Today we have a classic example of not one, but two bad postcard genres.
We’re headed out to Greenville, Mich., for United Memorial Hospital and Extended Care Unit, which the back tells us is an accredited community facility of 110 beds. The hospital still exists today as Spectrum Health United Memorial.
Greenville’s a nice place, and there are many people who live there. Not a single one of them is in our postcard, though. That means we have the classic ghost town genre, usually associated with government buildings.
Then, we have a hard time getting a look at United Memorial in our United Memorial postcard. It is there, somewhere beyond the vast and empty parking lot and trees. It’s a bad sign when the most prominent in our hospital postcard is a street light and not a hospital.
On the bright side, we know that Greenville is a very healthy place. And we know this because there are no cars in the lot. No patients, no workers, no ambulances – nothing!
We can only assume that everyone except the photographer is at the Danish Festival, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Bad postcards of the past:
May 24, 2015: Perilous playgrounds of the past
April 26, 2015: Clinton, Ind. and its immigration tribute is an instant classic!
April 19, 2015: Fort Riley, tragedy and baseball 20 years ago today
April 12, 2015: The Canopy restaurant had a nice lobby
Jan. 31, 2015: Mysteries of The Beef Room and the original KFC
Jan. 24, 2015: Waffle House highlights road trip culinary adventures
Aug. 17, 2014: Insensitive Hiawatha and the Upper Peninsula bucket list
June 29, 2014: Mysteries of art and hockey in Southern California
June 15, 2014: Sweden needs a tutorial on glorious bad postcards
June 8, 2014: The secret lives of French poodles
May 18, 2014: Disgraced Fifi and talented Twiggy
May 4, 2014: Albion, Sigma Chi and fraternity shenanigans
April 20, 2014: The mystery of the disappearing Wawa goose
April 6, 2014: Guys like to stay in risky motels
March 30, 2014: Boldly dining in forbidden food places
March 23, 2014: Plenty of parking in St. Simons Island, Ga.
March 16, 2014: 'Jesus, Take the Wheel' and Rally Day risk-taking
Feb. 9, 2014: Mystery spots at Central Michigan University
Feb. 2, 2014: No one monkeys around at the music competition
Jan. 19: 2014: Life and death of Grindstone City, a one-industry town
Jan. 6, 2014: Life, death, skiing and broken snow blowers
Dec. 1, 2013: Selecting a Christmas tree and other holiday hazards.
Nov. 24, 2013: Mystery bean stalk in Muskegon
Nov. 17, 2013: Parking in California must be difficult
Oct. 27, 2013: Pistols, petticoats and mysteries at Stagecoach Stop
Oct. 6, 2013: Obstacles of Mackinac Island
Sept. 15, 2013: Maritime mayhem in Frankenmuth
Sept. 8, 2013: Elmer, Elsie and bovine hell
Aug. 31, 2013: Escanaba's band shell, awaiting Miley Cyrus, or anyone else
Aug. 25, 2013: 'Big Tex,' the rather awkward symbol of the Texas State Fair
Aug. 18, 2013: Musical fountain and other dangers of Grand Haven
Aug. 9, 2013: Frustrated deer and emergency elk in Atlanta, Mich.
Aug. 3, 2013: 'Gray Shirts' keep the band rolling
July 26, 2013: What happens in a creepy pool in Vegas....