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.”
It was a crazy holiday season as usual, so I haven’t had a chance until now to update this blog with the new arrivals to the Collection.
This item arrived in late November from Tofino, British Columbia. The west coast of Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful places I have been to. We stayed in nearby Ucluelet, which I recommend over Tofino.
Regardless, the coastal scenery and forests are beautiful all along that area as this postcard depicts:
Here is the reverse side:
“Glen. This was supposed to be our storm watch visit to Tofino, and ironically no storms! Beautiful sunny days with stunning sunsets. We were here for the oyster festival and visited and oyster farm. So many yummy oysters, crab, salmon I was in seafood heaven! Cheers.”
I have heard that people go to watch the storms, sounds wonderfully melodramatic.
Vancouver had such an amazing selection of postcards that a month after returning and various blog posts, I still have more acquisitions to showcase here. The ones below are from an art gallery I visited in the Downtown Eastside (a.k.a. Canada’s ‘gulag’). The art gallery showcased the art of several area artists, including – much to my delight – a bunch of artworks on postcards. Here are the three I particularly liked:
While visiting Vancouver’s famed Central Library recently, I picked up some fine postcards and this one:
The photo of the Roman Coliseum rip-off building is good, but the “Did you know” text is among the lengthiest and dullest I’ve encountered in the genre. Did-you-know postcards are generally reserved for particularly fascinating locales. Reading the text of this I’m not sure this place qualifies:
“Library Square in downtown Vancouver has become one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Occupying a full city block, the complex is comprised of an office tower and the Vancouver Public Library, the second largest public library in Canada. Its design recalls the Roman Coliseum, its warm earth tones and its features are unique. Outside large public gathering areas draw streets festivals like the Word on the Street, a festival of literacy. Inside the seven story glassed in atrium has shops and sidewalk cafes along one side and the entrance to the library on the other. The library buildings is designed to take advantage of the many windows and beautiful views. The desks and study areas are located at the windows, and the stacks are centred in the middle of the seven story building. With 395,000 cardholders, the library attracts the locals as well as many thousands of visitors each year.”
They had so much to say they had to reduce the font size to a eye-straining 6-8 point size. And they still didn’t address why the library is shaped like the Coliseum or mention the various cool movies and television shows that have filmed there.
The back design, however, offers a welcome understated image:
On my recent visit to Vancouver, British Columbia there was a cornucopia of postcards options for me to choose from. I was particularly delighted by a shop in Chinatown that had three postcards for a dollar. Even better, was that the shop had a lot of incredible art from Canadian First Nations artists to choose from.
Here are my two favourites.
One of the reasons why I don’t particularly like Vancouver, British Columbia is that most things are unnecessarily over-priced. In contrast, however, I was delighted to find a freebie postcard while there.
It’s rather rare to find free postcards any more, particularly ones that aren’t just an advertisement as most giveaway postcards are.
It’s not the most exciting, but it was free:
The observation area depicted on this postcard is actually quite interesting. There are quite a few digital media displays and a good view (although I sent a couple e-Postcards that never arrived). My daughter loved the place the last time we were all in Vancouver.
I had to mark the occasion by writing myself a note on the back:
“YVR’s Public Observation Area
Discover our airport through interactive displays, telescopes and stunning airfield views. Bring family and friends. Located in the public area on Level 4, Domestic Terminal.”
“A free postcard – that’s actually a proper postcard! How rare! How delightful! Yeah! This is where I hung for a couple hours today and before hung out with the kid!”
As I mentioned in prior post, Vancouver British Columbia has top-notch postcards. I was only in Vancouver this past trip for a very brief time, but it seemed like every place I stopped at had exceptional postcards.
Case in point, I visited Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. It is one of the only Chinese scholar’s garden outside of China – think rocks, feng shui, and bonzai rather than a western style floral garden.
It was beautiful if smaller than I imagined it would be. The most pleasant surprise, however, was the gift shop at the end that had postcards available in multiple locations totally at least over 40 different postcards. It was the most selection I’ve seen of any cultural site or tourist attraction (including Disney World).
More importantly though, most postcards there are beautiful and unique. Below are my two favourites. They combine imagery of the place with graphic design wonderfully.
The above is a great shot of the garden and scholar’s buildings. I love the border on the bottom, although I have no idea what it says.
Below is a detail from their goldfish pond: