[signed in script: A Merry X Mass to you all (Will)]
What ever you have to say about good ol' Will, you can't call him sentimental. And, he certainly wasn't into waxing bucolic.
No sir, no snowy scenes of Baltimore, no holiday theme, no close-ups of churches for Will. Nothing at all warm and fuzzy.
He appears to have been a cut-to-the chase kind of guy.
I wonder who he was? I wonder why he was in Baltimore? I wonder who his family was?
Vintage postcards fascinate me in much the same way that Twitter fascinates me. Both are forms of extremely short communication that can be read by most anyone who happens to see it. They both convey and publicly display personal messages, sell products, add to an organization's marketing mix, and many times carry photos along with bragging rights. Both forms of communication let friends know where you are, where you've been, and what you did there.
Postcard writers and Twitter authors use a form of highly abbreviated writing that would almost never be acceptable in another format. The language for postcard writers is actually called Postcardese. And, both postcards and Twitter can create a highly charged impact; sometimes the message is vital and urgent.
The postcard business in the United States became a full-on craze between 1903 and 1915, reaching its zenith around 1906.
And a look back at some of the early postcards is just plain fun, if not educational. Here's a 2-and-a-half-minute look at old Baltimore via the picture postcard.
One day someone may look back at your Tweets and photos and make a fun little show like this one. Hey it could happen. Remember that...
...every public tweet, ever, since Twitter’s inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. That’s a LOT of tweets, by the way: Twitter processes more than 50 million tweets every day, with the total numbering in the billions.
Enjoy. And that's song is a cute little ditty, yes?