Until I received this postcard from a Brazilian postcrosser, I had always thought the sails in Red Sails in the Sunset were tinged red by the sunset in the song's title. This card opened my eyes. Andre, the sender, writes that the boats are called jangada. People use them to go to see the fishes in the natural ponds formed by the reefs. The fish stamp is perfect.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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The postcrosser who sent this card from Sydney chose it instead of the inevitable view of the Opera House, and I thank him for it. It shows a perfect autumn illustration called Falling Leaves by writer and artist Sally Heinrich for a book by Myra Lim-Hunt. The card is by Avant Card, a nifty Australian ad company that "helps artists to be seen around Australia with its postcards." www.avantcard.com.au
Posted by jacqueline at 5:47 AM
Monday, August 30, 2010
A queen bee has taken up residence in a barrel of straw that has been standing on the back porch, and her followers now buzz in and out all day long. I'm not averse to giving up the straw for a hive but the bees are too close for comfort. The back door is about six feet away. Walking through a cloud of agitated bees gets everyone agitated. What to do, what to do?
Posted by jacqueline at 5:59 AM
Sunday, August 29, 2010
On the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, here are two postcards of Louis Armstrong, famed native of the city of New Orleans. The top one shows the Colored Waif's Home, where Louis was confined as a 12-year-old. The bottom one is from Prague, where he was on a jazz tour in the 1960's.
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This card came from a postcrosser named Svetlana who lives in Minsk. She sent it in part because it "resembles a selfmade." (That's the spirit!) The card shows where the Sisloch River crosses a main avenue in the old city. Svetlana included a mini-travelogue, writing that Alexandrov Park and Maxim Gorky Park are nearby.
Posted by jacqueline at 5:41 AM
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
This vintage card, of a lakeside beach in Cadillac, Michigan, reminds me of a Winslow Homer work. Doesn't that boat look inviting?
Always love a tram! This retro view of one running in Poznan, Poland, comes from a Polish postcrosser.
A German postcrosser sent this pretty view of a lighthouse, her favorite place on her summer vacation at the Baltic Sea. It sounds like a grand time, bicycling and collecting fossils, stones, snails, and shells on the beach. She illustrated the back of the card with some of her finds.
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Thursday, August 26, 2010
These three cards arrived together a couple of days ago. They are from JoAnn Castagna at Folio Deux and represent an interesting genre of postcards that is new to me. JoAnn wrote that she used to publish "a little poetry magazine and did a lot of exchanges with other members of the 'small press'". I at first posted the poem by Adam Tavel, set on Assateague Island, vertically but flipped it because I liked the feel of the words washing on the shore. I have no idea what the poet intended. Read and enjoy!
Posted by jacqueline at 4:47 AM
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
If the Wikipedia entry on the Berlin Anhalter Bahnhof is accurate, the railway terminal had a checkered history. A German postcrosser sent this reproduction card showing the handsome old station, which was last used in 1952. The curious stamp of the ill-fated Andrea Doria was on the card. Just seeing the word bahnhof made me feel that I was back in Central Europe.
Posted by jacqueline at 9:03 AM
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Lynn B sent both of these cards. This little (3" x 5") wooden one printed with pictographs is from the "Indian Pueblo Cultural Center". No other info given.
This postcard shows a beautiful printed textile from Ghana. It belonged to King Prempeh when he went into exile (1897). It makes me think of Eli Leon, the African-American quilt authority who also had a fine collection of African textiles. There is a definite 'quilt' feel to this textile.
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Saturday, August 21, 2010
This could be the best postcrossing postcard ever. It's not the card itself, which is perfectly fine, but that it is from an Uzbekistan postcrosser from Tashkent. Wow! He sent the card from Bulgaria, where he is vacationing in the "tiny town of St. Vlas." I say that he sent the card, but it is "really" from his dog Nayda, who wrote: "I am a dog & happy to be an animal, not a man, we are kinder & honest," and signed the card, "Bow-wow-wow, Nayda". There was even an Uzbekistan stamp on the card! Bow-wow-wow-wow-wow-wow!
Posted by jacqueline at 4:58 AM
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
It's getting to be that time of year. Here is the first card for a fall show, of artists' posters from East Germany, at Grey Gallery in New York from September 7 to December 4. I miss many more shows at Grey Gallery than I see, which is a pity as, like this one, they almost always look interesting.
Posted by jacqueline at 4:15 AM
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
This postcard came from Mina, a postcrosser in Brazil. At first glance it is a straighforward touristic card of Rio's famed statue of Christ. Then I read the heartwarming message: "This monument means a lot to me. When my grandpa came from Japan he was 90 years old and he walked like a young man to reach the Christ monument, with beautiful shiny eyes smiling like a young boy! It is indeed a magical place to visit."
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
This card of a Chinese apothecary in Thailand came from a Thai postcrosser who wrote that many such apothecaries are now closing. The image reminds me of several stores where I used to shop in Tono. Sweet memories of a lifestyle that is just about gone.
Posted by jacqueline at 6:37 AM
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
The Finnish postcrosser who sent this cool card wrote that it is about "the clothes arsenal of a fox girl: fox dress." She went on to explain that a fox girl is " a female nature activist that releases fur animals from cages." She added that in her childhood this sort of thing did not happen. I like it: Two fox cards in less than a week. Is another on the way?
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Saturday, August 14, 2010
Old Tono friend and mentor Suzuki Kei sent this card she painted of an abalone shell. She likens its wonderful luster to the iridescent wings of the beautiful beetle whose Japanese name is tamamushi. The tamamushi is a stunner even among the many jeweled beetles of the world.
Posted by jacqueline at 6:19 AM
Thursday, August 12, 2010
The London postcrosser who sent these darlings apologized for "the really cheesy cliche postcard but it's too cute!" Or maybe I should say too coodly. He also wrote that he has become a follower of this blog and of Diamondposte. Only goes to show that he is a man of wide interests! Meanwhile, I'm adding Coodle Pie to my fave list, though as kittens go, Indy is more my taste.
Posted by jacqueline at 12:32 PM
This pretty card from Taiwan is the first one ever sent by a Taiwanese postcrosser named Jessie. She wrote that she was hoping to send her first card to North America and was delighted when the random selection landed her with my address. I wish her a long and happy postcrossing adventure.
Posted by jacqueline at 12:29 PM