I love Niagara Falls, Ontario. The falls are spectacular, the surrounding spectacle of tourist traps are beyond compare, and the shops never disappoint with their awesome postcards.
During a trip there last week, I found so much to choose from that I was overwhelmed (which hasn’t happened in years and mostly while in Europe or the U.S., definite meccas of delightful postcards).
To focus this round of acquisitions, I decided to collect items with an element lacking in my Niagara postcards – GLITTER!
The falls are beautiful – but glitter makes them (and everything else) just that much more wonderful and shiny!
I also love kitsch postcards so I was deliriously happy to find such choice specimens:
It’s the falls in summer, with superimposed flowers and GLITTER.
Here it is in winter with snow and GLITTER:
There are just so many wonderful Niagara Falls postcards in my collection (and even more in the World) that I have only had time to blog about a small sample of the gems I have collected during my visits there, but I promise more will come.
Today, my family is taking me away to celebrate my upcoming birthday. Not a number I’m particularly happy about so let’s skip that unpleasantness. But for a recent milestone birthday, my wife took me to Chicago for a weekend.
It was my first time to Chicago. As a great lake town in January (this month is the worst month to have a birthday) it was snowy and incredibly cold so we nicknamed Chicago as the “arctic windy city”.
But we had a great time – saw the tourist sites of Navy Pier and the Shedd Aquarium, hung out at Art Institute (my daughter particularly loving their miniatures collection), skate at the top of the Hancock tower, ate deep dish pizza, and enjoyed the United States’ liberal happy hour laws.
We sent my mother this postcard below. It doesn’t show up but the sky is filled with glitter – very appropriate for the never-ending snowfall we endured there.
Our daughter draw a picture of her thoughts on the trip on the back of a postcard.
“Hancock Tower Downtown Chicago”
“[The kid] on the town. She loved Chicago! It was a blast of fun (and cold).”
It was a great birthday blast bash!
A special treat arrived in my mailbox yesterday from Sicily, Italy. It combines two things I love in postcards – maps and GLITTER!
Who doesn’t love glitter?! Glitter can make drab things like oceans so shiny and exciting. I also love the gradient on the word “Sicilia” and the horse and cart all glittered up. The use of a topographical map with a collage of scenic vignettes is quite novel and visually arresting too.
The sender knows what I like in postcards clearly, as the message indicates:
“A glitter map! How exciting, even if it has been out in the sun too long. But hey, we are Sicily so we will not get our hopes down! Even the last day we are going to a volcano, but still we are got to a beach sister or [unknown] or friends? Bye from X.”
The latter part of the message loses me – but hey, it’s Italy and vino and la dolce vita and glitter and all! Bellissimo!!!
It was just about ten years ago that I noticed shiny, glitter-filled postcards becoming more mainstream – and sold at a premium, of course. But although my daughter has got many such shiny postcards, I don’t think I’ve ever received one.
Until I got this postcard last week (my second of 2014):
This is a most welcome addition to the Collection to provide an important specimen for such a prominent and SHINY emerging genre. And so appropriate that it’s from Vegas the shiny, glitter capital of the World.
Here’s Vegas’ less-shiny side:
“Back in Vegas yet again! I hope of the glitter on these postcards make it to you! [It did – yeah!] I’m downtown at the Golden Nugget, then moving to MGM Saturday and Harrah’s On Monday. Cheerio.”
Ahh to have such ennui at a visit to Vegas. One could be here in Ontario where it has been around minus 20 Celsius (minus 30 with wind-chill factor) warmed only at the joy of receiving such fine new specimens!
I’m grateful for all donations to the Collection. But since my young daughter decided to start her own, rival collection she has been taking prize items away from me (as I have already lamented here).
Check out the awesome postcards she got recently from Luxembourg:
Who doesn’t love kittens? Especially kittens attacking the scenic sites of Luxembourg!
The postcard I recieved Luxembourg is great (view it), but check out the other one she got from Luxenbourg:c
That back side of this one says it all:
“Hi X: Luxembourg is nice. I love this postcard, it’s so nice and sparkly and feels really neat to touch. Your dad will be very jealous!”
Yes, I am jealous. Yes I am.