Thursday, April 30, 2009
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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A Taiwanese postcrosser doing military duty sent this beautiful postcard of a 1765 map of Formosa printed on linen. Formosa, which means beautiful island, was the former name of Taiwan. A great card! It even has a piece of Chinese contemporary poetry on the back, not that I am able to read it. The water ox stamp is perfect.
Posted by jacqueline at 4:54 AM
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
A postcrosser from Saint-Sauveur sent the card at top. She wrote that she lives in one of the buildings on the card. The card below is from the Calgary Stampede, called "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth." The postcrosser who sent this card also sent the wonderful astronomical stamps and stickers below.
Posted by jacqueline at 5:02 AM
Monday, April 27, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
A Brazilian postcrosser named Aline made this super card about her country. Using a postcard from the Oscar Niemeyer Museum, she added an altered image of a painting by Candido Portinari, one of Brazil's best-known artists, who often collaborated with the famed architect Niemeyer. The four Portuguese words--carnival, samba, coffee, and beaches in English--represent important elements of Brazilian culture. She also made a tiny rendition of the Brazilian flag and explained its colors: green = forest, yellow = gold, and blue = sky. Many thanks!
Posted by jacqueline at 5:19 AM
Friday, April 24, 2009
A Finnish postcrosser requested a black & white postcard that tells a story. I sent her this one, which I picked up several years ago at the Johnstown Flood Museum in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. In 1889 Johnstown was the site of a catastrophic flood, caused by the failure of the South Fork Dam, located about 14 miles from the town. Some 2200 people died in the flood. This card, from c. 1888, shows members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club with guests on a summer day. It's an odd photo. Almost everyone in it has an enigmatic expression.
Posted by jacqueline at 9:52 AM
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
This fabulous card shows pit no. 1 in Xian, China, where the famed ancient terracotta warriors and horses were unearthed. A postcrosser who works in Xian sent the card and--very sweet of him--my name in Chinese characters. I saw some of these figures at an exhibition years ago in Kyoto.
Posted by jacqueline at 2:07 PM
Monday, April 20, 2009
What timing! This morning I posted pix of the Japanese flowering apricot out front on the other blog (www.diamondposte.blogspot.com). This afternoon's mail brought a card from a Dutch postcrosser of Van Gogh's The flowering plum tree (after Hiroshige). It's the same tree, usually mistranslated in English as plum. The one out front still looks more like a shrub and has pink not white blossoms. Alas, neither painting nor photos capture their heady fragrance.
Posted by jacqueline at 12:23 PM
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
A German postcrosser had spring on her mind when she added these lovely pressed flowers to the postcard she sent. I too was looking for spring on the frigid day it arrived.
A postcrosser from Iceland altered this card she got while living in Denmark and sent it from Luxembourg, where she now lives. Like the creatures she added to the card, travel is the message.
A New Zealand postcrosser used a bizarre headline from a magazine article to alter this card. It made me hoot. She assured me that kiwifruit had not had the same effect on her.
The German postcrosser above wrote about altered cards, "The idea by the way is nice, pimp up your postcard." The comment made me laugh out loud and certainly tweaked my idea of altered postcards. Thanks, all.
Posted by jacqueline at 8:51 AM
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
A big envelope arrived yesterday from my friend in the Ayaori post office in Tono, my favorite place in Japan, where I lived for about 10 years. When I saw what was inside, I started whooping. These are the best stamps ever. They commemorate the Tono monogatari, a seminal work of folklore that made Tono famous. Each stamp is something personal to me as well. A huge shout-out to Uchida Kahoku in the Ayaori post office! Can't say thanks enough for this fabulous surprise.
Posted by jacqueline at 5:55 AM
Monday, April 13, 2009
A Ukrainian postcrosser sent this cool lenticular card, flashing between past and present views of the central square in her beloved Kiev. It's a 'green' city, she writes, with 'narrow streets and gorgeous buildings' and 'a calm atmosphere'. I'd love to visit!
Posted by jacqueline at 8:45 AM