Friday, 23 April 2010

Domesticity


A nice bit of word play on this unsent card.  Somebody was having to sew his own buttons on, a useful skill any man should have.  Poor lonely bachelor who problems would be over, or maybe just beginning, if he could only find a nice girl.

This embossed card is from 'BB London' the trading name of Birn Brothers with their interlocking Bs logo. They printed a lot of these type of cards from 1905 onwards.  This one was printed in Germany in either Saxony or Bavaria.  They also produced greeting cards and it is said that the children's author Enid Blyton wrote some of their verses.

If our bachelor was American he may have used the service of these ladies.  This is a card of the 1943 painting 'Ironers' by the 20th Century artist Jacob Lawrence who called his style dynamic cubism. As part of the Harlem Renaissance he documented the history of African Americans and in this instance Harlem life.  Domestic labour was the only option for many women in western society in the first half of the 20th century but Lawrence shows these as a community of strong powerful women wielding huge irons.  They look the old cast irons that had to be warmed up on a fire or filled with hot coals.  You would sure get muscles wielding one of those.  I am so glad to be living in the 21st century.


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10 comments:

Debs said...

what a gorgeous card...and in pristine condition. good old Enid Blyton...i grew up on her books! happy PFF!

MrCachet said...

Sort of a utilitarian card with a some word play to help the fellow with his buttons!

Beth Niquette said...

How darling--what a wonderful funny postcard! And I love the second postcard, too--very colorful! Stylized and eye catching.

Happy PFF!

Lyneen said...

Great postcards... I love the play on words. THANKS FRO SHARING!!! PFF!

Snap said...

Wonderful cards. I'm a big Jacob Lawerence fan. Well done!

Dorincard said...

Joy, your blog is a joy! :)

Terry said...

Howdy
Happy PFF to you .
Wow what a fantastic post .
I loved this one it really brought a smile
to my face and
I needed something light hearted today .
Thank you so very much.
Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.
Happy Trails

CafebyJW said...

It is so cute!

Sheila said...

I can't help feeling the first card ash very limited use, but I love the play on words. The second card is superb!

Serline said...

Very nice header. Superb contrast and color.