Here’s a Christmas postcard from Italy:
It’s of an image from an Italian Christmas even called La Strada dei Presepi.
“Glen, I went to Padova today. I couldn’t decide which card to pick for you as most of them were quite unispiring. The answer was handed to me on my way out of a restaurant. Buone feste Glen. Hope you and your family had an amazing Chirstmas.”
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.
There is a genre of postcards that I don’t have many of in the Collection – that is postcards of an event or announcement, such as a play, art gallery showing, club event, trade show, etc.
There are a lot of fake “postcards” of this type – that is print cards about an event, but doesn’t actually let you use it as a proper postcard. Here was a rare announcement postcard that I have found in the past few years.
I never sent this postcard, but check out the back design of this postcard (nice touch!):
Nice that it’s a proper postcard. And it has a carrot surfing wheat – so what’s not to love!
This week I was on my first ever strike. The union I belong to of teaching assistants is on strike (here’s info on the strike). So for the first time, I was on the picket lines – yep I was out in the midst of the ice storms and extreme cold weather alerts.
After picketing, I saw this postcard at one of the university buildings.
It was one of those rare promotional cards (called inaccurately postcards) that are actually formatted as a proper postcard. See the back.
It is for an opera called “Postcard from Morocco”. I added my own note:
“An opera is not a postcard but this is! I found this at UofT after my first time ever on strike. Picketing in the freezing cold and driving snow wasn’t fun – but I liked gabbing for four hours! “
Although, I find the best postcards when I’m travelling, I still keep an eye out for postcards when I’m around town. I noticed this giveaway postcard at the coffee shop across from my school a few weeks ago:
Nothing special in terms of giveaways. But I was happy it was an actual postcard and not an advertisement with copy on both sides with no ability to be put in the mail. (I find it infuriatingly when people call such ads “postcards”!!!). Note the back side is a proper postcard, even if there isn’t any room to add a message:
I mailed it to my University of Toronto address. Pretty much the only mail I get there is stuff I send myself (yes, I know the oddity of this).
What is most unique about this postcard is that it is the only promotional postcard I’ve encountered that is postage prepaid. Particularly considering that this postcard is for a non-profit organization, I was surprised they incurred the (unnecessary) cost of incurring postal fees.
It’s not the most interesting postcard or effective advertisement (visually problematic on the front and textually boring on the back) but I was excited to add it to the collection for only the reason of its prepaidness. (Yes, I have a postcard problem.)
It’s been 200 years since Canada and the United States we at war. The War of 1812 isn’t the best name of the war since it last from 1812 to 1815. The federal government has a really good War of 1812 website.
The Americans don’t seem to be making much of the bicentenary. I did see one 3–minute special for Buffalo’s PBS channel on it but when I was in Baltimore (one of the most important War of 1812 sites) there was nothing about it (although Fort McHenry does mention it on their website). Regardless, in Toronto (where we were invaded by the Yankees, sacked, and burned) and Ontario overall they are doing a lot to commemorate the War and the lengthy resulting peace.
One such event is this:
I’ve seen other plays by Michael Hollingsworth in his series of plays about Canadian history and they are great – unique, interesting, and funny. Find out more on the theatre company’s website. This is one of the most visually interesting promo mailers I’ve received. Even the reverse side is good:
Aside from a costumed recreation of the battle on the street of Yonge Street this is the next best thing!