Hand sign? Lviv, 1920


Jeff Lieberman
 

I have a photo of my grandfather's niece taken in Lviv around 1920 in which her left hand is clenched and her index finger extended. Since the pose appears to be intentional, does anyone know if it has any significance? (It reminds me of a Torah pointer.) The photo is attached.

Jeff Lieberman
LIEBERMAN, SIEGEL


Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)
 

Hello Jeff,

this is not „intentional“ with a special meaning but the woman most probably took the photograph by herself – with assistance of a pneumatic (?) shutter release (remote). I believe I can see a cable.

Kind regards from Germany

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)
D-22955 Hoisdorf (between Hamburg and Luebeck)


Jeff Lieberman
 

Thanks, Corinna. Actually, the photo was taken by a photographer in Lviv (Lwow at that time). I cropped the photo before I posted it so that the woman's hand was easier to see, but the full photo includes the imprint of a photographer, T. Jaworski, in the lower corner.
Regards,
Jeff Lieberman

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From: Corinna Woehrl <goslar@...>
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Subject: Re: Hand sign? Lviv, 1920

Hello Jeff,

this is not „intentional“ with a special meaning but the woman most probably took the photograph by herself – with assistance of a pneumatic (?) shutter release (remote). I believe I can see a cable.

Kind regards from Germany

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)
D-22955 Hoisdorf (between Hamburg and Luebeck)


boris
 

A shutter release ended with a rubber bulb. To squeeze it, all fingers are engaged. Since this is a studio photo, it's beside the point. The had gesture was accidental, most likely. If I am mistaken and there is/was a special significance to it, will be happy to learn.

Boris Feldblyum
boris@...


Morton Rumberg
 

I don't think it has much significance. It could be accidental or perhaps she has something in her hand,

Mort Rumberg
Sacramento, CA


Isabel Cymerman
 

This could also be a neurological condition.  My ggrandmother couldn't bend two of her fingers - it looked like she was pointing with the two of them held together.

Isabel