In contrary to what you may think, postcards are not just about greetings, invitations and all. In fact, while it seems like postcards were just the real deal in the past, especially when used as a means of communication, most tourist actually used their postcards to spread poetry to others. And those type of postcards is what came to be known as the Django Fontina Postcard. So today, we are going to look at what this type of postcard is, how it originated, and what it was later used for.
WHAT IS DJANGO FONTINA POSTCARD?
Simply stated, Django Fontina postcard is one that is written to a random stranger, containing poems in it. Depending on the size of the postcard, the sender can decide to write more than one poetry in the postcard.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF DJANGO FONTINA
The inked(typed) poems on most of the Django Fontina postcards were taken and reconstructed into text form, from old postcards. The sending of Django postcard was really in vogue during the 1970s, and were often sent from popular tourist destinations around Britain. That’s why in the series “Wish you were here” each poem are paired by a continuous-line drawing of a map identifying the location described. In other words, the sender of these postcards where not necessarily poets, but were just creative enough to translate pictures on old postcards into something poetic.
PEOPLE WHO TOOK PART IN SENDING DJANGO FONTINA POSTCARDS
Most of the times, the participants were always invited to make a poetic contribution into published books or poetry collections. And when they were done, since they won’t be credited for the work on the published book, they would then write the same poems in a postcard and send them to random strangers, so that they would recognize that was their poem in which the editors used in the published books, or poetry collections. So, while some sent Django Fontina for just the fun it, others did it to gain popularity or acknowledgement for their poems.
EXAMPLES OF DJANGO FONTINA
Here are some examples of how the poems in Django Fontina Postcards often appeared.
Dear You, or Belulino,
She, there, dangling mobile, is missing her better half. And what is that thing eating the snowman’s nose? And why is his nose so low like it’s his…sick, he must be running a cold from all the heat heat hot. HO ho hmmm, he sure looks like he’s melting. By jingo! A dollop, a dollop, and bloody coo! A cudgel, to bludgeon. But walloping whom? The wolf, the wolf, took a bite of the moon. Look! His marmalade maw, his guilty, red paw. The rabbit, the rabbit, is hungry for carrots. The sun, the sky, they like a good drink. So they toast and they chug, until little is left but a top hat, some buttons, a crimson foulard. Then the homeless, they lute, for winter is hard. And what’s to be said of the weapon, but that the snowman needed protection? Still, he was eaten, he was drunk––he was all out of luck. The morn was here and the moon was there. Everything passes in this “living” affair.
Except when you buy electric snowmen from me, Django Fontina, the premier plug-in snowman dealer in all the land. So help stop the violence and shop here, where we keep the moon full all winter long.
Dear you, or Belulino,
Momma said never to ask him all those questions about what who why ever.
Said shut your mouth, he don’t need yo lip.
But sometimes in hush hush, he put a blanket over heads,
And sneak me some true Poppa wisp hers,
Like jumps through double Dutch.
About how torture was when they plug up the fire hydrants and erase the hopscotch chalk Up from your pavement,
All that happening inside you,
And that’s where scar tissue on broken backs web from.
Teacher said we like this for the storm keep rattling at us,
Blows seeds to where they don’t belong,
Which means diversity,
Like how when Momma fight Poppa I catch words I never heard.
Adultery = grown speak.
But the storm is less than half the deck, Poppa wisp her’d.
The kings and queens ride the mess.
And all the fuss and holler just dust below the light.
That’s why I’ve gotta learn and write, to make for better seeing,
Like Byrds of Jazz fly on high.
Momma said raps are the poems of nightness,
So I should black up my verses to rhyming bars for stardom.
She said Poppa yells at her cause he wanted to be famous and but became just an old broke soldier,
That war made his blood boil always too hot in his neck veins,
But I think she just don’t know how to please a man.
His words always just nice warm to me.
I like to wisp her down my words for true secrets float above the dust,
Like ice cream over root beer.
And little girls need more than school to not become like Mommas,
Which is why I still ask Poppa questions in hush hush with the blanket over heads.
The quiet and leisure I was now enjoying, I made use of further in arranging and working out many things which I had commenced in days of the wildest confusion. I read over and revised my chromatic papers: drew various diagrams for my colour-tables, which I altered repeatedly, in order to make clearer what I wished to represent and maintain.
THE FAMOUS SERIES OF DJANGO FONTINA POSTCARDS
There is a compilation, or what you could call a series of Django Fontina postcards known as “Wish you were here”. This is a series of Django Fontina postcards which as I stated earlier, are a form of postcard written and posted to strangers as a means of distributing poetry.
THE STRUCTURES AND FORM OF DJANGO FONTINA POSTCARD
The poems in each Django Fontina postcard was often inked in black, while maintaining a very tiny but witty font to fit in, most of the poetry. As noted by most historians, Django Fontina Postcards were devoid of actual pictures, rather, the poems were accompanied by things like symbols or what we could call today clip-arts.
So, what do you think? Were those tourists who practised the art of sending Django Fontina postcards adventurous? Or where they just ignorant?
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