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Mamá!

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. ~William Makepeace Thackeray

And in the lips and hearts of big children too.

A heroic image of Brunhilde by Arthur Rackam

“Brunnhilde” by Arthur Rackam, 1910

Here at GFOW we’re preparing for that most hallowed of days by providing the best Mothers’ Day cards we can come up with, and we think you’ll have so much fun with them that you’ll wish you had more than one mother!

But wait, let’s think about this.  If you’re very lucky you’ll have at least two grandmothers won’t you?  Heaven knows they have paid their mommy dues.  And if you’re as wise as you apparently are (having demonstrated it by landing here) you know darn well that mothers-in-law count too.  As do step-mothers, of course.  How many of  you actually have great grandmothers too?  So you can see how you’re going to need a handful of cards, not just one, and we’ve got them!

You know, of course, that your Mom is the Queen of Everything.  But  you won’t be reminding her of that obvious fact, just recognizing it, right?

Mother - Queen of Home

Sheet music of a popular song in 1899, by Charles Coleman

And mothers are strong!   They may not start out that way but we sons and daughters certainly do our best to make them so.

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When you were a tot did you think your mom could do everything?

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Mother's Bread Ad

Mother’s Bread

A photo of a young mother and child sitting on the lawn

A 1906 photo by Edward Steichen, one of the great photographers of the 20th century

Our celebration of Motherhood is trans-species, right?

A Hen with chicks

Currier and Ives print of 1866

Boy threading a needle for his mother

A Norman Rockwell cover for Leslie’s Weekly, 1917.

Did your mom ever ask you to thread a needle for her?  Mine did.

Absaroke mother and papoose

Absaroke mother and papoose, by Edward S. Curtis, 1915

This young mother and her baby are dressed in their finest for their sitting with Edward Curtis.  Although it’s hard for many of us to imagine, our mothers very well could have been this young when we popped onto the scene.  Nothing like the first papoose to change a girl into a woman!

Back in 1846, a couple of gentlemen named Sarony and Major published this lithograph extolling the ideal mother.  (I think they had you in mind when they drew the little girl in the yellow dress, don’t you?)

"The Happy Mother"

“The Happy Mother”

Now you have no excuse!  Click on any of the images above to be taken to that card on our Etsy site and do it soon.  Mother’s day is May 10 so for once, get her taken care of early and for sure.  And don’t skimp – include a card with your gift to her; it will make her so happy she may even forget all the times you haven’t exactly been the way she taught you!

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“Life doesn’t come with a manual – it comes with a mother.”

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Pistol Packin’ Mamas

While perusing my archive of images looking for ideas for my next post, I realized that over the years I have accumulated a fun little collection of images featuring “girls with guns”.  This was a very reasonable thing for me to do since 1.)  I’ve never seen one I didn’t like; and 2.) they comprise two of my favorite things in the whole world.

Inevitably, several found their way into the Greetings from Other Worlds note card collection. To wit:

Miss May Lillie

Miss May Lillie

Now that’s what they call a “dead-eye”!  Once Miss May had her sights on you I’m inclined to believe she didn’t miss.  She was born Mary E. “May” Manning in 1869 and was an American sharpshooter and equestrian who traveled the country billed as the “Champion Horseback Shot of the West“.

Of course there was another young filly who could also claim that title:

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley

“Little Sure Shot” ( a nickname given her by Sitting Bull when they both toured with Buffalo Bill), is often considered America’s first female superstar.  Whether she could outshoot Miss May will have to remain one of those unanswered debates of America History – serious American history.

The notion of American women of the “wild west” being so handy with shootin’ irons stirred considerable interest on the other side of the Atlantic, particularly in England.  Not having the advantage of actually being able to see one in action, this artist used his imagination to depict his lovely “Queen of the Ranch”:

Queen of the Ranch

Queen of the Ranch

This young cow girl was part of a fanciful collection of what the artist (or his editors) thought the West must have been like.  It was included as a trading card in packs of cigarettes around the turn of the century.

America’s attention had been grabbed before by a gun totin’ woman in the person of the infamous “Queen of the Oklahoma Outlaws” Belle Starr.  She was definitely one pistol packin’ mama whose sights you didn’t want to be in.  Could this have been meant to be her?

The Belle of the West

The Belle of the West

The stereotype of women being afraid of guns has been thoroughly trounced for some time, and the above ladies were just a well-known few of the many who have proved to be handy and/or deadly with a heater.  One of the most obvious is this young femme fatale:

Bonnie Parker

Bonnie Parker, ca. 1933

If Clyde Barrow had gone on his crime spree without Miss Parker he probably would have ended up as just another sorry crook in a long list of miscreants much more colorful than he.  But to his eternal credit and good fortune (?), he added sex-appeal to his rambunctious doings by recruiting Bonnie, who was neither afraid of guns or cigars.

Now here’s a serious and tragic bit of history:

Armenian Women with Rifles

Portrait of two Armenian fighters during the Hamidian Massacres, 1895

If ever there was a tragic, sad, and thoroughly repugnant moment in modern history, the massacre of Armenians and Assyrian Christians by the Turks in the middle 1890s must rank high on the list.  I don’t want to talk about it so I recommend you read about it HERE.  It will certainly explain the photo above.  These two women look like they were fully capable of sending more than a few jihadists to perdition and I hope they did.

Now let’s step on the other side of the line that separates the good from the bad and take a look at a woman not afraid to handle a bad guy.

woman policeman with criminal

Woman Policeman, ca. 1909

As I understand it, back then the NYPD was toying with the idea of putting gun carrying women “policemen” on the beat.  This is part of a series of photos meant to illustrate the forward looking idea to a public that probably wasn’t ready for it yet.

Here’s a gun club worth joining:

4 women with pistols

A True Gang of “Pistol Packin’ Mamas”

I sort of wish the one on the left would raise her sights a bit.

In the ’60s LIFE magazine ran a story on women and guns and this was their cover photo.  I bet it sold out!

A Girl and Her Gun

A Girl and Her Gun

The image of a woman, or women, with guns has been used innumerable times to raise the temperature of men and thereby sell a piece of literature that might have otherwise languished on the stands.  It was just a plain and simple technique that worked every time (I’m speaking for myself, you understand).

Let’s finish up with just a few colorful examples:

Book cover: sinner's shroud

The Ladies’ Version of Concealed Carry

pulp fiction cover

Another  Nominee for the Pulp Fiction Cover Hall of Fame

Gun Molls Magazine

They even had their own magazine!

Notice it’s a “Real Publication”.  Nice garter too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our tour through an oh so inspiring chapter of Feminine History; I know I have.  In fact, I have no doubt that you have already picked out a few recipients for these cards; just click on the ones you want and be taken to the appropriate page at my Etsy shop.  If it doesn’t go there it’s because I haven’t made a card of it yet.  In that case simply sweet talk me and I’ll make one just for you!

Now, do not miss the fine audio visual performances below; they will make your day!

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Girls Be Like Stylin’! (Part I)

Theda Bara as Cleopatra (1917)

Theda Bara as Cleopatra (1917)

Hang on, we’re going for a ride!

It’s time we paid a visit to those ladies of the past who either had a flare for dressing themselves up or were just plain tasteless.  Either way, we love ’em!

I must confess that I sell these cards because I am completely entranced by the old images.  They are a habit I can’t quit.  And one of the grand reasons are the women – if they aren’t cause enough to want to time travel, nothing is.

As usual, many of these images are now available as ultra-cool note cards. You just  need to click on the image to see if it’s available at my Etsy shop.  If it doesn’t appear to be, just contact me and perhaps we can arrange something.

OK,  here we go!

Esme Dancing by Beatrice Offor, 1907

“Esme Dancing”, by Beatrice Offor, 1907

 

Beatrice Offor was an English portraitist of the late 19th and early 20th century.  She painted women almost exclusively and almost always in lavish, other worldly views.

 

 

 

 

A Zepplin Ice Skater

A Zeppelin Ice Skater

 

 

 

 

This Fräulein was light on  her feet, and for good reason.  Of course, I know you  know the fantastic story of the Zeppelin Ice Skaters, so I won’t bother repeating it to you here.

Bag Head Babes

Bag-headed Babes

I know there’s a joke in here somewhere.

A charcoal drawing by wladyslaw Benda

Women on Zebras, a Charcoal by Wladyslaw Benda

The work of Benda is among my favorites and this one in particular drives me crazy.

Folies Bergere Dancer

A Dancer from the 1910 Folies Bergère

 

 

Few things say “Belle Epoque” as succinctly as the Folies Bergère, and this girl pretty much epitomizes the Folies. Imagine going to work every night on the Metro dressed like this!  Well, a girl’s gotta pay the price if she’s gonna be stylin’!  (Use this card for the invitations to your Halloween party!)

 

 

 

 

Geishas at the Beach

Beach Geishas

 

And now we move to the Exotic Far East, where this year’s daring swimsuit selection is attractively displayed by three of Kanucha Bay’s most sought after Geishas. Relax and soak in the Pacific sun’s life-giving rays as the waves gently wash upon the shores and soothe your frazzled nerves! (Having a pool party? Use this for your invitation!)

 

 

 

 

Girl with big hair

Big Hair (1907)

 

 

 

Some girls wear hats and some don’t.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suzy Beryl, in "Coeurs en Folie" Photo by Walery,

 

 

Suzy Beryl was a big star of the Folies Bergere and she apparently acted like it judging from this photo.  This is a costume she wore for “Coeurs en Folie”, designed by Erté.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you don’t think someone you know and love won’t think special thoughts about you when you send them one of these cards, you’ve got another thought coming!  (Click HERE to see our entire collection!)

Now for the pièce de résistance:

NancyGoodaim

Now this girl be stylin’!

Don’t snicker – this is a “TRUE life scientifiction” of Nancy’s adventures.  It says so.  The only thing that bugs me is that I wanted to write “Space Slaves of Venus”.

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Now, put the kiddies to bed.  It’s time for some adult entertainment:

 

Important Disclaimer:  I do not approve of or encourage the kind of grammar I used to title this post.

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