Random Images: Finnish Sauna Postcard

(Last Updated On May 3, 2018)

This item was recently sold on an internet sales site.  This is perhaps a holdover from the popular Edwardian style of photographing children.  Do these children look stigmatized to you?  It is kind of interesting that the faces are partially obscured without it being too obvious.

Finnish Sauna Postcard (1970s)

7 thoughts on “Random Images: Finnish Sauna Postcard

  1. As a painter and writer, I see nudity, especially female, between the ages of 6 and 12, the most beautiful work of art ever conceived by nature. Unfortunately, some retrograde minds tend to misrepresent this noble and human feeling.

  2. That is an interesting image! This idea that photographing someone stigmatises them is an interesting one and seems to echo the fear that primitive people had in the early days of photography that somehow the essence of them, the soul of them, was being stolen by the infernal process. I look at that photograph and it reminds me how happy and unconcerned I was when I was eight or so. Nobody photographed me naked then, we were English (!), but I wouldn’t have objected any more than I objected to being photographed with my clothes on. Undressed had no more significance than dressed and I do remember thinking that boys’ and girls’ differences were far more behaviourally obvious than they were physical. For me this photo is a perfect expression of our childhood before adults sullied it with the ideas of an ‘innocence’ that can only exist in the presence of wrongfulness. Surely it is adults that are projecting ‘wrongfulness’ upon naked children in order to allow them ‘innocence’? The children themselves, as this image so clearly shows, and my memory reminds me, had no conception of any wrongfulness in simple nudity. In the absence of factual evidence to the contrary, surely we must accept the absence of wrongfulness or else we impose it upon them – and surely that is the act of an abuser?

    • Very well stated. We often have to think about our own childhood to recognize how bizarre and convoluted our civilization has become. -Ron

  3. To me a human body is a human body, no matter the age of the people, from 8 months to 88 years old. We shouldn’t be ashamed to show and to look what nature (and here innocence) are. We are all made the same way. We were all born naked.

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