in Europe of photo portraits of prostitutes in less developed countries, provides supporting evidence that she is indeed a sex worker.  This is an ethnographic postcard. Buying or sending a risque photo postcards was more acceptable if the card provided a look at a people from different cultures. This postcard is part of a series (no. 92). The photo was taken by Marcelin Flandrin (1889-1957). Flandrin moved to Morocco in 1901 and volunteered for the military in 1912. He served as an Army photographer. Around this time, Morocco came under French rule. He corroborated with the French government and tourist boards. He was very involved with the French Protectorate government. Flandrin was criticized by some Moroccans for reinforcing “Orientalist” stereotypes . During the Rif War (Spain vs. Berber tribes), he published a number of reports. During World War I he served in the Air Force as an air observer, taking aerial photos of fighting. After the war he moved to Casablanca and went to work taking many photographs between 1921 and 1930. He published many photo books about Morocco. Flandrin was also an important postcard publisher in Morocco. The Cabinet Card Gallery blog includes another postcard by Flandrin. This photo postcard captures a group of prostitutes in Casablanca (Morocco). You can view this postcard by placing the name “Flandrin” in the search box. The postcard above, is in  very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A “HINDU GIRL” IN TRINIDAD

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This vintage photo postcard features a “Hindu Girl” posing against a wooden fence on the island of Trinidad. The jungle can be seen in the background. One might ask, “What is a Hindu Girl doing in Trinidad?” The island of Trinidad is about seven miles off the coast of Venezuela. It is associated with the island of Tobago. Research revealed that the island of Trinidad is ethnically and religiously diverse. It is sometimes known as the “Rainbow Island”. Currently, over 18 percent of the population are Hindus. The Hindu religion is the second most prevalent religion in Trinidad. Hindus arrived in Trinidad in 1845. They came to Trinidad when the British government gave permission to the colonists on the island to import indentured labor from India to work on the island’s estates. During the second half of the 1800’s Trinidad’s population growth came primarily from Indian laborers. In 1871, there were over 27,000 Indians on the two islands. By 1911, the Indian population on the islands was nearly 111,00. This vintage portrait postcard is in very good condition. It is an “undivided” postcard revealing that it was likely published before 1907.

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A GROUP OF PROSTITUTES IN CASABLANCA, MOROCCO

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prostitutes 1 This vintage real photo postcard features a group of six prostitutes posing for their portrait in Casablanca, Morocco. They are gathered around a table. Atop the table is a tray of glasses and what looks to be, a silver tea pot. The women are likely waiting to be selected by the next visitor to their brothel. The caption below the photograph roughly translates from French to “Morocco- The neighborhood reserve of Casablanca- an original tea”. The photographer of this photo is Marcelin Flandrin (1889-1957). Flandrin moved to Morocco in 1901 and volunteered for the military in 1912. He served as an Army photographer. Around this time, Morocco came under French rule. He corroborated with the French government and tourist boards. He was very involved with the French Protectorate government. Flandrin was criticized by some Moroccans for reinforcing “Orientalist” stereotypes . During the Rif War (Spain vs. Berber tribes), he published a number of reports. During World War I he served in the Air Force as an air observer, taking aerial photos of fighting. After the war he moved to Casablanca and went to work taking many photographs between 1921 and 1930. He published many photo books about Morocco. Flandrin was also an important postcard publisher in Morocco.

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PORTRAIT OF TWO PRETTY GEISHAS STANDING IN A GARDEN

This vintage real photo postcard features two pretty geisha women standing in a garden. The women’s portrait provides an excellent view of their traditional clothing. The postcard is color tinted and made in Japan. The postcard is in very good condition.

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY VIETNAMESE WOMAN WEARING A GIANT HAT IN HAIPHONG (PHOTO BY DIEULEFILS)

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty Vietnamese woman wearing an extremely large hat. She is dressed in the custom of her country and her era. The text on the postcard indicates that she was photographed in Haiphong, a major port city in northeastern Vietnam. The postcard was published by P. Dieulefils of Hanoi, Vietnam. Pierre Dieulefils was the first established professional photographer in Hanoi. In addition, he was a postcard editor and explorer. He had an excellent reputation as a photographer throughout Europe and Indochina. He won many medals at Universal Exhibitions. It is estimated that he produced approximately five thousand photos and postcards and he is considered one of the greatest photographers of the region. His photographic expeditions included such locales as Vietnam, China, and Cambodia. The Cabinet Card Gallery has a nice collection of early Vietnam  (Tonkin) postcards that can be viewed by putting the word “Vietnam” in the blog’s search box. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A FALCONER AND HIS FALCON IN COLONIAL ALGERIA

This vintage real photo postcard features a falconer, in native garb, and his falcon. The art of falconry may date back to the time of Mesopotamia (2000 BC). Falconry involves hunting wild animals using a trained bird of prey. Commonly used birds of prey are Red-tailed and Harris hawks, as well as Peregrine falcons. This postcard was published by Jomone which was a large colonial era photographic studio. The photographer of this image worked for OFALAC (communication office and press agency of the General Government of Algeria). The office was established at the time of the centenary of Algeria in 1930. This postcard is part of a series entitled “Scenes Et Types (no, 54)”. The photograph was taken in “Alger” which is a former colonial French province that existed between 1848 and 1962.

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