Earlier this year, I got some great postcards from my postcard penpal on his trip to Italy. Fortunately, for me he made a trip to the bordering country of Slovenia. I love postcards from Slovenia and I’ve only got one other in the Collection, so this was a real treat. And then there’s the postcard itself in all its shiny glory:
Here’s the real backside (ha, pun intended!):
On my last day here I got the chance to spend the afternoon in Capodistria, Slovenia. Awesome place, if you ever have the opportunity you should visit. Also, as soon as I saw this postcard I knew it was perfect for you!
Here’s a postcard from my trip this past winter to Florida. It is a delightful example of the marvels that photo editting software has brought to postcards!
It does certainly look like where the fun is indeed! I sure wish I was frolicking thusly in tropical seas!
Of all the places in the world, I have more postcards of Florida than anywhere else (including my home province of Ontario). No doubt, this reflects that Florida is the vacation destination of choice for many of my friends and family.
So you’d think I’d seen all the postcards Florida has to offer. I was recently in Florida and spent much time hunting for postcards. It was much harder than it used to be with many souvenir stores not selling postcards at all or just having the obligatory palm trees and shoreline images.
But I struck gold at a souvenir shop on Fort Lauderdale beach getting a few gems of the tacky and dorky sort, such as this gem:
Here’s a contender for Toronto’s tackiest postcard. I picked this up from a store that was clearing out all their postcard stock. This must have been buried for years for good reason:
Toronto only has one CN Tower, for the record.
I’m not why the postcard makers added in another dreamy image of the CN superimposed onto the downtown scene. It’s like the ghostly spirit of the CN Tower hovers above all us Torontonians.
It’s true the CN Tower does appear god-like to us here, as Mufasa did to Simba in The Lion King. The Tower appears when we need it and offers us sagely guidance. Generally, for every situation the Tower says only “Stand tall”, or “Set your sights high”, and, of course, its favourite “Reach for the stars” . But surprisingly these affirmations work for most situations!
The postcard options in my hometown of Toronto have been pretty slim for years. Occasionally, I’ll spot a gem in an unexpected spot.
I do save money but not being tempted often here by postcard purchases – as my recent trip to Vancouver set me back at least $25 (the highest one-time acquisition total ever). Recently, however, my local hunting has been more rewarding, such as these two recent prizes found at a downtown pharmacy:
I love the flora framing the snapshots of Toronto. Although, I can assure you that nowhere would one find a garden of daffodils positioned this way (the shot would be taken from Toronto Island).
The read maple leaf motif on the first postcard is also quite impactful if incongruous against the backdrop of the highrises of Toronto, the big bad, – the leaf motif emphasizes Toronto’s prime position in this great dominion of Canada!
The first week of July 1947 is when a suspicious incident, possibly an alien encounter, happened in Roswell, New Mexico.
My family got Netflix a few months ago and recently discovered (and binge watched) the TV series Roswell.
I have never been to Roswell, but I’m dying to go to add it to my tour of mysterious places (Sleepy Hollow, Salem, Stonehenge, apex of Bermuda Triangle, Pembroke).
So in honour of the past events of Roswell this month, here is a postcard from one of the Collection’s grand patrons:
Feel free to view and probe the back side:
“Greetings from Roswell…
This original print commemorates the anniversary of the crash that took the lives of alien beings 50 years ago, and the city that houses the hangar where the bodies were stored.”
“Hey Guys, Well if the [indecipherable] it sure is damn tacky! It’s a weird place though, but good food and somewhat friendly inhabitants. I still think we might have to exterminate them though. Further research will follow. Signing off in this alien land.”
I love Niagara Falls, Ontario. The falls are spectacular, the surrounding spectacle of tourist traps are beyond compare, and the shops never disappoint with their awesome postcards.
During a trip there last week, I found so much to choose from that I was overwhelmed (which hasn’t happened in years and mostly while in Europe or the U.S., definite meccas of delightful postcards).
To focus this round of acquisitions, I decided to collect items with an element lacking in my Niagara postcards – GLITTER!
The falls are beautiful – but glitter makes them (and everything else) just that much more wonderful and shiny!
I also love kitsch postcards so I was deliriously happy to find such choice specimens:
It’s the falls in summer, with superimposed flowers and GLITTER.
Here it is in winter with snow and GLITTER:
There are just so many wonderful Niagara Falls postcards in my collection (and even more in the World) that I have only had time to blog about a small sample of the gems I have collected during my visits there, but I promise more will come.