Magical Mystery Postcard #12 "I'd Appreciate Your Company"
"I'd Appreciate Your Company"
Japan, Montenegro, France, United States, England, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Greece, Portugal.
That country list offers a framework for dating this card.
1915/May: Italy joins the Entente.
1917/Apr: The US enters the war.
1918/Nov: The Armistice ends the fighting.
1919/Jun: The Versailles Treaty folds Montenegro & Serbia into Yugoslavia.
1919/Nov: The US Senate declines to join The League of Nations.
Q/ Who were the targets of this cartoon?
A1/ The cartoon may have been aimed at still-neutral non-combatant countries (eg, Norway) while there was fighting.
That would place the card in the period 1917/Apr thru 1918/Nov.
But why would the combatants be represented as ladies at tea?
A2/ The cartoon may have been a sarcastic swipe at non-combatant countries who, nonetheless, wanted to join the post-war Versailles negotiations as co-victors.
That would place the card in the period 1918/Nov thru 1919/Jun.
In which case the message of the card would be "now that it is afternoon tea, here you come".
A3/ The cartoon may have reflected the broad invitation for all countries to join The League of Nations.
That would place the card in the period 1919/Jun thru 1919/Nov.
The caption "I'd Appreciate Your Company" would make sense as an invitation to join the fighting (A1), or as an invitation to join the League (A3), but makes little sense an invitation to divide the spoils (A2).
I am not entirely satisfied, and am eager to hear from y'all ... especially as to
Q/ Why the Tea Party metaphor, and
Q/ Why "I'd Appreciate Your Company" instead of "We'd Appreciate Your Company", and
Q/ Who is publisher J.M.P.?
The back of the card is unwritten, unaddressed, and unhelpful.