Back in May, I went to Toronto Comic Arts Festival. It was a great (and free) event. There were lots of famous and awesome local and international cartoonists there. My daughter and I are huge fans of graphic literature, so it was cool to meet some of our famous cartoonists.
They even had a couple free postcards. This one below is from the graphic book series Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi. My daughter and I have been reading this for years so we were excited to see this postcard:
I also got this postcard for Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea.
It has the best back design of any postcard – a MAZE:
Here’s another recent arrival from my new postcard pen pal.
It is from a Toronto pub, appropriately named The Pour House:
The sender informed me that this postcard was given with the bill. I have never received a postcard in such a manner – I’d sure like that A LOT more than a crappy candy. I also believe this might be the first giveaway postcard in the Collection from a pub. I have lots from motels and some from restaurants (and most of these are circa 1960 to 1980), but normally booze slinging joints don’t need the postal service to drum up business.
Here’s the flip side:
“Hi Glen! What happened to your blog? You haven’t updated it in a while, I hope everything is all right. Any ways, this card is given to you with the bill at this pub Toronto (Pour House) and I thought you’d appreciate it!”
I love the Ken Dryden stamp too. Canada Post does a great job of commemorating our history and culture on stamps and doing so with attractive illustrations.
Today is Cheese Day!!!! Cheese is one of my greatest pleasures in life, so it gives me great joy to celebrate this holiday.
I’ve been waiting for such a special occasion to showcase this bizarre gem from the Collection depicting the rightful worship of cheese:
We got this giveaway postcard in 2005 at a variety store, Couche-Tard in Montreal, Quebec. It was a strange advertisement for an incredibly strange frozen drink, sloche, – presumably flavoured as “Tropical Cheddar”.
All these years, I never understood why anyone would drink a frozen cheese beverage and the role of the freakish mice. Thanks to the Internet, I found out about the ad campaign. There’s even an odd, but funny, video to accompany this cheesy ad campaign:
The back caption adds to the mystery:
“Souri-souri, archipel de Chizi Wizi. Sacrifice rituel”.
Which seems to be something about smiling, Cheese Wiz islands and sacrificial rituals.
My daughter was a baby when we got this postcard, since she couldn’t write anything I decided to trace her hand.
“Baby’s handprint. It’s actually a bit smaller as she wiggled so much while we were tracing her hand.”
Bon appetit on this joyous jour du frommage!
Happy Chinese new year!
For a new year’s gift I got this freebie postcard from Canada Post.
“Happy New Year. Celebrate the Year of the Ram. Stamps, souvenirs and collectibles. Canada Post wishes you good fortune and good health during the Year of the Ram….”
I guess I’m on their mailing list based on my recent postal card addiction.
Canada Post has been doing a stamps and postcards for the Chinese zodiac a few years now, but I haven’t seen mine – Year of the Dog. I missed their last one, so I guess I won’t see the my dogs until 2018.
It’s the time of year for gifts and I certainly love to get postcards as gifts. It’s best to get them in the mail, but I’m happy to get postcards that businesses give out.
I have a few gems of such giveaway postcards. Such gift postcards are most often found in racks in restaurants, hotels, and theatres – thereby earning the name “rack cards”.
Rack cards that aren’t actually postcards are ubiquitous nowadays and a real disappointment for me. Lots of businesses and special events have a rack card, but it’s rare that these cards have the space for a stamp and address to enable them to be mailed and thus be a postcard.
So when I encounter a business handing out free proper postcards, it’s like Christmas comes early for me.
Below are some of my favourites. They are from the Canadian furniture maker and store, EQ3 (where I got my favourite chair) from about 7 years ago.
I like their graphic design – a higher visual quality than usually found on giveaways.
EQ3 offered a few postcards in this style. But although the above one is just generally hip and youthful (reflecting the store’s focus). The others are laden with a sex-sells subtext:
That may look like a non-descript bed and linens, but as the knowing gaze of the woman asserts. with this trendy boudoir set she’ll need that sexy lingerie.
Here’s another one, even less subtle:
Two women, one man, three smoldering glances, and one sectional. Just when we thought sectionals were out – the possibilities they offer seem extraordinary.
If only all giveaway postcards were this much fun!
Almost as much as I love postcards, I love bad movies. And the ultimate host of schlocky horror films is Elvira Mistress of the Dark. Years before Mystery Science Theatre made an art of B-film mockery, Elvira was the horror flick “hostess with the mostess”.
Today is the birthday of Elvira’s alter-ego Cassandra Peterson.
Before the Web and social media made contacting and following celebrities easy, In 1995 I had to write to Elvira’s official fan club to ask to join. After waiting for weeks, I finally received this in the mail:
I was excited to have Elvira on a postcard, but it’s not really all (or much) that I had hoped for from her or her fan club.
Here’s the backside:
Rather cold as Elvira’s deathly pallour isn’t it? No personal message, just a spiel for me to buy boring stuff (Phone cards?!? Make it postcards and now you’re talking.)
Sadly, this is the only thing I ever got from Elvira (sniff) or her fan club. But one Elvira postcard is better than one – but nothing would beat a great set though!
I presented last year at an IEEE conference so I joined the technology association. I subsequently let my membership lapse and have been getting various reminder email and print mailings to encourage me to renew. This one that arrived last week, however, was extraordinary:
The postcard itself isn’t anything special – standard promo postcard. But it’s what’s adhered to the postcard – the square on the left is a fridge magnet!
I have some antique postcards with ribbon and string attached (called appliqué postcards), but I’ve never encountered a fridge magnet before. I’m impressed not only at the novelty of it, but that it made it through two postal services without coming off.
Here’s the back:
When I got this I was tempted to remove the magnet and put it on my fridge. I used to collect fridge magnets and still have some leftovers clinging on. (I admit my “collections” have bordered on hoarding, but I’ve eliminated all my collections now except postcards – and sunglasses and maybe a couple other things). But I decided to keep it in tact as a fine, unique specimen!