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Picturing a World

Outside Looking In

From today’s post at It’s About Time on Halloween cards, this image of a stereotypical witch looking wistfully through a window at an innocent childs' party is the only one that says to me “This could make a story.” Yet I can imagine a writers’ group dealing out the cards to come up with plots as an exercise. In fact, my writers in ANONYMITY would be familiar with these very cards—and now I have a new avenue of research. Which illustrators at the turn of the 20th C produced such cards?!? If anyone knows, please comment.

NB: Describing a scene from the inside looking out and the outside looking in can be a helpful exercise in point of view, either physical or psychological. Doesn’t this one suggest both kinds?
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