Earlier this year, my daughter was in a school production of Seussical playing Mayzie La Bird. She was a great Mayzie! An extra treat for me is that the play features Mayzie sending a postcard. Mayzie asked Horton to watch her egg so she could have a rest – in Palm Beach
My daughter asked if I had a postcard of Palm Beach that they could use and I did (well, West Palm Beach). And it was even blank. So she wrote the postcard as Mayzie to Horton.
Here’s the front side:
So this is a first for the Collection – the first time one of the postcards was used as a prop in a play.
After the Santa Claus Parade in Toronto, my family and I stopped at The Bay at their flagship store at Yonge Street and Queen Street. It’s been our family tradition for years to visit Santa there and then for a present my daughter gets to pick out an ornament. But this year I too got some presents!
The Bay’s stationery department had a rack of amazing greeting postcards. I’ve been good this year so I bought a bunch, including these gems:
I’m not sure the word to describe this facial expression, but it’s very striking.
That’s Audrey Hepburn posing above. The postcard below is a die-cut of an owl.
The following postcard speaks for itself:
Lately, Toronto has been very good to me for postcards. Christmas is coming early!
I recently met a relative who had a nice gift for me – some of her old postcards. There were only two but they were great as they were such fine specimens.
The one below is a great example of a protest postcard:
Protest postcards tend to have a pre-set message with spaces for a would-be sender to fill in their name and address (as below) and a pre-set address (often to a government official).
This postcard refers to a high-profile protests in the late 1980s in Ontario about logging an old-growth forest, Temagami. It’s addressed to former Ontario premier David Peterson (premier from 1985 to 1990).
[Top]: “This is a 500-year old forest in Temagami, Ontario that may soon be destroyed by logging.”
[Middle] “Dear Mr Premier, The Ontario Government has a duty to play a more responsible role in Global Environmental Protection. I urge you to save the Temagami wilderness and its old-growth forests for future generation.” [Lines to fill in signature, Name, Address]
In preparing for this article, I discovered that despite the passage of some 20 years the logging and First Nations land claims issues have still not been resolved after all these years! Seems like it’s time to draft a new batch of postcards…
For the past few years, I have been sending myself postcards. Originally, it was to make sure I had at least one postcards from the cool destinations we travelled to, but now I like sending them as a great way to keep a vacation journal. Here’s the one I mailed myself from our recent summer vacation:
This isn’t an excellent specimen for the area, but does show how many lakes and trees there are in the region.
The reverse side relates our holiday adventures:
“We’re spending our holidays in Muskoka. We spent 4 days at a Girl Guides camp at Doe Lake for their family camp. It was just like the camp experience all Canadians (except me) have as kids: canoeing, hiking, crafts, mess hall, campfire sing-a-longs and s’mores. Then we spent a few days in Gravenhurst. We went to a cranberry farm where we ate lots of cranberry stuff, sampled cranberry wine, and did geocaching. Then we went to a drive-in for my wife and daughter’s first time (Smurfs 2). Today we went to Bethune House and a family fun night at the boat museum. My daughter went kayaking, paddle boarding, and did a scavenger hunt. A busy all-Canadian vacation!”
My favourite part of this postcard, however, is the stamp. I was so excited when I went into Canada Post to buy stamps and noticed they had some with Muskoka chairs. How perfect!
It was 32 years ago this week, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I was abandoned by a parent while this person went on an amazing vacation in the tropical playground of Bahamas. It was the first time (but not the last) that I was abandoned and forced to stay in dreary Guelph, while my parent was galavanting around the world.
To make matters worse, I didn’t even get my own postcard but this one that I had to share with my crummy brothers:
Caption: Poinciana Tree and Carriage, Nassau, Bahamas
This is the only postcard I have that breaks fourth wall. Why are they showing a woman (with such frightening sandals) taking a photograph? Postcards are to present the dream! Not the mechanics of tourism production. (And those sandals are something else too.)
Here’s the back:
“Looking out Nassau Harbour with Poinciana Tree and Carriage in Foreground”
“Hi. We arrived safe and sound. It is really nice here, but everything cost $! It sure isn’t like Florida! The beach is nice but not as good as Myrtle Beach. It rained today for awhile, so we didn’t get much sun. It is supposed to be better tomorrow, for this kind of money it had better be. I think I’ll stick to Florida or Myrtle Beach from now.”
Wow, you’d think from this postcard that my parent had a miserable trip – but don’t be deceived. This card was meant to placate us imprisoned Guelphites. As the years rolled on, the truth about how wonderful the vacation was came out!
I still have never been to Bahamas, but I do have this postcard. As I’m freezing here in wintery Ontario, it is cold comfort indeed!