Jellyfish Debunked!

3107061311_3101abb1ae_z

Oh, fickle faith…

I finally talked to the guy who made the jellyfish cards, John Holbo. They are not, as I had really really really wanted to believe, authentic. The jellyfish themselves truly are by Victorian biologist and illustrator Ernst Haeckel, but Holbo ‘shopped them together.

Here are the two places I’ve seen that present them as authentic, but both are incorrect (and, honestly, the io9 piece could very well just be very, very understatedly tongue-in-cheek).

http://io9.gizmodo.com/5110554/the-secret-career-of-19th-century-naturalist-ernst-haeckel

http://hyperallergic.com/261847/have-a-creepy-little-christmas-with-these-unsettling-victorian-cards/

Holbo was tickled that some people out there (like me) wanted to think they were real. But some weirdness is too good to be true. You can see all the ones he made at his Flickr site here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jholbo/albums/72157611177529561

He’s got some great design work in his other albums as well, and it’s a fascinating collection to browse.

So let’s shed a tear for authenticity but lift a cup of egg nog for some great images! Thanks, John.

UPDATE: Holbo is re-releasing the original parody these were made for.

(And thanks to @goddamnshinyrock for finally making me do the 3 minutes of research I could have done years ago to follow up on these, and to @obscuracurios for bringing them up this year.)

3107887468_6999c6831a_z

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s