The Internet is not anonymous, but this postcard was devised to allow for anonymous feedback:
I found this items a few weeks ago on my campus. I got two.
As the Internet is not anonymous, I’ll just leave the post with no commentary from me other than to say this is a great idea.
We recently got a postcard that may be a first for the Collection – a postcard asking for a donation. I have postcards that advertise things and promote events, but this is likely the first that I have to specifically ask for a donation.
Canada Post did a number on this postcard – note the smudge-type tears in the picture (particularly bad after the word “History”). They’ve done this before (oddly enough, with postcards from their own service). But this is the worst. Bad Canada Post – tampering with the mail, i.e. severely damaging a postcard – is a crime!
Here’s the backside that makes the donation request.
I recently got a notice from WordPress that I’m almost at my limit for their allotment of free storage space. As this blog doesn’t earn any money, I figured I should start shrinking and optimizing my postcard photos before posting them to conserve space. So this post is the first one with a smaller image size and lower image resolution. The file size is about 1/6 of what it would have been otherwise.
So hopefully this will help Deltiology Deity to continue a bit longer.
Last month, I was walking around the campus where I’m doing my PhD – University of Toronto. I noticed that one of the older buildings had a museum and was open, so naturally I went in. UofT has several little museums and collections on display throughout the various faculties and colleges, but I’d never seen this one before. It’s the the Memorial Room Museum of the Soldier’s Tower – the museum commemorates the UofT students, alumni, and staff who have served in wars, from the Fenian Raids (c. 1866) to recent international conflicts.
They have a small, but interesting collection – but perhaps one of the most interesting site they have are various, beautiful stained glass windows, as seen here:
Here’s what the window’s represent, excerpted from the museum’s website.
On the left a Private has “his hands on rifle reversed, and pays tribute to the fallen, who are portrayed in ghostly images on the right. In the background looms the impressive Vimy Memorial that commemorates Canada’s role in the Great War.In the middle window… we witness Able Seamen in the Royal Canadian Navy making a rescue at sea during the Battle of the Atlantic. The western window depicts ground crew of the Royal Canadian Air Force, servicing an aircraft. ”
This postcard represents the contributions of auxiliary service organizations, the Merchant Navy, and the following three represents women’s service in navy, army, and air force.
The museum has an interesting online tour of the museum and the building, Soldier’s Tower. But I recommend visiting it in person. Not only is it free, and they have an interesting collection and beautiful stained glass windows (not all of them were available on postcard) but the best part, for me, is they give away their postcards for free!
Today is the 54th anniversary of York University in Toronto, Ontario.
The postcard below represents my experience of the university when I went there for my bachelor’s degree.
I’m not sure when this was taken (possibly the 1970s) but other than a bunch of new buildings, it hasn’t changed much. This image pretty much sums up my experience there (with the exception of my late-night board game sessions in residence).