This never-used postcard, which might date to before the divided-back era that began in 1907, has this cursive caption:
The straightforward and comic implication is that this gentleman is inebriated1 and "talking" to light poles.
Or ... is this the true record of some Victorian Era gentleman, perhaps a Time Lord, who is traveling through an alternate dimension populated by sentient, anthropomorphic light poles. It is a fantastic land, one in which buildings tilt and shimmer as the very fabric of reality sways in the breeze. This brave adventurer is, perhaps, making his way through this land, as an ambassador of the human race. He might well be negotiating a treaty to keep the Pole People from invading our dimension. This man could be a hero.
But that's just one possible interpretation.
Previous posts featuring anthropomorphism
- "It's Time To Renew," according to this anthropomorphic alarm clock
- "The Owl and the Eel and the Warming-Pan" (1890)
- Vintage, punny get-well-soon card
- Freaky illustrations found within "The Story of Soil"
- Five groovy ads from the 1933 Furst-McNess cookbook
- 1960s Russian С Новым годом postcard ("Happy New Year!")
- Slightly creepy vintage Valentine's Day postcard
- Potentially unnecessary bonus image of a blender with a face
- Peachy little corned beef loaves and healthful cheese dishes
- Everything's better with anthropomorphism (1949's Plant Maintenance Manual)
Liquored-up Language Footnote
1. Intoxicated. Drunk. Tipsy. Plastered. Sloshed. Wasted. Potted. Buzzed. Schlonkered. Blitzed. Blotto. Pickled. Stewed. Toasted. ... So many colorful phrases for a less-than-colorful state of being. I do like the word schlonkered, though.