In recent weeks my junk-mail folder has received well over 100 copies of the folksy image reproduced above. I don’t read Russian, but I know just enough of the alphabet to sound out the second word of the headline. My русскоговорящего friend Dana MacKenzie kindly translated the rest of the message:
The era of posters and announcements has passed. We will distribute your ad on the Internet.
As Dana points out, this is spam for spammers: metaspam. There’s a lot of that going around. After all, the entire online economy is supported by advertisements for companies supported by advertisements for companies supported by….
Incidentally, the painting that the spammers defaced is “Village Postman,” 1959, by Pyotr Krokhonyatkin. I identified it by guessing the title and running a query through Simple Image Search, which led me here.
While I’m on the subject of spam, here’s an update to my running tally of monthly receipts:
For March and April combined, 57 percent of my spam was in Russian (or some other language that uses the Cyrillic alphabet).