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Posted 04/25/2020   7:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add erilaz to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have a tendency to collect things that most people would consider weird, so of course I'm attracted to picture postcards featuring hilariously or frighteningly strange images. I expect that some of you SCF members have similarly bizarre postcards in your collections (ikeyPikey, I'm looking at you...), and I'd love to see them! Even though my first example is from the U.S., I wanted to put this in the World Picture Postcards forum, in order to encourage an exchange of weirdness from all around the globe.

So I'll kick this off with a postcard mailed from the metropolis of Lapwai, Idaho, to the equally bustling metropolis of Kamiah, Idaho, in 1909. Both towns are on the Nez Perce Reservation. I have no idea what the Bug Club might have been, nor why anyone would have wanted to elect someone to be a member of it. Whatever it was, it apparently wasn't a specifically Idahoan thing, since the card was printed in Germany, apparently for a company in New York (Taylor, Pratt & Co?).

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Posted 04/25/2020   8:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Posted 04/25/2020   8:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Oracle of Delphi to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My initial quick thought was maybe it was a club for VW Beetle owners since it was printed in Germany, but that obviously is not the case given a postmark of 1909 and the first production of that car in the late 30s. There apparently is such a club currently operating in NH. Given those facts and the face, antennae and legs on the runner, maybe it really was a reference to some kind of insect-studying activity.
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Posted 04/25/2020   9:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Apparently there were a variety of similar cards.

https://www.amazon.com/elect-member...p/B00OYKDZPY
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Posted 04/26/2020   03:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add erilaz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting! I never would have guessed that it was part of a series.
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Posted 04/26/2020   10:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Aviatik to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply



Any old stoners out there? Wish you were here man.
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Posted 04/26/2020   10:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Re: The Bug Runner

I'm gonna guess that the Bug Club card is (what we now know to call) appearance shaming, in much the same spirit as that inexhaustible universe of fat-shaming UK beach cards.

Aviatik got the play on words (below).

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/s/ ikeyPikey (who posts his inexplicably bizarre picture postcards under his Magical Mystery Postcard series)
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Posted 04/26/2020   10:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add amccleaf1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Aviatic, present and accounted for. Only a momentary lapse of reason.
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Posted 04/27/2020   09:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Aviatik to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My guess as to the bug club cards. "Bug" has been replaced in American slang by "nerd" or "geek" now but, back when the cards were new, anyone who was over the top enthusiastic for a sport or hobby was a "bug" for that activity. As in--"Camera bugs were out in force Tuesday due to our president's visit."

The cards may have been just a humorous way to acknowledge a fellow enthusiast.
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Posted 05/07/2020   10:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add erilaz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That sounds reasonable to me.

Not a stoner, but I recognized the art of Hipgnosis immediately.
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