Illustrations on the front of postcards, as opposed to photographs, used to be much more common. But now most postcards that I see and get use photography instead.
I love illustration postcards made from imagery created by drawing, paintings, or other visual arts. Photos on postcards are predominant nowadays probably as they provide a realistic representation that people want when sharing their experiences of places.
So I was happy to get this illustrated gem over the holidays:
I love the composition and colours of this. It’s of Langdon Hall, a posh resort in Cambridge, Ontario. I think this postcard captures the spirit of the place much better than a run-of-the-mill photo of it would. (And, you’d never get the butterflies and foxes frolicking without some cheesily obvious Photoshopping.)
This may be the only postcard of a hotel/resort that I have that uses an illustration rather than photograph.
The reverse side does have a photograph on back (making for the best of both worlds):
“Dec. 13, 2014. Dear Glen, Enjoying the coutnry life in Cambridge. We really splurged and had a dinner here and stayed the night. Hunting is more profitable. Going for a massage in a bit and then back home. Ta!”
So congratulations to Langdon Hall for breaking the trend to offer a uniquely beautiful postcard.