Sunday, February 20, 2011

Jeune Femme Malgache

A quiet, rather lovely image, now over a hundred years old. Malgache, Malagasy: the words refer to Madagascar--the world's fourth largest island, a French colony from 1895 until 1960, when the Independent Malagasy Republic came into being. The woman shown here is from Diego Suarez (now known as Antsiranana), a port city at the northernmost point of the island. I have never traveled to Madagascar but I can imagine it: lemurs, strange botany, the vestiges of the old pirate utopias.

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