I was thinking of securing this as a winter residence, but had to give
up the idea, because the rent was higher than the house.
[The date of the postcard sent to Helene Picard is unknown. It featured the Fuller Building, also known as the "Flatiron Building" because it resembled a triangular iron. Located at 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue in New York it had recently been completed and in the year 1903 was receiving considerable attention in the press due to the havoc the building's profile created during wind and rainstorms.]
Humor, to be comprehensible to anybody, must be built upon a foundation
with which he is familiar. If he can't see the foundation the superstructure
is to him merely a freak -- like the Flatiron building without any visible
means of support -- something that ought to be arrested.
Postcard to Helene Picard published in
Ladies Home Journal, February 1912
[The location of the original postcard is unknown. It has been reconstructed above based on a black and white photo and an identical colored postcard from a private collection.]
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