Do people still send postcards back home? Is that still a thing or has it officially faded into obsolescence, the sort of thing kids these days would be befuddled by, like wrist watches or using a pencil to fix an unwound cassette tape? Even if so, I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who collect the things, since they are by definition artistic, and some of them can sport some genuinely beautiful work. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years, it’s that the only thing more relaxing than a day at the beach is a day at the beach accompanied by the assembled might of the Empire.
That image of a truly grand day out is the work of artist Franco Brambilla, part of a project aptly titled “Invading the Vintage.” Just like it sounds, it involves Brambilla taking old postcards and giving them a much needed injection of science fiction. I mean, sure, whatever the Mounties were confronting in the original version of this next, I’m sure it was fierce. But there’s no way it was ED-209 fierce. (I would totally put this above the fireplace in my cigar room, if I had a cigar room, if I smoked cigars.)
This next one is one of my favorites. Having the TARDIS pop by would have been nice enough, but I really love going the extra step to drop a ringed world into the background. Clearly the Doctor has managed to hop into one of those alternate realities again. Either that or one of the Star Trek episodes where they find one of the “Exactly Like Earth Except For” planets.
This one is entitled “No…These Are Not…” (I see what he did there.)
And times are tough out there. Sometimes you have to expand your business model beyond just trying to sell defective droids to fresh-faced Tatooine farmboys.
You can check out tons more of Brambila’s artwork on his official website. If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to start planning my ski trip to Hoth.