Apr 23 2012: A Postcard from Warsaw to The Secretaries of Sherwood Road (1977)

Mailed in the summer of 1977 and inscribed “to my lovely secretaries from sunny Warsaw”, there’s a wonderful inversion in this small postcard showing an almost generic 1970s scene of towerblocks and flyovers that could just as easily have been sent from Birmingham as from behind the iron curtain. Perhaps this just confirms the generic nature of postcard views the world over, but perhaps equally demonstrates and supports a wider sense that the two sides of the 40-year political and ideological stand-off known as the Cold War were never quite as distinct from one another as either that period or our own has ever really been prepared to acknowledge.

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