With the pandemic quarantines giving me time on my hands, I decided to count all my postcards for the first time (stay tuned for the results). In the process of counting all of the Collection, I came across some great specimens that I hadn’t seen in a long time.
This one really caught my eye:
It’s not actually a postcard – or at least not originally.
It’s a restaurant comment card. I don’t know how it made it through the mail, as it really hard to figure out the location of the essential postal items. I had to look carefully to find the stamp (did you find it?). And the address is on the front side.
Here’s the back:
“Hey Glen! Just wanted to see what I could do and still have the postal system recognize this as a post-card. Hope you like it. Toronto 14/12/2016”
I do like it – very much! It’s fascinating and hilarious that this made it through Canada Post. I have also been posting a bunch of restaurant postcards lately – and this one is a unique spin on that. Finally, this also reminded me of a restaurant that I used to go to and loved.
My family went to Frankie Tomatto’s a few times as a special treat, even though it was out of the city in Markham (and we don’t have a car). I loved Frankie’s not only because of their great food (and lots of it!) but also they had a delightfully kitsch miniature replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (or Leaning Tower of Pizza as we called it).
In preparing this post, I learned that Frankie’s closed permanently due to the pandemic. It was a GTA legend for over 25 years. Damn pandemic!
The person who sent me this postcard has sent many great and unique specimens – but I no longer have their address. If they could send me their address (my Gmail address is still the same) then I can send them some postcards too – but none as choice as this.
R.I.P. Frankie Tomatto’s 😦