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 sample from my winter sojourn in the south. We spent only a short time in the island of St. Martin this time, but I found lots of good postcards (as well as going to I to an awesome Star Wars museum!)
I particularly like this postcard, below, as it captures a segment of the place’s history.
Here is the back of postcard which tells about the history pertaining to the front image.
“For Amsterdam, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
The cannons of Fort Amsterdam have witnessed many fierce battles between the Dutch and the Spanish, English and Portuguese navies. The island actually changed flags many times. In one such battle, Peter Stuyvesant, who later became Governor of New Amsterdam (now New York), lost his lag here. ”
I love receiving postcards from countries that I don’t already have a postcard from. As I’ve been collecting now for a few decades, it’s getting harder and harder to get postcards from these places. (Yes, I could buy postcards from dealers but that has always felt like cheating to me).
I made a list of the countries I have postcards from and the countries I most want (see my Most Wanted post). The Caribbean country of Haiti was #7 on my list. I don’t know anyone who has visited there or lived there, so I knew it would be a challenge to get a postcard from Haiti.
We were recently on a Caribbean cruise with Royal Caribbean and while on it I was surprised to learn they have another itinerary that stops in Haiti, specifically Labadee. Labadee is Royal Caribbean’s name for their private, fenced-off peninsula on mainland Haiti near the town of Labadie.
Around the time I purchased this postcard below of Haiti on one’s of RCCL’s ships, their other ships had stopped going to Labadee amid Haitians protesting the company. See the recent article Labadee in Limbo – When Will Royal Caribbean Return to Its Private Resort? and another article Time Magazine for insightful overviews on the issue of Haitian government’s desire to open up to tourism but the problems and protests resulting from this.
It may likely be that this will be the only postcard I ever get of Haiti.
Happy Chinese New Year!
It is the Year of the Monkey (my personal favourite of the Chinese zodiac), so in honour of monkeys here’s a postcard featuring our mischievous, furry friends:
It’s of the famous Rock of Gibraltar and with Gibraltar “Rock Apes” (actually Barbary Macaques). Legend has it that if the monkeys disappear from Gibraltar so too will the British.
Here’s the backside
“Gibraltar. Rock Apes”
“Hi Glen from the Rock”
Gong Hey Fat Choy!
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.
As part of my series of posts lately of far-flung countries, below is another one of my favourites. This is also from the Grand Patroness of the Collection.
This is from the Eastern European country of Bulgaria, from Nesebar.
Here’s the back. I love how the back-design doesn’t repeat the front but rather offers a related but unique image (in this case sea shells).
“Bulgarian Black Sea Coast”
“Hi Glen from Bulgaria. Lots of old buildings.”
I recently posted about how I love postcards from small countries. Thanks to some generous donors, I do have some great samples.
Here’s one from the Caribbean state of Dominica – a place that I would love to visit!
“Trafalgar Falls – (2nd view)
The sound of rushing water breaks the silence of the forest. The abundance of rain also amplifies the rich verdant rain forest and its complete eco-system that supports thousands of plants, insects and wildlife.”
“Dear Glen. Today we toured Dominica. It is one of the most beautiful islands I’ve seen. It is hot, hot! The pen is sticking to my fingers as I write! Where’s the snow. See you soon. Love X. Next stop Grenada.”