Last month, my family and I visited Algonquin Provincial Park for a few days. It’s the largest park in Ontario and the oldest provincial park in Canada. It’s an amazingly beautiful place and normally a great place to see wildlife.
We didn’t see any moose this trip (although everyone else we were with did). So instead we found this stationery alternative:
We loved it, so of course we mailed it to our cat right away from the park.
Algonquin had lots of great postcards, including more along this lines. I’ll feature over the next few weeks. But this one was our favourite, naturally!
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.
A postcard from a family member wisely fleeing Ontario’s winter to sunny Arizona arrived this week. It’s a first for the Collection – a metal postcard. I have several non-paper postcards, but non are made of metal; this one is made of copper.
It’s a sheet of foil wrapped onto cardboard. I’m not sure about the extent of copper on it as the non-embossed parts don’t seem metallic, but the embossed parts definitely seem metallic.
It’s from Tortilla Flat, Arizona – which does indeed have a population of six people and a restaurant that I’d really like to visit right now.
Here’s the back of the postcard.
“This collectable embossed card was made in Arizona the Copper State. It is one of the many available: historic, local and scenic interests.”
[Bottom] “A card to treasure”
“Hi Glen. Having a great time here in Apache Junction. We thought you might like to add this one to your collection.”
I love non-paper postcards that are made from other materials than the standard print. Something different always stands out from the crowd and a new tactile experience is always fun.
This is the only cork postcard I have. It’s from Corsica, France’s large Mediterranean island.
I got this postcard shortly after I had lived in Germany for awhile and could read and speak German. Now I have little idea what the back of this postcard says:
Peinture sur liège inaltérable [Painting on cork]
La Corse [Corsica]
Vieille rue de Sartène [old road in the town of Sartène]
I cannot figure out the connection between cork and Corsica other than the first 3 letters and a connection to wine. I googled “Peinture sur liège inaltérable” and found a few other cork postcards from Corsica – perhaps it’s a local tradition? Let me know if you know the connection (or can translate all the German message).
I don’t like sending Christmas cards. Receiving them is okay. But I LOVE Christmas postcards! Christmas postcards used to be more common around the turn of the last century, but I almost never get or even see ones today.
So here’s a particularly awesome postcard from my great-grandfather’s collection, below. It was never mailed, but it is likely from his time in Buxton, England during World War 1 (here’s others from his time stationed in Buxton).
Caption: “With hearty Christmas greetings from our hotel at Buxton”
I love such antique postcards, but I love this one particularly as it has such a great gimmick. The postman’s satchel opens up to reveal a series of photos of Buxton:
This is the only postcard that I have seen that has this type of gimmick and its so clever – it’s an amazing Christmas gift!
My recent trip to Orlando had mixed results for my postcard collecting. Universal Studios, as I have recently blogged about, was a delight, but Disney was a drought.
Disney has omnipresent gift stores, of course, but only about 1 maybe 2 stores per park have any postcards. Seriously! I asked!
And when they had postcards they were mostly subpar and dated – there are some that are the same since I was a kid (and not in a good way).
Disney was making me feel that postcards are passé. But they probably just don’t make enough profit for their store space. (My daughter started collecting Disney pins on this trip – cute but at $13 to $16 US each they are tiny, overpriced profit machines).
Here was the best one, and actually only decent one, I could find:
It’s a lenticular type postcard. They are difficult to photograph, but they simulate 3D. Which is appropriate as so many of their rides are using 3D (see my other post on this subject).
Here’s the back side (rather cool back design):
Thankfully, we went to Universal Studios after Disney World and Universal has plentiful and inspired postcards. They bolstered my collection and restored by faith.
This recent arrival, below, is a first for the Collection.
Postcards have been made out of various materials other than just paper – mostly for novelty or gimmick reasons suck as foam, fabric, cork, plastic, etc. I have a few non-paper postcards, but this is my first wooden one.
Much to my envy, my young daughter got a wooden postcard years ago, so I’m glad to finally catch up to her. (Just because she’s cuter, nicer and smarter than me, doesn’t mean that I don’t LOVE postcards MORE!)
It’s designed to look like an old Florida orange crate. So the wood connection is very fitting (although I don’t know if they were made out of birch as this one is).
Here’s the backside:
[top] “Wooden Post Card”
[bottom] “Made Responsibly With Sustainable Birch.” [right] “Made in the USA.”
Only 1 postcard this trip, but it is wooden! A very relaxing, lazy week in Florida with the family. Cheers.”