Here’s a picture of a woman with a fancy hat on a boat!

I went to Fairlook Antiques in Pioneer Square yesterday and spent a couple hours rooting through their boxes of vintage snapshots.  I purchased about a dozen new (old) pictures and a slide of a Baltimore streetcar.  Most of those images will end up getting scanned and used as source material for posts. I don’t have access to a scanner right now, though, so that will have to wait.

Until then, I’d like to share with you the latest find in my ongoing (women/girls)+(on/near)+(boats/ships) series. I bought this picture on eBay a couple weeks ago. There are a lot of pictures up for auction that could potentially fit into my collection, but I chose this one over the others because I like how the subject is holding her hands (cracking her knuckles? nervous?) and dug the wildly conflicting patterns of her outfit.

woman on boat wearing fancy hat

The back of this picture features what I assume is a location name. My dad and I spent some time trying to decipher the handwriting.  He came up with a possible location in Germany and I came up with one in Norway.
woman on boat wearing fancy hat (back)

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15 Responses to Here’s a picture of a woman with a fancy hat on a boat!

  1. Hardanger, Norway. You can see mountains in the background of the photograph, so the ship may be anchored off Hardanger Fjord. It also looks like the young woman is wearing a Norwegian-knit sweater. Even in the summer, it can be cold on the water, you betcha.

    Half of my husband’s ancestors came from there, the other half from Sweden. The city is also known for its fiddles. I know this because I got sucked into attending all these Norwegian folk festivals when I lived in Minnesota. Which was kind of weird, since I was the only non-Norwegian at these events.

    • M-----l says:

      Yes, that’s the city I came up with when we did our investigating. I used the background scenery and the woman’s knitted outfit as evidence that my Norwegian city was a more likely location than my dad’s German one. He placed a lot of emphasis on the fact that Agfa-Lupex was a brand of photo paper manufactured in Germany.

      The first version of this post didn’t include the scan of the photo’s back. I’m glad I went back and added it. I think it’s neat that you have a connection to the city and were able to share some background info.

      • Tell your dad Agfa photo paper was used all around the world. In my college photography class, we used to develop our photographs on Agfa paper, not Kodak, which our professor thought was “a joke.”

        (Boy, do I sound ancient. Developing photographs? What’s that, Grandma? Did you take any pictures of dinosaurs when you were in college?)

        Thank you for posting the photograph. I feel a bit bad my husband and I never went to Norway. We used to talk about it, but then his family used to make fun of us for wanting to go to “the Old Country.” They didn’t want anything to do with Scandinavian culture. Not even with Abba.

  2. Jane says:

    Gosh, she does have something on her mind doesn’t she. Maybe she’s about to throw her wedding ring overboard. Love the jacket.

    • M-----l says:

      I look at that picture and can’t help but wonder what colors her clothes were. The sweater, the hat (with an animal knitted on it?), and the polka-dotted top could’ve all been different colors. I’d really like to hand tint this picture with my best color guesses.

      It’s only after I’ve colored in everything in my mind that I begin to wonder what was on hers.

  3. Aussie Emjay says:

    Perhaps she left home in a hurry – bad domestic situation. Now she is sitting there, in her quickly grabbed mismatched clothes, thinking about the uncertainty of her future and whether she’s made the right decision.

    • M-----l says:

      I read that Norwegians who supported the resistance movement in WWII often wore something called a “bobble hat”. I’m having trouble determining if this woman’s hat counts, but I like to think it does and that she’s smuggling top secret film to support the resistance.

  4. Lurkertype says:

    Maybe she’s on her way to the US and is worried she might not be a good enough fiddler.

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