Luxe Studio, Turkey, c. 1927 (junkshopsnapshots.blogspot.com). Not much is known about this image from the early Republican era in Turkey except that it was printed as a picture postcard at a Turkish photo studio. The woman on the right is wearing what appears to be a military or aviator’s uniform. During this period, there was a push towards building a “military nation” in which women were to theoretically also be active participants. Notable women such as Sabiha Gökçen, the first female in Turkey to obtain a pilot’s licence (1936), were products of this movement. Such an atmosphere may inform this nonetheless provocative photograph that flaunts typical gender expectations of that era.

Luxe Studio, Turkey, c. 1927 (junkshopsnapshots.blogspot.com). Not much is known about this image from the early Republican era in Turkey except that it was printed as a picture postcard at a Turkish photo studio. The woman on the right is wearing what appears to be a military or aviator’s uniform. During this period, there was a push towards building a “military nation” in which women were to theoretically also be active participants. Notable women such as Sabiha Gökçen, the first female in Turkey to obtain a pilot’s licence (1936), were products of this movement. Such an atmosphere may inform this nonetheless provocative photograph that flaunts typical gender expectations of that era.

(Source: flickr.com)