The other week I purchased some vintage bodybuilding magazines. These turn out to be a treasure trove for the cards. The first thing I did was modify some bland Christmas cards that Habitat for Humanity sent me as a fundraiser and which I would usually just toss. 1950s musclemen, properly positioned, can bring new life to those cards.
Sometimes the postcards I make are extrememly simple, like this one. The picture is of Reg Park, who starred in some Hercules movies. The text is from an ad in a late 40s women's magazine.
This is another simple one. It shows the proper shoes to wear when lifting weights, wouldn't you say?
But this one is the simplest of all. I added nothing. I just cut this out of an old magazine. It reflects such an innocent time. Or maybe a guilty one.
I just shake my head in amazement. If you can't make out the caption, it says this:
Coach NOSSIER kissed FAYAD in conveying congratulations on his impressive victory in the featherweight division (we didn't even know they were engaged). This medium of expressing felicitations is a customary procedure in a number of nations.
I could probably write an entire thesis on the ramifications and resonance of that caption. But I'll let it speak for itself.