Behind every enduring innovation lies a vast cemetery of achievement: the world of failed inventions. Award-winning author and illustrator Shaun Tan explores this forgotten world in The Oopsatoreum, a fictional tale of a strikingly original but spectacularly unsuccessful inventor. Woven around strange and largely obscure artefacts from the Powerhouse Museum, the whimsical stories in The Oopsatoreum are for anyone who has ever made a mistake.
Shaun has not only created tales around a group of Museum objects, he has also incorporated vintage postcards from the collection into the story. He uses the postcards to illustrate Henry Mintox’s supposed sketches and notes for his inventions. The idea was that Henry would then post the cards to himself as a way of protecting his intellectual property. Like so many of his other ideas, this one was unsuccessful too.
Powerhouse Publishing has produced a set of 10 of these delightful postcards, packaged in a presentation wallet. They feature Shaun’s illustrations on the front and Museum objects on the reverse.