The current exhibition in the Virtual Museum of Optical Illusions features metamorphic postcards. These are old postcards with drawings or paintings of people or mythological creatures. When they are viewed from different perspectives the subject is transformed into something new; according to the introduction presented here, metaphoric postcards became very popular in the late 1800s. Visitors will find the exhibit is divided into categories of popular themes, including "The Couple and the Guest", "What's on Your Mind", and "Famous People". Visitors may find some of the pictures difficult to metamorphose, such as "Society" in the "About the Artists" section. Sometimes the metamorphosis comes quickly, but then the pre-metamorphosis picture is hard to see again. The "Being Inspired" theme shows the metamorphic postcard and the drawing or photograph by which it was inspired.


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