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Wish you were here

I spent an hour or so down a rabbit hole. I was so certain that I could find exactly what I was after. Alas I gave up and then later discovered an example of today’s topic.

The iconic post card. That ultimate perfect picture of the location that speaks to the heart. The reason you embarked upon the journey.

The one picture, that no matter how flipping hard you try; you can’t get the same view or the same lighting. Or even worse you can’t get it without people in it. Or you aren’t in season to see icebergs and puffins but that’s a whole different story about why you travel to some locations on peak season and not when the whole place is closed. Oops – back to topic!

“Wish you were here”, “having a great time”, “so much to see and do” and the list of regular sentences on a post card goes on. I can remember our first trip to Australia, back in 1982/83, sending postcards galore. Other than two collect long distance phone calls that was it for several months. A glimpse into a different world. I used to use every last stitch of space right up, wordy person that I am!

Postcards have been around for a significant length of time although I couldn’t seem to find a consensus but circa 1850. Numerous countries claim to have been “first”. They are still available today in most tourist locations and I often pick up a few for the photo album. Occasionally, even now, one still receives a postcard and it’s always an exciting feeling.

My best friend growing up sent me a post card every summer when they were on family vacation. As a farmer’s daughter summer vacation was not a thing we did so I remember how excited I was to receive these postcards. Alas I did not find any of them in my rabbit hole time but I did unearth a few others.

It’s been a time honoured way to keep in touch with family and friends. In the series below our young English cousin (whom we had just met a few months before) sent us a postcard asking for our email address (a sign of the changing times). Her great grandmother used to send postcards to her brother (my grandfather) but sadly I don’t have any of them. I do, strangely enough, have postcards from other branches of our combined family trees. It’s interesting that you could get a postcard of yourselves printed up to mail home. Whether home be England, Canada or points beyond. I feel blessed to have these snippets of past lives (and one day cousin R I am indeed going to sit down and get to it!)

The important aspect of postcards and indeed, all correspondence, is that we think of others and keep in touch. I would say it’s especially important right now during the pandemic when people are feeling isolated. I’ve done a round of emails but perhaps it’s time to dust off those stamps.

I mean who doesn’t love mail and a postcard is just a visual hug. Let this post inspire you to send some mail.

Bernie

Oh and bonus points if you can figure out the significance of the cover photo

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I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

10 thoughts on “Wish you were here

      1. That’s what I meant. It was a postcard that she mailed from Dog River when they did the finale of Corner Gas

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  1. Hi, Bernie – What a great reminder to continue to connect with others — and to vary how we do this. I recently received a postcard from our youngest son (who lives in England) and immediately displayed it on our fridge.
    I laughed when you mentioned trying to take a photo WITHOUT people in it. Our nearby oceanfront was particularly scenic yesterday. I got close to take a panoramic shot. I just had everything lined up when a woman jumped in front of me to capture a similar photo. She (unapologetically) took forever. She then mumbled to me that it would be lovely to get the whole scene in one shot. I curtly replied that was what I was trying to do with the panoramic setting on my phone. “Great idea,” she said. She then (still unapologetically) proceeded to take another 10 minutes playing with her phone to try to capture that shot while I stood there impatiently waiting!. Aaaghhh!!

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    1. Ah how cool that you just got a postcard! Now to send one back. Did you know you can turn your own panoramic shot into a postcard? Haha — but did you ever get the “money” shot? My husband always patiently out waits all those people and meanwhile I’m long gone! Although I did get an iconic image of a bag piper in Scotland — waited till the tour bus people pulled out and then laid down in the heather to take it without the gravel path showing. That would make a great postcard! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a great story!

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  2. Ahhh, postcards. I recall how we sent postcards home from England, Scotland and Ireland on our honeymoon. One we sent to Pat’s Dad was a lovely shot of QE II on her 25th anniversary as queen. This was not a good card to send to someone from the Republic of Ireland, it turned out. In this age of internet, hardly anyone send postcards any more. Too easy to text/E-mail/video chat, I guess. No matter. Keeping in touch, reaching out, showing you care is the point. Thanks for the nostalgia. Allan

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    1. Oh that’s too funny! The Queen of England for a Irish Republican! Did he ever forget? Isn’t it a great trip down memory lane? Thanks for engaging here Allan.

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