Here’s another new arrival from my postcard pen pal. So few restaurants hand out postcards any more, but he has managed to find one with a montage of food, scenery, and big-things.
I love the story on the back:
“Rusty Anchor Restaurant – Family friendly, ocean front, dining nestled in the heart of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.”
“When my brother went on a 2 months long trip to the east of the country, I told him to send me a post card during his journey. Instead he came back and handed me this saying <<Here!>>”
I have had the same experience of asking – no begging – for postcards from people’s trips and then getting a blank one hand-delivered upon their return. But hey, I’ll take postcards any way I can get them!
Here’s another recent arrival from my new postcard pen pal.
It is from a Toronto pub, appropriately named The Pour House:
The sender informed me that this postcard was given with the bill. I have never received a postcard in such a manner – I’d sure like that A LOT more than a crappy candy. I also believe this might be the first giveaway postcard in the Collection from a pub. I have lots from motels and some from restaurants (and most of these are circa 1960 to 1980), but normally booze slinging joints don’t need the postal service to drum up business.
Here’s the flip side:
“Hi Glen! What happened to your blog? You haven’t updated it in a while, I hope everything is all right. Any ways, this card is given to you with the bill at this pub Toronto (Pour House) and I thought you’d appreciate it!”
I love the Ken Dryden stamp too. Canada Post does a great job of commemorating our history and culture on stamps and doing so with attractive illustrations.
Last month, I was in my hometown of Guelph, Ontario to celebrate Thanksgiving. While there, we took my daughter to Strom’s Farm & Bakery. It’s a great place as they have lots of fun things to do outside on their farm and the best bunch of mazes I’ve encountered anywhere.
They have several mazes but their most famous and most difficult is their corn maze.
I love mazes, but what I loved more was that they were giving away postcards to commemorate this year’s corn maze:
Naturally, I wrote the postcard to myself. Here’s my recount of our fun on the farm:
[top] “Aerial view of Strom’s Maze 2015. If you get this…I made it out!”
[bottom] “Strom.ca. 50 cents of your Harvest Fun pass went to Hope House. Strom’s Farm and Bakery, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.”
“Thanksgiving Day – October 12, 2015.
Today, I [and the wife and kid] went with Grandpa and Grandma to Strom’s farm for some pumpkin fun! Everyone loves the pumpkin sling shot, the mazes, and the hayride, but the pumpkin marshmallow icecream sandwich made me VERY THANKFUL!”
When I was a kid every hotel or motel worth its salt offerred a free postcard or two to guests. Some were so incredibly boring and uninspiring that this genre is among my favourites (see this gem).
Since the 1990s, I may have encountered about two hotels offerring giveaways. I figured that this was a practice that had died out completely.
So I was surprised to receive this postcard yesterday from Hotel Sommer in Germany:
Spotting this item was like a seeing a dodo bird. We know them to be extinct – but imagine my surprise to see one sitting there so nonchalantly in my mailbox!
As far as a lodging postcard, this is among the best. The images offer a stunning view of the natural surrounding, luxurious rooms, and the promise of risqué December-May encounters by the pool.
This postcard is from one of the Collection’s grand donors. She’s always on the lookout for fine additions to the Collection, as her message attests:
“Gutentag! I know you love a promo card and these come fanned out in the room, complete with a pen to write them. Good thing this hotel has an indoor pool – it’s cold and raining for days – I had to buy blue jeans. It’s nice and sunny now as we are leaving, but we like it here so much that we’ll probably be back. There’s so much to do around here, just not the boring Lichtenstein castle tour.”
Not only is the postcard a rare sample for proving the continued existence of a form, but it’s also among the larger ones in the Collection at 12.8 centimetres by 23.5 centimetres (which is slightly larger than Canada Post allows without requiring special postage).
One of the reasons why I don’t particularly like Vancouver, British Columbia is that most things are unnecessarily over-priced. In contrast, however, I was delighted to find a freebie postcard while there.
It’s rather rare to find free postcards any more, particularly ones that aren’t just an advertisement as most giveaway postcards are.
It’s not the most exciting, but it was free:
The observation area depicted on this postcard is actually quite interesting. There are quite a few digital media displays and a good view (although I sent a couple e-Postcards that never arrived). My daughter loved the place the last time we were all in Vancouver.
I had to mark the occasion by writing myself a note on the back:
“YVR’s Public Observation Area
Discover our airport through interactive displays, telescopes and stunning airfield views. Bring family and friends. Located in the public area on Level 4, Domestic Terminal.”
“A free postcard – that’s actually a proper postcard! How rare! How delightful! Yeah! This is where I hung for a couple hours today and before hung out with the kid!”
I’ve been lamenting my lack of new acquisition postcards particularly over the past few weeks. As the rash of back-to-back posts here highlighting the new arrivals, the drought has recently subsided.
Case in point, a few days ago I was shopping at a costume store, Malabar, near my job for costume components for my daughter’s Dalek costume.
I noticed a table with some giveaway “postcards” on them, which I presumed were just promotional items and not a proper postcard as most often the case (see my prior post on this).
To my delight, it was a properly formatted postcard. And they had a plethora of them. And they were cool, bizarre ones to boot! Enjoy as I did:
Thanks Malabar for the best giveaway postcards in years!
Today is the birthday of my favourite singer, Kate Bush.
Many years ago in a record shop in Guelph, Ontario they were giving away postcards to promote Kate Bush’s album, Hounds of Love. Ever since then this item below has been a favourite of my Collection:
Happy birthday to Kate Bush! Please do a concert in Toronto!