This has been a banner week thanks to our great donor’s travels to Southwest United States. The donor has gifted the Collection with fine new specimens from Nevada and Arizona – some noteworthy for their postmodern imagery and some from their incredible cost. But today’s arrival is by far the biggest blockbuster item in the Collection – particularly for the speciality gimmick gallery.
The front is a nice, typical postcard image of Sedona, Arizona – but inside the postcard is a special treat – a DVD postcard of Sedona! This is the first of its kind for the Collection (or that I’ve seen elsewhere)!
The postcard portion of the DVD is very enjoyable – Sedona is clearly a beautiful place. But the DVD included a Kaledioscape video which is like nothing I’ve ever seen before (and I’ve been to the world’s largest kaleidoscope). They take photos of Sedona landscapes and combine them and move them like a kaleidoscope. It’s mesmerizing, pretty, other-worldly, and yet highly relaxing.
The DVD was inserted into the postcard, which is essentially a DVD postal envelope. This made me question whether or not this is indeed a postcard or a piece of mail?
The reverse side helped convince me that this is a (new?) type of postcard:
“Well do you have one of these in your collection? Cheers”
Using the definition from Merriam Webster, a postcard is “a card on which a message may be written for mailing without an envelope and to which the sender must affix a stamp”.
I have disqualified other items from the Collection if they have an envelope or if they are not able to be mailed (then they are either just mail or souvenirs). BTW, some people differentiate post cards as cards that the sender has to put a stamp on versus the cards that government postal services issue with preprinted stamps on them (as with my Canada Post ones) as postal cards. I also disqualify promotional cards (even if they are mailed) unless there is room for the sender to ascribe a message (but if the sender manages to squeeze in a message even though it wasn’t intended then it counts as a postcard).
So although this item is an envelope, its outside (back and front) meets all the criteria of a postcard. What’s inside the postcard is just a bonus! And in this case, it’s a trippy delight!