RPPCs were a playground for the photographers and are little works of art themselves, using a multitude of techniques to help them stand out from the crowd.
I’m not being cutesy here: between commercially-offered real photo postcards and those made by private citizens for personal use, there are likely hundreds of thousands, if not more, different images floating around in the world today. To stand out, you needed to do things that caught the eye: like hand-colouring your postcards before colour photography became common, or making whimsical additions to your work.
And that’s where this postcard by Myosotis comes in.
In this image, the girl’s clothing, flowers, and other elements are hand-coloured and we get the equivalent of a ‘thought bubble’ in the upper corner that shows our subject with her beau. How sweet!
The unfortunate part about this real photo postcard is that I cannot, for the life of me, find any information on the company—Myosotis, if I’m reading the name correctly at all, is the genus for a little flower called the Forget-me-not. You know. Those flowers we talked about a little while back with their pretty blue (or white or pink) blooms.
That’s fitting, really, for a postcard company or any artistic endeavour: every artist wants to be remembered, why not the photographers, too?
You may have noticed of late that things have been a little slow—I’m picking at making some changes as I go along here, and I’m dealing with some stuff in real life that has made it difficult to do any writing. That said, I’m still editing images to post here. I haven’t forgotten. I’m consolidating my online stores so that I just have this one, I’m taking things like Ko-fi and rolling the functionality into this site, and I’m trying to make things easier for my ADHD-addled brain to handle.
And, yes, I’m getting assessed for ADHD and the mood disorders I’ve been dealing with for a decade, which may be part and parcel and all the same thing.
I know the general wisdom is don’t put your eggs all in one basket, but I only have so many hands and can only wrangle so many baskets at once. It’s an ongoing process.
On top of all that, I may or may not wind up losing my office space after December 2023, so I’m trying to get as much material scanned (and the physical copies sold off) before that happens. It’s really difficult when I don’t get much time to actually… work on this stuff, and my brain isn’t cooperative, but I am doing my best.
Do you like to make things with vintage images? Show me what you’ve done and I may showcase it on my blog! I love to see what people make and do, and it would be fantastic to be able to show off my readers’ creativity! What’s something you’ve made recently that you’re proud of?
For creator showcases I need links to your work, such as your blog or an image gallery, and a little blurb about you. It would be cool to make a regular feature of such a thing!