Alan Mays

Alan Mays

Posted on 03/21/2014


Photo taken on March 21, 2014


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The Last of the Whole Dam Family

The Last of the Whole Dam Family
"The Last of the Whole Damm Family. Miss U. B. Dam, born 1889, died 1905. Mrs. I. B. Dam, born 1860, died 1905. Mr. I. B. Dam, born 1855, died 1905. Lizzie Dam, born 1900, died 1905. Baby Dam, born 1903, died 1905. Jimmy Dam, born 1884, died 1905. Annie Dam, born 1884, died 1905. Deserted."

The obituary on this postcard (mouse over the image to see an enlargement of the text) jokingly announced the end of the Dam (or Damm) family, with the exception of "The Dam Dog." At the same time, of course, the publication of the postcard actually perpetuated the "Whole Dam Family" humor fad.

In any case, the obituary was probably correct in suggesting that "too much notoriety" was what eventually caused the entire family of Dams--and the humor they generated--to fade from the scene.

For other "Whole Dam Family" cards, see The Whole Dam Family and The Whole Dam Family on Their Vacation. Or take a look at The Whole Dam Family Postcard Craze, 1905.

The Whole Dam Family The Whole Dam Family on Their Vacation

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Comments
Rhisiart Hincks
Rhisiart Hincks
nice!!!
4 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to Rhisiart Hincks
Thanks!
4 years ago.
Beth
Beth
Nothing like a macabre sense of humor :-)
4 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to Beth
That's for sure!
4 years ago.