Next to my copy of DeLillo and Buck’s pseudonymous novel Amazons and a signed first of Tom Wolfe’s Mauve Gloves & Madmen, Clutter & Vine (which I sold), this postcard is the best thing I’ve ever thrifted. Stuck in a tourist guide to Mont Saint-Michel, the obverse is simply a photograph of the island by the photographer “Greff.” The reverse, though, is the best. In a flowing script, “Cliff” writes:
Darling, this is the place for us. Champagne, three bucks a quart!
Pictures below the jump.
I’ll never know the story behind this, obviously, but it’s thrilling to imagine Cliff and his darling living lives of pre-war expatriate glamour and getting smashed on cheap champagne.