Wednesday, April 1, 2009

POSTCARD HISTORY LESSON - The "Amazing Backwards Gondolas" of Venice, California

Now and then you come across something that looks right, at first, but upon further inspection you realize that something is out of place.

Such is the case with today's postcard.

I can think of no better time to break this one out than on April first, and while I'm not ready to call the artist who rendered this image an "April fool", he or she definitely didn't do the research required to get it right.

It seems that our postcard image here was based on a photo (common back then), which didn't have any piloted gondolas in it, so the artist went ahead and included gondoliers (such additions weren't unusual)
...but somehow the artist managed to
include the gondoliers all on the wrong ends of their boats!

Here's a close-up:
This wasn't just one gondola either, we've got at least three of them being rowed bass-ackwards!

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's impossible.
Hey, stick me on the bow of a gondola, facing backwards, and with a forcola in the right place, I'm confident that I could row there!

Who knows, maybe back then, the gondoliers in Venice, California celebrated "Backwards Day".

If they did, I'll bet it took place on April first.

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