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If you have ever seen an Anne Taintor postcard, mug, or greeting card, you would know. Her website tagline is, “Making Smart People Smile Since 1985”. Taintor takes classic photographs and old-fashioned drawings and adds clever words to them, in a newsprint style. For example, her very first piece used an old picture from a National Geographic magazine photo. The photo shows a businessman type wearing a pressed collared shirt, shorts and dress socks. He is with two women in classy dresses and they are standing on a balcony overlooking some exotic location. She clipped out the newsprint worlds, “intellectuals gone bad.” It was funny and offbeat and spawned many more creations.

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How did Anne come up with her kooky collages? According to her website, it was 1985 and Taintor had suddenly gone from a stay-at-home mom to being the sole breadwinner of her household. She needed to make money – and fast. She went to a career counselor, where she was asked what skills she had. Her response? “I can make collages.”

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She started from there, cutting out magazine photos and making collages. She clipped the words and added them, poking fun at society and gender roles. She even started typing her own words instead of simply cutting them from magazines! She was told to give up many times, but Anne persevered. Her style is defined by clever and witty observations of images from the past that many people would simply have taken at face value, but she turns the image on its side and points out the hilarity of the situation!

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Today, Taintor is well-known and her many classic creations make people chuckle all over the world. You can find more of her work on Amazon.com, as well as in gift shops and greeting card stores everywhere.

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24 comments so far

MissChristinaAnne, United States of America
I love this retro 1950's style and Anne does a fabulous job adding just the right caption to an otherwise simple photo. I try to participate in the Anne Taintor tag whenever possible on the PC Forum so I can collect more. :)
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ned44440, Ireland
Always excellent. I love Anne's work.
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Nunneli, Finland
Terrific cards, ones of my favourites, they're full of satire and clever.
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HM, Netherlands
those postcards make me smile! If anyone has received or sent one, please put a link to the card in a comment so I can have a look at it or favourite it! thanks for this nice blog!!!
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kugusch, Germany
I've found a lot of new likes and interests through Postcrossing. I've always loved 60's and 70's Kitsch, so when I came across the first Anne Taintor cards, I quickly fell in love with them!
Beautifully done...such "simple" work with such grand effect...love them!
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kk12, United States of America
Awesome!
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linku, Germany
she's the best!!! we need more like that... :O)
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lieselgrobler, South Africa
I love these cards - they are really funny!
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kala, United States of America
Her work is one of the best!
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martymarty, Czech Republic
I like this vintage stuff with modern twist.
I once saw a card with a picture of woman, holding her belly and an angry smile, having words like "I have PMS and a small nuclear device. Any questions?" Great :-)
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MrsFuchur, Switzerland
Oh, how nice! I have never seen such postcards before but I like them. :)
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caoyang, China
没看明白,呵呵
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nugget, United States of America
I love these--humor with a twist!
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bodrumlu, Turkey
very good job
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BEARSmom, United States of America
i've sent a few of those :D makes me laugh every time!!!
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wildernesscat, Israel
Fantastic!
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Judith---19, Netherlands
Hey! I got one of those! Didn't know it was a serie
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Amiya, India
Wow, love these cards!
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LNMP298, United States of America
Love her work! I may have to order some coasters...
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theredcat, Germany
Happy birthday to you
happy birthday to you
happy bithday dear postcrossing
happy birthday to you

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