Earlier this year, my daughter was in a school production of Seussical playing Mayzie La Bird. She was a great Mayzie! An extra treat for me is that the play features Mayzie sending a postcard. Mayzie asked Horton to watch her egg so she could have a rest – in Palm Beach
My daughter asked if I had a postcard of Palm Beach that they could use and I did (well, West Palm Beach). And it was even blank. So she wrote the postcard as Mayzie to Horton.
Here’s the front side:
So this is a first for the Collection – the first time one of the postcards was used as a prop in a play.
Here’s a postcard from my family to celebrate Family Day.
I found a book of postcards last summer that let’s the sender colour them for themselves. I asked my daughter to make one for me. She picked this one as she loves music and cats.
Here’s the message she wrote me:
“To: Daddy Gleny
I love you. This is for your postcard collection. Love.”
Today is Cheese Day!!!! Cheese is one of my greatest pleasures in life, so it gives me great joy to celebrate this holiday.
I’ve been waiting for such a special occasion to showcase this bizarre gem from the Collection depicting the rightful worship of cheese:
We got this giveaway postcard in 2005 at a variety store, Couche-Tard in Montreal, Quebec. It was a strange advertisement for an incredibly strange frozen drink, sloche, – presumably flavoured as “Tropical Cheddar”.
All these years, I never understood why anyone would drink a frozen cheese beverage and the role of the freakish mice. Thanks to the Internet, I found out about the ad campaign. There’s even an odd, but funny, video to accompany this cheesy ad campaign:
The back caption adds to the mystery:
“Souri-souri, archipel de Chizi Wizi. Sacrifice rituel”.
Which seems to be something about smiling, Cheese Wiz islands and sacrificial rituals.
My daughter was a baby when we got this postcard, since she couldn’t write anything I decided to trace her hand.
“Baby’s handprint. It’s actually a bit smaller as she wiggled so much while we were tracing her hand.”
Bon appetit on this joyous jour du frommage!
We received this postcard in the mail this week from friends vacationing in Kauai, Hawaii:
Here’s the back side:
“Aloha from Kaua’i. Clockwise, from top: Napali cliffs, Kilauea Falls, Polihale Beach, Wild rooster”
“We had a great time on (Kaua’i). We were down here for X’s family celebrating her 2nd eldest brother’s 50th birthday. Such a stunning island – we toured by helicopter, catamarn and bike (down the canyon road!). The chickens and roosters outnumber people, so appropriate the rooster is featured on the postcard. Cheers with a mai tai!”
I remember Kauai fondly from a trip we took there a few years ago. It is one of my favourite places in the world and certainly among the most beautiful. I thought the postcard looked familiar. So I went to the vaults and found the same postcard but one that we had our young daughter send to ourselves recapping her favourite Hawaii experiences. Here’s what she wrote:
“Hi. I went to Dole. I went on a crooz [cruise]. I was in a hoola [hula] show. I went to the teddy bear world. Love!
I had a great postcard month this January. I got some cool ones mailed to me, bought a few, and sent myself one from a birthday getaway in our city.
My daughter also sent me a postcard from our hotel. But I love these memories. Here’s the one she sent me:
Here’s the back:
“Main photo: Toronto skyline as seen from Toronto Island. From top right: cafe on Queen Street, theatre district at night, baby polar bear at the Toronto Zoo, Blue Jays baseball at Skydome.
It’s time for a little T.O. Come visit us soon!”
“Dear Daddy Gleny. Happy birthday! I love you! You are so nice to me. We are staying at the the Marriot. We are going to go to the aquarim for the first time in Toronto! Love.”
Here’s the postcard I sent myself:
“The old and the new: the historic Flat Iron building in Toronto’s exciting downtown.”
“Getting older isn’t so grand, but spending a weekend with my wonderful family is! To celebrate my birthday we are being tourists in our own city. The kid won a free hotel stay at the Marriot Yorkville- very nice! We explored Yorkville yesterday – underground in the Path as it is deadly cold January. Then we hung out in bathrobes, watched movies, ate too much pizza, and had birthday cupcakes. Now we ate too much brunch and are off to the aquarium! Awesome times – it makes getting old worth it!
Today, my family is taking me away to celebrate my upcoming birthday. Not a number I’m particularly happy about so let’s skip that unpleasantness. But for a recent milestone birthday, my wife took me to Chicago for a weekend.
It was my first time to Chicago. As a great lake town in January (this month is the worst month to have a birthday) it was snowy and incredibly cold so we nicknamed Chicago as the “arctic windy city”.
But we had a great time – saw the tourist sites of Navy Pier and the Shedd Aquarium, hung out at Art Institute (my daughter particularly loving their miniatures collection), skate at the top of the Hancock tower, ate deep dish pizza, and enjoyed the United States’ liberal happy hour laws.
We sent my mother this postcard below. It doesn’t show up but the sky is filled with glitter – very appropriate for the never-ending snowfall we endured there.
Our daughter draw a picture of her thoughts on the trip on the back of a postcard.
“Hancock Tower Downtown Chicago”
“[The kid] on the town. She loved Chicago! It was a blast of fun (and cold).”
It was a great birthday blast bash!
Pretty as a postcard is an expression we use to describe picturesque scenery. The photography used on postcards is generally good quality (i.e. having the best vantage point and deep focus). But the photos tends to rely on trite and formulaic imagery.
I found the postcard below a few years ago during a trip to the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy (a.k.a. St. Bart’s). It is among the most original and artistic photographs I’ve ever seen on a postcard:
It’s a detail of an old clapboard house that is common on the island. We saw many houses like this – both in style and colour – in St. Bart’s capital Gustavia, where I bought this.
It’s the fact that there are buildings like this that are so unique to this region that makes it a great postcard image. It achieves the goal of a postcard image of sending a snapshot to capture the look and feel of a special place to those at home.
We had my daughter fill out the back:
My daughter drew a coconut tree and the ocean that she saw there. She composed the message too, which reads: “We took a big catamaran to St. Barth’s today. We rode super big waves.”