Thursday, August 13, 2009

Shanghai beauty, ca. 1930


Ah, postcrossing. Sometimes you get crap, and sometimes you get an absolute gem. I am totally enamored with this postcard from Maggie in Shanghai, who translated the characters on the back and told me on the card that "This card is a beauty of Shanghai 1930."

Now, go ahead and view large and tell me if you don't agree with me that the little object in the upper right-hand corner is a pack of cigarettes. My bet is that this was an old cigarette ad.

I am a smoking bigot, I absolutely loathe cigarettes and smoking, but I'm going to post this postcard anyway because I love the Shanghai beauty.