This photograph was in a collection of materials dating to the years just before, during and after the First World War. Printed on plain paper larger than a postcard, my guess would be that it was taken after the war. On the back is a brief inscription in German: “Rumän. Bäuerinnen i. Sonntagsgewand” (Romanian countrywomen in Sunday dress).
(I couldn’t read the word Sonntagsgewand. Thank you to Joachim at Bibliothekspostkarten for deciphering it!)
I wonder if these women dressed this way every Sunday, or if this was a festival or other special occasion.
The three of them were clearly friends. The woman in the center has her arms around the other two, and the woman at right (above) is holding her hand.
What do you think their lives were like?