Since the 1990s, I may have encountered about two hotels offerring giveaways. I figured that this was a practice that had died out completely.
So I was surprised to receive this postcard yesterday from Hotel Sommer in Germany:
Spotting this item was like a seeing a dodo bird. We know them to be extinct – but imagine my surprise to see one sitting there so nonchalantly in my mailbox!
As far as a lodging postcard, this is among the best. The images offer a stunning view of the natural surrounding, luxurious rooms, and the promise of risqué December-May encounters by the pool.
This postcard is from one of the Collection’s grand donors. She’s always on the lookout for fine additions to the Collection, as her message attests:
“Gutentag! I know you love a promo card and these come fanned out in the room, complete with a pen to write them. Good thing this hotel has an indoor pool – it’s cold and raining for days – I had to buy blue jeans. It’s nice and sunny now as we are leaving, but we like it here so much that we’ll probably be back. There’s so much to do around here, just not the boring Lichtenstein castle tour.”
Not only is the postcard a rare sample for proving the continued existence of a form, but it’s also among the larger ones in the Collection at 12.8 centimetres by 23.5 centimetres (which is slightly larger than Canada Post allows without requiring special postage).