The Finnish postcrosser who sent this card from Oulu writes that since 1996 the town has been home to the "Annual Air Guitar World Championship Contest". Shown is a restaurant/cafe called Sokeri Jussi. Is it by chance famous for blueberry pie?
Saturday, April 30, 2011
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
A 10-year-old postcrosser from Belarus sent this luscious depiction of a woman picking grapes. The timing was felicitous as I am now reading The Fruit Hunters, by Adam Leith Gollner, which is filled with juicy information about unimaginable fruits around the world.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The stamps, too, from Bosnia and Herzegovina were something special.
Multiviews are not really my thing but I love the indigo hues of this one from Banja Luka, a town in the western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, though I probably would have loved any card from that country. The postcrosser who sent the card noted that the pedestrian street shown is a famous one in city center. In 1969 it was destroyed in a terrible earthquake.
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Monday, April 25, 2011
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Saturday, April 23, 2011
A postcrosser in Belgium sent this Emile Claus (1849-1924) card showing a sad slice of street life. Natasha, the sender, writes that she is "not the greatest art fan" but that the card struck her. As a child, she found poverty romantic and loved books such as Under the Hawthorne Tree, about kids during famine, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They made her think that "being poor and having only each other, having love and warmth was a perfect existence." Thanks, Natasha, for the card and the thoughts.
Posted by jacqueline at 6:15 AM
Mention that handmade cards have been scarce of late and here comes another, courtesy of PostMuse, who writes that the card is one of five she made "to use at work for reminding managers to send their paperwork." But her office manager thought the cards were "too out there". And so the cards now go to fans of mail art. Funny card, funny story. How could the office manager pass on the fun?
Posted by jacqueline at 6:06 AM
Friday, April 22, 2011
I spent some time on the Pennsylvania Turnpike this week and was happy to discover that its rest stops are still offering a handsome selection of postcards, including lots of ones new to me. I was unable to resist this blue rendition of the State Capitol building in Harrisburg.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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A Bulgarian postcrosser sent this wonderful card showing a detail of the paintings in the Kazlanak Tomb, a repository of Thracian art which is now a UN World Heritage Site. She also sent the stamps, noting that they too show Thracian art. The way the couple in the fresco have their wrists interlocked is somehow quite timeless and touching.
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Saturday, April 16, 2011
Hong Kong-born artist Bovey Lee, who now lives in Pittsburgh, is having a solo show called Paper Streets at 709 Penn Gallery, on Penn Avenue, in the heart of her adopted city's Cultural District. The show opened yesterday and runs until May 22. It features spectacular paper cut installations created by Lee in tribute to some of Pittsburgh's more iconic street scenes. http://boveylee.com
Posted by jacqueline at 10:07 AM
Friday, April 15, 2011
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The drama student/postcrosser who sent the card from Almada (below) asked me to send a photograph from Japan. and with that this photo I took in 2003 at a temple complex on the back streets of the Tokyo section of Asakusa suddenly floated to the surface of pile of things---and a card was born. A tenugui maker in Asakusa took me to the temple, which was one of his favorites. It was popular too with tea ceremony aficionados, who often rent space there to hold gatherings.
Posted by jacqueline at 6:44 AM
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The Canadian postcrosser who sent this card wrote that she is new to postcrossing and worried about finding pretty cards to send. Well, this one is gorgeous! Autumn is my favorite season but the card arrived on a day when the prunus out front suddenly burst into deliriously fragrant blossom. Nothing like it.
Posted by jacqueline at 7:46 AM
Monday, April 11, 2011
Detail from the Summer Reading series by Jozef Bajus.
Friend Jozef Bajus is having a small show of his obsessively cut and folded books in the Peter A. and MaryLou Vogt Gallery at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Called Look to What Is Beneath, the show runs until May 23. This card arrived today on the heels of an email message from Jozef.
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Sunday, April 10, 2011
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A young Portuguese postcrosser named Joao who studies theater sent this postcard from his native town of Almada, for 500 years a stronghold of theater in his country. He wrties that Gil Vicente, the father of Portuguese theater, was born in Almada. The card shows the Center of Contemporary Art, with Lisbon in the background. Joao takes studies theater at the center.
Posted by jacqueline at 7:04 AM