This postcard arrived last week from a family member visiting Canada’s east coast. It’s from Fortress of Louisbourg, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The fort is a national historic site and is from the 18th century originally made by the French. It was once the third busiest port in North America.
Here’s the back of the postcard. I love the Canada Post stamp of Captain Kirk (William Shatner was born in Montreal).
“Hi. Arrived in N.S. [Nova Scotia] on Thursday, July 15th. We certainly enjoyed our visit to the Louisbourg Fortress. An amazing place and well worth the visit. Went to Sidney for dinner this evening. Heading to the Cabot Trail tomorrow morning. We’ll be sure to take lots of pictures!”
Here’s another recent arrival from my postcard penpal friend. He was recently in Milan, Italy and sent me this circular treasure for the Collection:
This is one of the few perfectly circular postcards I have. Also, the only one I have of Milan (I have lots from Rome, Venice, and Florence even Forte dei Marmi, but none from Milan for some reason.)
Here’s the back of the postcard:
Postcard caption: “Scala Theatre”
“Glen I went to Milan today. The city was better than I expected. I don’t really like the picture on this card, but the unusual shape, I’m sure is something you’ll appreciate. Cheers!”
I do appreciate it! Lo adoro! Grazie!
I’m particularly fond of my recent Bahamian find below that I picked up in Nassau:
I didn’t see any postcards of their famous pink government buildings, but this one was the only I could find that featured their buildings. The photographer did a great job on this one as it has a real tranquil and spiritual dimension to it rarely seen in postcard imagery.
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!
It’s been a busy few weeks for arrivals for the Collection. This one arrived from Key West, Florida. I have many postcards with lighthouses on them, but this may be the only one that doesn’t show any water with the lighthouse. I also like the nifty border of what seems to be flags from imaginary nations.
Here’s the back:
“Hi! All is well in Key West. X and Y are heading to NC [North Carolina]. X needs another bedroom furniture set now that he has 3 bedrooms. Z arrives at 5:30 today. We will have a good time. Hope all is well at your place! I love X 78″ TV with surround sound. The Y&R [Young and the Restless] will never be the same once I watch it at home.”
While visiting Vancouver’s famed Central Library recently, I picked up some fine postcards and this one:
The photo of the Roman Coliseum rip-off building is good, but the “Did you know” text is among the lengthiest and dullest I’ve encountered in the genre. Did-you-know postcards are generally reserved for particularly fascinating locales. Reading the text of this I’m not sure this place qualifies:
“Library Square in downtown Vancouver has become one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Occupying a full city block, the complex is comprised of an office tower and the Vancouver Public Library, the second largest public library in Canada. Its design recalls the Roman Coliseum, its warm earth tones and its features are unique. Outside large public gathering areas draw streets festivals like the Word on the Street, a festival of literacy. Inside the seven story glassed in atrium has shops and sidewalk cafes along one side and the entrance to the library on the other. The library buildings is designed to take advantage of the many windows and beautiful views. The desks and study areas are located at the windows, and the stacks are centred in the middle of the seven story building. With 395,000 cardholders, the library attracts the locals as well as many thousands of visitors each year.”
They had so much to say they had to reduce the font size to a eye-straining 6-8 point size. And they still didn’t address why the library is shaped like the Coliseum or mention the various cool movies and television shows that have filmed there.
The back design, however, offers a welcome understated image: