My niece started her freshman year at McGill in Montreal. She sent a multiview card of the various sights in town. Unlike her finishing school, McGill is huge. She is in a class of 500 and wants to major in engineering. It is sink or swim time for her. I sent her a vintage Portuguese pool card to remind her of her swimmer past. And also of warm weather as Montreal is already turning cold.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
The Peninsula Women's Caucus for Art sent a card announcing a group show called Water. It runs from Sept. 12 - Oct. 12 at the Coastal Arts League Gallery in Half Moon Bay.
NCWCA artist Salma Arastu just received a grant from the East Bay Community Foundation to create a new series called "Unity of Symbols and Sacred Words." In May, 2015 her works will be exhibited at the City Limits Gallery in Oakland. Congratulations Salma!
A summer card from a Japanese postcrosser. She wrote that it was her favorite flower. There was a neighbor who liked to grow these from seed every year in Japan. The flowers were dark blue and ephemeral. They wilted as soon as the heat of the summer came up with the sun. But then, at dawn, there they were again, wet with dew, with a (false) promise of a cool summer respite.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
A postcrosser in Poland writes that these are arms of soccer players holding up the sun. However, the simple image can be interpreted in many ways. For example, today, they represent for me a sign of victory! The Oakland A's came from behind in the 9th inning and beat the Houston Astros. Yay!
Here's an altered card from a 19-year old postcrosser in Belarus. At first I didn't see the original image of the VW bus. It has been altered to look like a goth mask or a skull. Real feathers were included. Sometimes youthful writers are less inhibited about their alterations. I love it!
Here's a bit of knitting on a postcard from Krasnoyarsk, Russia. A city in Siberia, it was part of the gulag prison camp system during Stalinist times. It is a major junction of the Trans-Siberian Railway, and the place Anton Chekov deemed the most beautiful city in Siberia. The view of the Buibinskoe lake is spectacular and it is now on my bucket list.
Friday, September 5, 2014
This vintage comic book cover is going to a postcrosser in Russia who likes tigers and horses.
Batman is going to a French postcrosser who likes reading comics. I wonder if he has even heard of Batman?
This pulp fiction book cover card is going to a postcrosser in Lithuania. In taking a second look at her profile, this might be a bit too adult for her. Oh well.
This Route 66 card is going to a Swiss postcrosser who likes to knit, read and cook. I hope this card awakens a desire to hit the road.
This Edward Curtis card of the Maricopa women is going to a postcrosser in Moscow. These women are supposedly harvesting fruit growing on top of the saguaro. Only thing is, it is not the right season for the fruit.
This youthful portrait of Oscar Wilde is going to a postcrosser in Belarus who loves the theater.
I got this card from the Jewish museum in San Francisco. It portrays a grandfather and granddaughter in Warsaw, photographed by Mara Vishniac Kohn. It is going to a German-Filipina postcrosser living in the Philippines.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
A lovely Soviet-era postcard from a postcrosser in Russia. She said this card was printed in 1976, well before she was born. Interesting Disneyesque effect with the castle and magical fireworks.
A touching postcard form a postcrosser in Taiwan. This amazing Tibetan prayerflag card is written in Japanese and printed by the Qinghai-Tibet International Travel Service. The ground is littered with old, decayed prayer flags and in the background, granite mountain ranges.
Picked up this civil war re-enactment card in Virginia recently. I've observed these re-enactments in New England and Pennsylvania. I wonder if they would be re-enacting 9/11 a hundred years from now? Sending this card to a postcrosser in Malaysia.
An owl inside a sagauro cactus. This card is going to a postcrosser in the Netherlands. He's an anthropologist and wanted cards with animals or birds on them.