Cap­tured on card

SOME­TIMES POIGNANT, SOME­TIMES CRYPTIC AND AL­WAYS PITHY, POST­CARDS CAN PRO­VIDE A SNAP­SHOT OF MORE THAN JUST A HOL­I­DAY

The Simple Things - - THINK/TRADITIONS - In­ter­view: JOHANNA DERRY

Turn­ing the clunky carousel to seek out the pic­ture that sums up where you are, and then care­fully choos­ing your words to set the scene in the small space on the back of a post­card: it’s an art that most of us, with the ad­vent of so­cial me­dia and real-time shar­ing, don’t bother to in­dulge in any more. But Tom Jack­son still finds de­light in a post­card, par­tic­u­larly in the com­bi­na­tion of words and im­ages.

Us­ing a Twit­ter ac­count (@PastPost­card), Tom has been shar­ing his col­lec­tion of 30,000 post­cards, pair­ing each im­age with a well-cho­sen line from the back, of­ten to hu­mor­ouss ef­fect (now cap­tured in a book). He talks about their en­dur­ing ap­peal.

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