A 'Swenglish' journey through family photos, notes and postcards from the early 20th century.

2012-11-26

G.008-2 The Girl with the Monocle

G.008-2A

G008-2B

K. V. i. B. I2 No. 204

Postmark: Fristad, 6.6. 1902
To: Herr Gustaf Ekman, Storeg., Fristad

Gustaf gratuleras på namnsdagen
Den 19 6/6 02 af A. A---n
(uppochner: Lefve Gustaf!!!)

Congratulations on your name day
from A. A---n
(upside-down: “Vive Gustaf!!!” (=hurrah for…)

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Kommentar:

Ännu ett namnsdagskort från en halv-anonym avsändare. Jag jämför handstilar och tänker att möjligen skulle det kunna vara från samma person som skrev vykortet G.005-1 och som då undertecknade med namnet “Alarik” i runskrift…? Men jag är inte säker.

Det här är i alla fall det kort jag valt att ha som ‘avatar’ i den här bloggen. Jag gillar den uppstudsiga blandningen av feminint och maskulint, som verkar vara lite “före sin tid” – kanske. Eller?? När jag letar på internet så finner jag att Landsföreningen för kvinnans politiska rösträtt, LKPR grundades 1902 – alltså samma år som det här kortet sändes. Riksdagsbeslut om kvinnlig rösträtt i Sverige fattades 1919 och genomfördes 1921.

Skulle gärna velat veta något om fotografen som arrangerade bilden… Man eller kvinna, vad tror ni?? Kortet måste vara importerat från Europa, svenska finns inte med bland språken på baksidan.

 

In English:

Another name-day card from a half-anonymous sender. Comparing handwritings, I’m thinking that it might be from the same sender as the card G.005-1, who then signed his name in runes – Alarik…? But I’m not sure.  

Anyway, this is the card I chose as my avatar on this blog. I like the refractory mix of feminine and masculine which seems kind of advanced for 1902. Or perhaps not? After a bit of internet research I find that the national society for women's suffrage in Sweden was founded in 1902 (i.e. the same year that this postcard was sent). Women's right to vote was not approved in the Swedish Parliament until 1919 though, and the first national election in which they could actually vote was held in 1921.

I would love to know something about the photographer who took the photo… Male or female, what do you think? The card must be imported from the continent; Swedish is not among the languages printed on the back.

4 comments:

  1. My question is, is the subject of the photograph really a woman? I wonder.

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    1. Do you mean the model might be a man posing as a woman wearing a man's attributes? That seems very far-fetched to me, unless you have a similar photo where you know that to be the truth, and some idea of "why"...

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  2. I knew I'd seen that photo somewhere Monica!

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