Friday, July 13, 2018

Hitchcockian postcard from Napoli

The birds are definitely making their move in this vintage postcard featuring Piazza del Plebiscito and San Francesco di Paola in Napoli (Naples), Italy. I haven't seen that many birds in one spot since that time I opened a container of french fries on a Maryland beach, which nearly led to the whole family getting slaughtered by seagulls. (I'm not joking. Don't try that unless you're wearing an Iron Man suit.)

One thing I'm not sure about is whether some of the birds were added by illustrators, thus making it more alarming than it actually was. (Note: I was additionally trying to work in a joke about the 2010 concert by Maroon 5 in Piazza del Plebiscito, but nothing good popped onto the page. I guess I'm losing my touch.)

The Roman Catholic church in the background dates to 1836 and contains artwork by Pietro Benvenuti, among others.

This postcard was mailed from Naples to New Jersey in 1953 and has a note that's written neatly in Italian. Translated roughly, it states:
We are still here. We'll be back at Guardia tonight. Geri shares (or parties with) Mario & Carol. Today I will see Vincenzo when I leave. I hope for the first [??]. Greetings to all. Romolo.

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