Friday, 29 April 2016

Yellow

This must be self-explanatory.



Yachts might have made a nice collage, except that I have only one, or at least only one that I can find. I've discovered over the last few weeks that I need a better filing system. Young could have been another theme: young animals, young children.

I did consider "yesteryear" showing some of my vintage postcards but vintage cards don't really look great as a collage.  they are better viewed singly.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Xmas cards

Until recently, I had no idea there were such things as Christmas themed postcards. They aren't easy to find in the UK but other countries have an abundance of them. They come in many different themes, but probably the most common are:

Santa Claus/Father Christmas/Père Noel/all sorts of names


and snowmen/bonhomme de neige:


I don't know why, but I find the snowman at the centre above vaguely creepy.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Waterways

Waterways, I suppose, means a way of getting from one place to another by water, so I have excluded a few nice waterfalls. So here you have a mixture of canals and rivers.

Occasionally it's hard to tell one from another, though the canals in Venice are unlikely to be mistaken as rivers. They really do serve as a transportation system - even the rubbish is collected by boat.




Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Village scenes


The truth is, I don't collect Villages or Village scenes, but I do collect any building with a thatched roof.  T was taken by other topics so here we are with Villages.

A typical English village would, especially in the south of England, have had a large number of thatched cottages, but they are found in many other countries too. The card at the top left shows a house in Germany, and the centre bottom shows an Irish cottage.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Underground


If you lived in London you would call it the Underground, but the underground system in Moscow is called the Metro as it is in Paris. However you would never mistake the Moscow metro stations for those in any other part of the world. They are magnificent!

I have never had the good fortune to see them for myself but I can enjoy them through postcards, and maybe one day I really will be able to see them with my own eyes.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Trains, trams and topographical travels

I have no great and abiding interest in trains and yet I have somehow accumulated several postcards showing them. Many, but not all, are special trains for tourists rather than the average train taking commuters to work.


One, as you can see, is a vintage card showing the Royal Mail night mail train. At the bottom left is the only tram in this mix.

More to the point of postcard collecting are the cards which show specific places, known as topographical in specialist collecting circles. They are the sorts of cards generally sent home by tourists. The ones I show below are just a few of the many I have sent (to myself as well as to others) on my own travels.



Friday, 22 April 2016

Spices

When I first started collecting postcards, I concentrated on views of different countries. I had no idea at the time that so many other types might be available. I "discovered" spices very late in my collecting career, and I wish I had started much earlier..


I approached this spicy theme via food. It's often hard to separate one theme from another.


I was a bit short of ideas for the letter S, The seaside might have been nice, or ships, or snow.
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