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January 1, 2023 / philosophermouseofthehedge

The Morning After

Baby New Year on globe with Champagne .1914.Nat.Lib.of Norway (USPD.artist life,

“Hey, Father. Back so soon? I’m feelin’ on top of the world. Grounded? No. Not feeling that.”(Vintage 1914 New Year’s postcard/ Nat.Lib.of Norway/USPD/

You know how it is. When dad’s away, the kids will play.

Kids gone wild!

Babes gone bad!

Even the smallest and littlest angels? (Hmmm. Maybe like skiing, the little ones don’t have as far to fall?)

No matter the year or the country, it’s the same

All forgiven? Probably (with few, if any, regrets).

Cheers for the rebirth of humor in 2023.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Scenes possibly caught by Ring Door cams on New Year’s Eve

vintage postcard. car load of cherubs (1910 Missouri History Museum (USPD., artist life/

“Dad, don’t worry. We remembered a designated driver….although one little dude looks a bit unhappy thinking his New Year’s plan is not likely to  happen.” (Vintage 1910 postcard. Missouri History Museum / USPD/

Vintage French postcard. c.1900's (USPD. life/

“Quick, get the punch bowl ready. Everyone’s arriving. Let’s get this party started.” (1900’s French postcard.USPD/

VINTAGE POSTCARD. four little angels or cupids, three of them shopping at a stall selling red hearts.1900-1910, Printed in Berlin/ Nat. Lib of New Zealand. (USPD no cr/artist life,

“Look, the refreshments are here. Don’t you love them?” “Are you sure these are fresh? Not leftovers from Christmas?” “Nope. Samples for our next big event.” (1900-1910, New Year’s postcard printed in Berlin / Nat. Lib of New Zealand. (USPD/

Vintage New Year's postcard with cherub on phone. 1908 (SMU Centraal Library//USPD pb.daate, aaratist life/

“Hello? Father? Can you come get me or send an archangel over to pick me up? I seemed to have misplaced my wings somewhere.” (1908 New Year’s postcard from SMU Central Library / USPD/


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  1. shoreacres / Jan 1 2023 7:56 am

    Vintage greetings always are creative and wonderful. There’s not a chance in the world AI could produce these! Happy New Year!

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    • disperser / Jan 1 2023 9:21 am

      As a first pass (10 seconds) without a detailed description, it actually doesn’t do too badly . . .

      Multiple passes and tweaks might improve on it.

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      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2023 10:15 am

        True – with many still generic formula faces – but getting closer each update? (Now, where’s the “forbidden until a certain age” substances?
        AI is able to learn jokes and create some, but still have a way to go there…human behavior is complex – human thought and interpretation even more so…but it is and will be fun watching the AI toddlers. Thanks for adding these!

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    • disperser / Jan 1 2023 9:26 am

      And another . . .

      However, most public AIs currently have restrictions on certain words; children, nudity, and drinking get constrained depending on the context of the prompt. Commercial products might not have those restrictions. It’s also worth remembering AIs are — literally — in their infancy, but growing up fast.

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      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2023 10:22 am

        You hit it: marketing. Marketing get AI up to speed quickly. (Maybe with “prettier” more artistic touch…you know overly sweet sells.) Still the actual humor may take a bit; on the horizon, no doubt. Although some vintage cards were not created for humorous interpretations, but are actually quite funny – now and then. There’s a lot that were intended to be hilarious – depending on the era created/artist.
        Enjoyed your expertise and take on these

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2023 10:28 am

      These vintage cards are so “elegantly hilarious” they may be difficult to match. What tickles and amuses humans is not always formulaic and predictable. Jokes/humourous social situations may go over the keyboard of AI right now – similar to some who have English as a second language (who often have difficulty “catching” jokes and funny references…makes them nervous.) Hopefully AI will take humor attempts in stride and not get ugly about is as some humans not understanding do.
      Thanks for getting the visual giggles

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  2. pensitivity101 / Jan 1 2023 8:49 am

    Love ’em. Happy New Year

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2023 10:30 am

      I always know you’ll appreciate these little greeting pieces of art work. Thanks for sending over a comment.
      Hope your New Year’s Day is bright and warm. Paws up for walking on

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  3. disperser / Jan 1 2023 9:30 am

    . . . start them at an early age, no responsible parent ever said, but it’s certainly encouraged by the booze companies, and probably why we have so many alcoholics (functioning or not) . . .

    But, it’s a new year! Let’s look forward to a time when the joys and celebrations of life don’t include substance abuse! Happy 2023!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2023 10:45 am

      Honestly, I agree with you. I almost started to caption the “punch bowl” one with “It’s OK folks, They are French.” Sounded a bit too snarky/stereotype. And it would give a pass to all the rest who also allow alcohol at an early age/ignore addictive behavior…”We only allow it for ‘special occasions’.”
      Mixed messages a real problem these days. Whether by society, big media, or marketing companies, the addiction aspect appears to be written-off and ignored as collateral damage…weak individuals…not our problem. Like cinco de mayo becoming a major celebration in the US, it’s all about the money
      Start them at an early age learning to armor themselves – become their own person with their own minds – be of the world and not in it? To thy own self be true. And know when to fold ’em and when to hold ’em.
      Heavy fog today here appropriate for New Year’s Day? Can’t see what’s ahead: hope, dreams, fear, worry, rewards, danger – your choice to interpret head out with in the new year.
      Enjoyed your notice of implications and perspective. Thanks

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    • disperser / Jan 1 2023 10:57 am

      I’m perhaps more sensitive than many about the subject. Still, booze is a major and costly impact on society, and it grates on me when it’s dismissed as a “necessary social lubricant”.

      But, this is about celebrating a new start in a new year . . . although we too had fog this morning. Perhaps a metaphor for our lives now.


  4. SusanR / Jan 1 2023 10:40 am

    So the kids did all the drinking back then? Or those are cherubs boozing it up? Oh well, times change. Happy New Year! Looks like we made it!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2023 11:03 am

      The “kids”/cherubs struck me as funny, too – so they got the stage rather than the adult illustrations and versions.
      Maybe society just saw more humor of silly things back then? A lighter view of life. We could all use some of that.
      Yep we made last year ( and the one before that). Now if the morning sea fog would burn off I could pack up some of the holiday remnants – which would cheer me before the torrents of rain coming in all day tomorrow…we’re in a “drought” down here, you know HAHA. I am having trouble whiplashing with new definitions of established words…hope I get all the muddy dog towels clean …oh, wait what do we still call all that dark sticky clod mirk in the backyard “mud”? Hard to keep up.
      Stay warm and get ready for what is waiting to spring on us! Thanks for mailing in a comment


  5. cat9984 / Jan 1 2023 12:04 pm

    May your 2023 be full of peace and joy!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. marina kanavaki / Jan 1 2023 2:50 pm

    Happy New Year, my friend and oh, yes… here’s to the rebirth of humor 🤞!
    Festive paw waves from Hera!

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  7. sustainabilitea / Jan 1 2023 5:35 pm

    I so love the postcards. I’d love to see the return of non-hurtful humor as well as people not being so easily offend by humor.

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  8. Robin / Jan 4 2023 5:32 am

    Love the vintage postcards and cheers to the rebirth of humor. Happy New Year! 🙂


  9. Ally Bean / Jan 7 2023 11:17 am

    A vintage postcard with a driver wearing spectacles?!! You know I’m here for that. Happy New Year!



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