Of my many recent postcard finds in my hometown of Toronto, I was dumbfounded when I saw this one on a rack:
I got it along with a bunch of others at The Bay store on Queen Street.
But when I look at it all I can say is
Qu’est-ce que c’est?
Je ne sais quoi.
Il est français et mystérieux.
Voilà – il est une femme de chat sur une bicyclette à Paris.
Then I think, why is that cat wearing glasses? Cats have excellent vision. The glasses are just too much. Otherwise, it’d be beautiful French art (just not cool) in postcard form.
I recently hit the jackpot for finding sources of great postcards in Toronto. I just posted a lovely(?) sample of my recent acquisitions and will be posting more soon. At the same store I got Lovely(?), called Postables (Danforth and Chester), they had these bizarre postcards:
The latter one is so weird and ugly that I love it. The former is so ridiculously precious that I love it too! So happy to find choice postcards in my hometown.
Last weekend, I went for the first time to Toronto’s Christmas Market. It’s held in our Distillery District, which is the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America. Christmas markets are a European tradition, so the Distillery District is the perfect old world type setting for the yuletide festivities.
Here’s a postcard from the Collection of another Christmas market – in Alsace, France:
The postcard’s Christmas market scenes are pretty, but it’s the festively adorned kittens that makes this postcard such a wonderful Christmas gift.
Here’s the back of the postcard.
“Images d’Alsace… marché de Noel en Alsace”
“Dear Glen. We are in a beautiful town called Strasbourg and are about to go ice skating. X is very excited about when she is going to next see you. Merry Christmas.”
Last week, I received the third postcard I have from the island of Ireland – one from the Republic of Ireland and one from Northern Ireland, U.K.
And just my luck, it’s a duplicate of one I already have. I’ve even blogged about it already.
The only way I can think to explain this unbelievable coincidence, is that the Irish really like postcards of cats with drinking problems. I’d like to see a follow-up postcard with what happened after that cat chugged its Guinness.
Here’s the backside:
“Glen: Having a great time travelling around Ireland. Highlights include fresh salmon and oysters, local beer, Guinness storehouse tour, Cliffs of Moher, stunning sea views, finding beautiful beaches, many days of sun in a row, taking boat trip to visit Inisheer Island and Stone Age passage tombs! Brought clothes for cool weather which has not happened. Driving around has been an adventure, since stree names in cites barely visible. Lots of turning around and backtracking. ”
The next big trip I’m hoping to do is Ireland (to show my kid where her ancestors came from), so I’ll eagerly expand my collection and keep an eye for beer-addled felines.
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.”
My daughter wanted to help me with this blog, so she picked out one of her favourites from my collection. Naturally, she choose one of the cat postcards – as inexplicably I have a lot of cat postcards.
My kid chose this one because it’s cute, funny, and it’s crazy:
I asked why she liked this particular card (aside from the obvious – that it has cats). She wonders why do cats have all this fancy furniture and why do some of them have bow ties? And cats don’t drink tea – and neither do I!
Here’s the back side:
“Afternoon at home. Louis Wain (1860-1939). Design for a postcard. Victoria & Albert Museum”
“Greetings. Today we went into London and did a whirlwind tour of an art gallery (National) and two museums (V&A and Natural History.) We spent a lot of time in taxis getting between them – hence the themed stamp. Do you like it? Is is a world first? Do I win a prize?”
Interesting point on whether this is the first postcard wherein the stamp thematically matches the content of the postcard. I know it’s rare but not unheard of – so I will scour the vaults to confirm this point and report back (with prize to follow if the claim is validated).
I’m grateful for all donations to the Collection. But since my young daughter decided to start her own, rival collection she has been taking prize items away from me (as I have already lamented here).
Check out the awesome postcards she got recently from Luxembourg:
Who doesn’t love kittens? Especially kittens attacking the scenic sites of Luxembourg!
The postcard I recieved Luxembourg is great (view it), but check out the other one she got from Luxenbourg:c
That back side of this one says it all:
“Hi X: Luxembourg is nice. I love this postcard, it’s so nice and sparkly and feels really neat to touch. Your dad will be very jealous!”
Yes, I am jealous. Yes I am.
There are so many postcards in my collection, that it is hard to decide which ones to display here. But the one below is without doubt one of absolute favourites:
If this postcard was just sent to me without a message, it would still be a favourite. I’ve loved Wonder Woman ever since as a kid I was mesmerized by the stunning Linda Carter’s TV adventures on the show “Wonder Woman” (with the awesome theme song – from which I got this post’s title). I also loved Wonder Woman on the Super Friends cartoon (unlike fish-out-of-water Aquaman or the insipid, inbred Wonder Twins).
This postcard has all the classic Wonder Woman stuff – the lasso, the invisible jet (which always puzzled me how entirely visible it is), and Wonder Woman’s arch-nemesis Cheetah. You’d think Cheetah’s feline nature would make her kind to cats, but I’m glad Wonder Woman is saving the day!
Even better than the front is the message on the back, from a young family friend:
I hope you have a lovely Easter. I hope you will see me again because I miss you. I hope you miss me too. I hope you get any problems. I love you very much. I know you love me too!”
This card’s got it all – a great personal message, an awesome & original image, and Wonder Woman! Truly a gem of the collection!
With St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, there will be a lot of people drinking green beer and/or Guinness – as depicted on this postcard:
Not that I approve of animals getting intoxicated – so I can understand why the cat is drawing the blinds to hide its alcoholic shame. But St. Patrick’s Day is about having fun, so open those blinds and proudly drink your Guinness!
Oddly enough, this is the only postcard I have from Northern Ireland. Here’s the reverse side of the postcard:
How are you! Viele liebe Gruze aus [Greetings from] Northern Ireland. I really like to work with the kids here from Belfast, even if it is sometimes quite difficult to understand them. We, the international group (from Australia, Netherlands, Spain, GD) is living here together in a church hall. Now it’s Sunday night, and we have just spent our weekend on a camping site at the coast to enjoy this green island. We really have to keep attention not to spend all our money in the pubs of Belfast. Ciao. Mach’s gut.”
Like the plastered pussy, my German pen-pal, and everyone on St. Patrick’s Day – we all enjoy Ireland’s legendary liquid cheer!