We finished our trick-or-treating, candy gluttony, and traditional watching of Buffy musical episode and Nightmare Before Christmas so as the kid finally comes down from her sugar high to get to sleep, I’ll post this year’s Halloween postcard:
It’s a postal card from Canada Post from a couple years ago. It was part of their series of stamps and postal cards commemorating ghost stories across Canada.
This one is of a haunting at the Banff Springs hotel, as described by Canada Post:
Employees and guests have reported seeing a figure with a long, flowing dress descending the stairs. She is believed to be a bride who tripped and fell to her death on her wedding day.
While the kiddies are asleep, unwrap some of their candies and enjoy this ghost story.
Today is Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday. In honour of this, I’m presenting one of my favourite items from the collection:
I purchased this postcard from our visit to Tulum, Mexico. Tulum is an ancient Mayan city – and one of the best historic sites I’ve been to in the world (not to mention it is on a stunning beach).
I loved this postcard, so I mailed it to myself and had my daughter, a toddler at the time, draw a picture of Tulum for me:
“Ixchel. Diosa De La Medicina Maya.
Mayan Medicine Goddess
[same thing in other languages]”
I’m thinking of making this Goddess the official mascot of the Deltiology Deity. What do you think?
I’ve been going through the vaults of my postcard collection to find the best specimens to put on display here. I still have many more to go through, such as the vast holdings I have from Ontario, Florida (the second Ontario), and the United Kingdom.
But I feel confident in saying that the specimen below is like nothing I have ever seen before (or hope to see again). It is the strangest postcard I possess.
Behold this bizarre, startling, and glorious oddity:
The creature depicted is the remains of a merman. Normally on display at Banff, Alberta’s Indian Trading Post, it seems that the merman snuck out one day from his glass display case for a photoshoot in Banff’s beautiful alpine scenery.
For more check out the message:
“Just a little something to make you think why as opposed to what in this instance. Even stranger is why it’s on display in a store, nestled amongst the sweatshirts. Bet there’s nothing like this in Krakow!!”
I was so transfixed with this hideous, awesome creature that when my wife and I went to Banff to renew our wedding vows for our tenth anniversary, I was compelled to seek out the merman. For some reason, the creature is not given the prominence it deserves, instead it is hard to find, buried behind stacks of sweatshirts. But finding such an one-in-a-lifetime site is well worth the journey. (The scenery in Banff is also nice.)
There’s lots of information on the web about the Banff merman, including an article in the Calgary Herald.
Mysteries of the universe are revealed through postcard collecting!