A postcard from a family member wisely fleeing Ontario’s winter to sunny Arizona arrived this week. It’s a first for the Collection – a metal postcard. I have several non-paper postcards, but non are made of metal; this one is made of copper.
It’s a sheet of foil wrapped onto cardboard. I’m not sure about the extent of copper on it as the non-embossed parts don’t seem metallic, but the embossed parts definitely seem metallic.
It’s from Tortilla Flat, Arizona – which does indeed have a population of six people and a restaurant that I’d really like to visit right now.
Here’s the back of the postcard.
“This collectable embossed card was made in Arizona the Copper State. It is one of the many available: historic, local and scenic interests.”
[Bottom] “A card to treasure”
“Hi Glen. Having a great time here in Apache Junction. We thought you might like to add this one to your collection.”
I love non-paper postcards that are made from other materials than the standard print. Something different always stands out from the crowd and a new tactile experience is always fun.
This is the only cork postcard I have. It’s from Corsica, France’s large Mediterranean island.
I got this postcard shortly after I had lived in Germany for awhile and could read and speak German. Now I have little idea what the back of this postcard says:
Peinture sur liège inaltérable [Painting on cork]
La Corse [Corsica]
Vieille rue de Sartène [old road in the town of Sartène]
I cannot figure out the connection between cork and Corsica other than the first 3 letters and a connection to wine. I googled “Peinture sur liège inaltérable” and found a few other cork postcards from Corsica – perhaps it’s a local tradition? Let me know if you know the connection (or can translate all the German message).
This recent arrival, below, is a first for the Collection.
Postcards have been made out of various materials other than just paper – mostly for novelty or gimmick reasons suck as foam, fabric, cork, plastic, etc. I have a few non-paper postcards, but this is my first wooden one.
Much to my envy, my young daughter got a wooden postcard years ago, so I’m glad to finally catch up to her. (Just because she’s cuter, nicer and smarter than me, doesn’t mean that I don’t LOVE postcards MORE!)
It’s designed to look like an old Florida orange crate. So the wood connection is very fitting (although I don’t know if they were made out of birch as this one is).
Here’s the backside:
[top] “Wooden Post Card”
[bottom] “Made Responsibly With Sustainable Birch.” [right] “Made in the USA.”
Only 1 postcard this trip, but it is wooden! A very relaxing, lazy week in Florida with the family. Cheers.”
My daughter reminded me that today was Day of Pink. People are encouraged to wear pink to protest against bullying. I’ve encountered more than my share of bullies, so in support of this, I offer the following postcard:
It was sent to a co-worker when I worked at Quicken.ca from a staffing agency. It certainly got everyone’s attention. Their tagline on the back tied in nicely “Are your Web design projects getting a little hairy?”
This was the first fuzzy postcard I ever saw. It was actually the first highly- tactile postcard I encountered – it’s so much fun to feel!
I know gimmick postcards are a shameless ploy to get people to spend their money. And I love them!
I have some fine postcard gimmick specimens. They come in various odd shapes and sizes, textures and designs, but the one below is the most odd and original. I’ve never encountered any others like this:
Can you tell what it is?
Hints: it’s 23.5 cm. long by 10 cm. wide, it’s made of soft foam, and note the snaps on the sides. The flip side gives it away…
“It’s a postcard. It’s a can cooler – it’s a cool-card TM. Patent pending. Made in USA.”
“Hi. How do you like your card? Sure is hot these days – not like your 20 or so. Give you a call when you get back. This is also your present.”
And what a present it is! I did use it once and it worked great. But now it is too much of a treasured artefact to ever be allowed to leave my vaults, except for the one photo shoot for you lucky readers.