PORTRAIT OF A LAPLANDER SAMI FAMILY

This vintage real photo postcard falls into the ethnographic category. This interesting image features a family in Lapland. The area of  Lapland is located in Finland’s northernmost region. It is sparsely populated and is the homeland of the indigenous Sami people. The Sami’s pursue coastal fishing, fur trapping, and sheep herding. However, they are most known for their work as semi-nomadic reindeer herders. The reindeer are utilized for meat, fur, and transportation. The family seen in this photograph is part of the Sami people. There is much to note in this photograph. Take a look at the family’s clothing. Perusing the picture one can also see the family dog, animal skins, reindeer antlers and fur covered shoes. Be sure not to miss viewing the baby in a papoose like bed. This postcard was published by Enerett Mittet & Company and is part of a series (no. 1/98). The residue on the back side of this vintage postcard reveals that it once was a resident of a photo album.

ADDENDUM: An informed visitor left a comment (seen below) that offers a correction to my description of this postcard. She states “Enerett is not the publisher’s given name. Enerett, and you can translate this online from Norwegian – is “All rights reserved.” The Norwegian publisher Mittet & Co. was started by Ingebrigt Mittet (1875 – 1950) and carried on and expanded by his sons Knut and Søren.” I am very appreciative of this visitor’s willingness to share her knowledge on this blog.

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  1. Great photo! The girl/woman holding the baby in the papoose looks more native American than the older woman in the foreground. What do you think?

    • The papoose in this image is similar to some that I have seen in photographs of Native American papooses. In addition, I do see the Native American similarity in appearance of the woman holding the papoose. However, I think she also appears Asian. Apparently, gene studies discovered a “Native American” component in the Saami people as well as with East Asians. You can find these studies online and I hope you have a better luck than me in comprehending the scientific articles. Thanks for sharing your observation.

  2. Hi, I commented a couple of weeks ago, but maybe it didn’t come thru – I wanted to make sure you let your readers know – Enerett is not the publisher’s given name. Enerett, and you can translate this online from Norwegian – is “All rights reserved.” The Norwegian publisher Mittet & Co. was started by Ingebrigt Mittet (1875 – 1950) and carried on and expanded by his sons Knut and Søren. There’s quite a bit online for them. Best regards!

  3. Hello, I’m not trying to pester you on this one, but I was wondering if you wouldn’t want to correct the publisher name in the body of what was written about the card. Since not everyone always reads comments (my comment from May 28, 2017) and for those that haven’t and are not already familiar with the publisher, or they don’t know Norwegian, they might well assume that the publisher was someone named Enerett Mittet, which would be like saying his parents named him “All Rights Reserved” Mittet!

    • Thanks for encouraging me to post the helpful correction you sent in my description of this postcard rather than leaving it in the comment section. I think you are correct; that is where it belonged. I also appreciate your humor in regard to parents naming their child “All Rights Reserved Mittet”. However, you must admit that a first name of “All Rights Reserved” would be a great icebreaker when meeting someone new. Thanks again.

  4. LOL, true. And you are very welcome 🙂


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