Saturday, March 2, 2013

OFFICIAL Card - Finland

S is for.....Susannah! Kibaya lives north of Helsinki and sent me this card by Finnish painter Martta Wendelin. She wrote telling me she also was an illustrator for children's book and school text books. Funny, the Wikipedia page could not be any plainer - not a picture in sight so here are some other images of her work. Kibaya tried to find the meaning of this card - what book it was from and what the "S" is supposed to stand for but could not find any reference - sweet, sleeping, soothing, stripes...What do you think?


  1. Martta Wendelin illustrated also ABC-books for schools. This card might be from her ABC-book: "First book for homes and schools 1931"
    Maybe the letter S means shelter ( suoja in Finnish ) Mother is giving shelter for her new born baby and also she has time to knit socks (sukka in Finnish) for her children.

    Her pictures images of the world gone by. The world was simple with endless summers and and snowy weinters. Maybe the real life was not quite so easy and peacefull but that is nice to think so.

    1. Thank you for your insight! I think your suggestion on much more on the mark than mine :)


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