At twenty, I spent a summer and then a bit more hitch-hiking around the West, up to Alaska and down to Mexico. At a freeway stop in Northern Idaho I picked up a postcard of a 715 foot smelter and my collection of ugly postcards began. Bland downtown streets, construction projects, welcome signs, and napalming the Tennessee countryside are some of my favorites. As my collection grew, friends started sending me the oddest cards they could find. Some were really not that odd, but it was always pleasurable to receive mail.
We’ve been unpacking. Our house, being an old Victorian, has no closets. As a result, plenty of stuff that was stored in boxes has to find a new home. I’m planning on scanning the ugliest of these, then setting them free on Craigslist to get rid of another box. A few I’m going to keep.
It was a pleasure to see again this one, which is not the ugliest, but my favorite. Sent in 1996, it reads, Bicycle riding has become increasingly popular in Australia. In tight script, my friend expresses anxiety about not getting to re-meet a “romantic interest” before he returns home. He later became her husband. I love this card.
Though it is not a helmeted (nice touch!) kangaroo, this clip from Japan is sure to delight those who like seeing animals doing strange things.