During the early years of the twentieth century, the tall-tale postcard
flourished in the American Midwest, especially within the boasting, expansive
atmosphere of the American frontier. Around the turn of the last century, when
postcards came to function as surrogates for travel, people soon realized that
they could be used to create or sustain a certain utopian myth about a town or
region. Crafty photographers began to physically manipulate their photographs.
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: children ride harnessed roosters, potatoes are
so big that one alone fills a flatcar, giant trout caught in lakes and so on.
This gallery is a collection of some of the most ridiculous photo montages
that appeared on postcards.