Mower maid 1896. A Norwegian “Maud Müller”.

Mower maid, Maud Müller, Norway traditional costume, farm girl

A Norwegian “Maud Müller”.

A Mower maid from Norway 1896. Norwegian “Maud Müller”.

A maid is a female member of the household, and the female counterpart of the servant. In the peasant sector, a distinction was made between the maids and the small maid on several farms. Originally meant Maid an unmarried (young) woman, compare the attribute “the pure maid” for the Virgin Mary; correspondingly, maid in the upscale language to the twentieth century meant virginity.

Originally meant Maid an unmarried (young) woman, compare the attribute “the pure maid” for the Virgin Mary; correspondingly, maid in the upscale language to the twentieth century meant virginity.

Source: A Voyage to Viking-Land by Thomas Sedgwick Steele. Publisher: Estes and Lauriat, Boston 1896

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