“My Thoughts Are With You” Greeting Card
Type of Work
This work is a simple Hallmark Greeting card reading “My Thoughts Are With You.” A poem is published on the inside of the card. It reads as follows:
It really doesn't matter
If you're near or far,
'Cause anytime I'm not with you
My thoughts are where you are,
And I want to tell you something
So there won't be any doubt --
You're wonderful to think of
But so hard to be without!
The sender has also left a hand written note reading “We arrived okay.”
Jenny Ward is the sender of this postcard. She's most well known for her duo circus act “The Flying Wards.” Her double trapeze circus act with her brother Eddie allowed her to leave Bloomington, Illinois and travel the United States. This card is one of their many postcard which they would send to their family's residence in Bloomington, IL.
The location of this scene is unknown, but due to the proximity to water and the distinguishing red and pink trees: the scene illustrated is likely East Asia, possibly Japan. The work appears to be inspired off of and mimicking traditional Japanese woodcut prints in a painterly gouache or watercolor media. Glitter is sprinkled through the trees to give an extra pop.
This work serves as a reminder of our inability to communicate long distance prior to the Internet, and the immediate access to communication we have today. It reminds us of how we consume design on a daily basis and how design is used to generate feeling, in this case serenity and happiness.