Aunt Myrtle was always ahead of her time

October 27th, 2009 · 112 comments

Caitlin was browsing in an antique store in Waco, Texas when she ran across this gem dated April 4, 1910. So if you’ve ever heard someone blame passive-aggressive birthday badgering on this new-fangled facetweet technology…well, you might want to refer them to Vera.

passiveaggressivenotes.com - 1910 birthday postcard from Aunt Myrtle

Aunt Myrtle was always ahead of her time (the front of the postcard)

related: happy birthday. here’s the shovel.

FILED UNDER: birthday


112 responses so far ↓

  • #1   jbles

    Wow. My grandma sent me something exactly like that a month ago.

    Oct 27, 2009 at 10:01 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   Valerie

    Uh oh, my great grandma’s name was Vera, I’m calling my mom right now to ask if she had an aunt Myrtle.

    Oct 27, 2009 at 10:05 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   jc

    Dear Vera, Happy Birthday. On the 24th I will be getting the broomstick removed from my ass. It would be nice if you could pick me up. Your Aunt, Myrtle

    Oct 27, 2009 at 10:05 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Canthz_B bang

      Dear Aunt Myrtle,

      Why do you need me to pick you up? Your broom will be free of your ass, just hop on and fly home.

      Love,
      Vera

      Oct 27, 2009 at 10:41 pm   rating: 39  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   Critical Grass bang

      Oh, one more thing aunt Myrtle, did you put that broomstick up your own ass?
      Just curious.

      Vera

      Oct 27, 2009 at 10:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   MAMARILLA2 bang

      Er, She doesn’t really remember. She took a bludger to the head two minutes in. Woke up in the hospital a week later.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 2:14 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.4   T.U.M.

      I’m laughing so hard it hurts.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 2:58 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Critical Grass bang

    Vera,

    While we’re at it, Janice would like a pony too.

    Aunt Myrtle.

    Oct 27, 2009 at 10:06 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Germasidle

      Cool vintage postcard; but I believe that this could simply be a reminder to a younger person about another younger person’s birthday?
      (Critical Grass’s pony -comment got me thinking … ) Since most of the PAN’s are submitted w/ a bit of context- we have no clue how old Janice was, or Vera. Or Myrtle! (but I think Myrtle is a name that old people take once they turn 65- have you EVER known a YOUNG Myrtle?!?)

      Not to mention Aunt Myrtle had very little space to write her msg. to Vera, and she wrote kinda big, in cursive. She just got down to business & said what she had to. No luxury of space & they didn’t use shrt wrding 4 txts bck then ethr i wud guess.

      Nov 2, 2009 at 11:45 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Neeners

    Happy Birthday Vera! Okay, that’s enough celebration.
    Now don’t forget to send Janice a birthday card like this one on her birthday!

    Make sure your thinking about sending someone else a birthday card on your birthday! Don’t be selfish!

    Oct 27, 2009 at 10:08 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Canthz_B bang

    Vera, don’t forget to send Janice a birthday card which includes the birthday and mailing address of a third party.
    A great deal of money will come your way when you least expect it if you do…I know, it worked for me!

    Break this chain at your own risk!

    Oct 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm   rating: 37  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   ginger

    Vera, when you send Janice her birthday card, please remind her that Clara’s birthday is on the 9th next month. Hopefully, Clara knows exactly when my birthday is.

    Love, Aunt Myrtle

    Oct 27, 2009 at 10:20 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   famous_lizzy

    Wow. Props to her for openly admitting that Vera is from “that part of the family we only deal with because they’re family.”
    Old ladies are known for their honed passive aggression, I think they learned it during etiquette classes, along with needle point and the correct way to apply whatever it is that causes that old lady smell.

    Oct 27, 2009 at 10:21 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   watchtower

      The Mothballs and Topical Cream unit? This is the part of etiquette class that everyone passes with flying colours.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 2:25 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   Thanks!

    Sweet! Antique PAN, love it!

    Oct 27, 2009 at 10:25 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Kelly

      Ahem, this PAN prefers to be called “classic.”

      Oct 28, 2009 at 3:48 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   Bob

    What exactly makes this passive-aggressive? She’s not asking for her own birthday. It’s just a reminder.

    Oct 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Critical Grass bang

      Oh Bob, you got us. We’re here trying too hard to find any passive-aggressiveness in all these notes. And while we think we are succeeding, we’re just fooling ourselves, really.

      Thank you for opening our eyes, Bob.

      Oct 27, 2009 at 10:48 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   Palomon bang

      Bob. Oh, Bob. Oh, dear Bob.

      Oct 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.3   Canthz_B bang

      “Passive Aggressive Notes.com:

      painfully polite and hilariously hostile writings from shared spaces the world over”

      How much you wanna bet that can be found somewhere on this page?

      Oct 27, 2009 at 11:00 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.4   Palomon bang

      Bob- the lady wrote the reminder on a birthday card. Doesn’t that strike you as something to be put on another note, or in a phone call? Are you so used to this kind of thing that you think it’s normal? Have you spoken to anyone about this? Is there someone in your life who leaves notes above the toilet and has done so for so long you don’t find it intrusive? Bob. Oh, Bob. Oh, dear old Bob. I’m rooting for you, man.

      Oct 27, 2009 at 11:02 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.5   Critical Grass bang

      Bobby, Bobby, Bobby, Bobby, Bobby, I love it when I hear ya name, got me sayin’ Bobby, Bobby, Bobby, …

      Sorry

      Oct 27, 2009 at 11:31 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.6   AuntyBron

      Well now we know why Bob always dies in the Flair app on Facebook.

      Oct 27, 2009 at 11:46 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.7   g

      troll.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 7:31 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.8   GK bang

      Okay, Bob!

      Oct 28, 2009 at 8:19 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.9   farcical aquatic ceremony

      I’m on Team Bob. Many of you long-time PAN posters make hilarious comments, kudos for your skills, but perhaps you’ve gotten so used to mocking bitchiness that you’ve forgotten the actual definition of passive-aggressiveness: Merriam-Webster: “Main Entry: passive–aggressive
      Function: adjective
      Date: 1946
      : being, marked by, or displaying behavior characterized by the expression of negative feelings, resentment, and aggression in an unassertive passive way (as through procrastination and stubbornness)”

      Myrtle was not expressing negative feelings in an unassertive way, she was–in a very direct way–doing that obnoxious giving of unwanted advice/instructions that some old people seem to think they have the right to give just because they’re old.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 9:27 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.10   Mo® bang

      I just do it to waste time! Passive-Aggressive, Hostile, Direct obnoxious giving of unwanted advice, Insipid post it bon mots I don’t care what gets posted, as long as it makes me laugh.

      *Sits back with HR provided popcorn to watch the debate between the “literalists” and the “Loveyoulongtimeposters”*

      Oct 28, 2009 at 10:15 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.11   Wade bang

      Oh my dear farcical aquatic ceremony.

      I hate to disillusion you, but supreme executive power does not derive from a mandate from the masses, but from the PAN Goddess Herself.

      Sorry Bob. ;)

      Oct 28, 2009 at 10:34 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.12   oi bang

      oh my blood boils here. Hhhow hhow( I stutter when my blood boils) on the earth did Kerry dare to give misleading name to the site? I mean it says passive aggressive notes then there should be no non PA notes on this site ok? I don’t care if there is an explanation posted all over the page. I just don’t. Miss This place is so serious. Today this, tomorrow somebody will post people wearing whites after labor day on labor day website!! Mark my words, there wil be only one outcome Catastrophe!!

      Oct 28, 2009 at 10:34 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.13   oi bang

      And old posters now you guys! You have been on my nerve since day one! alright! You are old, regular poster that does not mean you can have your own opinion and it’s even a bigger offence if your opinions coincide. You should be sensitive to other’s feeling too ok? What is it some union or what? It’s democracy here. That means only new people can have their opinions alright? and tyrants (old regulars) should be stripped off all the privileges like posting in here and such..

      Oct 28, 2009 at 10:48 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.14   MAMARILLA2 bang

      Lies, deceit, mixed messages… this is turning into a real marriage. No more drugs for that man.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 11:11 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.15   Mo® bang

      Come and see the violence inherent in the system. Help! Help! I’m being repressed! Oh, what a giveaway! Did you hear that? Did you hear that, eh? That’s what I’m on about! Did you see him repressing me? You saw him, Didn’t you?

      Oct 28, 2009 at 11:15 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.16   Mo® bang

      It’s K-K-K-Kerry c-c-c-coming to k-k-k-kill me.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 11:21 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.17   GK bang

      This is insanity! Rains of blood, cats and dogs sleeping together, non-passive-aggressive passive-aggressive notes… it’s madness, I tell you!

      Oct 28, 2009 at 11:27 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.18   Mo® bang

      What GK means is Old Testament, Kerry, real wrath of God type stuff.
      Human sacrifice, dead rising from the grave… mass hysteria!

      Oct 28, 2009 at 11:41 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.19   GK bang

      Actually I was leaving a dangling “Madness?” hook. But thanks for derailing the joke!

      Oct 28, 2009 at 11:52 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.20   anglophile bang

      You mean this isn’t bitchydeadladies.com?

      Dammit, I’m in the wrong place again!

      Oct 28, 2009 at 11:52 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.21   MAMARILLA2 bang

      If you dress like Halloween, ghouls will try to get in your pants. Hello, I hope you don’t mind: I took a few of your groovy painkillers. I’m just enjoying some of your greatest hits here. Oh God, this is excellent. Oh, bravo. Bra-fucking-vo.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 11:52 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.22   Wade bang

      Madness?

      THIS…IS…PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!

      Oct 28, 2009 at 12:10 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.23   Mo® bang

      He tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him! I’ll chase him ’round the moons of Nibia and ’round the Antares Maelstrom and ’round Perdition’s flames before I give him up!

      Oct 28, 2009 at 12:26 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.24   Bob

      Jeez, you guys don’t like dissenting opinions much, huh? You’re doing the wrong Python bit, you need to start the Spanish Inquisition.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 12:30 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.25   Wade bang

      King Arthur: I am your king.
      Woman: Well I didn’t vote for you.
      King Arthur: You don’t vote for kings.
      Woman: Well how’d you become king then?
      [Angelic music plays... ]
      King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.
      Dennis: [interrupting] Listen, strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

      Nice try, Bob. ;)

      Oct 28, 2009 at 12:41 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.26   oi bang

      Ooh La La!!

      Oct 28, 2009 at 12:45 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.27   Wade bang

      You weren’t expecting that one, were you, Bob?

      :D

      Oct 28, 2009 at 12:58 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.28   Critical Grass bang

      Monty Python always makes my face look like this :D

      Oct 28, 2009 at 1:07 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.29   Mark bang

      No it doesn’t.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.30   Critical Grass bang

      Oh, c’mon Mark! Are you repressing me?!
      Help! Help! I’m being repressed!

      Oct 28, 2009 at 1:20 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.31   Mark bang

      Bloody peasant!

      Oct 28, 2009 at 1:21 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.32   farcical aquatic ceremony

      @ Bob: I’ve got the cyanide capsules–meet me by the water cooler?

      Oct 28, 2009 at 1:24 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.33   Critical Grass bang

      At least I’m not an ex-leper asking for alms. Different movie, just as funny, though.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 1:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.34   RP

      Please check the –”That’s not passive-aggressive. That’s just plain aggressive!” (Um, yeah.)– link at the top of the page before whining about the technical definition of being PA.

      As far as negative feelings go, I’d say that holding someone in such a low regard that they don’t even rate getting a simple birthday wish without getting a reminder to do something else (because they’d obviously forget without the reminder) is pretty f—king negative.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 1:31 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.35   MAMARILLA2 bang

      Mystic BOB! “Ask Bob, he knows.”

      Oct 28, 2009 at 1:32 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.36   Mo® bang

      Stwike him, Centuwion. Stwike him vewy wuffly!

      Oct 28, 2009 at 1:38 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.37   Critical Grass bang

      So… “Bob” goes to the doctor. He has a string hanging out of hi…

      Forget it, he won’t think it’s funny either.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.38   anglophile bang

      Someone needs to be made to sit in the comfy chair.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 2:05 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.39   farcical aquatic ceremony

      @RP: haha! you’re it!!

      Worse even than the sin of being literal on PAN is the sin of jumping in with a comment that’s been made 20 times already because you were too lazy to bother to read others PANners’ comments (see 10.10 to 10.23, 10.25 to 10.31, and 10.33 for me and Bob being dissed for many hours prior to your arrival on the scene).

      Oct 28, 2009 at 2:30 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.40   Mo® bang

      haHAHAHAHA AHAHhahahHAHAHahAHhaha LuLz dis da funeest OMG like only if it was firsties.

      Sheesh why do you guys have to act like fucking Nazis?

      Yup I invoked it. :razz:

      Oct 28, 2009 at 2:44 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.41   Mark bang

      Fuck me. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 3:13 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.42   oi bang

      Timo is cutty pie when he invokes narly laws on internets. muuvah.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 4:21 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.43   K

      No, Donny, these men are nihilists, there’s nothing to be afraid of.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.44   park rose

      Timo is a cutty snark ;)

      That invocation of Godwin’s Law was fucking delicious.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 6:00 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.45   Canthz_B bang

      fac, you didn’t like 10.3? :cry:

      Bottom line is, when you put up your own site, you get to decide on the content.
      That the PANGoddess sees something in this postcard that some commentators may not see is of no consequence, nor of any interest…which is why so many people have tried to say, in a humorous way, “Who asked for your opinion, Bob?”

      PS, you missed my birthday a couple of weeks ago. Haven’t you checked your mail? I sent you a reminder. ;-)

      Oct 28, 2009 at 8:13 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.46   Critical Grass bang

      Now back to you, Bob.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 8:23 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.47   Bob

      Man, you guys are like monkeys on acid. Most of you just make noise, and the few of you who are coherent are just vicious.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.48   Critical Grass bang

      Incoherent vicious monkeys on acid. ’twas the dream…

      Thank you for another precious insight on our personalities, Bob. You’ve been very helpful today. In fact I want to congratulate you, seriously.
      Now, don’t forget to come by tomorrow and congratulate someone else on their sparkly, shiny, shimmery comments. Ok? Ok.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.49   Canthz_B bang

      Even though I hate repeating myself…“Who asked for your opinion, Bob?”

      You seem to actually believe that there are people here who are thin-skinned enough that they give a crap about you putting them down.
      You must hang out with some very weak, insecure people.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 11:18 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.50   Geek Goddess

      I am really thin-skinned, but I hadn’t posted in this sub-thread, only to be shot down in spectacular flames by the amazing BoB, so I don’t care. If I had posted and made a target of myself, I would now be curled under my desk, whimpering and sucking on my mouse. And I would care, but would be incapable of responding, due to excess salivation shorting out my mouse and rendering my computer unusable, so it would amount to the same thing.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 11:31 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.51   park rose bang

      They don’t call ‘em pacifiers for nothing :? :)

      Sub-thread, GG? You mean there are more comments.

      Bob and F.A.C. I think you’re good sports, and Bob, speaking for myself, monkey mind is mostly and permanently engaged – more’s the pity.

      Oct 29, 2009 at 2:26 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.52   GK bang

      O, we are slain! Slain by the poison arrow of Bob’s wit and the laser-like precision of its aim! See how we fall, wailing and weeping in wretched agony, at your mighty feet! Dance upon our bleached, parched carcasses in this, your utter and total victory! Thou art mighty indeed!

      Oct 29, 2009 at 4:06 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   Adam

    Totally great PAN from back in the day, bravo!

    Oct 27, 2009 at 11:36 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Neeners

    In Aunt Myrtle’s defense, she was only trying to save on postage rather than reminding Vera on another note card. One penny postage was very expensive back then.

    Oct 27, 2009 at 11:37 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Neeners

    Dear Aunt Myrtle,
    Thanks for the swell birthday wish. Remember Christmas is December 25th and I would like a card from both you and Janice. And Aunt Myrtle, next time put a gd address on the sommamma bitchin card, it took 3 weeks for the fugn postman to find me and it was well after my birthday when I received it on April 24th.

    Love,
    Vera

    Oct 27, 2009 at 11:41 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Canthz_B bang

    Those were the good old days.
    Back in 1910, everyone knew one another so there was no need for really detailed addresses.

    Oct 27, 2009 at 11:53 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   MAMARILLA2 bang

      A time we remember well , eh CB?

      Oct 28, 2009 at 12:14 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   GK bang

      Well, this was back before addresses had really taken off. We used to use hand-drawn maps on the envelope instead, because it was the style at the time. You had to have a compass and a complete set of Ordnance Survey material, not to mention a survival pack, in order to be a postman. Or a “flapman” as we used to call them, because it was the style at the time. Of course, this was all before your time.

      Oct 29, 2009 at 4:12 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   Canthz_B bang

      Well, that explains why the pith helmet is still part of the postman’s kit.

      Oct 29, 2009 at 5:09 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   Matt Wilson

    I bow before greatness.

    Oct 28, 2009 at 12:18 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Critical Grass bang

      Thanks.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 9:25 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   JetJackson

    I still think God holds the record for the earliest passive aggressive note with the Ten Commandments. He even carved it into stone and then got Moses to deliver it.

    Oct 28, 2009 at 12:49 am   rating: 20  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   Su

    Hey!
    My birthday is April 23rd.

    Too bad no one sends cards like these to my dad… (He never remembers what day it is.)

    Oct 28, 2009 at 1:12 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Canthz_B bang

      Mama’s baby, Papa’s maybe. ;-)

      Oct 28, 2009 at 1:18 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   Ashley R.

    I have a letter from 1958. It’s to my mother. It basically says, “Your father killed himself. Here’s the funeral program. Thank you for the picture you sent.”

    Can you imagine being 13 or 14 and getting a letter like that?

    Oct 28, 2009 at 2:09 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   GK bang

    Hm, maybe I could use a similar tactic to improve my own birthday’s recognition… above zero.

    *sheds a single, perfect, crystal tear*

    Oct 28, 2009 at 4:12 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   park rose

      Have you been dipping into the diamond cream again, GK? There’s a certain shimmy and shiver to you at the moment.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 4:34 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.2   Critical Grass bang

      Oh GK, tell us when your birthday is and we promisse to throw you a big party, with popcorn and everything. But hey, you’ll have to make the popcorn yourself.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 9:31 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.3   How Can I Miss You When...

      I’ll even promise to be somewhere else all day long and you can
      silently Satori-ize things to the sound of one Jack flapping….

      Your buddy,
      Tyrone

      Oct 28, 2009 at 6:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.4   GK bang

      Keep your dickbeaters off my Satori!

      Oct 29, 2009 at 4:13 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   anglophile bang

    I notice John is not being reminded of Janice’s birthday. As a man, he gets off scot-free from remembering his nieces’ birthdays. No, the burden of remembering birthdays always falls to the womenfolk.

    :|

    Oct 28, 2009 at 8:33 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Mo® bang

      Of course! But at the last minute John will stop into Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe and pick up some shin wax or some such thing.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 8:54 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   GK bang

      Or a moustache comb.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 9:28 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.3   Mo® bang

      merken comb.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 2:45 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   Michelle S.

    I marvel at what it must have taken to deliver mail before zip codes and standardization.

    “Miss Merriwether Hamhocks c/o Pastor Hamhocks, Illinois”

    Somehow mail eventually got there.

    Oct 28, 2009 at 10:52 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   anglophile bang

      Well, to be fair, there were a lot fewer people in the country back then….

      Oct 28, 2009 at 12:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.2   Mo® bang

      Oh Miss Merriwether Hamhocks had the bodonkadonk! Awwwwww yeeeeah!

      Oct 28, 2009 at 2:47 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   bliffit

    Vera Stradley (daughter of John W. and Jessie Stradley of Liberty Township, Indiana) was only five years old in the spring of 1910 according to the census. Is Aunt Myrtle trying to torture her by writing in cursive?

    Oct 28, 2009 at 10:56 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   ChristinaEleen bang

    That birthday card kind of reminds me of the year my birthday cake read:
    Happy Birthday Jesus (in large font)
    and Christina (in very tiny font)

    Oct 28, 2009 at 11:10 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   HappyNat

      Well, you aren’t the son of god now are you? You should be happy Jesus didn’t kick you off the cake all together.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 12:06 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   Critical Grass bang

      Hey HN, we’re all God’s children here! Well, some of us are spawns of the Devil… But that doesn’t change anything in real life, really…

      Oct 28, 2009 at 12:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.3   park rose

      Her name is Christina. Maybe Jesus had gender issues. Or it was a feminist retelling/reclamation of the Greatest Story Ever Told.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 6:05 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.4   Thiugh She Was Born A Long, Long Time Ago... Your Mother Should Know

      Gideon come up with his eyes on the floor
      Said “You ain’t got a hinge, you can’t close the door.”
      Moses stood up a full six foot ten
      Said “You can’t close the door when the wall’s caved in.”

      There’s a feminist retelling of that one? Damn! It must have been the one year I missed the Martha Stewart/Bob Vila Xmas special!

      Rose…Sorry bout the typo…on the road + on step-daughters keyboard….ty

      Oct 28, 2009 at 6:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   Erin

    I’ve come across several passive-aggressive post cards in antique stores in the past. There was one that sticks out in my mind where a boy was writing to a girl and asking why she always wrote his brother but not him. Awkward!

    Oct 28, 2009 at 11:54 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   Critical Grass bang

      Dude, shaaaaaaare!

      Oct 28, 2009 at 12:14 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.2   Geek Goddess

      I heard a really funny joke the other day!

      Oct 28, 2009 at 11:33 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   Acorn

    It took me forever to get to the bottom of your hilarious comments! They were even better than the note itself xD

    The best part was I read it to re-read the Monty Python bit and got so much more~

    Oct 28, 2009 at 1:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   T.U.M.

    Dear Aunt Myrtle,

    Can I just forward the used birthday card on to Janice?

    Kthxbai,
    Vera

    Oct 28, 2009 at 3:05 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   katie

    Awesome. AWESOME. Look at that address:

    Miss Vera Stradley
    Pulaski, Ind.
    c/o John Stradley

    That’s it. That’s the whole of the address. And it arrived! 1910, ladies and gentlemen.

    Oct 28, 2009 at 4:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   JetJackson

      Care of John Stradley?… obviously this is prior to women’s suffrage.

      Oct 28, 2009 at 9:42 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #28   Havingfitz

    Aunt Myrtles were mass-produced in the early 20th century. Every family had one. Even today they’re passed along through the generations. No holiday is complete without Aunt Myrtle sitting primly at the dinner table and sniffing “It’s so good to see everyone alive. You know, when months go by without hearing from a soul, one does wonder…”

    Oct 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Geek Goddess

      My Aunt Myrtle was actually my ex-husband’s aunt. Does that count?

      Oct 28, 2009 at 11:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.2   T.U.M.

      I have a great-aunt Myrtle. She bought my mother and her twin sister identical plaid dresses every Christmas. not just identical to each other, but identical from the year before. There are like, ten years’ worth of Christmas pictures with the twins in that same set of plaid dresses.

      Oct 29, 2009 at 7:16 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.3   park rose bang

      Did the sizes vary as they got older?

      Oct 30, 2009 at 4:55 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #29   KB

    janice and i share a birthday! be sure to send along your birthday wishes to me, folks–surely five months is enough time in advance… thank you kindly!

    Nov 23, 2009 at 11:04 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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