Ladies of the Clipper Ship Prima Donna
One of my ongoing topics to research is the history of sails. Lately, I came across these 19th century clipper ship cards, that are just too good to keep to myself.
Only the lady on the left looks remotely interested in being part of this ad campaign. The rest look like they don’t really want you aboard their ship.
Unlike the cards above featuring respectable ladies, most of these clipper ship advertisements were printed in garish colors, with images meant to appeal to adventurous young men:These cultured ladies of the Prima Donna in their staid black and white must have been meant to appeal to a more settled segment of society. I wonder if they represent actual opera singers, or maybe a ship owner’s wife and daughters.
I could look at these cards all day. You can read more about the use and history of clipper ship cards here at the American Antiquarian Society. This article focuses especially on images of women on the cards, and has an image from a different Prima Donna card. And Mystic Seaport has a huge collection of these cards available digitally.
That was interesting. Thanks for sharing.
These are a riot> The lady standing in the back of the first card looks like she could deck you with one punch! Riding allegators is not for the faint hearted like me!r
Aren’t these just glorious. I suppose the horses were to suggest speed!
Don't recognize the women but I would try Fanny Essler and other popular female figures of the 19th century. Also I am wondering if you have any of Fanny Essler (She was a popular ballet dancer) as you seem to have a lot of 19th century interest.
Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 8:26 PM
How I love these, so much detail and so intriguing… I can well understand your passion for these.
These are wonderful images, thank goodness we don’t have all those clothes to wear in our time.
Especially on board a ship! Also, they had to plan for 100 days or more of travel. I am pretty sure I would just stay home. 🙂
Horses and ships…..got to think about that one 🙂 Maybe speed is what they were trying to convey. Great cards, thanks.
Superior ventilations and three decks seem to be big inducements. I never knew such ads as these existed. I wouldn’t want to sail with those ladies. They look like charter members of the temperance movement.
The flouncy-dressed ones look a little nicer. The others do look like they would bring out my gum-snapping, eye-rolling side. 🙂
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