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Costumes Suisses [Schweizer-Trachten-Bilder von Wehrli A.-G., Kilchberg-Zurich]

Heierli, Julie; Vorwort von Dr. H. Lehmann, Direktor des Schweizerischen Landesmuseums in Zurich

Published by Th. O. Studer-Schlapfer, Zurich
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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N.d., circa 1900 to 1920. 49 postcards of Swiss folk dress costume using colored photographs of local people. Captions on back or occasionally in corner of photo indicated the canton of origin. Regarding the pamphlet: 36 pp. Oblong, same dimensions as the cards, which are standard postcard-sized, or 14 by 9 cm, 5.5 by 3.5 inches. The box of cards was surely a souvenir item sold at the Schweizerisches Landesmuseum in Zurich which is a preeminent art and cultural institution in the country to this day, with particular strength in the decorative arts and ethnological matters relating to Switzerland and it was issued at a time that there was an awareness that the traditional modes of dress and agrarian living were quickly disappearing other than in the most limited of festival celebrations, and thus there was a surging of scholarly attention to these ways and a rush to preserve the record. Perhaps as interesting as the costume are the models who are ordinary folks. In their figures we encounter typically a compact efficiency. Seldom are they svelte by modern standards, but we can see an active purposefulness all the same. And then their facial expressions speak of humility, pride, perhaps resignation, perhaps something spiritual. A few of the cards are particularly beautiful and are hard to distinguish from painting. The box has some minor dampstaining in one corner and some small rubbed areas. Its outer shell has had some discreet repairs, as a result of which the box has structural integrity. The cards are clean, with some light toning, and uncreased. The pamphlet has some tiny fox marks which are barely noticeable. Bookseller Inventory # 001413

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Title: Costumes Suisses [Schweizer-Trachten-Bilder ...

Publisher: Th. O. Studer-Schlapfer, Zurich

Binding: Wraps and Box

Book Condition:Near Fine

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