"Freak" Postcards (74 pics)

Posted in PICTURES       24 Nov 2010       7014       5

When Kodak introduced its first Kodak Brownie cameras making the photography accessible to the general public, skilled professionals weren’t long to wait. And since 1907 postcards were allowed to have a "divided back", it left the front side of the postcard open for image. This opportunity was widely used by people with big imagination. Thus began the golden age of postcards, which lasted until 1915, and more importantly the golden age of Tall-Tale or "freak" postcards.

The process of creating a tall-tale postcard was simple: a photographer took two snaps, the one of a background landscape and another one was a close-up of an object.  He then carefully cut out the second snap and superimposed it onto the first. Then he re-shot the brand new combination and it was done.

 

Here's an exmaple of a creation of a tall-tale postcard.

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Tall-tale postcards told the story or myth of the region which it was sent from. So, postcard photographers often chose subjects about the pre-existing myth of a region — a myth which often directly contradicted reality. "The most common subjects were food resources specific to the region — vegetables, fruits, or fish."
Now let’s see the examples of some of the best "freak" postcards.

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GOODSTUFF4U 10 year s ago
is this the origin of the "fish story"?
       
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vishpri 10 year s ago
big objects OR really tiny people...?
       
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shopper 10 year s ago
Poor guys would have flipped they lid with photoshop.
       
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welwel 10 year s ago
"melon party" LOL!
       
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Cheap oem software 9 year s ago
i81uHy Informative, but not convincing. Something is missing but what I can not understand. But I will say frankly: bright and benevolent thoughts!...
       
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