Mail Art Postcard. No. 4620…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s extract is from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes story The Man With the Twisted Lip:
Dr Watson:
Isa Whitney, brother of the late Elias Whitney, D.D., Principal of the Theological College of St. George’s, was much addicted to opium. The habit grew upon him, as I understand, from some foolish freak when he was at college; for having read De Quincey’s description of his dreams and sensations, he had drenched his tobacco with laudanum in an attempt to produce the same effects. He found as so many more have done, that the practice is easier to attain than to get rid of…

So, you see, in that cheapskate tawdry British TV listings magazine What’s On TV, they show you in pictorial form (what a funny word pictorial is!) highlights of what is in store for the coming week. Yes, this is another of my mail art postcards, a simple collage on bright card. (Well it’s not even a ‘collage’ this is it? It’s just snipped straight from the trashy rag un-messed with. Perhaps rather than ‘creating’ here, I am ‘curating’?)
Well, the Sunday lady makes that ‘vape’ ‘electronic cigarette’ thing look more like something Isa Whitney (mentioned above) might be interested in – she does have a bit of a dreamy look about her don’t you think dear reader? But what a brilliant invention those things are! People all over the world are enjoying sucking in much less harmful smoke – I do approve! Was it Mick Jagger who once remarked that cigarettes were far harder to give up than heroin?
What about Monday then? Well, there’s a rather stern looking chap sporting a moustache that doesn’t really suit the shape of his face, wearing a pretty wrinkled brown jacket with an armband with a surprisingly eye-catching logo on it – black, red and white always go together so well, don’t you think?
Speaking of logo design, the Monday chap’s logo is a much more effective one than the Tuesday chaps’ ones that have sewn onto their sheets, er, are those called ‘costumes’, or ‘robes’? I don’t know. You see to design a good logo you need to keep it simple – don’t fall into the trap that the chaps on the right have fallen into and make it more complicated than it need be – they’ve tried to get too many things in on theirs and ruined the effect. Oh, and pointy hats never look cool, they always seem to have an air of comedy and foolishness about them, they’d have been far more effective in black of course, or even red…
So, there we have it – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – there does seem to be a suggestion of left to right, cause and effect in this composition – I suppose we don’t know where all this vaping might eventually lead – it’s still early days…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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9 Responses to Mail Art Postcard. No. 4620…

  1. Jheron Bash says:

    What a gripping three days of television I missed!

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    I think I’ll just keep my TV viewing to YouTube comedies.

  3. Dana Doran says:

    Wow. Such a great index to propaganda. (L to R) Not really entertainment though, is it?

  4. I read (she said cautiously) that vaping gives you something called “Popcorn Lung”. I have no idea what that means really, other than its probably as far away from regular popcorn as one can get! Maybe blobs, or nasty pustules. No idea, but still…..the plumes of sweet smelling clouds on the street are a bit weird, heh!

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