Women & Fashion

Women and Fashion represent a key portion of this collection.  This category, as the name implies, includes mostly images of beautiful women in glamorous clothing. Of interest here is of course the way women are portrayed. In most of the postcards, the women are clearly European, wearing modest, if ostentatious, clothing. However, there is a series of women associated with world maps. These “map women” portray cultural identifiers for each country and in the case of cards representing “Tatarei,” “Arabia” and “Indo-China,” they portray the exoticism typical of colonial portrayal of “native” women. The category also includes cards which feature couples, focusing here on the period clothing of the couple portrayed.