I can’t remember exactly when my love affair with postcards began. The joy of collecting them advanced to a passion after my family moved from South Africa, our home country, to Taiwan in 1989. I loved sending picture cards home to friends and family, giving them a glimpse of where I had been. Many times I liked holding on to them as a keepsake of what I’d experienced.
Back then the foremost way of staying in touch was by post, snarkily referred to these days as “snail mail”. There is a lot to appreciate about patiently waiting! After hearing of my love for postcards, numerous fine folks would always send them to me. I have kept every single one of them. In this age of email and text messages, I have started to cherish my postcards (and hand-written letters) even more.
These Black and White Photographs Will Make You Smile
The weather in Toronto has turned rather bleak. I am not a fan of winter. Winter makes me feel like I’m living in black and white, which I often associate with being a complete lack of vitality. Instead of letting this greying scene depress me I decided to embrace it and find beauty in the lack of colour. To help get me started and cheer me up, I’ve curated this entertaining selection of black and white postcards that I’ve acquired over the years. I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading them. Thank you to all my friends who took the time to send me these gems. They still make me smile, even after 10-, 20-, 30- years!
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This first postcard I bought at a bookstore in Fort Lauderdale. I was especially into fashion photography in the mid-1990s and have always loved oversized sunglasses.
I LOVE this next one! In 1976, Dove Bradshaw, a conceptual artist, “claimed” a fire hose in The Metropolitan Museum of Art by posting a label next to it that identified it as her work. Then she had the fire hose photographed and produced postcards of her piece, which she secretly placed in the Museum store. They were a hit and sold quickly! This postcard reproduces the photograph, which is now in the Museum’s collection.
Here’s what we all FEEL like after the coming Season’s Eatings.
This is quite a famous photograph from Life Magazine of 1950s 3D movie goers. Sent to me from Sweden!
In my collection, I have several funny cards like this next one. I can always tell which ones are from this particular friend because of their humour.
This one always cracks me up, just because! I love weird photographs.
A favourite of mine with the best title: Fleeced By The Flock. I am easily amused.
An eye-roller postcard from the same friend mentioned above with the wry sense of humour. Every time I see this I shake my head in disbelief, sigh, then laugh. It’s stupid but still amusing.
I have many more postcards that I would love to share with you, stay tuned! Would you like to exchange postcards with me? Let me know!
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