The first week of July 1947 is when a suspicious incident, possibly an alien encounter, happened in Roswell, New Mexico.
My family got Netflix a few months ago and recently discovered (and binge watched) the TV series Roswell.
I have never been to Roswell, but I’m dying to go to add it to my tour of mysterious places (Sleepy Hollow, Salem, Stonehenge, apex of Bermuda Triangle, Pembroke).
So in honour of the past events of Roswell this month, here is a postcard from one of the Collection’s grand patrons:
Feel free to view and probe the back side:
“Greetings from Roswell…
This original print commemorates the anniversary of the crash that took the lives of alien beings 50 years ago, and the city that houses the hangar where the bodies were stored.”
“Hey Guys, Well if the [indecipherable] it sure is damn tacky! It’s a weird place though, but good food and somewhat friendly inhabitants. I still think we might have to exterminate them though. Further research will follow. Signing off in this alien land.”
Over the many years of my postcard collection, there have been many donors – friends, family, businesses, myself. But there are only a handful of patrons – those whose donations of such quality or quantity have earned them a wing or two in the Collection (i.e. an Ikea emu).
One such grand patroness, turned 80 years old two days ago. Her donations from travels around the world greatly extended the number of countries that I have samples from. Her donations from Africa, Asia, and small, obscure countries were particularly incredible.
So in honour of her birthday, here is one of my favourites of her donations:
This is from the Faroe Islands (Føroyar in Faroese language). The postcard is of the capital and largest city in the Faroes, Tórshavn.
The Faroe Islands are a small island nation north of Scotland and half way to Iceland (see map). Most people haven’t heard of it, let alone been there!
“Hi Glen. From the Faroe Island. Note the grass roofs on houses”.
This patron went to many such off-the-beaten-path locations and sent me incredible postcards! Like this one from the Falkland Islands or this one from Nepal. She often sent me the only item I have from many countries – as not many people travel to such exotic locales.
So I’m very grateful to this great patron and happily wish her a happy 80th birthday! Thank you!
Pretty as a postcard is an expression we use to describe picturesque scenery. The photography used on postcards is generally good quality (i.e. having the best vantage point and deep focus). But the photos tends to rely on trite and formulaic imagery.
I found the postcard below a few years ago during a trip to the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy (a.k.a. St. Bart’s). It is among the most original and artistic photographs I’ve ever seen on a postcard:
It’s a detail of an old clapboard house that is common on the island. We saw many houses like this – both in style and colour – in St. Bart’s capital Gustavia, where I bought this.
It’s the fact that there are buildings like this that are so unique to this region that makes it a great postcard image. It achieves the goal of a postcard image of sending a snapshot to capture the look and feel of a special place to those at home.
We had my daughter fill out the back:
My daughter drew a coconut tree and the ocean that she saw there. She composed the message too, which reads: “We took a big catamaran to St. Barth’s today. We rode super big waves.”
Today is United Nations Day. The UN was founded on this day in 1945.
I had a chance to visit the UN when I was in New York City a few years ago. It was exciting to see it, but I was really thrilled when I learned that not only did they have postcards but they had their own stamps!
I eagerly sent my friend a postcard from the United Nations – and the friend was kind enough to return it to me.
Here’s the reverse side.
“United National Flag.”
“They issue their own stamps and have their own laws, does this count as another country?
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.
I started this blog one year ago today. So in honour of the Deltiology Deity’s one year birthday, here’s a birthday postcard:
Front caption: “Alles Gute zum geburtstag und weiterhin viel Glück”
[Translation]: Happy birthday and good luck!
Postcards for holidays used to be common in English-speaking countries (see my Holidays gallery), but died out over the years (replaced by greeting cards in envelopes) except in Germany. Over the years, I’ve had a few penpals from Germany and they’ve sent me postcards for New Year’s Eve, Christmas, and birthdays.
Here’s the back:
“Happy birthday!!! (That is what the card says basically). I don’t think you’ll get this in time as the Canadian post is so slow. I’ll be home soon now, the time has gone by so fast. I Can’t believe it. Currently, I’m in Bonn, the nation’s capital. I saw the Rhine and it was quite beautiful, but also quite polluted. We went to the Canadian embassy with the bus tour and we all sang ‘Oh Canada’. This will probably be one of my last, if not last, letters as the post is so slow that I’ll be home before it.”
Coming from Toronto, the city internationally disgraced by our mayor, Rob Ford, for smoking crack and frequent public drunkenness, I felt this postcard is a message he should heed!
Whether New York City or Toronto – just say no!
Here’s the backside:
“A typical New York Street scene.”
“Hey Guys, Old joke but made me giggle. Went to see Urinetown today. Ur-in Urine-town. Very funny – very dark. [unknown] that you have to pay to pee. You two would be destitute in a week!”
Maybe Rob Ford should implement that fiscal policy, since he’s not doing too well stopping the fabled gravy train to City Hall. Or he could just resign – I choose the latter (as do most Torontonians)!