The Imagined Future of Women in 1902 French Trading Cards


We already know that patriarchy was more dominant than ever in the past. That didn't mean there were no feminists, though. In 1902, artist Albert Bergeret designed a set of French trading cards that showed imagined portraits of "women of the future". The cards showcased women stepping into roles that were dominated by men -- doctor, lawyer, politician firefighter, members of the military, etc. To women of the early 20th century and before, this was all but a pipe dream.

Although the style of the cards is akin to pin-ups, this retro-futuristic set was hopeful for women. There's no mocking or hyper-sexuality done, just a depiction of what was once a futuristic idea.

Here are some cards with portraits of said women.


Images are sourced from Open Culture.

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