Lily Foot. Foot-binding in China. Vintage Postcard app. 1900
Chinese b/w vintage postcard depicting a bound foot
Published by Denniston & Sullivan, Shanghai. Unused, very fine condition.
Foot binding was a custom practiced on young girls and women for approximately one thousand years in China, beginning in the 10th century and ending in the first half of 20th century.
To enable the size of the feet to be reduced, the toes on each foot were curled under, then pressed with great force downwards and squeezed into the sole of the foot until the toes break.
This was all carried out with no pain relief, causing the girl to experience severe pain. The broken toes were then held tightly against the sole of the foot. The foot was then drawn down straight with the leg and the arch forcibly broken.
Scarce Postcard by Friedrich Schiff. Chinese Juggler Girl
Chinese vintage postcard after a cartoon by Friedrich Schiff, an Austrian Jew who lived in Shanghai during the 1930s and 40s.
In 1930 Schiff visited Shanghai and ended up living there for 14 years,until 1947 when he moved to Buenos Aires.
His amusing caricatures of the city’s inhabitants, from beggars and expats to sailors and sing-song girls became famous world wide.
The Viennese Friedrich Schiff society (oegcf. Prof. Gerd Kaminski) has a huge collection of his paintings, drawings and cartoons and set up a permanent exhibition of his works.