Sweet nothings: suggestive Brighton postcard inscriptions

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This article details the results of a research project searching for evidence of courtship in Brighton Museum's holdings of mainly topographical early twentieth-century postcards. Assembling a body of evidence that demonstrates Brighton as a historic location for romance and the postcard as a flirtatious form of communication, "Sweet Nothings" argues that while postcard inscriptions have been largely overlooked in academic literature, the coded and truncated messages intended to covertly express intimate exchanges in a public medium provide a suggestive means of understanding mass-produced postcards through their private singularization and use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-88
Number of pages12
JournalPhotography and Culture
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Brighton
  • postcards
  • museums
  • public
  • private
  • inscription
  • romance
  • flirtation


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