Autumns isn’t usually a time when I receive many postcards as people don’t tend to travel. But my mother recently went on a tour of Ontario and Michigan to see the fall colours. I received this postcard from her trip to Mackinac Island in Michigan.
I’ve wanted to go to Mackinac for years as it’s so historic – it’s where Canadian and British troops defeated the Yanks during the War of 1812’s Battle of Mackinac Island – and unique – no cars allowed and the site of the world’s longest porch!
The postcard below is of the dining room of the famous Grand Hotel. But the image doesn’t do the hotel justice (see better photos here). In fact, it is a contender for my boring postcards gallery.
Just saying Dining Room in French, doesn’t make it more elegant. Neither does their over-the-top prose:
“A stroll through Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island Michigan is always a feast for the senses, but no one place in the the hotel so lavishly indulges the senses as the main dining room. The Salle a Manger is an impressive 3,400 square-foot room that can comfortably seat over 750 gues in a delightful atmosphere.”
“Hi! Don’t say I don’t send you postcards! Ha! Ha! Love mom.”
Today is the day celebrating William Shakespeare‘s birthday, his 450th.
I have several postcards involving Shakespeare – mostly from plays mounted by British companies (oddly enough, none from nearby Stratford, Ontario’s annual Shakespeare productions.) Here’s a postcard from a store named after the bard:
Like some of Shakespeare’s plays (e.g. Coriolanus, Pericles, many of the Henries), this postcard is rather boring. It is of the bookstore, Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France. I believe the people are the past owner (deceased) and the current owner. It turns out this bookstore has quite the literary history, but the front and back sides don’t really tell the tale.
“The bookstore in “Before Sunset” and one of my favourite places in Paris.”
Visually the photograph is boring – even if it’s historically interesting (assuming the people are the owners). I think all it would take to make the postcard not so boring overall is a decent caption!
Make the logo stamp a bit smaller and share some of the great history (check out Wikipedia or this video for it). As for Pericles and Coriolanus there’s no (legal) way to make them less boring.
Last week, I was picking up a book from one of University of Toronto’s many libraries. I had never been to this library, John Kelly Library in St. Michael’s College. I was excited to see they had postcards for sale – although I was underwhelmed, I bought them anyway as I figure I wanted to expand my collection of postcards from the university I’m attending.
Here are the two postcards:
The images are from the archives of the school, so I realize the quality isn’t the best, but it has historical merit.
What I find most interesting about the postcard is that the caption that has expected information about the front image is in the middle line, this is normally reserved for the credit line of the postcard publisher information. I have never seen essential information put there – so I love its uniqueness in that regard.
[Top left] “University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto John M. Kelly Library.
We thank you for your continued support.”
[Middle] “Unveilling of McElcheran Sculpture at John M. Kelly Library, 1973…Left to Right Fr. James Bernard Black (Librarian) and R. John M. Kelly.”
Here is the other postcard:
“Library at 10 Elmsley Place. View into the Alcove, 1947. University of St. Michael’s College Archives.”
This one is a bit more interesting in subject matter if not photographic quality, as it concurs up the image of the archetypal old university library.
In the vein of “my family member went on an exciting vacation and all I got was this postcard”… Here is one of the most boring postcards ever.
My grandfather went to the U.S. South on vacation without my grandmother. I’m not sure if this postcard was meant to show her that he wasn’t really having a good time:
Who decided to make a postcard of a ship’s prop? And what convinced my grandfather that my grandmother would enjoy such a postcard? The reverse side of the postcard doesn’t help:
“U.S.S. North Carolina Propeller – Wilmington, North Carolina
The 34,500 lb. propeller is identical to four still installed below the water on the battleship. Each revolved at 199 RPM to give ship speed of 27 knots. Engines had 30,250 HP for each of the four shafts.”
“Dear. It’s Tuesday [unknown]. We’ll hit Florida today. It’s nice and warm here this a.m. Hope all are well. Love”
Battleships are really interesting, but I the prop is not a highlight for most people (except nautical engineers). I love such absurdly boring postcards – they are a collecting speciality of mine (so please feel free to send me any.)
Still having crappy days (despite yesterday’s kitten therapy), but it’s always important to remember things can always be worse. For instance, I could live in Winnipeg, Manitoba:
This is the Winnipeg Arena – where Winnipegers went for fun. (They tore down this architectural gem a few years ago.) The back of the postcard doesn’t even have a message – guess there’s nothing to say about their visit there.
Today is the 54th anniversary of York University in Toronto, Ontario.
The postcard below represents my experience of the university when I went there for my bachelor’s degree.
I’m not sure when this was taken (possibly the 1970s) but other than a bunch of new buildings, it hasn’t changed much. This image pretty much sums up my experience there (with the exception of my late-night board game sessions in residence).