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).
Sadly, you just don’t see many tall-tale postcards any more. I love them, but they seemed to have reached their peak in the 1950 and 1960s – such as this treasure from 1968.
It’s from my aunt to my grandparents from Sheguiandah, Ontario. I’d never heard of Sheguiandah (it’s the only postcard I have from there). It’s on Manitoulin Isand in Lake Huron. The tourist website states it is one of the best fishing places – judging from this big fish, I’m not surprised.
Here’s the backside:
“Hi. This is the fist X caught here. We are staying at a real nice camp just outside Little current, it is called Green Acres. We have showers and hot water – ever nice. Everything but the telepone up on the pole. There is a nice beach here too. The people are really friendly, the rest of the campers are mostly from the States. Well bye for now.”
By the way, 47 years later and Green Acres campground is still in business.
Merry Christmas, or Fröhliche Weihnachten as they say in Germany. Yesterday, I posted one of the few English Christmas postcards I have.
During the golden age of postcards, around the turn of the last century to the end of World War 1, Christmas postcards were very popular in Canada, the U.K., and U.S.A. (Read about their history at the Washington Post and Collectors Weekly). Gradually, the Christmas greeting card sealed in an envelope that are today’s mainstay replaced the Christmas postcard.
The only place where I still encounter Christmas postcards is from Germany. This is appropriate as German lithographers helped start our tradition by their compelling designs.
I am not sure how common the tradition of sending Christmas postcard is in Germany nowadays, but I still get some every now and then from my German friends or in-laws. Such as this one:
Die besten Weihnachtsgrüße (The best Christmas greetings)
This postcard was unsent but is dated on the back from 1974.
If anyone knows about contemporary Christmas postcard practices in Germany – or anywhere else – please share your experience.
Santa was good to me today as I got a lot of cool, new postcards. I’ll be displaying them here soon.
In the meantime, have a great Christmas!
Last week, I signed out the DVD Due Date from our public library (I love that our library has popular movies). The movie, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis, was pretty fun. One scene in it was particularly absurdly hilarious and timely for us as we’ve recently received several generous donations to the Collection from there.
During the film, the main characters, Peter (Downey) and Ethan (Galifianakis) stop at the Grand Canyon and argue over whether it is natural formed or man-made. Below is the scene and dialogue snippet:
Peter: I’m telling you, I wouldn’t make it up.
Ethan: Sure? I could have sworn I read it was man made.
Peter: Nope, nope. Not correct. Very old. Formed over time. Grand Canyon. Known fact.
Ethan: Peter, I have a photogenic memory, I can recall things like that.
Peter: Ethan, I promise you. It’s…It’s old, it’s the Grand Canyon. It’s not the Hoover Dam.
Ethan: Well, I know it’s not the Hoover Dam. It was built by the pilgrims.
Peter: Also incorrect.
Ethan: It’s magnificent though.
It is indeed magnificent, as demonstrated by our recent acquisitions. This one is imitating the classic linen-style postcard:
Here’s the back:
“Grand canyon National Park. As seen from Point Imperial on the North Rim, Mount Hayden is formed Coconino Sandstone and rests on Red Hermit Shale.”
“The Grand Canyone is truly a postcard mecca. Even modern [?]?, retro cars with chewed edges! Cheers.”
I believe the correct deltiological term for the edges is not “chewed” but rather “scallop” (although one can chew scallops). There’s also deckles which is more of a ragged natural paper style of edging.
My postcard collection began 36 years ago with the postcard below. I remember getting my first postcard in the mail and being incredibly excited!
This postcard was just for me (and didn’t include my pesky brothers) and depicted scenery so different from my nondescript hometown!
It’s of the Colorado mountains. Note the squiggly edge – you just don’t see that anymore on postcards.
I was pretty young when I got this, so I doubt that I could read the message as it is written in cursive and by a French Canadian.
“Clouds around Pikes Peak, alt. 14,110 ft. as seen from top of Rampart Range Road in the Pikes Peak Region, Colorado.”
How are you? I am sorry not to write early, but been busy climbing mountains and sight seeing. But today we are too poop out to do any. Here the weather has been beautiful, sunny and warm. Yesterday we were at a rodeo. Boy what a time we had. We’ll be leaving this Thursday and will see you when I come back. See you later.”
An illustrious beginning to an awesome collection! And, to date, it remains the only postcard I have from Colorado.