“What we know as apples, from the tree Malus domestica, are the products of hundreds of generations of careful breeding that started with the tree Malus sieversii, native to Central Asia. The author Michael Pollan once described the fruit of Malus sieversii as tasting like “a tart potato,” or, alternatively, like a “Brazil nut sheathed in leather.” Avocados, a staple of many paleo menus, have similarly been transfigured. The originals consisted of just a thin layer of flesh surrounding a giant seed.”
The Postcards of T. Tyler Sweeny
In 2002, I found 42 postcards in an antique store/junk shop in Lakeland, Fla. The postcards were written by investment banker T. Tyler Sweeny between 1955 and 1963 while he vacationed in Mexico and throughout Europe.
I reproduced the postcards in a 104-page zine, An Antidote to Your Girl in the Bikini, and mailed out a dozen or so to indifferent friends. This seems especially crazy now but I never thought twice about it at the time.
The only additional information I could find on Sweeny was his obituary in the New York Times. He died in August 1975 at the age of 68. He had retired from Snow, Sweeny & Co. in 1963 — the same year as the last of the postcards shared here.
You can see and read all of the postcards here.