Happy birthday to my wife today. Here’s a postcard I sent her awhile ago, representing her Chinese zodiac symbol.
Here’s the backside:
“From one dog to another, I miss my lady! (I know what you thought I was going to say!) Miss you so much.”
This postcard arrived last week from a family member visiting Canada’s east coast. It’s from Fortress of Louisbourg, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The fort is a national historic site and is from the 18th century originally made by the French. It was once the third busiest port in North America.
Here’s the back of the postcard. I love the Canada Post stamp of Captain Kirk (William Shatner was born in Montreal).
“Hi. Arrived in N.S. [Nova Scotia] on Thursday, July 15th. We certainly enjoyed our visit to the Louisbourg Fortress. An amazing place and well worth the visit. Went to Sidney for dinner this evening. Heading to the Cabot Trail tomorrow morning. We’ll be sure to take lots of pictures!”
Last month, my family and I visited Algonquin Provincial Park for a few days. It’s the largest park in Ontario and the oldest provincial park in Canada. It’s an amazingly beautiful place and normally a great place to see wildlife.
We didn’t see any moose this trip (although everyone else we were with did). So instead we found this stationery alternative:
We loved it, so of course we mailed it to our cat right away from the park.
Algonquin had lots of great postcards, including more along this lines. I’ll feature over the next few weeks. But this one was our favourite, naturally!
Here’s a postcard from my family to celebrate Family Day.
I found a book of postcards last summer that let’s the sender colour them for themselves. I asked my daughter to make one for me. She picked this one as she loves music and cats.
Here’s the message she wrote me:
“To: Daddy Gleny
I love you. This is for your postcard collection. Love.”
Last week I was meeting someone near the Toronto Reference Library. I was early so I went in to kill sometime there as it’s a great place to hang out.
I noticed a new store there called Page and Panel. The store is run by the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and features great graphic novels. Much to my delight have a rack of some awesome postcards.
They sold a set of postcards by famous comics artists promoting the annual comics festival held at the Reference Library.
Here are my favourites:
The backdrop for the Scott Pilgrim characters is the Reference Library’s interior.
I’m not particularly choosy when it comes to collecting and adoring postcards. I love many types and genres and from any destination. But items have to be a proper postcard.
Here’s a sample of a recent postcard below that stretches the boundaries of a postcard versus cool envelope.
It is an example of a foldout postcard in that it is one large sheet of paper that has been folded into three components that fold into one standard size postcard for mailing.
Here’s the interior component with a message:
“Hi Glen. I got this in the mail. It came in an envelope, however it does have space for a stamp in the back. Maybe it was originally intended to be sent with no envelope?
In any case, I removed the original message (a simple thank you for a referal) and sent it to you. Hopefully, this can find a place in your collection. If not, let me know and I’ll send you another cool postcard as soon as I find one.”
Below is the back side of the postcard – with another message and stamp (making it a postcard):
“Hi Glen. Not sure if this counts. But I did write you a message inside.”
This does meet my definition of a postcard – very happy to add it to the Collection!
Here’s another from my recent finds in Toronto:
Why foreigners find our police force so interesting I’ll never know.
It is interesting to note that Americans mythologize and revel in stories of their villains (from Billy the Kid to Bonnie & Clyde). Whereas in Canada we do it with our police force (such as Sam Steele).