Friday, 20 July 2018

Some State Belles

These are from a series of postcards issued by Raphael Tuck in 1910 for sale in the United States. It’s a simple concept – attractive young women, fashionably turned out and accessorised with emblems of local distinctiveness. Most comport themselves with modesty and decorum with The Pride of the Nutmeg State taking first place. But there are exceptions. Nebraska’s Favorite Daughter displays a sultry stare as she emerges through the cereal crops while The Washington Belle offers a sporty grin and a promise of something unconventional, encircled as she is by an equestrian whip. A final observation – the Mississippi Belle may be the only white person on a postcard to be be seen in a cotton field.

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