This postcard arrived last week from a family member visiting Canada’s east coast. It’s from Fortress of Louisbourg, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The fort is a national historic site and is from the 18th century originally made by the French. It was once the third busiest port in North America.
Here’s the back of the postcard. I love the Canada Post stamp of Captain Kirk (William Shatner was born in Montreal).
“Hi. Arrived in N.S. [Nova Scotia] on Thursday, July 15th. We certainly enjoyed our visit to the Louisbourg Fortress. An amazing place and well worth the visit. Went to Sidney for dinner this evening. Heading to the Cabot Trail tomorrow morning. We’ll be sure to take lots of pictures!”
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 another sample from my winter sojourn in the south. We spent only a short time in the island of St. Martin this time, but I found lots of good postcards (as well as going to I to an awesome Star Wars museum!)
I particularly like this postcard, below, as it captures a segment of the place’s history.
Here is the back of postcard which tells about the history pertaining to the front image.
“For Amsterdam, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
The cannons of Fort Amsterdam have witnessed many fierce battles between the Dutch and the Spanish, English and Portuguese navies. The island actually changed flags many times. In one such battle, Peter Stuyvesant, who later became Governor of New Amsterdam (now New York), lost his lag here. ”
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!
Prior to my recent cruise, I had never been to the Virgin Islands (U.S. or British).
Our cruise ship stopped in the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Thomas – although the port didn’t look anything like pictured here:
I spent much of my time in the U.S. Virgin Islands snorkelling in Turtle Bay off of Buck Island. It was one of the most amazing site and experiences I’ve ever had.
Searching for postcards in St. Thomas, however, was less rewarding as this was the nicest postcard I could find despite looking in several shops.
It was a crazy holiday season as usual, so I haven’t had a chance until now to update this blog with the new arrivals to the Collection.
This item arrived in late November from Tofino, British Columbia. The west coast of Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful places I have been to. We stayed in nearby Ucluelet, which I recommend over Tofino.
Regardless, the coastal scenery and forests are beautiful all along that area as this postcard depicts:
Here is the reverse side:
“Glen. This was supposed to be our storm watch visit to Tofino, and ironically no storms! Beautiful sunny days with stunning sunsets. We were here for the oyster festival and visited and oyster farm. So many yummy oysters, crab, salmon I was in seafood heaven! Cheers.”
I have heard that people go to watch the storms, sounds wonderfully melodramatic.
I’ve been profiling small countries lately, so this is a great time to showcase this gem from Fiji. This is the first postcard I’ve posted from the Oceania region (the smallest region in the Collection – likely because it’s so cursedly far away from me). I found this postcard buried in a pile of papers in a storeroom years ago.
Here’s the back of the postcard. I love found postcards as the messages tend to be such a fun mystery (e.g. “smoke bombs”?!?).
“Turtle Island – Fiji. One of Fiji’s top tourist resorts”
“Bula (Hi!) How’s your summer been going. Is Bill the Cat still alive? Well, my family and I are presently in Fiji and tonight we leave for Australia. It’s been a nice rest. So What have you been up to? More smoke bombs? Well, just don’t blow up Canada o.k. I’d like to get back! Take care! Bye!”
My grandmother died over this past weekend. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents growing up. My favourite memories of them is going up for summer break to their house in Clinton, visiting their trailer by Lake Huron, and travelling with them for beach holidays in the southern U.S.
Over the years, we exchanged many postcards. So I wanted to post one hear to remember her by. In searching through my collection, this is the first one I found from her – and it seems appropriate
Our family particularly loved Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I fondly remember jumping in the waves with grandma, playing canasta by the pool with her and Grandpa, and then all of us going out for buffet supper. So Myrtle Beach does seem like a good heaven.
Grandma wrote most of the postcards. She sent this one to me just as I started my first weeks of university. Here’s the reverse side of the postcard:
“The world famous sea coast of Myrtle Beach, S.C.”
“Hi Glen: We are having a good time at Myrtle Beach. Wish you were here with us. The weather is great – in the 90s every day. We live in the nice warm water and whirlpool. Alice and Oz are enjoying it too. First time down here for them. Hope you like the University and what you are taking this year. See you when you get home. Again, love. Grandpa and Grandma. ”
My grandfather passed away a little over two years ago. I inherited his postcard collection, as I noted in the post “Remembering Homer“.
Here are my grandparents with my daughter a few years ago at their trailer:
Goodbye Grandma and Grandpa. Wish you were here!