1902's Women of the Future Trading Cards

This set concentrates on the possible occupations of women in the future ("avenir"/"future"), and printed in 1902 by A. Bergertet in Nancy, France. The images are slightly odd, most being a little on the "swimsuit issue" side, but then again not without the women exhibiting a kind of coy pride in spite of what they looked like...

In spite of the attire, the women depicted as the "general", the firefighter ("pompier"), student (complete with a jauntily-held cigarette), and the sailor ("marin"), for example, are all taking their future positions seriously, even though their uniforms have been arranged for a 1902 man's viewing pleasure.

Its interesting to see that seeing into the future of professions and callings for women didn't have to "see" all that far, with all of the professions being attained within the next 50-75 years. Of course the pay is largely still not same for women as it is for men, nor is women's percentage share (for most) anywhere close to a proportional share, but it is a good start.


















(via Le Boite Verte and JF Ptak Science Books)

30 comments:

  1. old style cosplay with out the cleavage

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  2. closed heart. It's rooted in fear. A handful of decades have passed, hopefully you aren't so scared anymore.

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  3. ha ha ha, you got owned by Deanna!

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  4. I wish if could like this 20 times! Ding ding! We have a winner!

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  5. The Hippies were right.

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  6. Looks like heaven, but unfortunately these camps ultimately failed because humans are selfish and lazy by nature and it is very difficult to eek out a living without capital resources. When the money/food ran out, reality set in. Thus goes "commune-ism".

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  7. somtimes they look a bit sad, like they miss burger king

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  8. I guarantee they were not.

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  9. Gee, I can't imagine why their vision for a better world didn't take hold.

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  10. LK Model ManagementJanuary 23, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Wow that's harsh! What did they ever do to you?

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  11. LK Model ManagementJanuary 23, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Everyone here just looks so happy and serene. Working together for the greater good for all. Could you imagine taking today's kids to live like that for a summer? The drama level would be off the charts! I am slowly making my way back to nature. Off the grid living off the land.For me that is heaven, not the corporate BS that has been shoved down our throats.

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  12. Thank you for your measured comments and especially for the information about the photographer. That is extremely helpful.

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  13. LOVE IT ....A GRAND TIME TO JUST "BE" AT PEACE W/ THE EARTH....I MISS THOSE DAYS.
    MY CHILDREN ARE BETTER DUE TO THE "HIPPIE" MENTALITY OF THEIR PARENTS & THOSE
    WE HUNG WITH...LOVE, SHARING AND CARING FOR EACH OTHER...WE DIDN'T LIVE IN A COMMUNE
    BUT RAISED OUR CHILDREN IN THE COUNTRY...IT WAS WONDERFUL. ..PEACE, LOVE & LIGHT ALL.

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  14. Humans were not designed to sit in cubicles all day under fluorescent lights staring at computer screens. This is cool!

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  15. Can YOU build a barn? Can YOU grow your own food?

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  16. beautiful dreamers!

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  17. That last shot is actually of a photo of me and my family, from this essay I wrote last summer for Vanity Fair http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2014/08/the-farm-born-on-a-commune

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  18. Sorry you've used up your water allotment if you live in California. Be part of the solution, not the problem. Go back to the old-fasihoned once-a-week bath.

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  19. We may have lost some 'battles' back then, but 50 years later we're winning the war. Many aspects of the Hippie lifestyle are now part of mainstream society, Do I have to list them?

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  20. Some of the photos are from the '69 LIFE article, but some are also from The Farm.v

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  21. The mentality of "losers" and "winners" is so brutal. No human being should be called a "loser" and no human being should derive their worth from feeling he or she is a "winner" in some big competition for a place in the social pecking order. The truth is, even the winners in that deadly & stupid competition are losers inasmuch as they always feel less than someone higher up in the pecking order and always have to fear losing what footing they have. This culturally inculcated shame/blame set of non-values hurts everyone. The truth is, we're all vulnerable beings who need love and acceptance. Until we as a culture learn to value ourselves and others for our innate qualities--until we learn to live from the heart and nurture community amongst ourselves--we will have an inhuman world that inflicts and perpetuates unnecessary suffering on just about everyone.

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  22. Methinks your complaints hide a yearning to become a hippie.

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  23. One wee PS...seems to me this discussion would be better served if the most recent comments were posted at the top rather than the bottom.

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  24. I think sonaliraq is referring to the people reacting to the photos being trolls. Not the people in the photos.

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  25. Christopher Charles GarciaJanuary 24, 2015 at 5:45 AM

    There is an option for that. Right under where is asks how many comments have been posted.

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  26. Although these hippy communities appear out of step with today, consider their influence in the current prevalence of organic food, backyard chickens and gardens, all kinds of DIY and artisanal production, yoga studios everywhere, polyamory, beards, the increasing acceptance of marijuana, spirituality outside of organized religion, etc. Not that all these things haven't continued to adapt to changing tastes and circumstances but to write off the hippy experiment as a dead end would be a big mistake.

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  27. Sad that half the time, they thought that jobs in the army were all that they were suited for.

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