I just love seeing what folks are collecting. I guess I feel it tells us just a little bit about what inspires them, what they love, and what they choose to surround themselves with in their homes. Today, I’m delighted to present the next in an ongoing series here on Etsy’s blog: The Collectors. First published on my own little blog, the rikrak studio, it’s 11 and a half quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they’re collecting (apart from their art supplies!).
Hope you’ll just love this vintage women’s passport collection with momerath!
Oh, wanderlust! What a thrill it is to travel and see the world, isn’t it? It’s one of my favorite things: the endless possibility and education that unfolds as we explore new places. How fortunate I feel that the freedom to travel has luckily become second nature to many women of my generation. We know it wasn’t always this way for female travelers, and today’s fantastic collection offers us a glimpse of eras when women traveling on their own, or without a male companion, was a rare and curious thing indeed.
Here’s to liberating ideas!
Who (are you): I’m momerath on Etsy.
What (are you collecting): I collect women’s passports from the 1950s and earlier.
When (did you start): 2004.
How (many do you have?): Seven.
Where (do you find them): Ebay, mostly. And friends buy them for me.
Where (do you keep them): On the plate rail of what would be the dining room in a more civilized house, but in our house is the playroom.
What (‘s a crazy/interesting story behind one): One of the first things you notice in these passports is how they were often created to be issued to a traveler and “wife” — husband and wife could travel on one passport, and the assumption was that a traveler would be male, with perhaps a wife coming along. Women traveling solo screwed up the system — the issuer would have to go through crossing out all the blanks for “wife.” Children, too, could travel on a passport with their parent.
What (piece would you like to add): I wish I had my grandmother’s passport. She moved to France in the 1950s. It was a difficult time for her, isolated with her young son, my father, in an unfamiliar place, unable to speak the language.
Why (do you love them): My own passport has always been a prized possession; it represents freedom, possibility, adventure. I like imagining why these women were traveling at a time when women weren’t “supposed” to go roaming about, and certainly not unescorted. Their passports give tantalizing hints.
Which (one is your favourite) and why: I honestly cannot choose a favorite.
What (else do you collect): I take photos of informational and warning signs that show that little guy, Stick Figure Man, and all his adventures. He’s a secret agent, I’m sure of it. I’m compiling a dossier.
Thanks so very much, momerath! What a wonderful part of history you’re collecting!
On your cyber travels, be sure to visit this collector’s shop, too, where adventures await at every turn. It’s a trip into the wonderful world of the stickman and his endlessly crazy capers.
Here’s to adventuring, nicies!
What do you collect? I’d love to hear! Please post in the comments below!