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odd postcards from alaska

I've been meaning to post these on my blog since I got back from my trip to Alaska this summer. They're a bunch of old postcards I found in a box (which had that distinctive American basement smell) at a sale in front of the Seldovia library during the Independence Day celebrations. Thought you'd like to have a peek at them.

This one's pretty nuts. I mean, who wants to send a jolly postcard of an assassination scene. Wow.

Luring military men to Alaska with hopes of meeting hot Inuit chicks.
(...I had to look up pulchritude: physical beauty; comeliness. I bet they use that word a lot in the armed services.)

This photo's actually pretty amazing:

(I just thought this stamp logo looked pretty, that's all.)



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Sep. 29th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
Wonderful — but you should send the Plentitude of Pulchritude one to The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks. I figure hot Inuit chicks are thinner on the ground than they'd like you to believe.
Sep. 29th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
You're so "right", I should totally do "that"! Fabulous. :-D
Sep. 29th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
I have a copy of that very same Reno postcard. I collect the things.
The old "Reno" sign is gone, I have no idea if they just tore it down or what. The older one, the steel one, they put up near the Auto Museum. The new one is totally vulgar. God,look at that place.
Sep. 30th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
A new sign, aw, that's sad. The old signs would make it even more of a tourist attraction.

I remember visiting there on a school trip and thinking it looked absolutely horrible. That popular taste for retro kitsch stuff is such a recent thing, I just remember it looking tired and ugly, and now I'd probably think that stuff was cool. Weird.
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Sep. 30th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
... Or 'pulverise'... I agree, it doesn't sound anything like what it means!
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Sep. 30th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, go for it! :-D
Sep. 30th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Dealy Plaza Postcard
I agree about pulchritude. It sounds totally manky.

I would like to receive a JFK assassination postcard, but that's just me. I bet that one's actually worth good money.

If you haven't seen Oliver Stone's movie "JFK" I totally recommend it. It will tell you why that postcard is totally inaccurate. Seriously, the public was duped.
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