This latest gem of the Collection arrived in the mail yesterday and there’s so much to love about it!
It’s from the Vatican and I love postcards from small countries. I have a handful of pope postcards, but this is the first one I have of Pope Francis.
I’m glad to have a postcard of him as I have zero postcards with prior pope Benedict. (If you see any pope Benedict postcards, I’d love to get them!)
In addition, the postcard also has quite beautiful, if puzzling stamps too – check out the back:
Why is there a stamp of Paris’ Eiffel Tower? I tried googling it and came up with nothing. Odd, but cool.
“Greetings form the Vatican. The weather is amazing. All the Italians are wearing winter coats but I’m outside in a T-shirt.”
I love the message as it reminds me of my trip to Italy and when it snowed several Italians looked to the sky and loudly cursed the heavens!
My daughter starred as a shepherd in a Christmas pageant today. Here is a postcard that also spreads Christian cheer:
This is one of my favourite postcards in the Collection. For one, I love that the imagery is humourously cheesy. But mostly, I love that it is from a tiny country, the Vatican, and that it was mailed to me from that country:
I have a few postcards from the Vatican but most people are there only for a short visit and don’t take the time to mail it actually from there. I love getting mail from countries tiny or obscure, so this was a real treat.
For my Christmas wish, I would love to get more postcards of similar exoticism or cheesiness!
This is the 250th blog post! I have loved blogging about my postcards, but the greatest thing to come out of this blogging is that I have recently be donated another’s postcard collection.
A reader of this blog has donated her collection spanning 50 years from her travels in Europe and North America.
So it is with great pleasure that I introduce the Mary Collection! Here are some of my favourites from the Mary:
Lily and pomegranate” by William Morris, from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Dying Gaul, Capitoline Museum, Rome, Italy
Les Palais des Popes. Avignon, France
Codfish, Newfoundland, Canada
Juliet’s House, Verona, Italy
Carving on Bell Tower, New College, Oxford, England
Over the coming weeks, I’ll highlight other gems from the Mary Collection. But I wanted to post this as a way to express my immense gratitude to Mary for her kind gift! It is greatly appreciated! THANK YOU!!!
In honour of Pope Benedict stepping down, I thought I’d share one of my many pope postcards. Pope postcards, regardless of which country they originate from, have a tendency to be divinely tacky.
And this one below, of a Pope John Paul visit to Croatia, is a fine example of divine pope cards:
This image of Pope John Paul towering awesomely above a Croatian city does seem like he is putting the God into Godzilla.
The card says nothing of the city that the pope is looming over. The postcard was mailed in Dubrovnik, but it seems to me to be Rijeka. Which makes sense considering the message:
“He’s everywhere!! Seems superimposed pope is leaving the Vatican to fly over Croatia next week – hope he doesn’t hit any flying houses on the way.”
The flying house is a reference to The Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat in Rijeka. Legend has it that the holy house of Mary fly from Nazareth and stopped in Rijeka on its way to Loreto, Italy where it remains today.
With a new pope coming, I’m looking forward to more such glorious papal postcards to come…