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Stop: I'm Gonna Have to Kink-Shame You There

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This exhibit aims its focus on different forms of sexuality that were prevalent in the Postcard collections, as well as in life. The first section of the exhibit is focused on Sexuality and Popular Culture. Some of these are outright examples of Pop Culture symbols; others are grouped here more on accord of the sort of themes they convey. Many of the themes are reminiscent of the sort of sexual humor we would expect of more present times. There are also an abundance of postcards with captions that are similar to the formatting used in modern day Memes. Many feature text panels on color blocks below and above the image, as well as the sort of one line humor that pop culture has established as a defining feature of Memes. 

It is also interesting to see the ways in which society embraces or denies sexality and romance throughout history, and the ways technology changes the expression thereof. The second segment of this exhibit focuses on romantic imagery that would be considered obscene for some audiences. 

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This is an exhibit archiving romance cards from the Florida State Card Archive. 

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Battle of the Post Cards

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They were supposed to travel the world together… what could’ve changed his mind? This is the story of high school sweethearts, Keith and Sally. They had plans; she craved culture, history, truly just a past that mattered. Sally wanted to create a whole new life away from her family and her hometown. Keith, he wanted something different, but Sally was unaware. He chose the fight - to join his fellow soldiers in warfare for the freedom of our country, for the rights we so often take for granted. The conflict arises when Keith departs for his duty without telling Sally. This isn’t to say he doesn’t love Sally or that he never really did. This love was truly one that could not be denied. No one had ever witnessed a love so strong, so pure, in such young, inexperienced devotees. The love between the two was passionate, all-consuming. They seemed like they were forever. Maybe they still could be…

This exhibit displays the postcard chain, primarily begun by Sally when she demands answers for being treated like a fool. Of course, not one to let anything deter her, Sally followed through with her dreams and sends her postcards from all the different destinations she dreamed about, all of the ones they were supposed to visit together. Through this chain, the couple is able to find peace and closure. In this battle of the postcards, Keith and Sally will determine each other’s fate. 

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