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.
Today is Karl Marx‘s birthday (born 1818). Marx gave the world communism and in return I offer this postcard. It is from my trip to Budapest, Hungary.
After the fall of communism there, various statues and public artworks commemorating events and figures of communism were removed (sometimes violently by the public) from their original locations and moved outside of town. The statues can now be visited at Memento Park.
We got the following postcard from our visit there:
This was such a unique place and postcard that I wanted to keep it, so I sent it to our cat.
“Hello Commrade Tabitha. Greetings from Statue Park, Budapest. We spent today learning about Communist Hungary. Let me tell you, cats like you would not have been able to lounge about all day eating cat-treat bon-bons! No, they were forced into hard labour chasing away Capitalist Pigs and rooting out Rat Traitors! Disloyal layabouts like you were sent to communist North Korea – and you can imagine what happened there! Live and learn!”
In honour of the new year, here’s a postcard with the many faces of the new year:
Here’s the reverse side of the postcard – a rarity in that it’s one of only two ever sent to me by a long-time friend.
“The Emperors Heads. Outside the Sheldonian Theatre.”
This place is fun, but it’s not as good as ‘Oxford Blues’ with the inimitable Rob Lowe. See you when I’m back in Guelpo (around August 12th). Love [X]. P.S. And don’t say I never wrote you!”
Have a great 2014!
On this day in 1976, Sylvester Stallone’s movie Rocky premièred. I admit I have never seen the original Rocky – I did see Rocky III and IV (I loved the Cold War drama). I love postcards and movies so I was excited to receive this:
I have never been to Philadelphia, but if I do I definitely want to run (well, walk briskly) up the steps of the Museum and see Rocky statue.
“Rocky was the winner of the Oscar for the best picture in 1977. In the second of the sequels, Rocky is honored atop the art museum steps where used to race in the early morning hours. The statue now stands at the foot of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.”
“I have never sate through an entire Rocky movie so didn’t feel the need to run up the steps! Controversial that this is even at the Museum of Art!”
Of course it should be at the museum of art – cinema is the greatest art form today. And even Hollywood gets it right sometimes.
Other than blogging, watching television is one of my favourite daily escapes. So the summer is definitely an unpleasant time for me as there are slim pickings. Summer withdrawal forced me to watch “Under the Dome” and “Amazing Race Canada” which I would not otherwise have watched but ended up enjoying.
Although the “Fall” season seems to start later and later every year, there has already been some good new shows (such as “Sleepy Hollow” and “Agents of SHIELD”) as well, as the return of some returning favourites. Although, I’m most excited about the return of “The Neighbours,” “Elementary” and “Once Upon a Time”, but I don’t have postcard tributes for them.
So here’s a specimen to represent another show I’m looking forward to its return. Can you identify the show from this image, which features prominently in the opening credits:
We got this postcard as a souvenir from our trip there a couple years ago. It’s the statue of King Kamehameha in Honolulu seen every week on the current Hawaii Five-0.
Hawaii Five-O is not the greatest, but the scenery on it is. so my wife and I enjoying watching it (in glorious HD) to remind ourselves of Hawaii’s incredible beauty.
Cue catchy theme song to roll in what will hopefully be another great year of blogging and tv …
Yesterday’s post included incredible specimens from a friend’s recent incredible travels. Here is another one of her recent glorious donations:
Text on postcard:
“Welcome to Blue Earth Minnesota”
I’ve seen many giant things Wawa’s goose Sudbury’s nickel, Louisville’s bat, Castroville’s artichoke, but never a giant giant before!
I loved the Green Giant commercials as a kid. But I have to admit his skirt is a bit short and it would be unpleasantly easy to see his bean sprout and niblets.
Here’s the backside:
“Green Giant (55.5′ tall) towering over the “Rain Gardens” of Blue Earth, Minnesota”
“Ho, ho, ho! Green giant!
This guy was paid for by private donations – none of it from the vegetable company itself. He’s fiberglass and weighs about 9000 lbs. They call him an ‘engineering feat’.”