Sweet nothings: suggestive Brighton postcard inscriptions


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Pollen, Annebella (2009) Sweet nothings: suggestive Brighton postcard inscriptions Photography and Culture, 2 (1). pp. 77-88. ISSN 1751-4517

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This article details the results of a research project searching for evidence of courtship in Brighton Museum's holdings of mainly topographical early twentieth-century postcards. Assembling a body of evidence that demonstrates Brighton as a historic location for romance and the postcard as a flirtatious form of communication, "Sweet Nothings" argues that while postcard inscriptions have been largely overlooked in academic literature, the coded and truncated messages intended to covertly express intimate exchanges in a public medium provide a suggestive means of understanding mass-produced postcards through their private singularization and use.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brighton; postcards; museums; public; private; inscription; romance; flirtation
Subjects: V000 Historical and Philosophical studies
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation
W000 Creative Arts and Design > W600 Photography and Film > W640 Photography
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.2752/175145209X419408
Faculties: Faculty of Arts
Depositing User: Annebella Pollen
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2011 12:15
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 14:44
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/9513

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