After a severe drought for being able to find any decent new postcards to buy in Toronto, I found have found a recent glut of choice postcards.
This “lovely” postcard below, for instance, was recently purchased at a store near where my daughter goes to choir practice. There were no other postcards like this at the store and they had quite a large number of them (looking at it, I know why they had a lot left).
Lovely? Well… how about eclectic. Or unique. Imaginative even. But lovely – sorry but saying it, don’t make it so.
What the front lacks in loveliness, the back makes up for it as it has one of the prettiest back designs of any postcards I’ve encountered (full colour even – also rare).
A few days ago, my daughter and I played hooky to visit our provincial legislature.
My daughter is in grade 5 and the Ontario curriculum calls for studying how our government works. For some reason the teacher has decided not to cover any of this (or any social studies).But I thought it was to important to ignore. Knowing about our democratic system -and our responsibilities within in – is likely the absolute most important thing there is to learn in life (after eating and that Xena was the best TV show ever).
So I contacted our legislature explain we the situation and they offered to give us a free private guided tour. (Queen’s Park has a variety of great tours all free – see their list).
The tour guide was amazing and taught my daughter so much about how government works generally and in Ontario specifically at the perfect level for my daughter. She had her engaged and interested the entire time. She learned a lot – and so did I too.( I can’t know everything.)
Afterwards we went to the gift store and met the nicest sales staff person in Toronto. They had awesome postcards too – icing on the cake.
Here are the results of my shopping spree:
Toronto does not have the best postcards. So it was really exciting to find this one. One of the coolest gimmick postcards – a pop-up vista of Queen’s Park. Here’s it opened:
Aerial view of Ontario’s Legislature buildings and the park in Queen’s Park (the shortcut I use to get around University of Toronto).
And here’s Ontario’s flower, the trillium by a local artist.
Spring has finally arrived in winter-plagued Toronto. The daffodils we’d normally see in April are now out and the tulips are following. It’s great to see some colour on Toronto’s streets that have been winter grey for so long.
In honour of the arrival of flowers here, below is a postcard of a floral clock from my former hometown of Guelph, Ontario:
I went through a phase as a teenager of buying local and rather generic-looking postcards and mailing them to friends and family from my various travels. I don’t have any other postcards in the Collection deliberately misdirected.
I thought it was funny and think I should revive this practice (even if it has presented geographical classification difficulties).
Here’s the backside:
“We have just arrived at Gettysburg. We are staying at Quality Inn. I got a pair of sunglasses today at Corning. I saw this clock here, doesn’t it look familiar? I’m really enjoying the trip so far. Bye for now. P.S. How’s Gnip-purr [our cat] doing?”
‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow…’ THe all floral clock in Guelph pays tribute to her renowned son, Col. John McCrae, author of the famed World War 1 poem. John McCrae was born in Guelph, 1872.”
Winter has finally relinquished its hold over us and we have had a couple days of lovely Spring weather here in Ontario. Today, I saw the first tulip of the season, which means Spring is officially here.
In honour of this, I have a fine specimen to display today. I think someone had just installed Photoshop when they made this postcard:
These giant tulips tower over Niagara Falls, Ontario. They look like triffids about to commence their heinous take-over of Earth – and what a better place than the spectacle that is Niagara Falls!
Niagara Falls has more than its fair share of tacky postcards (more to come, I promise), but this one just screams Spring! Or perhaps, it screams: “The Tulips – They’re Attacking!!!! Will nothing quench their blood lust!”
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.