I’m particularly fond of my recent Bahamian find below that I picked up in Nassau:
I didn’t see any postcards of their famous pink government buildings, but this one was the only I could find that featured their buildings. The photographer did a great job on this one as it has a real tranquil and spiritual dimension to it rarely seen in postcard imagery.
I’m a bit of a Scrooge about Christmas. It’s my least favourite holiday of the year, but it’s Christmas Eve and I’m finally full of Christmas spirit – as pictured below:
I got this gem of a postcard while shopping at the Bay after the Santa Claus parade. Here’s to everyone having this holy spirit tonight!
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!
In the early days of my collecting among my favourite items were “Legends Of” postcards. That is postcards where the front side told a story or shared interesting facts.
The item below was one of my favourite items in my Collection for many years. I bought in South Carolina – probably in Myrtle Beach where we used to go for a vacation most winters. It’s unsent as I had no intention of parting with it.
Back then I also collected sea shells and loved finding my own sand dollars. So I particularly loved this item. I had no idea that sand dollars had such Christian meanings.
“Legend of the Sand Dollar
The Holy Ghost Shell. Otherwise known as the sand dollar is one of nature’s most unusual specimens of marine life. The markings on the shell symbolize the birth, and crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. An outline of the Easter Lilly is a five pointed star that represents the star of Bethlehem. The narrow elliptical openings are reminiscent of the five wounds made in the Body of Christ during crucifixion. On the underside of the shell is an easily recognized outline of the Christmas poinsettia. When the shell is broken open, cells are found each holding five objects that look like five birds in flight. These represent the doves of peace. Another interpretation of these bird-like objects connects them to the angels who sang to the shepherds on the first Christmas morning.”
Today is Good Friday.
Here is the only postcard I have of the crucifixion. It’s also one of the few postcards that mimic 3D.
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…