On the train today, Cyndi Lauper's "All Through the Night" came on my iPod, and it shot me back in one of those quick, brain-stem-memory moments, to pre-internet times. The '80s. I found this card.

This has a decidedly '40s-'50s aesthetic, but still, I can imagine even as a kid in the Reagen years, it would have been considered an incredible service to fill out a post card with a research query, send it out to some no-name town in California, and in a month or so, receive a packet of sourced information from around the world on your topic, for free.

Fuck, I can't believe the internet sometimes. This, ironically, surfaced as a design for an e-card you can send via the Dutch site Boomerang. [Boomerang via FFFFound]