Here’s another recent arrival from my postcard penpal’s travels in Italy:
Based on the only caption – on the front – “308-56 (Tu?) Oderro Museo Opitergino”, I tried to figure out where this postcard was from. After quite a long time of searching online, I couldn’t find anything about the town or museum. Luckily, my penpal recalled the town. It’s from Oderzo, Italy and it’s of their museum Museo Archeologico Eno Bellis.
The museum has a collection of Roman antiquities (as you can tell from the photograph), but it’s not the most engaging image of the museum or town, as the back relates:
“In this town I could only find one (1!) single postcard. And of course it had to be old, ugly and uninspiring. Well at least it’s got a cool trimmed border. I hope you like it Glen. Ciao!”
It’s true, I do love postcards with different types of edges. I believe this type is called deckled – and is rather rare nowadays on postcards (but popular with fancy-type greeting cards).
Toronto lacks for postcards of itself. Most of the postcards that are available (if you can find them) are a skyline of the downtown with CN Tower featuring prominently. Very few postcards can be found of the other attractions in the city (sometimes even at the attraction)
In my recent quest for local postcards, however, I came across this one below that features one of Toronto’s more unique museums:
The postcard is nicely composed (and I love the Stanley Cup bursting forth like a mystic monolith). But the postcard doesn’t do the Hockey Hall of Fame justice. The museum has a fascinating collection for even people who are not die-hard hockey fans and there are some fun interactive elements to engage the kids.
Either way, I’m just glad to see Toronto’s culture and history reflected in deltiological form!
My wife and daughter were recently at the Ontario Science Centre here in Toronto. I stayed at home to work, so they decided to buy me a postcard as a consolation gift!
They were surprised that the gift shop there only had one postcard and that it was in distant corner. Quite the contrast from my recent experience at a Vancouver attraction.
At the last the postcard they had is quite nice:
A friend was in Amsterdam last month and brought me back two postcards from the Van Gogh Museum.
The first one was one of my favourites from when I visited the museum:
The painting is “Wheatfield with Crows” – reputedly one of his last paintings before his suicide. The crows and dark sky do seem to suggest impending doom.
The other postcard I have never seen the Van Gogh work depicted before (I’d remember it):
It is called Head of Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette. It seems that Van Gogh is suggesting that smoking doesn’t kill you after all!
This weekend was Doors Open in Toronto. Doors Open is a festival where buildings which are normally off-limits, private, or fee for entry are open to the public for free. We’ve been going since the festival started in 2000 and have seen some fascinating buildings.
This year, we went to Toronto’s recently opened museum of Islamic art and culture, the Aga Khan Museum. Opened September 2014, the museum was the initiative of the Islamic religious leader the Aga Khan. The museum’s website describes their collection:
The Museum’s Permanent Collection of over 1,000 objects includes masterpieces that reflect a broad range of artistic styles and materials. These portraits, textiles, miniatures, manuscripts, ceramics, tiles, medical texts, books and musical instruments represent more than ten centuries of human history and a geographic area stretching from the Iberian Peninsula to China.
The museum’s architecture and grounds are stunning – as is the adjacent Ismaili Centre. We only saw a sample of the collection but what we saw was very impressive. They had kid’s art activities that my daughter loved. And I was enamoured, of course, by their wide selection of postcards. My favourites being the two below:
Both these postcards depict paintings of the collection – both are watercolours and gold on paper circa 18th to 19th century.
I’m looking forward to returning to Aga Khan Museum to see the rest of the collection and add to my Collection.
Another one of those days today and again postcards say it best.
Here’s a postcard of some torture devices almost as bad as the ones I’m enduring at my university.
This postcard was sent to me many years ago when I was living in West Germany (back when West Germany was still a country, that’s how long ago it was). Sadly, I never got a chance to visit the museum the postcard is from, the Kriminalmuseum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany.
Here is the back:
“Glen, I thought you’d get a kick out of this postcard! It is from a really [unknown] museum with lots of nifty torture devices, chastity belts, etc. See you on the 17th eh? And don’t forget to WRITE!!! Notice the Iron Maiden? Well. Say hello to X for me!! Bye bye Babs Bye Bye!”
Unlike my daughter’s postcard collection, I don’t have many postcards in the Collection that double as stickers. So I was glad when this odd specimen recently arrived:
This emblem sticker (“Blason Adhesif”) is of the Juno Beach Centre, a museum in Normandy, France dedicated to Canada’s world war two history.
Here’s the reverse side of the postcard:
“August 4, 2014
Hello for Juno – We’re at the wrong war today, the [unknown] beach of WWI.
We toured the German bunkers in the centre of the beach – the beach is 8 km. long and had a few bunkers in it. Very shallow waters, can understand why they choose here for the landings.
Do you have a sticker card?