An interesting piece of folklore from the indie-rock band Neutral Milk Hotel has recently surface in an antique shop in New Jersey. According to Prefix, the antique shop holds a postcard that inspired the artwork for one of the band’s album covers, In The Aeroplane Over the Sea.
The postcard displays a young girl in a bonnet waving as she stares off in the distance. For the band’s album, however, artist Chris Bilheimer replace the girl’s face with a potato. He also added a few other minor details. The picture below traces the evolution of the postcard art to the actual album cover.