Snail's Postcard Post

Women’s History Month

Last month I had fun sharing postcards with you in celebration of Black History Month. Now that it’s March, the declarers of U.S. national holidays have thrown another extended jubilee out there: Women’s History Month. So I’ll be bringing you a week of posts devoted to awesome women. For the kickoff WHM post today,   I give you a mix of postcards, like a sampler of the variety of women to be honored throughout the week.

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on reverse side:

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on reverse side:

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The Hat Museum is a must for anyone in Portland, Oregon with a sense of curiosity. The proprietress, Alice, is peeking from the postcard’s corner. She’s a thoroughly Edwardian lady, and the only way to visit her establishment is by reservation. It’s a delightful adventure for a small group of friends. With a flare for performance and comic timing, Alice will lead you from room to room of her purple house (coincidentally the home of a milliner at the turn of the century), educating you in the history of headwear, with 1,000 examples at hand–-over 120 years of men’s hats, women’s hats, designer hats, hats from movies, and complete novelties. There’s even a gift shop where you can get a fancy headpiece for yourself.

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on reverse side:

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(I highly recommend this film…as if you haven’t seen it already, darling.)

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Yes, the photo was taken by that Greg Mortenson, the controversial founder of The Central Asia Institute who wrote the seemingly somewhat fabricated memoir “Three Cups of Tea.” I have no idea about The Central Asia Institute’s credibility, but I love this CAI postcard. I think it’s one of my favorite photograph cards. The woman in the center seems to be raising six children in squalor, but still she and one of the kids share a laugh. She is the anchor that makes this a loving family portrait. And with her vibrant headdress, she particularly displays the beauty that persists in a struggling society.

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Caption: Prayers performed as part of a tooth-filing ceremony in Peliatan.

Check back tomorrow for postcards of art by women! 

 

 

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