Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Postcards that Tell Stories: Triumph of the Lesbian Suitor

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | January 18, 2011 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: lesbian history, lesbian romance, LGBT history, queer history, story postcards, vintage postcard

A beautiful and unique series of late 19th century French postcards which tell the tale of a lovely Russian (on left, in men's attire) who steals the affections of the feminine beauty away from her aging male suitor.

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You really must read the text. The Russian is intended to be a man. "Le Russe" (note the masculine article "le") is the man she goes off with. "Vive la Russie" is "Long live Russia" and has nothing to do with the gender of the person madame goes off with. That said, while the poem make it clear the Russian is supposed to be male, the person in the photographs is clearly androgynous.