When I read Jama's confession, I wondered if she was familiar with the Wisconsin Historical Society's collection of "tall-tale" postcards. I left a comment with the link and then spent a little time revisiting the "exaggeration" postcards.
When I finished, I had a poem already bubbling. I wrote it and then went looking for something to illustrate it. As much as I love Wisconsin Historical Society's website and their easily accessible photo collection, I knew that they charged for permissions. (I thought I might like to use some of their homefront photos for Kids of the Homefront Army, but changed my mind when I discovered their terms.) So, I once again turned to ebay. I quickly found a "buy it now" option for a tall-tale postcard that appeared to be in good condition. I purchased it for $5.49, which included shipping! I now have an illustration and a postcard to add to my stack of paper ephemera (something that will either delight, or cause my kids to curse me when I'm gone).
Sorry, Jama, this postcard doesn't feature a vegetable! This one is in the tradition of Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe!
arrived, this magic
medium lent itself
to tale manipulation.
Tellers had photographic
evidence to back up
their stories, but, were
clumsy in their efforts.
Now comes advanced
photo editing software
and it is imperative we put
a finger in all wounds.
© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.
The postcard is not from the golden age of postcards, which ran 1898-1918. It's a later vintage, but I think it's well-done, and definitely could fool a naive viewer!
We're lucky to be in the golden age of internet poetry, don't you think? I'm not certain how long it's going to last, but there sure are a lot of weekly participants and readers for the Kidlitosphere's Poetry Friday! This week, Linda at Write Time is hosting the Round-Up, stop by and enjoy!