Broken relationship #4

Here’s yet another truncated romance documented in Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships, which I described yesterday, posting three specimens. I’ll post one a day for a while, and those readers who made a point of telling me they don’t like this museum can skip them.

If anybody can read the postcard, weigh in below. (Click on the first picture if it seems blurry to you.)



  1. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted October 22, 2018 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Well, since other readers have chimed in the other way, I simply have to post that I am fascinated by this museum and am quite grateful for these posts.

    IMO, there are three American masters of the romantic breakup song, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Judy Garland (written for her by others).

    Garland had both the mad and the sad breakup song (“The Man that Got Away” and “Last Night When We Were Young” respectively.)

    In his 2nd and 4th albums, Bob Dylan wrote 3 strong break-up songs, TWO of which became quite famous (“Don’t Think Twice” and “It Ain’t Me Babe”) and one which languished in obscurity (“I Don’t Believe You”). That last one is less noble and edifying, but is more cathartic and deserved a wider audience.

    As for Mitchell, there is of course “Both Sides Now”.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted October 22, 2018 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

      I dunno, JLH, ol’ Francis Albert Sinatra knew a thing or two about break-up tunes, too, especially after the split with Ava. Take “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)”, for example, words and music by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen.

      • JonLynnHarvey
        Posted October 23, 2018 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

        I shall correct three to “at least three”

    • revelator60
      Posted October 22, 2018 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      Dylan also returned to break-up songs in his album Blood on the Tracks, which features the masterpieces “Idiot Wind,” “If You See Her, Say Hello” and “You’re a Big Girl Now.”

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted October 22, 2018 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

        Not to mention “Tangled Up in Blue,” which is a break-up song after a fashion, too.

    • Posted October 22, 2018 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

      As Joni Mitchell breakup songs go, Amelia is in a class by itself. Joni live on stage, with Path Metheney noodling a bit at the end.

      And count me in for the posts about the Museum of Broken Relationships!

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted October 23, 2018 at 2:22 am | Permalink

      Not quite the conventional break-up song but “If This Is Goodbye” belongs, I think, in this collection.

      Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris


  2. Malgorzata
    Posted October 22, 2018 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    “Remember the day of our walk and do not forget”.

  3. Posted October 22, 2018 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Text on the postcard: “Recall (/Remember) the day of our stroll and don’t forget.”

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted October 22, 2018 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    I think it interesting and surprised that people would put this out in public. Not too sure I could do it. Had some events as many have, years ago but you just file them away and wonder. Any pictures were way before any on line service. Not something you sit around discussing with your wife normally.

    • Posted October 22, 2018 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

      By and large the people are anonymous, so, except for some items in the exhibits, you don’t know the names of those involved.

  5. Posted October 22, 2018 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    A sad story, but I have to wonder if she returned his affection or not (whether she acted on it is irrelevant). She didn’t specify, only giving her parents response.

    • Posted October 22, 2018 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

      Well, I’d think that if she didn’t return his affection this would not really be a broken relationship.

      • Posted October 22, 2018 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

        It could simply be a relationship that might have been. She might be sad at her parents for refusing him, or simply sad that he killed himself over her. Unrequited love?

  6. Stewedprune
    Posted October 22, 2018 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    I have to agree with JLH above: I’m grateful to you for showing us items from the Museum of Broken Relationships. This one is very touching and I quite understand why the Armenian lady was both sad and happy to discover the museum. I hope that giving up her treasured postcard brought her some comfort

    • Diane G
      Posted October 22, 2018 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

      Interesting observation. Many people hang onto old love letters, etc., but when you’re 70 you start to realize that they’ll mean next to nothing to any of your heirs. This way the story lives on; and the poor suitor will not be forgotten.

  7. Posted October 23, 2018 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Wow! That is incredible! Very moving! ❤

  8. Posted October 23, 2018 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    What a tragic consequence of an unpolite opinion! In fact, those erroneously protective parents, ignorant of how intense love feelings can be, did not deserve their daughter…
    A sad museum but worth a visit, in my opinion.

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