A Smart Girl
Today is a migraine day, as was yesterday and the day before and the day before. So I am just posting this advertisement and not saying much about it because I am dead in the brain.
Except I will just say that the backstory to this ad intrigues me. You'd think they would advertise for a respectable girl, a girl from a certain sort of family, a girl with a certain sort of skill. But they are looking for a smart girl. I wonder what sort of trouble they had with the stupid girl I can only assume they employed previously, and how they judged a girl's intelligence. Perhaps the previous girl really was a dunce. Or perhaps she was just not "smart" enough to be compliant. I find that in the eighteenth century, many positive adjectives used to describe women have a connotation of "Well done, you, for being harmless!"
I have asked myself many times whether I am taking Heli too far with her burgeoning feminism. She is far, far to one end of the bell curve; one in a million. But we would not be where we are as a society if there had not been women like her; the evidence for their existence is in what we are seeing happening now.
This photo was taken by me at (no surprise) the Genesee Country Village & Museum at the printer's shop.