A Dream Like This?"
Untitled Photomontage (Duck Hunters)
William H. Martin (1865-1940) Ottawa, Kansas
Silver Print postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 inches, 1909
This postcard was sent to Leon Custard of Mendon, Michigan on May 8, 1909. The message on the back asks, "Did you ever have a dream like this?"
Sigmund Freud's views on the interpretation of dreams were gaining currency at the time this photograph was made, and he wrote that there are no dreams which are without meaning or importance:...whatever one dreams is either plainly recognizable as being psychically significant, or it is distorted and can be judged correctly only after complete interpretation, when it proves, after all, to be of psychic significance. The dream never concerns itself with trifles; we do not allow sleep to be disturbed by trivialities. Dreams which are apparently guileless turn out to be the reverse of innocent, if one takes the trouble to interpret them...
The Interpretation of Dreams (1900)
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