"Thumbing one's nose" has long been a sign of disrespect. And don't forget to wiggle the other fingers while thumb is on the nose. Perhaps this cook was going to give notice to her boss and wanted to make sure the reason for her resignation was clear?:) Seriously, Lusadaran, a web site dedicated to Armenian photography, notes this about Monsieur Utudjian, the Parisian who took this photo: "Refined and unashamedly theatrical, Utundjian’s sleek photographs are etalons of perfect image-making. Individuals rarely appear as themselves in his portraits, which relay not merely a likeness, but an entirely self-conscious performance."
Verso, you'll see Utudjian's studio was located at 51 Rue N.D. de Lorette in Paris.
This is a rich, sepia toned photo. There is a crease at top and there are some specks but nothing so serious to distract from this hilarious photo! Perfect to frame and hang in your kitchen or give as a gift to the gourmet cook in your life!
About 3.5 by 5.5 inches. From the lady's hair style, I'd date this card to the early 1920s.
According to Lusadarn, Utudjian was active circa 1920s-1940s. He was "a society and glamour photographer during the interwar period. His background and circumstances of settlement in France are not known. Utudjian photographed primarily for commercial purposes and his subjects included film and theatre personalities, fashion models, as well as the Parisian upper-middle classes. Some of his work also appears as part of advertising campaigns in journals such as Paris Plaisirs between 1925-35."
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