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this exhibit. Artists easily create tall tale scenes on postcards by piecing together regular size images with enlargements or by juxtaposing two images that would not normally go together. Although illustrated tall tale postcards were common, it is the trickery of photography that characterizes much of the genre. People sometimes assume that "the camera doesn lie," but tall tale postcard creators have the last laugh, teasing us into believing their lies.
The most common feature of tall tale postcards is that of exaggeration, the use of gigantic vegetables, fruits, farm animals, or wild game and fish for humorous effect. Exaggerated size is dramatized by a fish catch overflowing its boat or an ear of corn larger than its wagon. Other popular tall tale postcards include infamous creatures like the Jackalope and Fur Bearing Trout, hunting and fishing disasters, or maps that grossly distort the size of a state or region in relation to those around it.
In addition to works by these "masters" are numerous other cards by lesser known or unknown photographers and illustrators, all silly, nostalgic and evocative of a century of vacations and messages quickly sent most long before the advent of e mail. Visitors to Storytelling Through the Mail will be treated to a whimsical and occasionally thought provoking presentation that is smart but accessible, visually appealing and most importantly fun. Generously sponsored by Frontier Days, Inc., this exhibition opens in the Heritage Gallery on May 7 and runs through August 28, 2011.
A collection of vintage postcards reveals an unusual form of visual humor.
Tall tales are humorous stories of exaggeration; fictional accounts that are presented as the truth. They often involve ludicrous or absurd imagery. Tall tales are passed on in oral, written, and visual forms, including the postcards, cartoons and other artifacts included in Skechers Flex Sole Mens
Tall Tale Postcards May 7 thru August 28
Storytelling Through the Mail is a traveling exhibition developed at the Michigan State University Museum. It features over 80 examples of "tall tale" postcards from around the United States, which demonstrate a unique form of popular humor dating back to the early 20th century. Other items in the exhibit include taxidermy specimens, newspaper cartoons and magazine covers, all of which help to tell the story of the tall tale postcard.
Storytelling Through the Mail features masters of the genre, from the "golden age" of American postcard production in the early twentieth century to the present. Conard's (Garden City, KS) nightmarish images of giant grasshoppers, inspired by a 1935 Kansas plague, share the stage with Alfred Stanley Johnson's (active 1909 1935, Waupun, WI) highly realistic, action packed scenes that mix people and farm products. Richard Miller's (ca. Vans Era White Black 1965, Butler, PA) folksy, staged scene of a hunter tied to the hood of a car with a deer head behind the wheel seems no more out of place than the brilliantly seamless photographic trickery of William H. Martin (active 1908 1910, Ottawa, KS), whose images of giant cabbages and freakishly huge rabbits cause a Skechers Hiking Shoes Waterproof
local, national and regional traveling exhibitions that explore the broader context of our history. The Heritage Shop offers a selection of historical toys and books, along with local history memorabilia. There is no admission fee for the Gallery, but a suggested donation of $2.00 is recommended.
Imagine a land corn grows to the size of tree trunks; where the lakes are so cold that the trout have fur coats; where deer have become hunters and men are their prey. These assorted oddities come vividly to life in Storytelling through the Mail: Tall Tale Postcards.
skeptic to look twice. They are masters as much for the tall tales they have spun as for their technical prowess.
The Heritage Gallery and Shop is located on the Arlington Heights Historical Museum Campus at 112 West Fremont Street. The Gallery specializes in local history exhibits drawn from the Historical Society's collections and Mbt Shoes Uk Retailers
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