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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CROSS DRESSER IN MONTEZUMA, IOWA (AND SO IS LOLA)

The  previous owner of this cabinet card believed that the woman in the image may be a man. Perhaps the jacket and tie that she is wearing is the predominant evidence that she/he is a cross dresser. I am not very convinced that the subject of this photograph is a man, but it certainly is a possibility. Never forget the wise words of the well respected group of philosophers known as the Kinks; “Well I’m not the world’s most masculine man, but I know what I am, and I’m glad I’m a man, so is Lola”. An interesting side note is that the photographer of this image, Will C. Fryatt, is responsible for a number of other unusual photographs taken at his studio in Montezuma, Iowa. It is entirely possible that Fryatt never took the photograph, but instead, bought the rights to sell it at his studio. There is also a possibility that the individual in this image is an actor/actress from a touring theatre company. Another mystery that this cabinet card presents is as follows: Why does a town in Iowa get named after an Aztec Emperor of Mexico? Stay tuned, research is in progress. A visitor to the cabinet card gallery commented that the woman in this cabinet card looked very  much like male impersonator, Ella Wesner (1851-1917) who was popular in the 1880’s. She was a part of the Gilded Age vaudeville circuit. You can view an image of Miss Wesner below. The assertion that the portraits of the two women in these photographs look similar, is very true. Do you think that they are one and the same person?

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