35 Old Postcards Showing Rural Life in Brittany, France From the 1900s

Brittany is a peninsula, historic country and cultural region in the west of modern France, covering the western part of what was known as Armorica during the period of Roman occupation. It became an independent kingdom and then a duchy before being united with the Kingdom of France in 1532 as a province governed as a separate nation under the crown.

Brittany is bordered by the English Channel to the north, Normandy to the northeast, eastern Pays de la Loire to the southeast, the Bay of Biscay to the south, and the Celtic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Its land area is 34,023 km2 (13,136 sq mi).

Brittany is the site of some of the world’s oldest standing architecture, home to the Barnenez, the Tumulus Saint-Michel and others, which date to the early 5th millennium BC. Today, the historical province of Brittany is split among five French departments: Finistère in the west, Côtes-d’Armor in the north, Ille-et-Vilaine in the northeast, Morbihan in the south and Loire-Atlantique in the southeast.

Brittany is the traditional homeland of the Breton people and is one of the six Celtic nations, retaining a distinct cultural identity that reflects its history. A nationalist movement seeks greater autonomy within the French Republic.

This is a set of old postcards showing rural life in Brittany around 1900.

Breton peasant women. Traditional production of butter in a hand churn

Concarneau. Country costume
Douarnenez wedding
Guémené-sur-Scorff. Old merchants
Guingamp market
Hennebont. Milk seller
Huelgoat. Breton peasants
Île-de-Bréhat. Breton peasant
Île-de-Bréhat. Fuel preparation
Île-de-Bréhat. Peasant woman
Kernascléden. An oven
La Gouesnière. Wheat harvest in the French countryside
Langoat barber

Lanvollon. Keratry Hotel
Le Conquet. Seaweed burners
Le Conquet. Small fish merchant
Loctudy. The seaweed burners in Langon
Mauron. Breton peasants in the streets

Morlaix. Pig market
Paimpol jeune bonne
Penmarch. Harvest of the seaweed in Penmarch in the Bigouden country
Plomodiern smoker
Plouha. Pig fair
Porspoder. Seaweed harvest
Quimperlé. Old house market square
Quintin. Sheep market
Rennes. Practical school of agriculture

Rosporden costumes
Saint-Eloy. Procession of horses on the day of pardon
Saint-Jean-du-Doigt. The outdoor crepe maker
Sainte-Anne-La-palud family meal
Sarzeau. Wheat threshing at Logéo
The Martyrdom. Breton woman smoking her pipe
Tréguier. Old spinner
Trégunc. Wheat harvest in the French countryside

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