A SALUTE TO PUNSTERS ACROSS THE POND
Since they invented the language we speak,
it is only right and proper to give credit where credit is due.
The English are master word-crafters
wherever puns are rated on a giggle-o-meter.
Let’s say, thanks to Donald McGill, Lance Thackeray, Tom Browne and a host of other pun makers from our English Motherland.
If you collect humorous cards that tickle your fancy you know how much fun postcards can be. A wide array of comic cards, both old and new, can be purchased in the 25¢-to-$2-range, so it’s an affordable collection for newbies.
My “fun” collections include local humor (cities and states poking fun at their unique foibles), funny faces (both people and animals) and cards that make me giggle for no apparent reason.
And I especially enjoy my collection of punny postcards. A pun is a trick of the word—a surprise in a sentence—a phrase that leads us down one mental path until our minds “get it” and appreciate its double meaning. A good pun (whether verbal or on a postcard) is just as likely to elicit a groan as a grin!
Puns on postcards have the advantage of the visual image to help the reader “catch it” more quickly. Even during the pre-1920s postcard era, like mild limericks, puns were often slightly racy or suggestive.
It’s this collection that’s most often enjoyed by my non-postcard collecting friends. If you set out a small album of these cards on your coffee table, or tuck a few in frames placed unobtrusively around a room, your visitors will reward you with smiles. They may even be reminders of funny jokes or incidents they will share with you. This can make a visit from the in-laws much more palatable!
Here are some of my favorites: