Tuesday, June 15, 2021


From our recent trip to Arizona.

Driving the Ohio Turnpike on the way to
Virginia this week.

The Great Lakes are all around us.
Lake Ontario is the farthest from Michigan.

A delightful alphabet from Iris Flavia's hometown Braunschweig.
My favorite letter is G for Carl Friedrich Gauss, the great mathematician,
born in Braunschweig (called Brunswick in English) in 1777.

Braunschwieg Burgplatz, with the statue of Henry the Lion,
Iris Flavia's iconic alter-ego. This lion is a copy of the antique original,
which is indoors for protection against air pollution.
I am grateful that she sent me some cards of her city.

Some people say it's hard to find postcards now. It's true that they are available in fewer places than in the past, but if you watch for them, there are quite a few around, especially the currently popular Art Deco types like my "Lake Ontario" (from a local Ann Arbor framing shop) and "Ohio" (from a rest stop on the turnpike). The demise of postcards is an ongoing reason for writers to wring their hands -- see this post: "Are Postcards Endangered?" which I wrote in 2008.


My name is Erika. said...

Nice collection Mae.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You were able to get out and about and find postcards that were available where you traveled. Finding them in my city was impossible, though.

I always sent postcards to friends when I traveled, but I also sent one to myself documenting the day. Sometimes I would arrive home before an errant postcard arrived, but they always seemed to turn up over time. Great way to document a trip along with photos.

You got some beautiful postcards. LOVED them all, and like you, I was impressed with the Gaussian curve from Iris's postcard.

Iris Flavia said...

You had me with the first one, so beautiful.
And then to find our "Kalle" as we call Gauß - - thank you for picking him! And Henry! Love. You made "our" day!

Tandy | Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com) said...

I used to write on a postcard from every place we visited and sent them to my niece. I shall start doing that for Hannah soon.

Story Time said...

Thank you for this post and also for the many postcards my collection owes to you.

DVArtist said...

Very nice postcards. Have a great day today.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Postcards really aren't as available as they used to be, are they? Too bad -- although we all try to take wonderful travel photos, most of the time we're there at peak conditions (light is wrong, season is wrong, time of day is wrong, etc etc). Good postcards are, well, picture perfect. :-)

Elza Reads said...

Oh my goodness! How lovely! I have to look around our little town and see if there are still any shops selling selling postcards. I remember we had a holder with all the postcards that were send to my parents when I was a child. I can actually remember sending some to my friends in my senior year!

I hope you will cherish these.

Elza Reads

Jeanie said...

I love postcards and have quite a collection of vintage cards. I love the Ohio card here best, but that first Tucson is pretty dramatic!

Lowcarb team member said...

A very nice collection :)

All the best Jan

thecuecard said...

I enjoy postcards and like all of these ... we have liked going to Tucson and Lake Ontario, where we sailed. Keep up with these postcards.