(via Amateur Lumière Autochromes by John B. Trevor | Fans in a Flashbulb)
A Female Reportage Photographer Surveys Berlin (c. 1910) Women in journalistic professions were a rarity in Wilhelmine Germany. Nonetheless, some women did succeed in establishing themselves as journalists – initially, they did so by working for the women’s newspapers and magazines that had been around since the middle of the nineteenth century; later on, they also worked for large newspapers. In this photograph (c. 1910), a female photographer surveys metropolitan Berlin from a crane being used in the construction of the Stadthaus [City Hall] on Molkenmarkt. The City Hall was built as an extension of the Rotes Rathaus [Red City Hall], whose large tower can be seen at the right. The Berliner Dom [Berlin Cathedral] can be seen in the background off to the left.
A Female Mason Perched High above Berlin (c. 1910)
With the rise of industrialization, the number of German women who worked outside the home also increased. This usually meant factory work. But in some families with their own businesses, daughters also learned a trade so that they could help out: here, we see a master-mason’s daughter during the renovation work on the old city hall tower in Berlin.
Mourning Dress, around 1900
Foto: Christa Losta
© Wien Museum
Mourning dress symbolized humility and respect for the deceased. Outward signs of mourning were usually observed by women.
They wore deep mourning attire for at least a year after the death of a close relative. Aristoratic widows, like Queen Victoria, or Maria Theresia, in the eighteenth century, wore mourning for the rest of their lives.
Mourning attire had to be of a black and dull fabric. Crêpe was commonly associated with mourning. While men got away with a crêpe band on one sleeve, women were obliged to wear black dresses and hats with heavy crêpe veils. Even accessories such as fans and parasols, had to be black. In the second half of a year of mourning, a women could wear grey or mauve – the first artificially produced colour dye.
A Native American sends smoke signals in Montana, June 1909.Photograph by Dr. Joseph K. Dixon, National Geographic Creative
Glacier Point, c.1900s
from Square America
Man climbing the front entrance to Borobudur
Central Java, 1872
Albumen silver photograph
[via Art Blart]
Woman dancing on a beach, 1920s
Antonin Personnaz Woman in a field of flowers, 1906-1928
via hauk sven
Arnold Genthe. Helen MacGowan Cooke picking California golden poppies in a field. 1906.
Princesses Helena and Louise, 1856, Roger Fenton
© Royal Photographic Society
from ‘A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography’ at the Getty Center from February 4–June 8 2014.
Portrait of a woman , c.1900
Great cedar tree, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, 1897
from Musée McCord Museum
nationalmediamuseum: Children on beach, 1906, Otto Pfenninger, The Royal Photographic Society Collection © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
Head of a Woman
Max Buri, 1896
from Allen Memorial Art Museum & centuriespast