1. Incongruities



I wish this card had actually been mailed. The message would simply have to clash! But surely plenty of travelers purchased it and wrote jolly accounts of their shuffleboard games on the back, sending it off to Aunt Mamie in Cleveland. (In a Stephen Glass moment, I considered fabricating one….) In the rest of these, however, the travelers did write a message.


Blan (is her name really “Blan”? Who knows?) is taking in the sights of Fort Myers, FL in February of 1938. She tells her friend Miss Eva R. Jones of Hartford, CT that she is seeing the sights, though tired every night. That she is sending her friend this gruesome image, she doesn’t comment upon.
 

More Florida visitors. Art and Ella are in Jacksonville, April 1916. Apparently, the impending doom of a hapless child will please Mr. F. Johnson of Chicago.

Here’s a somewhat provocative pin-up girl of 1911, sent to Mr. Fred Bohimil of Kansas City, MO (the other one), from a mysteriously signed “BRP.” BRP’s message starts out normally enough (with the requisite thanking Fred for his “postal”)….but then things take a sinister turn….The mysterious code that BRP lapses into…could it be that he and Essie engaged in some sort of sordid activity? And what was it in the Laundry that scared him? “Isn’t this a crazy postal” indeed!

On February 4, 1904, a large area of Baltimore, MD was destroyed by fire. Many were left homeless and out of work. One person died. On June 7, 1904, Miss Ida G. Sado visited Baltimore. She wrote to her friend, Mrs. M. Wright, of Sigourney, IA. Here’s what she had to say. Priorities!

To convey the grim message of her brother’s drowning….

 

 

 

...Miss Betty G. of Waupaca, WI chooses this jolly card featuring watery doom.

 

 

 

Hertz and Mabel Skaer are rightfully proud of their Mauston, WI motel, seen here in 1955. Could that be Mabel herself, sitting in front of The Willows—strangely solo, like Princess Diana in front of the Taj Mahal? What traveler has sent this card? Who is the lucky recipient?

 

 

 

Answer: a fellow in India chooses THIS VERY CARD with which to guilt trip his Ceylonese friend. It is a mystery all around.