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August 4, 2021

35 Old Postcards Capture Rural Life of Brittany From the 1900s

Brittany is a peninsula, historic country and cultural region in the west of modern France, covering the western part of what was known as Armorica during the period of Roman occupation. It became an independent kingdom and then a duchy before being united with the Kingdom of France in 1532 as a province governed as a separate nation under the crown.

Rural life of Brittany around 1900

Brittany is bordered by the English Channel to the north, Normandy to the northeast, eastern Pays de la Loire to the southeast, the Bay of Biscay to the south, and the Celtic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Its land area is 34,023 km2 (13,136 sq mi).

Brittany is the site of some of the world's oldest standing architecture, home to the Barnenez, the Tumulus Saint-Michel and others, which date to the early 5th millennium BC. Today, the historical province of Brittany is split among five French departments: Finistère in the west, Côtes-d'Armor in the north, Ille-et-Vilaine in the northeast, Morbihan in the south and Loire-Atlantique in the southeast.

Brittany is the traditional homeland of the Breton people and is one of the six Celtic nations, retaining a distinct cultural identity that reflects its history. A nationalist movement seeks greater autonomy within the French Republic.

This is a set of old postcards from Claude LACOURARIE that shows rural life of Brittany around 1900.

Breton peasant women. Traditional production of butter in a hand churn

Concarneau. Country costume

Douarnenez wedding

Guémené-sur-Scorff. Old merchants

Guingamp market

Hennebont. Milk seller

Huelgoat. Breton peasants

Île-de-Bréhat. Breton peasant

Île-de-Bréhat. Fuel preparation

Île-de-Bréhat. Peasant woman

Kernascléden. An oven

La Gouesnière. Wheat harvest in the French countryside

Langoat barber

Lanvollon. Keratry Hotel

Le Conquet. Seaweed burners

Le Conquet. Small fish merchant

Loctudy. The seaweed burners in Langon

Mauron. Breton peasants in the streets

Morlaix. Pig market

Paimpol jeune bonne

Penmarch. Harvest of the seaweed in Penmarch in the Bigouden country

Plomodiern smoker

Plouha. Pig fair

Porspoder. Seaweed harvest

Quimperlé. Old house market square

Quintin. Sheep market

Rennes. Practical school of agriculture

Rosporden costumes

Saint-Eloy. Procession of horses on the day of pardon

Saint-Jean-du-Doigt. The outdoor crepe maker

Sainte-Anne-La-palud family meal

Sarzeau. Wheat threshing at Logéo

The Martyrdom. Breton woman smoking her pipe

Tréguier. Old spinner

Trégunc. Wheat harvest in the French countryside


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