I recently met a relative who had a nice gift for me – some of her old postcards. There were only two but they were great as they were such fine specimens.
The one below is a great example of a protest postcard:
Protest postcards tend to have a pre-set message with spaces for a would-be sender to fill in their name and address (as below) and a pre-set address (often to a government official).
This postcard refers to a high-profile protests in the late 1980s in Ontario about logging an old-growth forest, Temagami. It’s addressed to former Ontario premier David Peterson (premier from 1985 to 1990).
[Top]: “This is a 500-year old forest in Temagami, Ontario that may soon be destroyed by logging.”
[Middle] “Dear Mr Premier, The Ontario Government has a duty to play a more responsible role in Global Environmental Protection. I urge you to save the Temagami wilderness and its old-growth forests for future generation.” [Lines to fill in signature, Name, Address]
In preparing for this article, I discovered that despite the passage of some 20 years the logging and First Nations land claims issues have still not been resolved after all these years! Seems like it’s time to draft a new batch of postcards…