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AMRITA SHER-GIL

Amrita Sher-Gil was born on January 30, 1913, in Hungary, to Umrao Singh Sher-Gil Mahithia (a Sikh aristocrat and a scholar of Sanskrit and Persian) and Marie Antoniette Gottessmann (a Hungarian Jewish Opera singer). Considered the pioneer of Indian modern art, Sher-Gil artfully straddled Western and Indian sensibilities in her work. After a failed attempt at abortion, she passed away at the age of twenty-eight on December 5, 1941, only a few days before the opening of her major show in Lahore (then a part of undivided India).

NEWSPAPER READING

When smartphones, social media, and kindles were nonexistent, reading a newspaper, primarily a solitary chore, was also a communal experience. This curation consists of black-and-white shots of people interacting with their daily supply of information from across the world.

TWENTIETH-CENTURY POSTWOMEN

At the onset of World War I, women stepped up to fill the void in the workforce. In America, they had long been rural mail carriers (since at least 1899) but began delivering in urban areas when the country experienced wartime labour shortages. They worked as city letter carriers again during World War II, but most left or were let go after the war ended.

Text source: USPS News Link