Thursday, December 13, 2018

If this is Thursday it must be postcards, 379

Titled:  "Types Creusois"

This black & white vintage photo postcard has the number 996 to the left of the title and a logo PM at the right.  It is a used card with a note dated 15/3/26 [15 March 1926].   The quote has the man leaning on the rake asking the women leaning on the fence if they are all going to a party or festival together.  A friend found this card and others in the Creuse area of France when he was visiting there.  At first he thought the cards were reproductions but upon closer evaluation we determined they were originals.  Anciently this area was the linguistic boundary between the langue d’oïl and langue d’oc so it is possible that the quote is in French and also the local dialect.

There is not too much to say about the picture other than I think it is charming and it shows the local country costumes as they were in the 1920s.  Notice the small dog by the woman’s foot.  Both of the men in the picture have large brimmed hats and neck scarves, the women are wearing hats and two of them have capes or shawls as well.  The man in the background has his sleeves unrolled, his shirt or smock is unbelted or not tucked in.  The man in the foreground has his sleeves rolled up and his shirt tucked in and belted.  I wondered if the way there were dressed might be an indication of the jobs they were performing.  The photographer probably posed the them this way perhaps to give the viewer the feeling of being included in the group.  The roof of the shed or building appears to be thatched.  

 In 1926 it took these two stamps to mail the postcard. 

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