I’ve mentioned before that I have a lot of postcards from Florida, United States. You’d be surprised that amongst the many postcards of ocean sunsets, palm-tree decked beaches, Disney World, and local wildlife there are quite a few of overweight people in bathing suits. These are normally accompanied by a mocking caption, such as this one I found on my last visit to Florida:
“Chocolate milkshake, cherry pie, count the dimples in my thigh! Florida, ya gotta love it!”
Here’s another postcard find from my recent visit to Bahamas. This one features the incredible costumes worn during their Junkanoo Festival.
If Italian is the language of love, then what better way to express one’s devotion through such postcard gems as this one:
The beautiful earth-tone colours of the sunset and romantic embrace of the lovers – it’s definitely a postcard meant for love!
Here’s the reverse side:
“Glen, in my hometown Cassino, I barely managed to find a local postcard. Luckily, I managed to find instead, this and numerous others hidden years forgotten in stores since at least the early ’70s. Hope you like it!”
Like it, now that’s amore!
My postcard penpal went to visit his hometown of Cassino, Italy and sent me a bunch of postcards from Cassino and vicinity. He had to scour for postcards, but in the end he found a treasure trove of old postcards to send. These postcards have been waiting for years to fulfil their rightful glory!
Here’s one of the first arrivals:
Here’s the backside:
“Glen. Here’s another postcard I know you’ll love. My brother keeps asking why anyone would ever send something like this. The real question, of course, is why anyone would not send it! Take care Glen.
P.S. I just realized that this baby is probably well into his 50s.”
I’m not particularly choosy when it comes to collecting and adoring postcards. I love many types and genres and from any destination. But items have to be a proper postcard.
Here’s a sample of a recent postcard below that stretches the boundaries of a postcard versus cool envelope.
It is an example of a foldout postcard in that it is one large sheet of paper that has been folded into three components that fold into one standard size postcard for mailing.
Here’s the interior component with a message:
“Hi Glen. I got this in the mail. It came in an envelope, however it does have space for a stamp in the back. Maybe it was originally intended to be sent with no envelope?
In any case, I removed the original message (a simple thank you for a referal) and sent it to you. Hopefully, this can find a place in your collection. If not, let me know and I’ll send you another cool postcard as soon as I find one.”
Below is the back side of the postcard – with another message and stamp (making it a postcard):
“Hi Glen. Not sure if this counts. But I did write you a message inside.”
This does meet my definition of a postcard – very happy to add it to the Collection!
Here’s another from my recent finds in Toronto:
Why foreigners find our police force so interesting I’ll never know.
It is interesting to note that Americans mythologize and revel in stories of their villains (from Billy the Kid to Bonnie & Clyde). Whereas in Canada we do it with our police force (such as Sam Steele).
As part of my series of posts lately of far-flung countries, below is another one of my favourites. This is also from the Grand Patroness of the Collection.
This is from the Eastern European country of Bulgaria, from Nesebar.
Here’s the back. I love how the back-design doesn’t repeat the front but rather offers a related but unique image (in this case sea shells).
“Bulgarian Black Sea Coast”
“Hi Glen from Bulgaria. Lots of old buildings.”