I’m taking a few minutes break from a huge project to relax with my beloved postcards, which I’ve neglected shamefully over the past few months. So I’m just now getting around to showcasing some fine additions to the Collection from my last expedition, which was way back in the winter.
Below is a fine example from the U.S. Virgin Islands:
I recently went on a cruise that stopped at the Caribbean island of St. Martin. We were in Philipsburg on the Dutch side of the island, Sint Maarten.
I was surprised to find the postcard of cruise ships at their pier as it really could be any pier anywhere in the world.
The port of Philipsburg is really close to their beach – so it was really odd swimming in the ocean as we were closer to the ships than I ever encountered at other ports.
I guess this is a thing for Sint Maarten as their airport is right beside another popular beach – as I blogged about during my prior visit to Sint Maarten, Sun, Fun, and Near-misses with Airplanes.
Prior to my recent cruise, I had never been to the Virgin Islands (U.S. or British).
Our cruise ship stopped in the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Thomas – although the port didn’t look anything like pictured here:
I spent much of my time in the U.S. Virgin Islands snorkelling in Turtle Bay off of Buck Island. It was one of the most amazing site and experiences I’ve ever had.
Searching for postcards in St. Thomas, however, was less rewarding as this was the nicest postcard I could find despite looking in several shops.
One of the reasons why I don’t particularly like Vancouver, British Columbia is that most things are unnecessarily over-priced. In contrast, however, I was delighted to find a freebie postcard while there.
It’s rather rare to find free postcards any more, particularly ones that aren’t just an advertisement as most giveaway postcards are.
It’s not the most exciting, but it was free:
The observation area depicted on this postcard is actually quite interesting. There are quite a few digital media displays and a good view (although I sent a couple e-Postcards that never arrived). My daughter loved the place the last time we were all in Vancouver.
I had to mark the occasion by writing myself a note on the back:
“YVR’s Public Observation Area
Discover our airport through interactive displays, telescopes and stunning airfield views. Bring family and friends. Located in the public area on Level 4, Domestic Terminal.”
“A free postcard – that’s actually a proper postcard! How rare! How delightful! Yeah! This is where I hung for a couple hours today and before hung out with the kid!”
I got some awesome new postcards for Christmas this year. Well, I should say postal cards as they were issued by a postal service, Canada Post.
Here are a couple of my favourites of this batch.
Miss Supertest III was an award-winning powerboat. It won an international prize, the Harmsworth Trophy, for three years (1959-61) and was the first to beat American boats in 39 years. Canada Post and Globe & Mail have more of its history.
Here’s one from Canada Post’s Canadian country singers group:
Here’s Canada Post’s spiel on k.d. lang:
In a career that has spanned nearly 30 years, she has sold millions of records worldwide and won both JUNO and Grammy awards. A recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, lang is also an Officer of the Order of Canada.
This information would be great to put on the back. But Canada Post appears to never put anything on the back of their postal cards other than credits. As a collector, I have a constant craving for such information!
Although, Christmas has past – in just a few weeks it’ll be my birthday so maybe there will be more deltiological gifts to come.
101 years ago today, the ship Titanic sank 600 kilometres off the coast of Canada. Halifax, Nova Scotia was the centre of recovery efforts, it’s also where many of the bodies found are buried. Halifax’s Maritime Museum has one of the largest collections of Titanic artefacts (read more here and here).
Last year, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking Canada Post released stamps and postcards. Here’s one of them:
This postcard, and one of the bow, are still available for sale from Canada Post. They provide details on the imagery:
This postcard shows the three propellers that were situated at the rear of the ship—two larger outer propellers and a smaller centre propeller.The postcard design offers a stunning illustration of the then largest man-made moving object in the world.
Earlier this week I received two postcards that arrived from England in under 24 hours. I have displayed the other one, of a telegraph engineer, already and the other speedy postcard is below. This one, however, comes with a mystery that I need help with.
This postcard arrived with a transparent, adhesive plastic strip attached to it (you can see it particularly on the bottom around the “U” in “South”.) I checked the donor and the mysterious plastic strip was not on it when it left England.
No postcards in the Collection have such a plastic strip? What is it? What is it for? And who put it there? I tried googling the mystery and no luck. If you know – or have any theories just so crazy they may be true – please let me know!
Here’s the back of the postcard:
“I forgot to send this in October from Vegas – in fact I’ve forgotten to send many postcards over the years. I’ll send theones I’ve recently found. We did the Grand Canyon helicopter ride – never again – you get seasick just like in a boat!”
I’ve been getting a lot of postcards from the Grand Canyon lately, and this is another fine item from there. But I’m dying to have the mystery of the plastic strip resolved. Please help me solve this mystery!