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!
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!
Last weekend, my family and I were at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto’s Distillery District for a free family event they had. We had a great time watching performances and participating in interactive art (including a bubble wrap room!).
The theatre is the home to the repertoire company Soulpepper. Over the years, I have seen a few plays by Soulpepper and really enjoyed them.
But what earned my great admiration this time was that they had a set of ten postcards based on this season’s shows. I have so few theatrical postcards that I couldn’t resist buying them. I was particularly impressed by the beautiful artworks and clever interpretations of the various plays.
Here are samples:
Incident at Vichy by Arthur Miller
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
The 38 Steps by Patrick Barlow
The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin
Blood Wedding by Frederico Gorca
All the postcards list the name of the play on the back. As well as spaces for addresses and mailing as with proper postcards – not that I’ll be mailing any of these.
Hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas. As my gift this year, here’s one of my Christmas postcards circa the turn of the last century.
If you thought bunnies were just for Easter, you’ve obviously forgot about the Christmas Bunny as pictured here:
I love how the sender wrote “You” on the nose of elf.
Here’s the back side. As usual whatever they were talking about in them old days is a complete mystery to me now:
“Hello. You certainly took a long time to answer. Well I must say I like a [unsure at this point] turnip better than a root any time. Them rats look just like you.”
Here’s a contender for Toronto’s tackiest postcard. I picked this up from a store that was clearing out all their postcard stock. This must have been buried for years for good reason:
Toronto only has one CN Tower, for the record.
I’m not why the postcard makers added in another dreamy image of the CN superimposed onto the downtown scene. It’s like the ghostly spirit of the CN Tower hovers above all us Torontonians.
It’s true the CN Tower does appear god-like to us here, as Mufasa did to Simba in The Lion King. The Tower appears when we need it and offers us sagely guidance. Generally, for every situation the Tower says only “Stand tall”, or “Set your sights high”, and, of course, its favourite “Reach for the stars” . But surprisingly these affirmations work for most situations!
Toronto lacks for postcards of itself. Most of the postcards that are available (if you can find them) are a skyline of the downtown with CN Tower featuring prominently. Very few postcards can be found of the other attractions in the city (sometimes even at the attraction)
In my recent quest for local postcards, however, I came across this one below that features one of Toronto’s more unique museums:
The postcard is nicely composed (and I love the Stanley Cup bursting forth like a mystic monolith). But the postcard doesn’t do the Hockey Hall of Fame justice. The museum has a fascinating collection for even people who are not die-hard hockey fans and there are some fun interactive elements to engage the kids.
Either way, I’m just glad to see Toronto’s culture and history reflected in deltiological form!