Wednesday, June 30, 2010
A friend sent me a sack of old postcards--out of the blue. Most of them are unwritten. This one from Washington state, of apple blossoms with a backdrop of Mt. Cashmere, is one of the few exceptions. The date on the card is 4/23/65; the stamp was a four-cent Lincoln. I love this card.
A German postcrosser sent this multiview card of Frankfurt, a city I know only by its airport. She lives in a town outside of the city and loves its skyline. In the evening she and her husband often go up on a hill to enjoy the city lights.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
A young postcrosser in England named Suzy sent this totally fabulous card. It shows a clever and amusing 1959 poster by Abram Grimes, advertising BOAC service to the USA. Suzy writes that she has two rats named Nibbles and Snowflake and two cats named Bubbles and Smokey.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Uckida K., an old pal in the Ayaori post office, sent this cool sheet of stamps commemorating the 2010 World Cup. While not an avid soccer fan, I was looking for some World Cup stamps here in the US, but no go. Sound the vuvuzelas! I've been enjoying the matches so far. Can't enough of that Lionel Messi!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Lynn B has been busy. Two cards came from her in two days. The one above shows a beautiful Rosa Bonheur painting called Le Labourage Nivernais: Le Sombrage (Ploughing in Nivernais). The one below, which came with the cool postcard pin posted below, appears to be from an exhibition.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
A Lithuanian postcrosser sent this sweeping view of the sea gate in her hometown of Klaipeda. It is the largest seaport in Lithuania and one of the few ice-free ports in northern Europe. Long ago the city was on the Amber Road that ran from Europe to Asia and back.
Friday, June 25, 2010
This pretty, and clever, piece of 'mail art' arrived yesterday from friend Lynn B. It's a pin made from part of a postcard that has been embellished with beads and lace. When you turn the pin over, you can see some of the address written on the card. Is this for real? It reads: Mr. Richard Ju...., 10 Downing ..., London, England. I checked but did not find a PM named Richard. No word from Lynn about where she got the pin, but I thank her for a very cool surprise.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
This card from the Philippines shows a great shot of a popular festival contest called palosebo. The object is to reach the prizes at the top of the greased bamboo pole. The boy leading the way definitely looks as if he has his eye on the prize. A nine-year-old postcrosser sent this cool card.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
A Finnish postcrosser made this lovely postcard from a photo she took at her parents' home, which is covered with the ivy that we here call Virginia creeper. I love how the photo captures the ivy and its reflections. And it's never too soon to think about autumn.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
A German postcrosser sent this card from the famous East Side Gallery in Berlin, an international monument to freedom. The card shows one of the many murals painted on the old, and now crumbling, Berlin Wall. This one, by Jim Avignon, is called Doin It Cool for the East Side. One day, two bits of history, in Aquileia (below) and the East Side Gallery.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
PostMuse sent this card from a People's History series and writes that she has had "some very heated responses from very conservative folk who find the in-your-face 'socialism' a bit too much." She adds, "I rather like that heat." The Battle of Homestead was a major labor dispute which, in the end, crushed attempts to unionize the steel industry in Pittsburgh until the 1930's. Henry Clay Frick, acting for Andrew Carnegie, locked out the workers and brought in the Pinkerton men to smash resistance. Socialism always seems to be in the eye of the beholder.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Willi Singleton sent this card for a show that opens next week at the Japan Information & Culture Center in Washington, D.C. Called Trio of Elements: A Collaboration in Wood, Clay, and Silk, the show features wood artist Tadao Arimoto, wood-firing potter Willi Singleton, and textile artist Yoichi Nakajima. The show runs until August 27. There is an opening lecture on June 24 at 6:30 p.m. For details: www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/ or 202.238.6949.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
This postcard is for a show put on by the Hungarian Cultural Center but in Paterson, New Jersey, and only on weekends. It urges viewers to escape the idea that Manhattan is the center of the art world. The show features 43 artists, working in diverse media. Alas, it ends this weekend.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Yesterday in New York I went to see an exhibition of photographs by Peter Korniss at the Hungarian Cultural Center. Called Attachment, the show documents the disappearing way of life in peasant villages in Hungary and Transylvania. Korniss started taking these mysteriously beautiful and profound photos in the late 1960's. The show ends on June 15 and is definitely worth a visit.