Antique Japanese Postcards
January 30, 2011 9:00 AM   Subscribe

How is the mice-riding bullet train one from 1911? Surely trains weren't designed like that back then, were they?
posted by Riptor at 9:09 AM on January 30, 2011

These do not fit under my definition of 'cute' (gremlins are cuter than Kewpie dolls in my book), but they're definitely interesting. The bride and groom with torsos illustrated as x-rays is my favorite.
posted by variella at 10:00 AM on January 30, 2011

It's the Steamboy monocycle!.

I guess the ideal of a monocycle isn't new.

I also suppose they're hard to drive in real life.
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 10:40 AM on January 30, 2011 [2 favorites]

"One in a series of naughty joke cards (Toyo Postcard Association - c. 1900s-10s)"

Um. I don't get the joke.
posted by oddman at 11:27 AM on January 30, 2011

They are digging for clams and one has jumpedup and grabbed his nose hair. It's slapstick.
posted by gomichild at 12:42 PM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Fun...but not what I expected from "Antique Japanese Postcards"! Kewpie dolls and Disney characters?
posted by kozad at 1:06 PM on January 30, 2011

Well the Kewpie doll is to be expected - it's the mascot character for the famous Kewpie Mayonnaise company. Disney is huge here too - there are two Disneylands here in Japan for a reason you know.
posted by gomichild at 3:17 PM on January 30, 2011

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