Briefly: a humorous postcard

From Ryan Tamares (attending a conference in Chicago) a couple of weeks ago, this humorous postcard:


Much of its time (1953, apparently; note that the man wears a hat), mildly racy (because it has a naked guy in it), silly (because he’s using a public fountain for bathing), and seriously phallic (fountains in general are, but this one has a figure spouting a spray onto the bather).

On the fountain, from Wikipedia:

Buckingham Fountain is a Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park. Dedicated in 1927, it is one of the largest fountains in the world. Built in a rococo wedding cake style and inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles, it is meant to allegorically represent Lake Michigan.

… The fountain is considered Chicago’s front door, since it resides in Grant Park, the city’s front yard near the intersection of Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway. The fountain itself represents Lake Michigan, with four sets of sea horses (two per set) symbolizing the four states — Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana — that border the lake. The fountain was designed by beaux arts architect Edward H. Bennett. The statues were created by the French sculptor Marcel F. Loyau.


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