Mystery Postcard

Here's one of the mysteries of the Internet. Over at, people have been debating for many years over what this postcard might mean. It appears to have been manufactured in the early 20th century (circa 1907) and bears the statement: "Health Must Be Earned, Get it — you Lobster."

Some of the theories are that "lobster" was slang for a sluggish person or dullard, or that it was referring to an "overweight sunbather." But no one really knows for sure.
     Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 28, 2014
     Category: Unsolved Mysteries

Reminds me of a Dave Chappelle bit where he says that he uses bizarre fake slang when on the phone with uptight business types to get a reaction. Could just be silly with no real meaning at all.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/29/14 at 01:45 AM
Given the bathing suit fashions of the time, I'm disinclined to go for the overweight sunbather. My late FIL, who was born in 1904, well remembered how shocked he was that European men swam topless even a decade or so later.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 06/29/14 at 06:41 AM
Q: -Why is an orange?
A: -A bicycle since a vest has no sleeves!

This was around in the late 60's. I guess you were UN-hip if you tried to find a meaning. OR hippest if you found a meaning!
Posted by Skyte on 06/29/14 at 09:55 AM
'Tis the voice of the Lobster:
I heard him declare
"You have baked me too brown,
I must curry my hair!"
Posted by Richard Bos on 06/29/14 at 03:56 PM
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