Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Left Behind

This is a reproduction of a WW I poster encouraging British men to enlist in the army. Janet bought a copy of the actual poster while on a school trip to the Imperial War Museum in London. It hung on her bedroom wall for years.

As Janet looks back on this poster, and thinks of the family that did go to war, she realizes what she probably knew as a teen, but feels more so as an adult. Janet writes, "Losing a loved one in conflict is not as noble as the propaganda tries to make it." It is painful and sorrowful and whatever is noble on the part of those left behind does not make up for the loss.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Postcard Déjà Vu

Meteor Crater in Arizona is the site of a meteor impact 50,000 years ago. The site is on privately-owned land and you have to pay an admission fee to view the crater. I don't know if you can get into the visitor center, pictured here, free, but I think that is where my visit would begin and end. It would be all about the postcards.

Karla visited this site in 1972, just before her 11th birthday. Her family drove around the eleven western US states in a station wagon, hauling a tent trailer behind them. Their family of five covered a lot of miles of that summer! Karla notes that this vintage postcard could very well match one they bought that summer.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Monster Train #5

This is the fifth in the Monster Train series by the artist Joey Ellis. I just love the look on the birds face!

This card traveled well all the way from Poland. Curtis wanted to find whimsical postage to match the card and came up with the stamp featured here. It has characters from the Disney movie, "The Pirate Fairy." Curtis had never heard of it until seeing the stamp. I have four grandchildren who could recite all the lines, backwards and forwards, as this is one of their current favorite movies. I have to admit that I found it cute, the first time I saw it. It wore a bit thin at about 10 views.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Animals Sneaking Up On You

I don't know where the photo for this postcard was taken, but the animal posing for the camera is an elk. When I sent the card to Mervi, I asked what is the most surprising animal she has seen in the wild. She wrote that it was a moose (hirvi in Finnish, Mervi's native language), and she was lucky to have seen it before it met her car's bumper! Moose are often quite stealthy for such large animals!

This postcard is designed as vertical on the back as well as front. In the US we cannot mail cards with this orientation on the back without incurring a steep "non-machinable" surcharge. However, since this card was to be mailed from outside the US, that surcharge doesn't apply, and I was thrilled to get it back with the address written in the vertical orientation. And, look at the awesome postage! I think the building on the left is a typical sauna, which the Finns are so keen about. The stamp on the right shows a rural mailbox, and it is actually reinventing the wheel :) Mervi even left room between the stamps for the elk logo!

Friday, October 17, 2014

At Some Point in Time

When I sent this card to Ines in Germany, I asked her to finish the sentence "At some point somewhere ..." and Ines wrote "... you have to start your very own life with what you want, whom you want and how long you want!" Ines also writes that she is reaching that "some point" much quicker than she thought she would. Hooray for Ines!

This is another in the "Flight" series of postcards that I've started featuring this year. The subject line is the title of the piece and the artist is Brooke Inman.  As with most of the cards in this series, the image on the front seems rather separate from the flight theme. Perhaps the artist was thinking about her "some point" being a decision to take to the sky, figuratively, or literally.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cut Up The Card!?

This card is meant to be cut apart and made into the Taiwanese postbox shown in the top right, however, there is no way I would cut up such a fun postcard! Qiqi was curious about how I came to have this card in my collection. I got it, as I do many of the cards in Orphaned Postcard Project, as part of an exchange via the Postcrossing forum. My exchanges do not always result in a wonderful experience, but when this card arrived, I just about did handsprings. I love anything postal related. It went into the OPP database and then Qiqi got it soon after.

Qiqi writes that the green (the symbolic color for the Taiwan post office) postbox is for domestic mail only. Red is for international mail. In the US, blue is the traditional post office color, though we do not have separate mailboxes for domestic and international mail anymore.

This sweet postage shows children playing what looks to be a traditional game, and a kitty wanting to join in on the fun. Lots of the Taiwanese postage I've seen features cats. I am always appreciative of cat postage and wish we had more of it in the US.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stepping Out of Fashion

This postcard did not scan nicely. It is white with a barely visible ghostly, grey pattern, which is reflected in the title of the art, "Bone Veins." It reminded me of the steampunk fashion I am so fond of, and I mentioned that when I sent it to Faith. Faith wrote that she adores steampunk, but doesn't think she would wear the fashion. She does revel in her eccentricities, but feels that at age 54, and not svelte of figure, steampunk fashion would only bring unwanted attention.

Faith and I are close in age, and I also share her fear. I would love to dress in elaborate costume-y outfits, but I think I haven't quite got the courage to do so. Maybe one day we will both see that fear disappear and we will walk out into the world dressed in whatever we feel like wearing.

This postage, issued in 2001, is part of the American Illustrators series. Back then, the cost of a 1 ounce letter, mailed domestically, was 34¢. These days that is the cost of a postcard, mailed domestically. I also buy these vintage stamps whenever I see them offered online because I like the variety. This artist, Jon Whitcomb, did a lot of pin-up illustration in the mid-20th century. That style of illustrated has made a huge comeback in the early 21st century! I even see fashion based on the pin-up girls of the 1950s. I will stick with steampunk should I ever get the courage to dress eccentric ... I don't think I'd be comfortable in the other kind of steamy look!