Please enjoy this collection of postcards of yesterday and today, all of which are graced by the female form. Caution: you may encounter some vintage pin-up girls, and perhaps even the occasional bare breast. They are women, after all. Vive la différence!
July 19, 2009: It all started a little over a hundred years ago, when young Phil Smith, my great-grandfather, started collecting postcards. Postcards were a recent invention back then, and he got them from various sources. His cousins would drop him a card from the next town over; the cards would be mailed in the morning and get to Phil in the evening, 30 miles away on country roads. Some cards came from his classmates — especially the girls. He even had a couple of cards that came wrapped up inside Hershey Bars.
He added to it occasionally over the years, but the collection never got very large; it seems as though he saved cards which had sentimental value. He kept the cards until his death, when they were passed on to my aunt. I was in the military for most of the time that she had the collection, and would occasionally send her a card from wherever I happened to be; I saved a few for myself, mostly as travel souvenirs. When she passed on herself, her cards (and Phil’s) came to me. By this time, the collection had grown a bit; she stored it in a box which had originally contained 500 #10 business envelopes, from the office supply store.
In 2003, I decided to start putting them online at Wild Postcards. It was still a bit labor-intensive in those days; there were no free database-driven website applications, except for WordPress, which was still kludgy. I started putting up some static web pages, inserting cards in the middle of the site based on where they came from, or what the subject was. By 2005, I no longer had the time to do this on a regular basis, and the site withered and ultimately went away.
Fast-forward to 2008 and, by this time, WordPress rocks. I put up a new site with all the advantages of a blog (new stuff all the time, with the ability to choose an eclectic mix over time) plus the advantages of a database (the ability to categorize and tag postcards for later review).
Among the cards that joined my collection were reproductions of classic pin-up posters and tear sheets, and I dutifully included them in the mix. While nobody was really offended, a few people did express astonishment that I would leave bare breasts on the blog’s front page as the latest new post. Then, Sean McLachlan mentioned Wild Postcards in a post on Gadling (“Postcards from Strangers“, 6 July 2009), praising the site but cautioned that it might occasionally not be suitable for work, based on the inclusion of the vintage pin-ups. (“Nude women with mom hair. Yipe!”)
I’d already had a bee in my bonnet about breaking out the pin-ups into a spin-off blog, and Sean’s comments catalyzed the idea. The world needs a blog dedicated to nude women with mom hair. Well, OK, the vast majority of the postcards here won’t show nude women. But a lot of them will definitely have mom hair.
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