This postcard has got the front caption all wrong.
It should say “In Awhile Crocodile”.
Florida’s alligators live in fresh water, the Everglades for instance. It’s crocodiles that are found on the coast as they like salt and brackish waters. Florida’s gators are famous, but most people don’t know that Florida has crocs too. Florida is the only place in the world that has both crocodiles and alligators in the wild.
So this poor kid, soon to be supper, is likely encountering one of Florida’s crocodiles.
My postcard penpal went to visit his hometown of Cassino, Italy and sent me a bunch of postcards from Cassino and vicinity. He had to scour for postcards, but in the end he found a treasure trove of old postcards to send. These postcards have been waiting for years to fulfil their rightful glory!
Here’s one of the first arrivals:
Here’s the backside:
“Glen. Here’s another postcard I know you’ll love. My brother keeps asking why anyone would ever send something like this. The real question, of course, is why anyone would not send it! Take care Glen.
P.S. I just realized that this baby is probably well into his 50s.”
I was passing through one of Toronto’s subway stations, Chester station, last week and noticed a pop-up arts store in the station. The store sells refreshments and art works by local artists.
To my delight, they had a rack of postcards by a local artist that offered several political satire postcards.
This one was my favourite:
Glad to see original, humourous, and thought-provoking works being produced in postcard form – something I hope will never expire!
My kid is back to school today. My kid is happy to be returning to school. Quite unlike me in my grade school days.
Here are some children circa 1934 that seems both happy – and not so happy to be in school:
My grandmother-in-law gave me this postcard. The teacher is her husband, who was a teacher at a one-room all grade school house in Alice Township (near Pembroke Ontario). The date is 1934.
I’ve never seen a class photo made into a postcard. So this is really a unique item in the Collection.
The heat has settled into Toronto and will be here for awhile. If you’re ever thinking of moving to Toronto (much of Southern Ontario actually) we probably have among the most unpleasant weather in the world (other than the poles). Winter is damn cold, spring and fall are almost non-existent, and summer is way too hot and humid (not to mention hayfever plagued).
During these hot, muggy days – wearing much clothes is unpleasant, but this postcard might be going too far:
One of the patrons of the collection picked this up in Toronto. I guess it could be Lake Ontario? We do have a nude beach – Hanlan’s Point
Here’s the backside:
“Greetings from… Toronto?
I couldn’t resist naked babes enjoying the sunset over beautiful Lake Ontario. Never before have I seen a postcard so perfectly capture the essence of Toronto.”
Good luck finding your own way to keep cool…
The Deltiology Deity is grateful to patrons who scour the recesses of the world to find prize specimens for the collection. Such as this one lurking in the corners of an English castle (and now haunting my dreams):
I’m glad that my collector’s taste is appreciated, as the back side indicates:
Lady Adeliza Fitzalan Howard as a child (1829-1904). H Smith. Daughter of the 13th Duke of Norfolk. She married Lord George Manners M.P., son of the Duke of Rutland.
“Visited Arundel Castle. This painting gave me pause, mostly wondering if the artist was a family member or if the Duke had cataracts. Was shocked to see it on a postcard in the gift shop and could not resist.”
If you encounter any similarly fine specimens (and they don’t haunt your memory too much as this one does), please donate them.
So today is the first day of Spring, but you’d never know it in frosty Toronto. But theoretically the warm weather and spring flowers should soon be coming. Tulips are among the first flowers to pop up in this part of North America, so I thought I’d share these postcards to encourage the arrival of spring.
They are from Holland, Michigan – famous for its Dutch experiences, such as these:
Caption on reverse side:
“DUTCH CHILDREN – Authentically dressed in their native costume, these smiling youngsters pose amid a beautiful tulip bed a the Wooden Shoe Factory, Holland, Michigan. The annual Tulip Festival at Holland is a gala burst of Tulips and colorful Costumes.”
I have been to Holland in Europe and I never saw children dressed like this. But I haven’t been to Holland, Michigan so I can’t really comment on whether these children are “authentically dressed in their native costume”. I can comment on the creepy dolls the two girls are holding. I thought they were authentic Dutch children at first, so thankfully Holland isn’t a Stepford Valley of the Dolls.
Here’s another from Holland:
Caption on reverse side:
“Veldheer’s Tulip Gardens Holland, Michigan
Located 4 miles north of the city on U.S. 31. Veldheer’s takes pride in being one of Michigan’s leading bulb growers. Visitors enjoy seeing and photographing acres of outstanding varieties and colors of tulips and may order bulbs for home planting. ”
This little Dutch boy is definitely cute, but it would be much cuter if he had is finger in a dyke.