Grave humour

Graves and cemeteries form a small but consistent set amongst the fat ladies and weedy men of the humorous postcard. Alcohol is almost always present too. George Orwell in his essay on the art of Donald McGill notes that for the comic postcard, drunkenness is ipso facto funny, and I suspect that the same must go for the cemetery: how else to account for the repetition of the not very funny joke about drunks falling asleep on graves?

I'm not sure why my postcard collection exists. Probably too much time spent on eBay, plus complete incredulity that these can have sold in their thousands and yet be so unfunny. I suppose the point is that there's no danger at all that the person to whom you sent the card wouldn't get the joke.

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