Larger Than Life: The American Tall Tale Postcard, 1905-1915

Rubin, Cynthia Elyce

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Synopsis: Exaggeration to prove a point is the foundation of America's storytelling heritage. The photographic postcard originated as a visual format for the time-honored tall tale in the Midwest. This amusing volume on the tall-tale postcard captures many facets of life in turn-of-the-century, small-town America and vividly bears witness to a unique form of creativity. 150 illustrations.

From Publishers Weekly: During the early years of this century the tall-tale postcard flourished in the American Midwest. In design, close-up photographs of ordinary-size produce and/or animals were combined--in skewed scale--with photos of people. Painstaking scissor-work resulted in hilarious, proto-surreal shots: a tremendous porcupine chases a man down a street, children ride harnessed roosters, people live in bungalow-size watermelons, potatoes are so big that one alone fills a flatcar, bass are man-eaters, money grows on trees. Rubin ( Southern Folk Art ) and Williams, a collector of these cards, have assembled a veritable rogue's gallery of graphic lies and cheats; 135 black-and-white examples of the tall-tale postcard take us from the ubiquitous jackalope (a rabbit with horns), past the furry-trout and "whopper-hopper" grasshopper, to a new take on the proverbial giant clam. The text breezily discusses the traditional roles of boasting and the tall tale, and touches on such inspirational (for the tall-tale postcard artists) landmarks as Mount Rushmore and the Sioux City Corn Palace.
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