The other day as I sat at my desk writing on old postcards (they smelled like old books), Scout sidled up to me. “Postcards, postcards, you are forever writing postcards,” she said. Then she and Ralph began rifling through the box, pulling them out one at a time to look at all the pictures. I told them they could choose one each and I’d send them in the post just like all the others, so Scout chose an awful-looking yellow flower that looked like a weed, and Ralph chose a photograph of a replica of the Mayflower. The postcards are all numbered, so they will have 75/1000 and 76/1000 in their possession, once this entire collection goes out. In total I’ve sent out 86 postcards so far. This is fun!
Here are some from the most recent collection that I’ve really been enjoying. The postcards above… I loved that ‘bear visiting the picnic’ picture, because, what even!? “Hey, tourists, come visit us and wild killer animals will invade your lunch!” Also I wanted to draw your attention to the reverse sides of the postcards with it – I just love the art deco lettering in the one on the top… and the one-cent stamp costs (if only!), including one with the one-cent stamp still on it.
ΔΔ These ladies! This postcard makes me so happy
ΔΔ It’s just funny. A bad drawing of a lonely room that once belonged to someone famous. And funny perspective, like those photographs real-estate agents take to try and make rooms look bigger than they are: why is the chair on the left so small compared to the other one? Is the room 100 metres wide?
ΔΔ Every time I look at this I hear music from Elvis movies in my head
ΔΔ Ok now while technically I can blame a respected artist (John Milton) rather than a middle-management postcard maker for the hilarity in this image, seriously, what? The pasty-white guy in Tarzan-style animal skins and a safari hat/ladies’ bonnet, doing the Dolly magazine shhh-pose, is supposed to be Comus, the Greek god of revelry, known for his debauchery. You see the humour in this too, right?
ΔΔ Oh the glorious and over-the-top colour in these linen postcards! Recently I read an article about these postcards, which were apparently printed by the millions in America during the depression and war eras. They were created as a kind of panacea to the everyday challenges people were facing, in the same way that the movies of the time were so often full of joy and dancing and lighthearted fun.
It said, “The America depicted on linen postcards was just about always surreal in color and exaggerated in perspective. It didn’t matter if the subject was a natural wonder, a cityscape at night, the exterior of a hotel, the interior of a restaurant, or a hulking industrial facility. Linen postcards made everything look larger than life.”
I have been loving finding them in my box of vintage postcards. The texture is so lovely in the hand, and the colours are truly other-worldly, and so much fun. I totally get it!
ps. Don’t know what this is all about? I’m sending a thousand vintage postcards in one year. If you’d like one and you haven’t already signed up, you can ask for one here.