On November 18, 1918, Latvia declared independence from the new Soviet government in Russia. In November of this year, Latvians celebrated the centennial of that event. Neighboring Lithuania and Estonia will be celebrating the centennial of their own independence in February 2019. Finland’s centennial celebration took place on December 6, 2017.
The photo above was likely taken in the 1920s, during Latvia’s first decade as an independent country. The back provides no information, but I acquired the postcard from a dealer in Riga, the capital. The photo reminds me of my own experience in “Industrial Arts” class in middle school in the 1980s, although no girls enrolled in the class, and by then most boys were choosing other subjects instead as well. I suspect the kids above were required to take the class, but at least they were all in it together, just as they were bound together in the larger project of building a nation.
For another post about Latvia, please see Glimpses of Latvian culture.