Saturday, April 9, 2011

My Old Friend Paul

Visual Vacations was a postcard company maintained by Paul McGeHee (1950-1989). The entire line celebrated the old graphic convention of conveying greetings from various states with gigantic letters that housed pictorial elements apropos of the word they spelled. The states these cards referenced were from various mental and psychic conditions, not the original 48 associated with the souvenir genre. With his constant companion Woofy, he made several cross-country trips in his VW bus ("The Roving Doghouse") It was always a pleasure when he swung by my abode. He commissioned me and a few other artists to submit designs complimenting his own titles, which comprised most of the VV line. I was working on "Greetings From Limbo" when he died prematurely from too much exposure to the sun earlier in his carefree youth. I was there with him when he took his last breath.