The Daily Retro: Smacks Passing In The Night

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Friday Mailbag

I dunno about you,
but the weeks are
just flying by around
here.

I’m beginning to
think that if this
continues…..

I’m gonna
start getting
old.

And
we can’t
have that, man.

Anyhooo —

Although it seems
like we just posted
our Sunday Morning
Music thing –

It’s somehow
already
Friday, again ,
and time
again for
our weekly
raid on the
trusty ole
Muscleheaded
Mailbag.

I’m just gonna pull
some stuff out totally
at random…

…. so please don’t expect
that the cards are gonna
end up making any kind
of sense as a package.

Hey, random’s
fun sometimes.

I don’t recommend
the whole random
thing in situations
where fluids
or genetic material
are exchanged,
of course…..

Selective
is a very good
thing in those
situations.

Remember
what they
taught us
in ‘health’
class.

Well,
what they
taught you
– me,
I skipped
that class
after they
started
showing
‘those’ films.

I was half afraid
somebody’d
recognize
me in one
of them.

Ahem.

Enjoy
your Friday,
and
our
Friday post !!!!!

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!!! HOY !!!

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I Want A Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia For Christmas

You really don’t
have to take it
from me that
the big word
in the title –

(sorry, but I’m
just not typing
that whole damn
thing again)

– is a real word —
cause it is,
and
it’s in the
dictionary
somewhere.

It’s not even
the longest
word in the English
language, although
someone who’s afraid
of long words probably
wouldn’t know that.

(And that’s exactly
what it means…. )

Would you have
to be a bit on the
pedantic side
to use such
a word in a
real world
conversation ?

Well,
duuuuuuh.

I can’t even
imagine a
situation that
would ever
come up where
it would be
appropriate.

But then,
I don’t know
many words
that have
more than
two syllables,
and I’d never
be able to
pronounce it,
anyway.

Which, of course,
explains the lame
reference to the
Gayla Peevey hit
of the 1950’s in the
title of today’s post.

Don’t know it ?

Awwww.
shame on you.

Click here and
you will, buddy,
…. you will .

Just don’t blame
me for any
instances
of ” Involuntary
Musical Imagery “
(or ‘INMI’ for short)
that listening might
thereby occasion.

Hmmmmm….

… maybe
I need a
waiver or
somethin’.

.

!!! HOY !!!

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Cards Of Few Words

With the large
varieties of
available designs
on the market,
picking out the
perfect postcard
back in the
1900’s for an
occasion or message
was often a very
daunting task –

– anyone who’s had
to pick out just the
right Valentines Day
card probably knows
exactly what I mean.

But, even more so
in the case of a
turn-of-the-century
postcard –

– there were strict
postal service rules
that regulated the
size, not to mention
where and how
much space was
left for a personalized
message by the sender.

( of course, users were
free to write all over
the design, and they
frequently did. )

So, while cramming
a lot into the display
area on the card
might be one
approach for a
publisher, while
another might be to
keep the selling point
of the card –
– the joke, or subject –
as generic and simple
as possible.

By doing that,
the seller had
an opportunity
to appeal to a
wider market –

– buyers could get
creative and choose
to send a particular
design under a
variety of different
circumstances.

But, in order for that
to work, the punch line
has to make sense and
match the art, it has to
have eye appeal, and it
has to tell a story.

There were thousands
of possible themes to
work with..

.. and could be drawn
from everyday life,
art, theatre, history,
even gardening, and
of course, LOVE. 

I’ve seen a lot of
great early-20th-century
cards like that, and
today, we’ll feature
a few of the more
interesting ones.

I’m not at all sure
some of the
one-liners
would sell today,
but they are all
charming in their
own way.

!! HOY !!

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Fridayz Mail Bag

Hello there
all you groovy
people …….

The mail is in,
and we’ve got
plenty of great
vintage stuff to
share with y’all
today.

No matter what
you or I might
be going through
in our lives, it’s
always fun to step
back and see how
our predecessors
communicated —

– and postcards
were a great
way to do that.

And sometimes
your guess on
what they meant
is as good as mine.

But there other
times when
there’s nothing
all that
complicated
about what’s
going on,
at all.

The almost infinite
variety of these
things keeps them
interesting and fun.

We’re gonna
mix it up, like
we are wont to
do around here
on mailbag
Fridays,

–but you never
know, we might
sneak a theme
in there on ya,
you never can
tell.

Hey,
if you bored
with the mailbag,
you can always
click on the links
I’ve snuck into the
text today —

— they’re all a small
part of what we
around here like
to call the worst of
the Muscleheaded
Blog.

You could easily
waste the better
part of a weekend
that way —

or maybe you got
something better
to do, I dunno.

Either way,
HAVE FUN !!!!

!!! HOY !!!