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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Meskwaki Indians

Meskwaki Indians

From my wife's grandfather. A group of postcards of Meskwaki Indians from the early 1900s in Tama, Iowa.
Can you date the car in this picture? They look like Kodak photos turned into postcards. All have the names of those in the photographs written on them. No other postcards have modern machinery, but a few have people dressed in "contemporary clothes" along with traditionally clothed people that discerning Shorpy-ites may be able to pin to date ranges. I will post them if there is interest. View full size.

Real Photo postcards

There was a line of "Realphoto" postcards in the early 20th century which were actual emulsion prints, albeit black and white. They scan much better than halftone or hand-colored postcards, with real detail, like the magnificent picture here. This could be such a card, or a similar competitor. The car appears to be 1915-1920 vintage. The ceremonial outfits display excellent floral pattern beadwork or quillwork typical of the midwestern tribes and the Great Lakes region, quite a contrast to the more geometric patterns of the Plains cultures. I would certainly like to see more!

 
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