Here’s another recent arrival from my postcard penpal’s travels in Italy:
Based on the only caption – on the front – “308-56 (Tu?) Oderro Museo Opitergino”, I tried to figure out where this postcard was from. After quite a long time of searching online, I couldn’t find anything about the town or museum. Luckily, my penpal recalled the town. It’s from Oderzo, Italy and it’s of their museum Museo Archeologico Eno Bellis.
The museum has a collection of Roman antiquities (as you can tell from the photograph), but it’s not the most engaging image of the museum or town, as the back relates:
“In this town I could only find one (1!) single postcard. And of course it had to be old, ugly and uninspiring. Well at least it’s got a cool trimmed border. I hope you like it Glen. Ciao!”
It’s true, I do love postcards with different types of edges. I believe this type is called deckled – and is rather rare nowadays on postcards (but popular with fancy-type greeting cards).
My brother-in-law went out East awhile ago to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Naturally, I asked that he send me some postcards. Upon his return he proudly exclaimed that he found some awesomely amazing postcards that I’d love. He didn’t have stamps so he asked a friend there to mail them.
I waited with great anticipation for days, until days turned into weeks. It’s a mystery what happened to the postcards. It fills me with great sadness to never know the amazingness that was so close and yet never to be.
In lieu of them, here’s a fine specimen from his much earlier maritime travels:
The postcard refers to the moratorium on fishing for cod in Atlantic Canada. It the staple fish of Canada’s fishing industry.
Here’s the back:
[Top] “In Cod We Trust(ed). A tribute to the North Altantic fisher, photo circa 1903”
[Bottom] “Proceeds from this postcard support the Cnaadian Marine Heritage Project…”
“Greetings from the coast EH….. when the weather is nice – this place is beautiful. But do not swim in the Harbour. 25,000 gallons of sewage a day and growing.”
I will continue to wait and hope for those amazing postcards yet to come…
With the Pan American Games currently in Toronto, I thought for sure that there would be postcards depicting the games or the adorable mascot Patchi. But in searching the city and the official Pam Am stores, there are zero games-related postcards. The winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia had great postcards (see a sample), so I’m really disappointed that we can’t even have one!
As a small consulation, I have noticed that many stores in Toronto have now updated their Toronto postcards with much more contemporary and visually appealing items. The past few years in Toronto our offerings of postcards of our city have largely been dismal and dated (with a few exceptions of course). But as the city has gussied itself for hosting the games, so to have our postcard offerings (yeah!).
In passing by a rack last week, I immediately noticed this beautiful gem:
Even the back design is quite nice:
There were several attractive Toronto postcards – but at $1 each (rather a lot for a non-gimmick or large format postcard) I had to be selective. Here’s another of my favourites I found that day:
It’s of Toronto’s Dundas Square (beside the Eaton Centre). It was created in 1997 and is now one of the most lively places in the city for live events, demonstrations, festivals, or just hanging out. But until now I haven’t seen it depicted in postcard form, which indicates about the last time the city updated its postcard imagery. So thankfully, the Pam Am Games here have had one lasting legacy.
I always wondered who were the people who think that climate change isn’t happening. I’m not referring to people who think that climate change is happening due to natural causes. I mean the ostriches-with-their-heads-in-sand who think climate change isn’t happening at all. Turns out, I know such as an ostrich. Due to the wonders of Facebook, a Facebook friend posted that climate change was all just a conspiracy by lefties.
I’m glad that such people are in the minority (in Canada, at least). I recently received a postcard from my member of parliament about climate change:
My M.P. makes good use of postcards and his franking privileges to solicit feedback from his constituents on vital issues such as this.
“We owe it to our grandchildren to reduce emissions now. Inaction on climate change threatens our way of life and our balanced economy. The good news is that Parliament will soon have a chance to pass an NDP bill setting science-based targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Together, we can get this job done….”
This week the city’s swimming pool opened up and my daughter and I have twice enjoyed swimming in its heated comfort. In honour of the start of summer, here’s a artefact showing how they celebrating summer fun long ago:
The postcard was never sent but there is a caption that identifies these bathers as “Blooming Water Lillies”. Perhaps, its their ornate bows in their hair that makes them looking like flowers. They say all fashion styles come back – I wonder when this style of bathing suit will make its comeback?