I blogged yesterday about my first postcard received in 2014. Despite claims otherwise this postcard is the third one I received this year.
If you’re not up on European royalty, this is the king and queen of Sweden – King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. I had to look them up, as there is no caption on the front or back of this postcard.
“Jan. 1, 2014
Hello from Sweden! Your 1st postcard of 2014, another addition to your European Royals collection from perhaps the most boring selection of postcards I have ever come across. At least the stamps are pretty. We’re here for the World Junior Hockey, the place is heaving with Canadians, miraculously we survived the [unknown] fireworks.”
Interestingly, this Swedish postcard was mailed before my actual first postcard of the new year, but the other one, from Denmark, arrived much quicker – those Danes are indeed great!
This postcard arrived a couple days ago:
I’m not much of a fan of the concept of monarchy and the Luxembourg royal family’s portrait is much better (as I blogged about).
But this postcard is topical, as the message relates:
“HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and HRH The Duke of Cambridge with their new son Prince George of Cambridge born on July 22nd at 4.24pm. They are leaving the Lindo wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, London the birthplace of HRH Prince William”
“! No life or postcard collection is complete without the first photo of baby George.”
Aside from the pop culture value of this specimen, it is also an interesting item for its placement of the caption. I can’t recall ever seeing a caption on the bottom right side of a postcard. In fact, I thought the right side was reserved for the postal service. You can even see the postal mark under the caption – no doubt disturbing the Royal Mail greatly. Despite lauding the royals on the front side, this postcard is subtly subversive!
Thanks to one of the collection great patrons, I now have my first postcard from the great European nation of Luxembourg! And what an incredible specimen it is:
An odd postcard to represent Luxembourg as it’s not the greatest family portrait (and what’s with the hobby horse) and they are not even the royal family of Luxembourg. Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke and apparently gave up all his (and his children’s) rights of succession to marry the commoner, Tessy. I don’t think European royalty should be punished for marrying commoners as frankly Europe’s royals can use the fresh blood and good looks.
Here’s the backside:
“LL.AA.RR. (Leurs Altesses Royales = Their Royal Highnesses) le Prince Louis, la Princesse Tessy, et les Princes Gabriel et Noah.”
“meng.post.lu Je creé mes timbres et carte postales” (I create my stamps and post cards)
“Greetings from Luxembourg. Not a whole lot going on here but man is it postcard gold, so hard to choose.”
Now that I have Luxembourg specimens (more to come, just wait – some are doozies!) it fits nicely with my small countries of the world postcards. I have a few from the Vatican (#1 smallest country), Monaco (including some I sent – #2 smallest), San Marino (but someone bought it and gave it to me, so it doesn’t really count – #5 smallest), Liechtenstein (a couple – #6), Malta (#11), and Grenada (ones I sent to other people, beautiful place BTW – #12). I most want Andorra now (#16) but I’ll happily take any, particularly any from the many small Pacific Ocean island countries (see list).
Today is the birthday of one of this collection’s Grand Patron’s. So to honour him, I present one of the patron’s most spectacular donations:
The reverse side says it all:
“So what’s tackier than a dead princess postcard? A postcard of a dead princess’ head. Some thing for your fridge. Love the Grand Patron. Still in London.”
This fine specimen was indeed on display for many years (as can be witnessed by the masking tape marks left behind).
Have a great birthday Casper!
I’m in a grumpy mood today. Spring is finally starting to eke out here in Tonroto and yet I’m stuck at my computer working on a wearisome (if crucial) project.
So I need some cheering up and this postcard is one of my favourites. The message makes me literally LOL.
Interesting how Charles is straddling a cane, while Camilla has her blooms between her legs. Here’s the reverse side:
“I just couldn’t resist his knees! Thankfully, they’re together.”
So for all of us having a crappy day, here’s to keeping it all together!!