Here’s a Christmas postcard from Italy:
It’s of an image from an Italian Christmas even called La Strada dei Presepi.
“Glen, I went to Padova today. I couldn’t decide which card to pick for you as most of them were quite unispiring. The answer was handed to me on my way out of a restaurant. Buone feste Glen. Hope you and your family had an amazing Chirstmas.”
Happy birthday to my wife today. Here’s a postcard I sent her awhile ago, representing her Chinese zodiac symbol.
Here’s the backside:
“From one dog to another, I miss my lady! (I know what you thought I was going to say!) Miss you so much.”
Ih honour of Labour Day, here’s some superhero solidarity from a postcard I got from a Toronto comic book store:
When I was on the picket line, I just wish I had Green Lantern, Flash, and Wonder Woman with me!
Back in May, I went to Toronto Comic Arts Festival. It was a great (and free) event. There were lots of famous and awesome local and international cartoonists there. My daughter and I are huge fans of graphic literature, so it was cool to meet some of our famous cartoonists.
They even had a couple free postcards. This one below is from the graphic book series Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi. My daughter and I have been reading this for years so we were excited to see this postcard:
I also got this postcard for Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea.
It has the best back design of any postcard – a MAZE:
Earlier this summer, I was in Peterborough, Ontario. It’s one of my favourite places in Ontario and that’s not just because they have the Canoe Museum and the world’s best jingle for a car dealership.
My in-laws live there and I’ve been several times and rarely encountered anywhere that sells postcards. But thanks to Wal-mart I found this postcard highlighting Peterborough’s claim-to-fame, their famous lift-locks!
This postcard arrived last week from a family member visiting Canada’s east coast. It’s from Fortress of Louisbourg, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The fort is a national historic site and is from the 18th century originally made by the French. It was once the third busiest port in North America.
Here’s the back of the postcard. I love the Canada Post stamp of Captain Kirk (William Shatner was born in Montreal).
“Hi. Arrived in N.S. [Nova Scotia] on Thursday, July 15th. We certainly enjoyed our visit to the Louisbourg Fortress. An amazing place and well worth the visit. Went to Sidney for dinner this evening. Heading to the Cabot Trail tomorrow morning. We’ll be sure to take lots of pictures!”
Earlier this year, my daughter was in a school production of Seussical playing Mayzie La Bird. She was a great Mayzie! An extra treat for me is that the play features Mayzie sending a postcard. Mayzie asked Horton to watch her egg so she could have a rest – in Palm Beach
My daughter asked if I had a postcard of Palm Beach that they could use and I did (well, West Palm Beach). And it was even blank. So she wrote the postcard as Mayzie to Horton.
Here’s the front side:
So this is a first for the Collection – the first time one of the postcards was used as a prop in a play.
Last month, my family and I visited Algonquin Provincial Park for a few days. It’s the largest park in Ontario and the oldest provincial park in Canada. It’s an amazingly beautiful place and normally a great place to see wildlife.
We didn’t see any moose this trip (although everyone else we were with did). So instead we found this stationery alternative:
We loved it, so of course we mailed it to our cat right away from the park.
Algonquin had lots of great postcards, including more along this lines. I’ll feature over the next few weeks. But this one was our favourite, naturally!
Here’s another sample from my winter sojourn in the south. We spent only a short time in the island of St. Martin this time, but I found lots of good postcards (as well as going to I to an awesome Star Wars museum!)
I particularly like this postcard, below, as it captures a segment of the place’s history.
Here is the back of postcard which tells about the history pertaining to the front image.
“For Amsterdam, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
The cannons of Fort Amsterdam have witnessed many fierce battles between the Dutch and the Spanish, English and Portuguese navies. The island actually changed flags many times. In one such battle, Peter Stuyvesant, who later became Governor of New Amsterdam (now New York), lost his lag here. ”
Earlier this year, I got some great postcards from my postcard penpal on his trip to Italy. Fortunately, for me he made a trip to the bordering country of Slovenia. I love postcards from Slovenia and I’ve only got one other in the Collection, so this was a real treat. And then there’s the postcard itself in all its shiny glory:
Here’s the real backside (ha, pun intended!):
On my last day here I got the chance to spend the afternoon in Capodistria, Slovenia. Awesome place, if you ever have the opportunity you should visit. Also, as soon as I saw this postcard I knew it was perfect for you!