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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2001 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Looking like a vintage postcard character in his electric-blue lounge-lizard suit, Wyatt Landesmann paces his North Beach shop, surrounded by tens of thousands of his off-the-wall curios. There's the picture of a man seemingly driving 8-inch spikes into his skull, an upside-down house, waitresses decked out in lobster jumpsuits and the revealing shot of the American nudists dining out.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 1990 | SHEILA BENSON, TIMES FILM CRITIC
"Postcards From the Edge"!? We should be so lucky. You can write something on a postcard. This is more like fortune cookies; pithy, expert zingers from the mother-daughter battlefield, Hollywood division: a star of '50s musicals (Shirley MacLaine) and her movie actress-daughter (Meryl Streep) struggling back from a drug habit that lifelong insecurity has built. As Carrie Fisher has adapted her successful, somewhat autobiographical 1987 novel about the physical and psychological rehabilitation of a spirited, wisecracking, just-turning-30 actress, she has taken one of the book's more minor preoccupations, the mother-daughter stuff, and made it the movie's whole shooting match.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2007 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
It was a picture-postcard day as the small crowd stood Sunday outside an ornate 131-year-old wood-frame home in Montecito Heights. There was a cloudless blue sky overhead and a cool breeze fresh with the scent of spring swirling down from the nearby hills. If you let your imagination flow, the traffic noise on the nearby Pasadena Freeway could have been the roar of April rain shower runoff rushing down the Arroyo Seco.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Behind bars, you have to be strong, you have to be tough — and now, in Ventura County, you have to be brief. Following a national trend in jail mail, authorities are requiring that inmates send and receive only postcards. Over the years, contraband of all kinds has made its way into the facility in "innocent-looking letters," jail officials said. Razor blades, drugs and coded messages from gangs have been snuck in between the sheets. "We have to take the stamps off envelopes because they'll put drugs on the back that inmates will then be able to lick," said Cmdr.
OPINION
June 26, 2013
Re "Tweeting by mail," Opinion, June 23 As a man of 85, I have seen the transition from postcards to Twitter, and I can say without hesitation that both serve a valuable purpose in communicating in simple language. There is a fundamental aesthetic quality in Japanese haiku: that it is internally sufficient, independent of context and bears consideration as a complete work. Some postcards have gained these qualities through time and use. Let us hope that concise tweets of intelligence and poetic structure may do the same.
WORLD
February 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A museum has acquired a collection of rare World War II-era postcards, stamps and letters from Polish insurgents who fought their Nazi occupiers during the Warsaw Uprising, the museum's director said. Jan Oldakowski, director of the Warsaw Uprising Museum, said the museum acquired the collection at an auction in Duesseldorf, Germany, for the asking price of $280,000. The auction house could not be reached for confirmation. The items include letters and postcards that describe the insurgents' plight.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Facebook Inc. is on the verge of a Goliath rollout of its new Gifts program. But one David isn't quivering in his Santa boots. Matt Brezina, chief executive of Sincerely Inc., said Wednesday that in the next few weeks his company is going to dive deeper into the mobile gifting business. Sincerely doesn't have the global reach of Facebook. But Brezina said there's room enough in the gift business for more than one player, even if the dominant player has more than 1 billion users.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Hailey Branson-Potts
Defense attorneys for a man who pretended to be a Rockefeller and is now charged with the cold-case murder of his San Marino landlady's adult son wrapped up their case Wednesday. They focused on an enduring mystery in the nearly 30-year-old whodunit: What happened to the victim's wife? Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter's lawyers called only two witnesses in his defense: a pair of handwriting experts who testified that they were all but sure Linda Sohus was the person who wrote several postcards mailed to her friends and family weeks after she and her husband went missing in early 1985.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2006 | Christine N. Ziemba
The website www.postsecret.com is part art exhibit and part nondenominational confessional where strangers show and tell their deepest, darkest secrets. Explains the site's mission statement, "PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard." Postcard and secret collector Frank Warren, 41, a self-described "husband, father and small businessman" from Germantown, Md.
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