Japanese warrior woman with naginata
Japanese warrior woman with a large Naginata. A naginata is a pole weapon that was traditionally used in Japan by members of the samurai class. It consists of a wood shaft with a curved blade on the end, similar to the Chinese Guan Dao or European glaive or Russian sovnya. Usually it also had a sword-like guard (tsuba) between the blade and shaft as depicted on this card. During the Edo Period, as the naginata became less useful for men on the battlefield, and became a symbol of the social status of women of the samurai class. A functional naginata was often a traditional part of a samurai daughter's dowry. Women of the samurai class were expected to be capable of defending their homes while their husbands were away at war!
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Knight of the mid 15th century in battle armor with weapons
Knight of the mid 15th century in battle armor with weapons. . He wears a checkered tunic over stocking, with two angels above holding his coat of arms. The weapons include a war hammer A and sword E. From the Dresden Print Museum, Wurzburg Historical Society, and Munich Museum. Chromolithograph from Hefner-Alteneck's Costumes, Artworks and Appliances from the early Middle Ages to the end of the 18th Century, Frankfurt, 1883. IIlustration drawn by Hefner-Alteneck, lithographed by C. Regnier, and published by Heinrich Keller. Dr. Jakob Heinrich von Hefner-Alteneck (1811-1903) was a German archeologist, art historian and illustrator. He was director of the Bavarian National Museum from 1868 until 1886
© Florilegius / Mary Evans
Three American soldiers, Camp Dodge, Iowa, WW1
Three American soldiers (known as Doughboys) at Camp Dodge, Iowa, USA, during the First World War, with 1917 Enfield rifles. They were part of the 352nd Infantry, 88th Division, which served in Alsace, France. The man in the middle is Willner Eugene Sandell (1894-1984), who emigrated to the USA from Sweden in 1913. The card was posted from Sweden in November 1918.
© Mary Evans / Pharcide