Monday, June 13, 2011
Postcard of the day
This is an odd one. First of all, that photo is horrendously murky, even for an old postcard. Plus, I guess this was given free to returning soldiers--the note on the back says (WRITE FREE HERE)--but that makes the legend added to front, BROTHER, IT AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE ..., even stranger. (Way to buck up morale!)
Look closely, and we can tell when the photo was taken. The headline on that newspaper says LUPE VELEZ, a Hollywood starlet born in Mexico. I have to assume that the story is about her death on Dec. 14, 1944, as I don't think she did anything else that would have made headlines.
Legend has it that Lupe drowned in her toilet after leaving a suicide note and taking an overdose of pills. But The Straight Dope finds that first detail hard to believe.
Even if it were true, the story of Marie Provost's demise is worse. (For the record, Nick Lowe exaggerates. But, then, all men are liars.)
(Boy, this post took an unexpected left turn.)
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UPDATE: Postcard of Lupe Velez's home.