Ten Feet from Hell; or, Tell It to the Vintage Postcard

Here’s another vintage postcard, courtesy of Bob Heman. Its hokiness portrays one of the most desolate, awe-inspiring, and dangerous national parks in the United States, Death Valley. (Well, dangerous for the unobservant tourist who forgets water or relies solely on their car’s GPS system.)

For me the front symbolizes those postcard-selling havens of air-conditioning that are filled with newbies and driving-the-hell-through people. The back symbolizes the blankness that is scary to a city dweller but also welcome. Subtle shades of the soil, the grave and stark mountains that stand impossibly far away from your little speck of a rental car, and the fact that there were actually a few hardy souls who squeezed a living out of this land, usually hunting gold or borax.

Ten feet from hell…what would you write on this postcard?

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