Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Culture - Turkey, Middle East

To My Valentine ~ If I've even a chance with you, Just try what a tender glance will do.

3 7/8" x 4 1/4" (3 7/8" x 7 5/8" opened)
circa 1920s, 1930s
Single Fold
made in USA
Part of a series featuring figures in various international traditional costumes

Card features figures in Middle Eastern garb, including a fez. The hat is generally associated with the Ottoman Empire and Turkey although it was worn in several countries such as Morocco, too. The hat has enjoyed some mystique in the USA. Several American fraternal organizations such as the Shriners,  Masons and many others adapted the hat for their own use. Figures from Middle Eastern cultures are very rarely pictured on valentines

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