Snail's Postcard Post

Women’s History Month II

It’s the first post of March, and March is Women’s History Month.

Last year I approached the celebration categorically, assembling postcards in honor of   Art by Women Women of MusicWomen who DanceFilm Fatales, Women of Words, and funny girls. I also included a number of biographies.

This year, I thought I’d take the opposite approach, lumping it all together and letting the postcards–all of women and girls–mostly speak for themselves.  

I asked myself whether it was wise to include photographs, paintings, etc. by men. Reviewing the images I chose created by men, I decided to keep them in the series because they were all positive portrayals in which the women often met our gaze and even laughed. No voyeuristic Degas bathers here. Further, I believe allyship is a powerful force for social justice.

The bigger question was whether the entire selection was misguided. Previously I’d focused on forms of women’s self expression. If I was now selecting postcards just because they were of women, was the result just a gallery of women to ogle? My hope is that the wide variety of portraits and scenes represent a breadth of female experience throughout time and place.     

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In the Meadows, 1967, apparently by a collaborative pair, P.V. Alekseev and B.I. Kaloev
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“Claude Lalanne places another giant sardine into its giant tin, preparing her sculpture exhibit at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in East London. June 3, 1976.”img_3299louise-brooks-1928Louise Brooks, 1928. Photograph by Eugene Robert Richeeimg_5247Josephine Baker, France, c. 1930. Photograph by R. Sobolimg_2524img_5190by Michelle Caplanimg_5197by Miss Christine Wu (The postcard is indeed square, I didn’t crop it)img_2496The late Shirley Temple in her costume for “Heidi” 1937img_6882Portrait of Aletta Hanemans by Frans Hals, 1625IMG_7494img_4527by Shaun Berke, from the exhibit “Sisters of the Inquisition”img_7337“Prayers performed as part of a tooth-filing ceremony in Peliatan.”img_3347(If you haven’t already, be sure to see this fabulous documentary.)img_2888img_6049img_6164img_5636Janis Joplin, Port Arthur, Texas, 1969. Photograph by Richard AvedonIMG_7495

img_6223“A group of hard-working, colourful Lisu tribal girls in Thailand take a rare moment free from household chores.”two-women-at-a-windowTwo Women at a Window by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, c. 1655-1660img_50511942, photographer unknownimg_6143IMG_7497(Amsterdam tattoo museum)img_5169“Lambretta invites you for a free test ride! See and judge or yourself the elegance of styling–the ease of handling–the perfect balance of this marvel of modern engineering.”img_4965Ella Fitzgerald, Beverly Hills, 1988. Photograph by Annie Leibovitzimg_6179Anne Sexton, Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts, 1961.
Photograph by Rollie McKenna
img_6874Girl with a Pearl Earringby Johannes Vermeer, c. 1665img_6533Georgia O’Keeffe with skull, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, 1939.
Photograph by John Candelario.img_5982early c. 18th century India, probably Mughalimg_2566-1Dancers in Puluwat, Micronesiaimg_7321The GreengrocerJames Pollard, c. 1819img_3350Pancake race, Shrove Tuesday, c. 1950

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