Postcard collages

For some time a while back I created a series of wry collages on academic (mostly linguistic) subjects, according to a strict formula: the background had to be a postcard I had gotten in the mail; I supplied a caption, covering up an existing one where necessary; and I then embellished the composition with stickers from a sticker-a-day assortment for primary school teachers (supplied by Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky), occasionally supplemented by other images.

A framed sampling of these academic “postcard collages” is on display at the Stanford Humanities Center.

Now Ned Deily has scanned an assortment of these and figured out how to make them viewable on-line. There are 39 of them, plus one from another postcard series, in the album here.

Single-click on one of the thumbnail images to get a larger image. Then click on the arrows to move around the display.

10 Responses to “Postcard collages”

  1. The Ridger Says:

    Very nice, thanks for sharing (though I have to wonder who sent you some of those!)

  2. arnoldzwicky Says:

    To The Ridger: Most of the original cards were from Edward Gorey, Glen Baxter, or the Weird Science series (all of which have bizarre aspects). The constraints of the art form prevented me from using many cards I had on my own (rather than getting through the mail), for instance those with Charles Addams cartoons.

  3. irrationalpoint Says:

    Enjoyed those. Thanks for posting them.

  4. mollymooly Says:

    The linguistic wit was titterogenous, but my personal laughometer gave the prize to the Dean.

  5. arnoldzwicky Says:

    To mollymooly: The dean is in fact the effigy of Edward, the Black Prince, in Canterbury Cathedral. The sentiment is mine, of course.

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