The Human Fly

PO St Joe Human Fly

I have seen hundreds of post office postcards, one of my many passions, but never one like this. The post office is in St. Joseph, Missouri, the date is April 4, 1916, and the “Human Fly” climbing its walls is Harry H. Gardiner, an American who successfully scaled more than 700 buildings in Europe and North America, usually wearing ordinary street clothes and using no special equipment. The St. Joseph Observer ran this short piece after Gardner’s climb:

PO Human Fly Harry Gardner

Wake Up in Vichy

Jean Raoul Naurac

A poster by Jean Raoul Chaurand-Naurac (1878-1948) for the London to Vichy Pullman Express which served passengers from 1927 to 1930, conveying them in luxury to the thermal baths at Vichy. (I’m assuming passengers had to hop a ferry from Dover to Boulogne in mid-journey.)