Christmas Cards Were America’s First Social Media



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My great-grandmother, who was born in the 1880s, passed away when I was about 11 years old. Looking back, it is fairly obvious now that she was a hoarder on a colossal scale, but since this predated reality television, we tended just to say she was a packrat. As we cleaned out her house in rural Missouri, there was something special waiting: two boxes brimming with postcards. These were not of the “wish you were here” variety depicting washed-out hotel swimming pools and palm-tree-lined boulevards. These were older, more elaborate—variously embossed, gilded, tinseled, and extravagantly colored. They were greetings for birthdays and anniversaries, tokens of affection and romantic overture, and happy returns for every holiday on the calendar. Christmas, especially.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but my great-grandmother’s collection would give me a window into the desires—and anxieties—of a world I would only later come to understand and…

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Michael Keaton Reminds Us: ‘I’m Batman. I’m Very Secure in That’


Men in capes.

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As Ben Affleck takes the keys to the Batmobile as the latest iteration of the caped crusader in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Michael Keaton said in a recent interview that he feels no hero-envy.

“Do you know why? Because I’m Batman. I’m very secure in that,” Keaton told Variety, giving the most Bruce-Wayne-like, ice-cool response imaginable.

Keaton played the role twice in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman and the 1992 follow-up Batman Returns, but opted out of reprisal in Batman Forever. More recently, Keaton has turned heads in his starring role in Birdman, about an actor who left a fictional multi-million dollar superhero franchise.

What do Keaton’s fellow alumni of the cape and cowl have to say on the matter?

“When I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour,”

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