The postcard below of Varadero, Cuba was one of the first postcards I ever got in my collection. I was about six years old and went to a stamp show with family. I asked various countries if they had any postcards and only Cuba, Greenland, and Norway had any. The ones from Norway had boring pictures of stamps on them and Greenland had only one dubious postcard (which still remains the only postcard I have from there) but Cuba was quite generous.
The communist country freely shared their postcards with the children of the world. But it seems that without the influence of capitalist marketers they weren’t quite sure how to make appealing postcards. As can be clearly seen with this fine specimen.
The picture is of Varadero beach in Cuba. I’ve been to Varadero and the beach is incredibly beautiful and is considered one of the best in the world. Not that you’d know it from this image.
What I also love about this postcard is on the right hand – someone or something clearly went in front of the camera as the picture was taken. But the people making the postcard didn’t think to retake the photo or use a different one.
Ah the indifference of communist workers, but the sharing spirit of those Cubans who gave me a bunch of cool postcards to help start this illustrious collection.