What? You thought we wouldn’t tackle this topic? Why not? It’s one of our Theme Categories. We ran through all the other possibilities– Naughty, Exotic, and Erotic being the printable ones–and decided just to go for it.
So, postcards being postcards after all, the first dilemma was how to enter something that would quickly turn this from a more-or-less family-friendly website into something that would attract unwanted attention from our internet service provider and host. Our first plan was to ignore that concern and just post up any legitimate card, without censorship. That was before we started getting graphic cards where the decision was basically made for us: either censor, or don’t put them into the site. We’re guessing you will be having a look later to see how we managed this, but thanks to various software programs, it’s possible. We send the complete pictures, and the cards themselves, to anyone who asks.
As the French card alongside this Blog post shows, standards have changed over the years. What was sexy 100 years ago just seems quaint now. That’s fine! Our two principal criteria for putting a card into this category are: (1) does the card show a situation (sign, event) meant to convey sexiness; and (2) was the card itself intended to be sexy? This long-standing problem has puzzled courts, journalists, and others since postcards were invented. A classic French Impressionist nude will go into our “Art” category, not this one. We suppose we should thank a few famous politicians, lawyers, news commentators, movie stars, and recording artists for so completely de-sexing “sexy” that almost anything goes, now.
We’ll just keep at it and see what happens. Whew!