With the Pan American Games currently in Toronto, I thought for sure that there would be postcards depicting the games or the adorable mascot Patchi. But in searching the city and the official Pam Am stores, there are zero games-related postcards. The winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia had great postcards (see a sample), so I’m really disappointed that we can’t even have one!
As a small consulation, I have noticed that many stores in Toronto have now updated their Toronto postcards with much more contemporary and visually appealing items. The past few years in Toronto our offerings of postcards of our city have largely been dismal and dated (with a few exceptions of course). But as the city has gussied itself for hosting the games, so to have our postcard offerings (yeah!).
In passing by a rack last week, I immediately noticed this beautiful gem:
Even the back design is quite nice:
There were several attractive Toronto postcards – but at $1 each (rather a lot for a non-gimmick or large format postcard) I had to be selective. Here’s another of my favourites I found that day:
It’s of Toronto’s Dundas Square (beside the Eaton Centre). It was created in 1997 and is now one of the most lively places in the city for live events, demonstrations, festivals, or just hanging out. But until now I haven’t seen it depicted in postcard form, which indicates about the last time the city updated its postcard imagery. So thankfully, the Pam Am Games here have had one lasting legacy.