Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

S.L. Tuesday

S.L. = sentimental landscape. However I would call this one a very romantic landscape. No information is on the back about the publisher, but it was printed in Germany. Love that green. This card also from vintagepostcardshop.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sentimental Landscape Monday

As I said at the beginning of this blog endeavor, I love these sentimental postcards. A message, a flower or two, and a sickly sweet landscape that is somehow restful and appealing, even for 21st century cutting edge bloggers. No matter how hard you resist.

A plug here: the cards I am going to show you this week are from a lot purcahsed from vintagepostcardshop, who sells on ebay. Reasonable prices & shipping means I pay $1 a card or less, so I feel OK sending these out on Postcrossing.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Postcrossing Sunday

Yes, the week starts on Sunday, but I follow an academic schedule, where for teachers the week starts on Monday.
This card was sent to me from Malaysia. From the back: " a young Iban girl in the full ceremonial dress of yesteryear. Beadwork and silver are the main components. Photograph by Lim Poh Chiang." I also note that this is from a series of postcards sold for the Association for Intellectually Disabled Children Sarawak, Malaysia. I had not noticed that before.

Lovely! Happy Postcrossing!


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Postcrossing Saturday

This card is from the Czech republic. This castle is in the NE part of the country, says my correspondent. The back of the card is only in Czech but "Moravici" suggests this may be in Moravia.

And hey, I just made plans to go to a conference in Prague in July!

Well it's been two weeks of a postcard a day, and I am liking this. Though if you want the real Postcard a Day blog, click here. I recommend it, and I think I'll add it to my links on the right.

I also like having a theme for the week and hope you do too. I hope I can come up with enough themes! My collection is fairly small, and Postcrossing has actually increased the diversity quite a bit.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Postcrossing: PFF

This is a Postcrossing postcard from Riga, Latvia, that came with some beautiful stamps. This photograph is called "Painters" by Gvido Kajons.

Postcrossing Thursday

A card from Italy - Naples area in fact. the problem with this kind of card is the list of places I really want to visit gets longer and longer.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Postcrossing Wednesday-World Peace

This postcrossing postcard from China came in January from a young woman with the most amazing message:
"I look to the new year and my wish for you:
Peace within your heart
Love from family and friends
Hope to make it through each day
Sunshine to light the day
A tear to show compassion
A heart to hold the love.
Happy New Year friend!"

I am of the generation that grew up with images of Chinese people riding bicycles in shapeless Mao suits wearing caps with red stars on them. China was one of the hated Communist enemies. Yes, the country of China has changed greatly since the 1970's. But a postcard message like this changes my thinking, permanently. Maybe there is a chance for world peace to grow, one human interaction at a time. That's why my postcards now say at the bottom, "Work for World Peace" or "Support World Peace."


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Postcrossing Tuesday

This is a postcard I received through Postcrossing from Tuovi in Finland. The oversized postcard is from the Waino Aaltosen Museo (there should be double dots over some of those vowels!) in Turku. This is the Court Uniform of the Empress, blue silk satin embroidered with gold, Collection of Shenyang Palace Museum. No year or dynasty is given.

Gosh, what a beauty! One of my favorites.


Monday, April 20, 2009

Postcrossing week

This week I will be showing postcards I have received as part of my participation in Postcrossing. Above is a postcard from Poland.
From the website:

Postcrossing: "A project that allows anyone to receive postcards (real ones, not electronic) from random places in the world."
"The main idea is that: if you send a postcard, you will receive at least one back from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world.
Why? Because, like the author, there are lots of people who like to receive real mail. The element of surprise of receiving postcards from different places in the world (many of which you probably have never heard of) can turn your mailbox into a box of surprises - and who wouldn't like that? "

I have sent about 150 postcards, and have received about 140, from 42 different countries. I look forward to collecting the mail every day, for among the junk mail and bills there may be a postcard with a cheerful message on it for me.
The ones I send out tell a little about me, and something about world peace.


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Ken Brown Saturday

It's Saturday in America - celebrate it!

I scanned this at a higher resolution - some of the fine detail is lost, I realize now, at 100 dpi.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday - early

Marie has posted the start of her meme so I will contribute now, on Thursday. A card of Notre-Dame in Paris, sent in 1904. There is actually a little glitter on this card.


Ken Brown Thursday

Two cards to show that Ken Brown understands the classic American postcard vernacular perfectly!


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Ken Brown Wednesday

Greetings from the Fray! Doesn't life seem like this sometimes? I still laugh at this postcard!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Ken Brown Week

Seeing postcards like these displayed around Boston in the early 1980's made me sit up and notice postcards as postcards, as a collectible. Ken Brown, based on Inman St., Cambridge Mass. is the artist.
This is the beginning of my postcard collection. Ken Brown is alive and thriving - check out his homepage. I never knew how much he has created. I am very attached to my B&W collection and have never used them.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Happy Easter, in whatever language you speak. May there be peace for all, regardless of color, gender, orientation, creed or religion.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Repeat Post: Postcard Friendship Friday

I just love sentimental, vintage postcards. Especially ones with landscapes on them, or perhaps lush roses, or forget me nots. Not everyone's taste I know.This one is posted for Postcard Friendship Friday, on the Vintage Postcards blog.
I sent this one to someone on Postcrossing. What is Postcrossing? A highly addictive project! "It's a project that allows anyone to receive postcards (real ones, not electronic) from random places in the world." More on that later.

New Blog!

Hey, why have just one?
"One can never be too rich or too thin, or have too many blogs" with apologies to the Duchess of Windsor.
I posted a postcard and comments on my main Viridian blog and received more visits and comments about this than I have about any of my quilting entries in the past 4 months. So, why not have a blog just for my postcard obsession? I'll copy the entry above.


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