“A Galician Family”

UPDATE: Detail image added below.

Galicia was a province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire created from land taken from Poland during the First Partition of Poland in 1772.  It ceased to exist as an administrative entity after the First World War with the dismantling of Austria-Hungary.  Most of the territory was incorporated into the new Republic of Poland.

After the Second World War, the border between Poland and Ukraine was redrawn, with most of Galicia becoming part of modern-day Ukraine.

This postcard was probably made when Galicia was still part of Austria-Hungary.

Galician family 2

Does anyone know what the bundle of pussy willows (?) and leaves would signify? Thank you to Katherine at Photobooth Journal for pointing them out.

The odd spot on her chin may be a flaw in the developing (emulsion).

Galician family 3

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  1. Very nice picture. The photo is very similar to palm Sunday. The woman on the left holds willow branches and an icon. In the Christian religion, this is a spring festival (a week before Easter), which means the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem. Everyone waves at him with palm branches.

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      1. Thank you for your kind support of this idea. I was a little mistaken, the woman is probably holding a Bible wrapped in a newspaper. It should be warm in late April if children go barefoot)

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