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A Mess of Potatoes

A Mess of Potatoes
A Vintage Photos Theme Park photo for the monthly theme of pick your favorite theme(s)—why is it (are they) your favorite(s)? (submit a photo on this topic each week in addition to—or instead of—a photo for the weekly topic).

William H. Martin (1865-1940), a Kansas photographer who was a master of photomontage, created this real photo postcard in 1908. Postcards like this by Martin and other photographers were especially popular in the early twentieth century and featured gigantic fruits and vegetables, dangerously oversized animals and fish, and amusingly huge products. These humorous trick photos are some of my favorite kinds of vintage photographs. For more examples, see my album of Tall-Tale and Exaggeration Postcards, which includes both photographic and printed cards.

This particular postcard bears a postmark of April 7, 1909, and is addressed to "Mrs. Susan W. Dick, Roaring Springs, Penna. Care [of] Ora L. Dick." The message on the other side refers to the photo on the front: "Dear Mother, Hope you are better. I thought I would send you a mess of potatoes. They look good. Thad & Sue."

Marco F. Delminho, Frode have particularly liked this photo


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 A. J. O'malley
A. J. O'malley
Good find.
2 months ago.
 RicksPics
RicksPics club
These exagerated photos are always fun and this is a particularly artful example.
2 months ago.

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