These vintage postcards would nowadays pass for threats by mail

The postcard today is primarily an atavistic vacation novelty, but prior generations used these paper rectangles to convey a whole host of emotions.

That said, it's not always clear what emotions the following postcards were meant to impart, but good gravy, are they sinister, weird, or weirdly sinister. I'm pretty sure all of them were available for purchase at the Twin Peaks post office. Let's start with the top image, which was sent to negligent children who missed Sunday school.

These vintage postcards would nowadays pass for threats by mail

This mid-1900s postcard is either an advertisement for Mooseheart, Illinois or an invitation to worship a death god who dresses like an Oldsmobile dealer.


These vintage postcards would nowadays pass for threats by mail I like the passive-aggressive implications of this early 1900s card, namely that you were stoned as shit when you sent it.
These vintage postcards would nowadays pass for threats by mail Who told what so? The bear? Is the bear talking?
These vintage postcards would nowadays pass for threats by mail Remember, there was a halcyon era when Las Vegas held atomic test watching parties.
These vintage postcards would nowadays pass for threats by mail In 1914 in Elgin, Minnesota, rictus grins were the go-to fashion accessory.
These vintage postcards would nowadays pass for threats by mail A postcard from Pennsylvania, 1907. If a couple ever rejected their bundle of joy, the stork presumably deposited it in Elgin, Minnesota.
These vintage postcards would nowadays pass for threats by mail This early 1900s French postcard — intentionally or not — hearkens back to the 1300s. Seriously .
These vintage postcards would nowadays pass for threats by mail A postcard from 1910. The earliest Transformers were really weird.
These vintage postcards would nowadays pass for threats by mail In 1941, your ideal love mate also wore a skin suit made of drifters.
These vintage postcards would nowadays pass for threats by mail I guess this is the much bleaker, early 1900s version of those Señor Frog's t-shirts.
These vintage postcards would nowadays pass for threats by mail I hear the creation of the world is rather temperate in late April. For more mind-boggling postcards, check out Wacky Stuff's marvelous Flickr set .