Thursday, March 31, 2022

golf rejuvenation due to pandemic

 After years of declining participation, golf has experienced a rejuvenation, largely due to the pandemic. After all, it provided a chance to get outdoors, play a sport and still socially distance from other players. Whether it was regular golfers playing more often, former golfers returning to the game, or beginners trying the sport for the first time, golf courses and driving ranges have seen a massive boost they hope will continue into 2021.

From June through December 2020, golf rounds increased by 75 million nationwide (a 27% gain over the previous period in 2019), pumping life back into a sport and industry badly in need of a boost.

Drivers – Let the Big Dog Eat

TaylorMade SIM2 (Standard, Max, Max•D)


Improving on their popular Sim driver, TaylorMade has incorporated what they’ve learned in recent years into their newest offering. With a full carbon crown and sole, and available in a range of eye-catching colors, the Sim2 features the Speed Injection Twist Face technology that provides forgiveness on non-perfect drives by enlarging the sweet spot.

The SIM2 is the standard model, giving golfers the chance to bomb their drive with optimal launch angle and low spin. The SIM2 Max focuses on increased forgiveness and speed, ideal for an older player or less experienced golfer, delivering a mid-to-high launch and relatively low spin. The SIM2 Max•D is similar to the Max, but does everything in its power to help the user draw the ball (a big help for slicers). $529.99 at 

Titleist Scotty Cameron Special Select


Many golfers swear by their Scotty Cameron putter, and the newest offerings span the range of shapes, sizes, etc. Solid milled designs feature sleeker head profiles, thinner and flatter toplines, and performance balanced weighting. Three blade styles join five mid-mallet options, so testing out different models is highly advised as the differences may appear miniscule, but could have outsized impact on your score. They’re pricy, but well worth the money if you can use it for a decade or two.

Common States of Nudity - POSTCARD HISTORY


March 31, 2022

The Common States of Nudity

a Gallery of Beauty, Humor, Joy, and Love

BE ADVISED: Even in our world of postcards there are elements that may be offensive to some readers. The following article may have content (in the text or the illustrations) that some readers may find objectionable. If so, please accept our apology and go on to the next article.

I was recently told of a doctor’s visit by the person who was the patient. It involved cousins who wished to marry but were related through a common ancestor four generations removed. At the end of a consultation with a genetics specialist the couple was assured by the physician that there are no guarantees in life except the fact that all babies are born naked.

With that piece of sage advice in mind, the staff at Postcard History has spent at least a dozen minutes identifying the varied categories of postcard nudity. We have created the following list: Ancient and Mystic, artistic, comic, occupational, public, social, and fantasy.

Nudity is defined in terms of clothes. Nude. Adj 1. BARE, NAKED, UNCLOTHED. A Nude. Noun. A human figure especially as depicted in art. 2. The condition of being nude such as .

Ancient and Mystic

Left: G. Lorenzo Bernini, Apollo e Dafne. Currently on exhibit at the Borghese in Rome.

Right: Thaleia, the Muse of Comedy. A marble in the Vatican Museum.


Left: Delphin Enjolras’s oil on canvas, The Pearls.

Right: Lieber Lowe . . . von Fidus. 1892 copper plate etching of “The Girl and the Lion.” The girl, while bathing, sees the lion in the reeds and runs to say, “Dear lion, don’t run away – don’t be afraid of small, Marion!”


Left: A Donald McGill comic that shows a little behind.

Right: A Bill Irwyn play on words! Wow, instead of How.


Left: From the Paris Salon, Guillaume’s Dancer dressing for the performance.

Right: From the School of Fine Arts, Paris, professional models in the Life classes.


Left: The most visited tourist site is Belgium is the Manneken Pis in Brussels This classic display of public nudity was put in place in 1619 – 413 years old and he is still …. there!

Right: A Time to Dance in the Gustav Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo Norway. The world’s largest sculpture park by one artist. It is a celebration of birth, life, and death.


Left: A north African maiden allows her “curious” friend to visit from afar.

Right: A beautiful young woman prepares “behind the scenes” to meet her lover.


Left: A bevy of red-haired mermaids frolic at the “Wreck of the Seacraft.”

Right: Albert Lynch’s “Summer’s Maiden.”

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As the doctor said, every baby is born naked. And there are many ways to enjoy the result of our birth. Postcard History presents this gallery of nudes as a sample of what has become of us after our common start.


 Postcard History is a free online magazine dedicated to vintage and historic picture postcards and the many stories associated with them. We feature richly illustrated articles designed to both inform and entertain postcard collectors and history buffs. We also provide the most comprehensive listing of forthcoming shows around. And there’s a rich trove of links to institutional and personal online postcard collections. There’s also a comprehensive, verified listing of active postcard clubs in the U. S. and Canada, which we’re working on expanding worldwide.



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