Friday, April 11, 2014

Vintage Images of Womyn's Space

Not my usual post here. But just stumbled on to a very neat site with vintage photos and paintings of various eating/drinking establishments. And as luck would have it, some of these were womyn's spaces. So here are a few samples. Enjoy!

Anom., Gay party in the "Eldorado", Berlin, 1926
The Eldorado was a gay bar closed down in the early 1930s by the Nazis. Though it was mixed, it seemed to be a fairly friendly place for lesbians.

Jeanne Mammen, At Kranzler's, Berlin 1929
Café Kranzler has been in existence since the early 19th century. It is not a womyn's space per se. But Jeanne Mammen (1890-1986) was a great illustrator and painter of women, especially lesbians. Through her paint brush, these three powerful women make the café into their own space.

Edward Burra, The Taverna,  1924

Edward Burra (1905-1976) was an English painter best known for his "depictions of the urban underworld." It seems lesbian bars were included in those depictions.  

 Rudolf Schlichter, Damenkneipe (Ladies Dive), 1923

Rudolph Schlichter (1890-1955) was another German artist associated with the Weimar period.

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