Wednesday, July 24, 2013
"SUPERIOR WOMEN" Early 1900s Postcards
The debate will probably never end about which gender is stronger, smarter, 'superior' and this post has nothing to contribute to that argument. Instead, we focus on what are often termed "superior women" postcards as a genre, meaning postcard designs that incorporate large images of women and small images of men. Above is a lady in her underwear, stockings and lace-up slippers that resemble ballet shoes. She is being scaled, like a mountain, by a bevy of eager little men, including a soldier with a sword. One fellow carries a bouquet of flowers. The French caption, as best I can figure out, refers to the main mast of the ship of Good Things at the turn of the century. This is an early undivided back postcard, a flat image with brilliant color and detailed imagery. Some of the Superior Women postcards show men as supplicants hoping for sexual favors. This postcard, and the one below, appear to fall into that category.
Below is a buxom woman in an abbreviated risque outfit and wearing a feather boa playing a flute with little men 'dancing attendance'...a divided back postcard, it is hand-dated 1907 on the back. The artist's signature on this flat image is at lower left.
The following two postcards have notations on the back that the artist is Torello - certainly they share the theme of glamorous women in low-cut gowns, little men dolls and puppets plus insects. The sexy women are clearly 'toying' with these fellows. The woman holding up the puppet in the first card is smoking a cigarette...a sure sign of a loose woman!
Of course, not all women were "bugged" by men's attentions. There were plenty of women who were looking for men and some Superior Women postcards illustrate that theme...here is a lady fishing for the perfect partner.
This closing fantasy of a woman's hand with a man on every finger, A Fellow for Every Day in the Week, was published with a matching card of a man's large hand and tiny women on every finger...showing that both women and men can play the flirtation game.
Price Estimates: This is a fun fantasy genre to collect - the postcards shown in this post are all early 1900s postcards that range in price from about $10 - $35. These prices are for postcards in EXCELLENT condition and they are only estimates.