|this is about 5% of my postcard collection|
|this is maybe a quarter, many still in the|
paper bags/envelopes shops in europe
put them in, cos i love those too :)
i love postcards. i started collecting when i was a kid. i would ask everyone i knew to send me cards from anywhere in the world they were in or happened to be visiting, and to please put a nice stamp on them of course. it was my way of traveling the world from my home. my favorites then were cards showing me places, buildings, peoples and cultures that i didn't have a chance to see with my own eyes. as i got older and took off on my own travels, my postcard collection grew to include cards on art, cute things, weird things and just stuff. i don't know how many cards i had but it was A LOT.
three years ago, i trimmed down my postcard collection when i was moving house. i threw out (a harsh term for a harsh action taken very reluctantly) hundreds of cards. some went to the salvation army, others to friends and more into the trash bin. i regret it now but i needed to do major spring cleaning as i was (and still am) a terrible hoarder. loads of stuff just had to go, including my complete stamp and bus ticket collections (boy, do i miss them too!).
|i adore this postcard! in the middle of the photos|
in a little plastic box is a model of a trabant,
the iconic East German car. lots of cute
trabant photos here and more trabant photos from google
i'll post later about my postcrossing cards and more photos from my postcard collection. there are also a couple more photos at the bottom of this post.
postcrossing's a bit like bookcrossing. if you have a book that you don't want anymore, why not share it with others?
bookcrossing how to:
1. once you've signed up (free) at the bookcrossing site, you register your book and get a bookcrossing ID (BCID) for it.
2. then label it on the book (you can download free labels or create your own or order some) and the fun part...
3. ...share it. this you can do in whatever way you wish: just pass your book on to someone you know, set up or join bookcrossing exchange groups, create a wishlist, etc etc, or best, release it into the wild. "release" your book anywhere you like - i've left mine in the toilet, at work, in an airport, at the bus stop and on a train - so it can hopefully be "caught" by someone who would like to read it. this person will hopefully look up the BCID on the bookcrossing site and report that it's been caught, and then continue the book's adventures by releasing it when he's done reading it. if all works out well, you can follow your books' journey, see where it's ended up in, who's read/reading it.
i gave away some books the bookcrossing way when i moved to my new home. some of them saw a little bit of the world, others disappeared. i haven't used this for a while, maybe it's time to start again and continue the cycle?
more from my postcard collection:
|postcard from prague|
|postcard from prague|
i have a few arty postcards bought during a visit to prague in the late 90s. i love the kafka one,
it looks just like a book cover! the artist is Czech Jiří Votruba. i checked out his website.
he has indeed done book covers. i love the illustrations for the Opera for Children series. a snapshot here.
| illustrations for Opera for Children book via Jiří Votruba|
back to my postcard collection
|this is one of my more unusual postcards. it's pop-up card, you can see better in the second photo|
|postcard from italy|
|postcard from italy|
i had a love affair with italy for many years so i have tonnes of italian postcards. the one on the left is a social commentary postcard with caricatures of italian politicians in the 1990s. i see romano prodi (top left accademico = academic) who was prime minister twice and later european commission president, and giulio andreotti (rachitico = rickety, the hunchback 2nd from right in 1st row), who was very much the kingmaker for 2-3 decades, and has been linked to corruption, murder and is said to have given a "kiss of honour" to toto riina, the godfather who was later arrested and jailed for life. the other characters are identified in sometimes derogatory terms (including phallic, psychopathic, vandal).
the postcard on the right plays on the word "fotografo" (photographer). among the characters: feto (foetus, pregnant), frato (priest), amatore (lover), furto (robber).
theme postcards are a favorite. here are some:
|postcard on delft china|
|postcard on italian windows|
thanks for reading! i'll be writing more postcard posts...
[ edited later: I now have a postcard blog where I document the cards I get via Postcrossing. I usually write write some info on what's on the card and any links I have with them. Please visit me at Postcard Love! ]
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