Mary And Her Monkey

edAs I have been
heard to say
more than once…..

Our Edwardian
predecessors could
get downright weird.

Their postcards
show this
tendency very clearly.

Oh sure, I know — monk
it’s just harmless fun, sure.

Until somebody puts
an eye out or something.

Alright, so I don’t know
what I’m talking about.
monk2
That’s never stopped us
around here before.

The truth is that sometimes,
their humor has completely
lost it’s meaning to us
modern-day in-the-know folk,

monk3— and we really don’t know
what the hell they
were talking about.

I’d LOVE to say
I get the joke,
but a lot of references
just get very lost in
the fog of history
and changes in language.  4

So, even a seemingly
simple, dirty spin
on a nursery rhyme
requires a PhD in
cultural anthropology
to really be understood.

As far as the naughty
symbolism 5is concerned,
I’m thinking that we
we might have simply
switched animals over
the course of a century……

And I’m betting she woulda
had a lot more fun with
that monkey if she had
just gone ahead 6
and shaved it.

Just sayin’.

!!!! HOY !!!!!!!

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The Postcard Art of Reg Carter

I guess maybe
we’re a bit
self absorbed,
is all….

It seems
that we
here in the
United States
are often completely
unaware of the very
interesting vintage
mass media
publications
that were created
in the societies
of even our
closest allies
and friends overseas.. 

… and while our
American cartoons
have their place
among the funniest, most
original stuff out there –

– English humor postcards,
to me, anyway, embody
the best of both wicked
double-entendre and
subtle slapstick –

— qualities that I think
really make the genre
fun and still very relevant.

Look at the work of artists
like Donald McGill – (the
King Of Saucy Postcards)
if you need any proof of
this at all.

Another excellent
example of this
same principle is a
guy who was
named Reg Carter.

I’m absolutely sure
you’ve seen some
of his terrific
postcard work –
(even if it was
only here on the
Muscleheaded Blog )
despite his being
gone since 1949.

And if you’ve ever
visited a news-stand
in Britain, you’ve
probably also seen a
comic called “Beano”.

Well, Carter was a
leading artist there,
and created their best
remembered character –
– a funny looking
anthropomorphic ostrich
named “Big Eggo “.

His work in comics is
probably his real
claim to fame in
Great Britain …

but here, he is more
highly regarded
for his hilarious
postcards.

He was born in 1886 –
near Norwich on the
eastern coast of England,
and started work as a
professional illustrator
in his teens.

His first postcards
appeared around
the 1910, and he
was very busy in
this field during
World War I.

This artwork revolved
initially around
poking fun at cultural
movements and trends….

Roller skating,
motoring,
funny animals,
relationships,
fashions,
flirtation,
and suffragettes
were some of his
favorite topics.

Perhaps some readers
will find many of them
a bit dated —

but I think while his
perspective is always
clearly, if sometimes
sharply presented,
the cards are an
intellectual belly-rub
for those historically
inclined.

It’s simply a
matter of
allowing yourself a
laugh without regard
for who/what is being
lampooned as long
as it’s all in good fun.

And we need to learn
to do much more of
that in this over-
sensitized and
over- sanitized
PC culture, for sure.

Hey, man,
laughter
is important.

Ya know?

.

!!! HOY !!!