"Ton rouet chantonne
Un air des aïeux,
Un chant monotone
Qui mouille les yeux :
Par des nuits pareilles
A ces chants amis
Que de vieux, de vieilles,
Se sont endormis !"
A group of people in an obviously posed studio shot in order to show a traditional Breton scene. Father and child are sitting on a wooden settle watching mother spinning, all intheir best traditional clothes.
It's all intended to show off traditional Breton life. Britanny. to the north west of France, has always had a very separate identity from the rest of the country, including a separate language of Celtic origin. These days the language is increasingly used and many schools offer bi-lingual education.
The settle is very typically carved in circles resembling ships' wheels, acknowledging the importance of the sea to the area..
The rhyme or song was written by Théodore Botrel. He was born in Brittany and became know for his Breton songs, hundreds of them, themes being old age, love, Breton countryside, sentimentality.
As a side track, a detour into trivia, Botrel became famous after being noticed by Caran d'Ache. I followed this up because I thought Caran d'Ache was a make of coloured pencil. It turns out that Caran d'Ache was the nickname of a Russian born French political cartoonist. the name derives from the Russian word for pencil. The Swiss manufacturer of artists' materials was named after the cartoonist.
Back to the card, it was mailed in 1947, from Brittany to the Bas-Rhin in Alsace, on the eastern side of France. The stamp, issued in 1946, shows Vézelay, in the Bourgogne, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The address no longer exists but I'd guess that the Rue Principale is the one now named Rue de la Libération.
This is a post for Sepia Saturday and almost follows the theme.