We just got back from our summer holidays earlier this week and we had a bunch of postcards awaiting us. I’ll post them all gradually, as they are such great additions to the Collection. This one below, however, is my favourite of the recent arrivals:
I recognized the names of famous Swiss mountains, the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau.
Any idea, what this image represents?
In trying to figure out what these personifications of the mountains meant, I figured maybe their names revealed something. I knew that Jungfrau meant maiden, and Mönch is monk, but I can’t find a definitive translation of Eiger (I found both javelin and ogre). Either way, I have no idea why the Eiger and Mönch are doing snuff and then the Jungfrau is sneezing out the mountain climbers.
The back of the postcard is more puzzling:
“Reproduktion einer alten Karte” [I can translate this without using Google Translate: “Reproduction of an old postcard”.]
“Words defy me. [Unknown] the base jumpers wear different types of suits – bat, tracker, squirrel, and each suit allows them to do different things.”
I’m not sure what BASE jumping has to do with the picture – and now I want to know about their odd suits.
The bizarreness and mystery just adds to its charm.
Update: A friend, Ben, figured it out as he says, “It’s a fun way for mountain climbers to imagine that avalanches are caused by mountain-sneezes, from the mountains sniffing snuff.” Thanks for solving that mystery.