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Pulling a Face

11 May 2018






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The first jester with the flexible face
is clearly the same man as the last cheery fellow.
Though his name is not marked I think in his time
he was a very recognizable humorist.
He reminds me of the comic actor Jim Carrey
and I expect he had a similar rapid-fire wit.

This postcard was sent 1902
from Seeshaupt, a Bavarian lakeside town south of Munich.

* * *

The second joker who has swallowed his nose is

 Egon Breitenstein-Brandt,
der bekannte Humorist

the well-known humorist

His postcard was not mailed
but was published in Lübeck, Germany,
a port city on the North Sea,
in a paper style that I think dates it
from the Great War years 1914-18.

* * *

The third stooge with an uncomfortable grimace is

Dir. Emil Reimer
Drastischer Komiker
Dramatic comedian

Another of his cards with the same sour face
was featured last year
in a post entitled Stupefaction!
This card was posted on 2 June 1913
from a German town whose first letter is Z
but the name is obscured to read clearly.

* * *

The next buffoon wears a costume
that I believe marks him as
a kind of Charlie Chaplin type bumpkin
His name is
 Paul Röhrig
der Urkomische
the hilarious
St. Adr: Ohligs, Südstr. 68

His postcard was not mailed
but likely dates from 1910 to 1915.

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The last card is printed in color
but the photo of this unknown comic
was obviously produced at the same time
as the first sepia-tone postcard.
The postmark date was 9 November 1913
from Metz, a city in northeast France
located at the confluence of the Moselle and Seille rivers.
But from 1871 to 1918, the city was the capital
of the German Imperial Territory of Lorraine.

Some days you just have to laugh!

This is my contribution to Sepia Saturday
where there's never any wait for a seat.


Barbara Rogers said...

What fun! I can imagine all kinds of politically incorrect jokes being shared by these clowns. I think the colorized card is of the same man as the first my humble opinion. Ears, eyebrows, hair, seem to be the same though he's doing something really different with his mouth!

Postcardy said...

I think I will have to try making some weird expressions when looking at my face in the mirror.

Kathy Morales said...

Well those were fun! People who have rubber faces like these men and Jim Carey fascinate me.

Susan Kelly said...

These brought a smile to my face.

Helen Killeen Bauch McHargue said...

Such plastic faces! I see a bit of Mr. Bean in some of them as well as Jim Carey. And Jerry Lewis of course.

La Nightingail said...

Working your face around like these fellows is actually good for you - good for your facial muscles which can keep your face looking young and that's good for the ol' ego. Smartphones (is that one word or two?) have apps that can turn a selfie into a hoot and a half. :)


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