I’m taking a few minutes break from a huge project to relax with my beloved postcards, which I’ve neglected shamefully over the past few months. So I’m just now getting around to showcasing some fine additions to the Collection from my last expedition, which was way back in the winter.
Below is a fine example from the U.S. Virgin Islands:
I recently got back from an amazing trip to the warm climes of the Caribbean and Florida. While the weather was delightful, postcard hunting was a challenge.
In the end and with much sleuthing, I found some treasures. The postcards from the Bahamas below are my favoured finds from this recent expedition.
I like how original these postcards are and the savage (if accurate) caricaturing of the tourists who would be the ones most apt to buy these.
I had a former university roommate who said his favourite pick-up line was “Nice bum. Where ya from?”
Well, here’s a recent find from Toronto’s downtown Bay store that fits that message perfectly:
This is also a sample of a greeting type postcard (opposed to the vacation destination postcard the main type of postcards nowadays). Although I’m not sure the occasion that would incline one to send this?
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!
I’ve been to Hell before – in the Cayman Islands. I’ve also met people who make any space they occupy Hell. But I have never been to Hell in the United States.
But I know someone who has been to Hell, USA (it’s in Michigan) and sent me a postcard – just this week in fact:
Here’s the other side of Hell:
“Greetings from Hell! It seems like every time we visit relatives in Michigan, we have to go through Hell and back. It’s warm but there’s swimming and boating!”
If you know of any other Hells, I’d be diabolically gleeful to receive any postal souvenirs.
Last Valentine’s Day, I posted about Vinegar Valentines – these are postcards sent to people you don’t like. It was a popular trend about a hundred years ago.
This year I have another bizarre Valentine postcard from the turn of the last century:
I’ve seen some strange Valentine cards in my day – but I don’t quite get this one. It was unsent and has been saved for over a hundred years, so clearly someone else appreciated the humour!
Hope you spend your Valentine’s Day with someone you can count on in similarly messy situations!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
This postcard I got a couple of years ago combines two of my favourite things, comics and postcards:
I’ve actually been asked to lead a kid’s book club this month on graphic novels. So I’ve been reading a lot of my old comics and some new, great graphic novels. It’s fun when my two great loves combine like this – although I don’t see many new comic postcards any more.
Here’s the back side:
“Dear Glen. I have seen more sheep on this trip than I thought possible. Cheers!”
Canadians love vacationing in Florida and I have a vault of postcards to prove it. As much as we love to get away at this time of year to the sun and sand, we equally seem to love sending a postal thumbed nose to those we leave behind still suffering in the freeze and frost. Hence this postcard that recently arrived:
These “you vs. me” Florida postcards are almost as ubiquitous as an ocean sunset postcard. Our insufferable winters make people do desperate things after they escape.
Here’s the backside of the postcard:
“Don’t you wish you were here, today’s temperature is X!”
“Hi! We had a good drive to Key West! No snow! The weather has been great, not too hot. The new house should be here in two weeks but we won’t be able to move him in until the interior work is done. Not much else new for now.”
With the festive season upon us, the ubiquitous and obligatory partying can eventually wear anyone down. So here’s some advice from an old (1950s I estimate) postcard from the Blue Bird Tourist Court.
I couldn’t find much info on Blue Bird Tourist Courts, but they seemed like a small chain of hotels and in this case a truck stop. Their postcards definitely reflect truck stop humour.
Remember to take it easy this holiday season and if you have to cut out something, singing is always good idea to cut first.