Greetings From the Land of the Make-Believe Species

Postcards provided proof of lake serpents, jackalopes and assorted curious monsters

(Nebraska State Historical Society)
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(Courtesy of Loren Coleman, International Cryptozoology Museum)
Sometime during the 1930s (the exact date remains disputed), an animal with the body of a jackrabbit and the antlers of a deer appeared in Douglas, Wyoming. By no great coincidence, the crossbreed emerged from the home of rogue taxidermists and brothers Ralph and Douglas Herrick. Images and souvenirs of the jackalope, like this 1957 postcard, remain a totem of the West—a symbol of human ingenuity and, you might say, hybrid vigor.

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