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Viva Snail Mail – Christina Quintana (Postcard Artist) Links Restored

I know that many of you are fans of the “art-ful postcard”  and I thought you might like to visit Christina Quintana’s site The Perpetual Postcard Project. Christina is – in her own words …

…   a writer/actor/artist (and all the other slashes you can think of!) who currently resides in her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.  She has acted in, written, directed and produced and/or workshopped plays in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Williamstown, Massachusetts and New Orleans.  Her postcards reflect her quirky sensibilities and eclectic influence from the Southwest, her beloved Deep South home and beyond–which means, all of you lovely individuals   ….. Continue reading

July 17, 2010 Posted by | . | , , | Leave a comment

A Festival of Postcards (8th Ed.) – GEO

An online showcase of the best postcards in the blogosphere!Ed. Evelyn Yvonne Theriault

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Welcome to the Festival of Postcards (8th Ed.)GEO – featuring dozens of entries that depict the geography of our planet through images and cartography. As always, participating bloggers come from a variety of backgrounds. Many specialize in  the collection and study of postcards, others use postcards to enhance their historical or socio-cultural research interests and finally, there are a few who showcase their altered mail art.  What unites us all is our love and appreciation for postcards!

Our Feature Article for this issue is –  It’s A Small World After All – and I’m sure you’ll appreciate the way Caroline Pointer uses several “geographically inspired” ideas and metaphors to reexamine the worlds of genealogy and postcards from a fresh perspective. Caroline is well-known in the family history and genealogy communites for her storytelling skills. You can sample her work at Family Stories and as well as at her other blogs –  Family Stories in Stone and Texas Family Stories.

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Caroline Pointer | Family Stories

It’s A Small World After All

(excerpt) Have you ever heard or used the term, “worlds apart”? It’s usually used to indicate how far apart two people’s lives, ideas, beliefs, faith, etc. are from one another. Before I started researching my family’s genealogy, I thought I was “worlds apart” from other people. I thought I was not really connected to much ~ not to other people nor to history. Nothing. Oh, I knew who my family was [mostly], but not where my family fit into things. Where I fit into things. Now, I know. Genealogy has become sort of a map for me …..

Leo Schifferli | Postcardiness

23 Skidoo – The Flatiron Building – New York City

(excerpt) The metaphorical intersection of architecture, idiomatic phraseology, and – at least to some extent – postcards, all converged on the geographic intersection of Fifth Avenue, Broadway, and 23rd Street in New York City in the very early 1900s to produce what some lexicographers consider to be the first fad phrase to sweep the entire nation: “23 skidoo”

Susan | This Old Paper: Curious Things That Are Flat

Thanks for writing, Verena!

(excerpt) Of all the postcards in the Schifferli postcard albums, this one is a perfect match for the current A Festival of Postcards (8th Ed.): Geography theme – with a genealogical twist! On the front is featured Gruss aus Dottingen Aargau, Switzerland. My paternal German-speaking ancestors were from the city of Dottingen in the canton of Aargau, Switzerland!

Mandy Collins | Pearl Maple


(excerpt) This month’s theme in the Carnival of Postcards is geography so I have included maps, lots of maps and even a little postage stamp with a globe on it. Here are the first few pages, keep checking back for updates as more pages are added. And as always, I confirm for my postcard & stamp collecting friends, all materials have been checked for significance before being altered. Continue reading

July 16, 2010 Posted by | . | , , , , , , | 7 Comments

A Festival of Postcards (7th Ed.) LIGHT – Call for Submissions

An online showcase of the best postcards in the blogosphere!Ed. Evelyn Yvonne Theriault

It’s Festival Time Again – The Festival of Light!

so this is the perfect time to pull out your vintage postcards or create some original mail art that depicts:

scenes – lit by the moon, neon or …

lights of all kinds – street lights, headlights, lamps etc.

the play of light on …

objects as light as a feather

something that light-ens your heart

lights your way

– or lights your fire!

Submit your post here –   Due FEB. 28 –  A Festival of Postcards (7th Ed.) Light

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And to Get You Thinking …


Light Quotes and Sayings


AskOxford: Oxford Quotations database


January 12, 2010 Posted by | . | , | Leave a comment

A Festival of Postcards (6th Ed.) – White | Part 1, Vintage postcards & altered mail art – Links Restored

An online showcase of the best postcards in the blogosphere!Ed. Evelyn Yvonne Theriault
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Welcome to the Festival of Postcards (6th Ed.) – White – where you’ll find bloggers from deltiology as well as family, local and socio-cultural history backgrounds, sharing their best postcards and original mail art. We have 3 sections (Postcards in the Past tense, The Artful Postcard and Contemporary Postcards) with over 45 postcards from around the world that depict a wide range of subject matter such as: buildings, Christmas, food, landscapes, people, snow, ice and water.

Our Feature Article this month is by Ohio blogger Leo A. Schifferli. The title of his blog – Postcardiness – is an homage to Stephen Colbert who coined the word “truthiness”, and Leo’s mission is to “explore the ‘ness’ iof postcards, and relate the discoveres that ensue”. You can read more about him in the next section.

Feature Article

There are several reasons why Blanche is our featured post for this edition. The first is obvious – the word blanche is French for White! But more importantly Leo Schifferli’s post is a fine example of a highly detailed visual and textural analysis of one single postcard. I think it’s a must-read – especially for family historians who are not accustomed to analyzing postcards in this way. Leo beings with a description of the front, but goes on to include notes on the publisher, style etc. of the postcard, a transcription of the handwritten message & advertisement, a discussion of the U.S. Postal Club and the name Blanche and closes with a few unanswered questions. More about Leo Leo told me that he got hooked on postcards because he had an interest in local history and after obtaining an early 20th-century image of a dirigible he “marveled that there would be a piloted craft aloft at that early date, especially in the “middle of nowhere”. After a bit of research he found connections to an early American flight, a specific pilot and the St. Louis World’s Fair but he also learned that the pilot had used postcards “to advertise his upcoming appearances, typically at county fairs”. As he found out for himself, history and postcards are a great match!

Postcards In The Past Tense


“Take vintage postcards with classic tales, add place-settings at the table of food, life and history” and what have you got? Postcards From The Dinner Table! by New York blogger Karen Resta. Karen has a background as …”Executive Chef in a high-profile private dining establishment in New York City” and has set her luggage down in Paris, the Florida Keys, on a Sparkman and Stevens wooden sloop moored at City Island and finally in Brooklyn, New York. If you love postcards, food and history then this is the blog is for you. Two more links: Hey! Let’s Pig Out Inside a Giant White and Gold , and one of her best-known posts – I, Too, Always Head to the Mutton Cooling Room On My Vacation …


In the last issue I mentioned that UK blogger Linda’s site (About Postcards) is a visual smorgasbord so I think it’s only fitting this time to feature her post about Standard White Bread. After all, what would a White Festival be without some delicious white bread? Linda says that “About Postcards is a labour of love that sometimes doesn’t get the time that I’d like it to have. I started the blog to both try and encourage those who were new to the hobby and to help the established collector with postcard information”.


Kay Bauman of Kay B’s Place shares an rppc from her rich collection of family postcards – and if you like large families you’ll certainly appreciate All The Expression. I particularly enjoyed her recount of the meticulous process she followed to identify some of the people in her photograph. Kay says “I am the self-appointed family historian because I enjoy researching and collecting family stories, genealogy and photos. Why have I started this blog To preserve and share my family’s stories as well as track my research progress”.


We’re joined in this issue by another New Yorker – Harry Delf III – with several rppcs of his great-aunt who had a career in Vaudeville. Harry’s blog Family Archive reflects his deep interest in past times. In Harry’s own words “There’s something innately valuable about them. They trigger a pleasure center by disrupting the context of the present world while providing insights into the future. Some people refer to this as history others might think it’s a form of escapism, still others call it nostalgia, however you want to tag it, I’m drawn to it” (The rest of this essay is at Old Things). Spend a little time at Family Archive and you’ll find out why Harry Delf is so interested in vaudeville, the theatre and the 1920s.


Susan of This Old Paper: curious things that are flat, presents a 1910 Schlesinger Bros. postcard. What I love about this is not only the postcard but also the little story that accompanies it. Susan says “one sure pleasure of doing internet research is coming across folks with sites that share similar passions and pastimes” . You can find out more about Susan in the Food section above.


Christine’s blog The Daily Postcard is only 4 months old but she already has a terrific selection of postcards on display. Christine says this about postcards: “I love postcards because they preserve evidence of everyday life as well as celebrations and sad events. Looking at an old postcard is like holding a single piece of a puzzle; we have to imagine the rest…” For our White issue Christine entered Catch On with an article explaining the ins-and-outs of mutoscopes!


Not too many of us are as lucky as Linda Hughes Hiser who has a postcard of her own grandfather atop a Toronto first aid wagon during World War I. How did Linda’s American grandfather turn up with the Canadian Expeditionary Force? You’ll find the answer at Flipside where geneablogger Linda shares her stories and information culled from her “time traveling to the various towns where my ancestors lived, taking photos of cemeteries, homes, points of interest, etc”.


Julie Cahill Tarr participated in the Premiere issue of the Festival with her blog Who Will Tell Their Story? which is dedicated to her collection of orphan photographs. This time she’s coming to us from GenBlog with A Rare Find – a charming rppc from her own family collection. Julie has quite a roster of blogs, including: Cemeteries of Bloomington-Normal, Chicagoland Cemeteries and The Business Savvy Writer. GenBlog is where Julie preserves “the past of the Cahill, Miller, McMahon, Rottman, Stoffel, Wach & Webster families (and many other twigs).


Mary Beaulieu describes her blog Ancestor Tracking as “These ramblings (that) chronicle my search through the Web for evidence of my ancestors. I would like to connect with others on a similar journey to share ideas and Experiences”. In Faces From The Box, Mary shares a haunting rppc of mother and child with the colour white as the focal point. What a great choice for the Christmas season! Mary is a retired math teacher from Virginia, U.S.A.


Strangers In A Box is a fascinating project by Waitakere, New Zealander Dawn who describes her mission as to “… find descendants of the unwanted/unloved vintage photographs I’ve found in my travels around NS & on the internet. About a year ago Dawn found a collection of early twentieth century postcards and you can find these – and some related genealogical research – at Strangers in a Box: Clara Catherine Cradduck.


Festival newcomer Alice Keesey Mccoy is a great-granddaughter of a famous American abolitionist and she shares her research about him and her other ancestors at her blog John Brown Kin. Alice’s entry is a b/w postcard of John Brown’s homestead and final resting place at the John Brown Historical site in North Elba, NY near Lake Placid. She says she has been studying “John Brown and his family for 30+ years”.


Lydia shows contrasting sides of Denver, Colorado by pairing her vintage postcard of the elegant Cheesman Park Memorial Pavilion, Denver, Colorado (modelled along the lines of the Greek Parthenon) with a modern ideo of Cheesman Square tango dancers. Writerquake is a reflection of Lydia’s ecletic intersts including bookmanie, classical music, envrinomentalism, genealogy, hiking, politics and writing.


Festival regulars are familiar with Scott Caron’s blog which specializes in views of Old Town on the Penobscot River in Maine. His selection at Postcards From Old Town includes industrial cards (e.g. pulp and woolen mills), main streets and many charming views of the churches of Old town. For the Festival, he shares a historic view of St. Anne’s Church on Indian Island, Old Town, Maine. Scott overcame his affliction – gephyrophobia – so he could visit the church and take a little walk down memory lane!


Indiana blogger Travis Le Master submitted a b/w card (postmarked 1918) of the Jay County Courthouse in Portland along with some family correspondence. Travis is another family history blogger and TLJ Genes: preserving Our Family History has been around since 2006. Travas says he was “born and raised in Indiana, raised to aprreciate history and family”.


For her 5th Festival, Geneablogger T Casteel of Tangled Trees has entered a view of The Confederate Whie House of Richmond, Virginia. Casteel says this about her site: “Making History Your Own – A Geneablogger’s thoughts, tidbits, inspirations and, of course, brick walls – All very much randomly posed. One person’s life does not stand-along but interacts with family, neighbours, community, and history. Our trees become tangled just by living”.


With his first entry I Wonder Who’s kissing Her Now? Dr. Bill shares a little family story and a postcard that his grandfather sent to his grandmother in 1910. His blog Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories “focuses on Ancestor Stories, both the stories themselves about my family’s ancestors and discussions of where they come from and how to prepare and share them”. In fact, Dr. Bill the blogger, is Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith, author of “13 Ways To Tell Your Ancestor Stories” as well as several other family history books.


For his entry – La Seine Au Pont-Neuf, Alan Burnett of NEWS FROM NOWHERE says “I suppose I could have gone for a festive snow-scene but I decided to concentrate on the amount of white you find on my old postcards“. Another great analysis of a postcard! I’d also like to mention a new postcard activity that Alan just started. In his own words – “Like all good things, Sepia Saturday started as a joke. In writing a Theme Thursday post a while ago, I needed something to cuddle up – in an alliterative sense – with Wordless Wednesday and Fun Friday, so I invented Sepia Saturday…”


Newfoundlander Brenda Dougall Merriman of the eponymous blog, joins us for the first time with her b/w postcard that depicts the aftermath of a past Canadian disaster. Brenda has this to say about postcards “I’ve always collected postcards. Their professional photography plays a large part to fill in my own amateur camera attempts, and trigger my memories of places I’ve been. They also represent faraway or intriguing places my friends have visited”.


Ontario genealogist Janet Iles of Janet The Researcher shares a 1950s b/w postcard of Sauble Beach and says: “I am already dreaming of warmer weather, so I chose this black and white postcard of Sauble Beach“. If you enjoy classic cars you’ll definitely want to check this one out! Janet is well known in Ontario genealogical circles and also blogs at The Graveyard Rabbit of Grey County, Ontario.


With Mammoth Hot Springs, Charles Hansen of Mikkel’s Hus shares another old postcard from his father’s collection. Charles’ father “…lived in Columbus, Montana then and that was close to Yellowstone and on the Yellowstone River” and as Charles told us last time, postcards fit in well with the other Yellowstone photographs that he publishes for his Wordless Wednesday series.


This is our first entry from a Graveyard Rabbits site. For those who don’t know, Graveyard Rabbits is “an association dedicated to the academic promotion of the historical importance of cemeteries, grave markers, and the family history to be learned from a study of burial customs, burying grounds, and tombstones…” (click on link in sidebar for more information), M. Diane Rogers of the Graveyard Rabbit of British Columbia, Canada entered Cemetery Pt., Shoal Lake, Manitoba and included much valuable genealogical and deltiological information as well as links for anyone researching western Canada.


With a name like Kris and a spectacular large-letter postcard, I had to begin the Christmas section with Merry Christmas, Sugah. Kris blogs at Post Card Images: 100 years of life, love and mystery and he accompanied his entry with the question: “Will this mystery card qualify for the White issue?” It certainly qualifies – especially if you click on the enlarged version on his site and see the “dog teams, animal pelts, whaling and boating scenes, even a boxing scene and numerous p0rtraits of men, women and children in fur parkas”. You can also look over Kris’ shoulder as he tries to unravel the little mystery on the back of the card!


Lisa Raleigh of Are You My Cousin? started blogging this year and is still relatively new to blog carnivals, but this month she’s come up with not one, but two, postcards with a White theme. The first is a lovely vintage Christmas postcard that she found among her great grandfather’s possessions, while the second is from her mother’s collThey were contributed by bloggers from the fields of deltiology as well as family, local and socio-cultural history. One thing that binds all these bloggers together is their love of postcards.ection and depicts a sturdy white polar bear. Lisa researches “the families of Howard/Harwards, Maddox, Talbott, Richardson, Elliott, Haley, and White of North Carolina and Virgina”.


Grace has 4 blogs to her name (Thrifty Cheapskate, the Wandering Graveyard Rabbit, My Family Roots run Deep and the Wandering News Gatherer) but joins us with her fifth – Vintage Postcards Revisited – and says this about her passion for postcards: “I feel there is a mystery surrounding vintage post cards. First you are looking at something from the past. Then who was the person who sent it and then who was the person who received it. I have a collection of vintage post cards that my grandfather sent my grandma in the early 1900s…” Grace has posted a fine collection of vintage Christmas cards this month but chose A White Beauty as her official entry.


Henk van Kampen is a Dutch blogger and his entry is a lovely vintage postcard – Merry Christmas – from his blog Trace Your Dutch Roots. Henk has several blogs including The Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, Masterpieces and Roots as well as Haagse Prenten (which hosts many fine postcards) and is a contributor to The Jewish Graveyard Rabbit. Henk is teaching us Dutch and our Dutch words for the month are: Vroolijk kerstfeest!


Liza Painter of the Folk Archivist’s blog began blogging only 2 months ago but she’s already taken part in the month-long Advent Calender project and Tombstone Tuesdays. For her first Festival she’s sharing a lovely vintage Father Christmas from her own family collection. Liza says she “…love(s) the research, sorting out the names and dates, fleshing out the skeletons and hunting down the missing. Yes,. even banging my head repeatedly on brick walls has become enjoyable in its own way”.

Snow and Ice

The Wandering Genealogist John Gasson – sent me his entry Eastbourne After The Great Blizzard with the comment “Sun, sand, sea … and snow?” Considering the amount of snow that the UK got over Christmas, John’s post was quite prescient. In speaking of his love of genealogy, John says it “…was born out of my interest for local history and my first family history research experiences were not with my ancestors, but with people from the local area: licensed victuallers, brick makers and photographers…”


Festival newcomer Lorlee Bartos is a descendant of Bohemians who emmigrated to Minnesota in the mid-1800s., She’s designed a delightful little blog – Dear Annie – around her collection of about 700 early 20th century postcards that she inherited from her great-aunt Annie Bartos. Her blog is an excellent example of how postcards can be used to chronicle the life and time of one individual. One example is her entry – a postcard of a gorgeous scene of horses chest-deep in snow – accompanied by this little message: “Yesterday it was 15 degrees below and today 8 below. Best place is by the stove and that is where I am most of the time. Ha, ha!”


Genealogist and family historian Bob Kramp presents Pont du Mont Blanc and an early Earth Day Celebration at his blog Life’s Journey, saying “vintage black and white postcard of Pont du Mont Blanc Mount White), Geneva, Switzerland, which includes a personal sotry of when the bridge was turned over to pedestrians and bicyclists during a very early Earth Day celectraiton”. Bob’s interests include not only genealogy but also photography, travel and writing.


M. Diane Rogers of CanadaGenealogy/Jane’s Your Aunt was really inspired by the White theme. She submitted a postcard of British Columbia”s Lion’s mountain peaks, another of Grouse Mountain, then finished off with some lovely tinted views of a place named White and a last related to pearls. Very creative ideas!


Lynne of Postcardy:Postcard Explorer presents White Mountain White. Lynne has a large private online collection with a wide variety of postcards and well-written articles. She also has a second site – Postcard Funnies – and has original artwork online at another site – Fridel’s Arts. Lynne has another great resource on her site – a big and constantly updated blogroll of postcard sites. Definitely a great way to find new sites!


Genealogist and published author/photographer Joan (Kerr) Miller of Luxegen Genealogy and Family History writes “primarily about Canadian genealogy resources and also items of interest that are not necessarily found elsewhere”. Her contribution to this Festival is a vintage postcard from the Kerr side of her family which depicts North Hatley ski hill and Auberge Hillcrest.


I’m Evelyn Yvonne Theriault and I’m sharing an early 20th century, b/w postcard that depicts one of the 19th century ice palaces that were built each year for Montreal’s winter carnivals. My blog – A Canadian Family – is where I combine my love for history and postcards into one passion – family history. Sue Edminster of Echo Hill Ancestors Weblog posted Ice Castle which doesn’t qualify for an official entry because she realized that her image of an ice castle was just “a potential postcard!” so it’s not an official entry.

The Artful Postcard

Caroline Pointer presents the Richardson Bros. posted at Family Stories saying “It’s not quite black and white that these are the Richardson brothers”. Caroline has a particular expertise in the area of family storytelling and her approach always starts with questions. Here are some that she poses on her blog: “What is your family story? Do you know it? Do you know where you came from. And who your people are?”.


Judy has participated in former Festivals with modern and vintage entries from her blog Judy’s Postcards Plus, but this time she’s got something a little different – a collage which she calls An Imaginary White Christmas. It’s so great to be seeing more entries in the altered mail art category!


Geneablogger Vickie Everhard of Be Not Forgot Begotten & Ne’er forgotten is back once again with a wonderful piece of mail art entitle Advent! Carnival! Festival – Celebrate and describes it as follows “This christmas season colalge features a mostly-white postcard that was sent by Emma to her sister in Akron, Ohio with a wish for many choice blessings for the New Year of 1915”.

Please follow the link below!

Festival of Postcards (White) – Part 2

January 7, 2010 Posted by | . | , | 12 Comments

A Festival of Postcards (5th Ed.) Quadrupeds – Call for Submissions

It’s Festival Time Again!

The next edition of A Festival of Postcards is dedicated to QUADRUPEDS.

Quadrupeds? That’s right! From working animals (like oxen and horses) to pets (like cats and dogs) to wild animals (lions and tigers and bears, oh my!) – we’re looking for postcards about anything that walks on 4 legs!

As always, feel free to play with the theme – your postcard doesn’t have to include an actual animal as long as you find a way to connect to the theme of quadrupeds. Continue reading

September 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 15 Comments

A Festival of Postcards (4 Ed.) – Water – Links Restored

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A Festival of Postcards (4th Ed.) – Water

Well, the postcards have been flowing in for several weeks – I’ve just come up for air – and now it’s your turn to enjoy a great selection from over 30 bloggers featuring such water-related topics as: beaches, boats, bridges, lakes, oceans, oysters and water parks – as well as mermaids and the spot on the Nile River where Moses was purportedly found!

This issue opens up with Postcards in the Past Tense which showcases vintage postcards and articles by family historians and deltiologists, and then we continue with – The Artful Postcard – our section devoted to the art of the traditional postcard and contemporary mail art. We finally close with – Contemporary Postcards – where you can view postcards from the last few decades and learn about various postcard-related projects around the world.

I’m also delighted that Postcardy Lynne agreed to write our feature article this month. If you’ve read Lynne’s entries in former Festivals, then you’ve visited her site Postcardy: The Postcard Explorer. It contains over a thousand postcards which you can view quite easily by clicking on one of the categories in the left sidebar. But Lynne doesn’t just have a wealth of postcards – she has a wealth of information, and she’s sharing some of that with us this month in her feature article View Postcard Types.

Feature Article

Postcardy Feature

Do you know how to date a postcard when there are no obvious clues such as postmarks or stamps? Well, postcard styles have evolved over time and these styles have been organized into eras. In her article View Postcard Types, Postcardy Lynne uses view postcards from her personal collection of historic views of Minneapolis to illustrate postcard styles ranging from turn-of-the-twentieth-century RPPCs to the more recent Continental Modern. If you’re new to dating postcards then this article is a MUST read!

Postcards In The Past Tense

Post Card ImagesStripping Along The Rocks is the phrase on the front of this historic, b/w postcard which is a first-time entry from Alaskan blogger Postcardkris. Kris says he’s sharing postcards from what he his so-called “modest collection” but if you visit his beautiful blog “Post Card Images: 100 years of life, love and mystery”, you’ll realize that high quality can beat out quantity anytime!

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Shades of the DepartedWhat does footnoteMaven of Shades of the Departed have for us this time? In her post And Too/Two Well-Dressed To Get Wet”, she’s sharing another rppc from her private collection. For those of you unfamiliar with footnoteMaven’s work, she specializes in the collection and study of photographs, so the postcards she shares with us are RPPCs – Real Photo Postcards. We ALWAYS learn something over at Shades of the Departed. This time you can learn something about the history of Kodak and the real photo postcard market – and if you’re not already familiar with it, check out her carnival blog – Smile For The Camera.

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Grace of Vintage Postcards Revisited is back with a 4-part series of elegant, century-old postcards called Lady At The Lake that tell a romantic little tale – although I don’t quite get the ending! In case you didn’t know, Grace also blogs at Thrifty Cheapskate, the Wandering News Gatherer, My Family Roots Run Deep and The Wandering Graveyard Rabbit. Wow!

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Donna Pointkouski’s postWhat's Past is Prologue Even an Ocean Can’t Separate a Son’s Love for Mom depicts the area around Cannes on the Riviera and I think the combination of landscape and handwritten lettering make it quite special! Donna says “My father was on a cruise of the Mediterranean in 1958 courtesy of the U.S. Navy. Here is a postcard that shows a map of the Côte d’Azur that he sent to his mother for her birthday.” Isn’t she lucky to have a vintage postcard with a family connection?

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Genealogy TracesJudith Richards Shubert presents Lover’s Retreat – Crazy Water Community of Mineral Wells, Texas with the comment “The Suspension Bridge over Lover’s Retreat near my hometown of Mineral Wells, Texas, was a delightful destination for many in years past. The mineral waters of the area were the life’s blood of the community.” Type the word “postcard” in the search box and you’ll find that Judith has several water-related postcards including one of the Buchanan Dam.

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FlipsideLinda Hughes Hiser presents a Stevengraph postcard that portrays the ship on which her Hughes ancestors immigrated to America. I love the way she has paired it with the passenger manifest containing the names of her Hughes ancestors. Flipside is a good place to see great examples of family-history blogging with postcards! Incidentally, if you’re curious about this type of postcard you might also want to visit Stevengraphs Bookmarks & Postcards Etc.

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WildPostcardsChris Overstreet is joining us for the first time from his cleverly named site – WILD POSTCARDS:A (RE)COLLECTION. Chris describes his blog as “a collection of ramblings and remembrances about my collection of postcards” which he’s built around a nucleus begun by his great-grandfather and aunt. Wild’s is one of only a handful of postcard sites that I visit several times per week – and you’ll understand why if you stop by for a visit! For his first Festival he’s submitted Two for Tuesday: Florida Waters with vintage views of Miami and Lakeland (he has another entry from Girls Go Postal! below).

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Lisa L has been blogging for only a few months now AreYouMyCousinand she’s on what she calls “my journey to discover my family history/genealogy“. In her post titled – DeltiologyLisa shares a postcard from her mother’s collection along with a few wry comments. This is Lisa’s first blog carnival and I hope everyone finds time to welcome Are You My Cousin to the world of carnival blogging!

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AcadianAncestralHomeLucie LeBlanc Consentino presents Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink and tells us that , “These old postcards representing water bring back many memories about my family’s summer frolics as well as life in the city where we lived. Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink was my mother’s favorite expression when we were at the beach or we were where water was not potable.Acadian Ancestral Home will be a place to watch over the next few months as Lucie begins sharing postcards from several family collections.

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Tangled TreesTangled Trees is a website reflecting one genealogist’s “thoughts, tidbitds, inspirations and, of course, brickwalls”. For our Water Festival, Genealogger T. Casteel has submitted A Vacation Frame of Mind – a lovely vintage view of Avalon, Catalina which is an island located near Los Angeles, California. I’d also like to recommend another of her posts – On Ships They Came which features the historic RMS Ausonia.

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PostcardsFromOldTownPostcard from Old Town is a blog that specializes in views of this historic town which is located on the Penobscot River in Maine. Luckily for us Scott Caron has recently been showcasing some Old Town Churches. I say luckily because this 1911 postcard is the only one in our Festival that features a church – and as a matter of fact it shows two. Scott also has two other water-related postcards – one of the Penobscot River and another of a covered bridge.

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Lydia from Writerquake is a newcomer to the Festival. Writerquake.She submitted her early twentieth century postcard of the ferry boat “Solano” which is accompanied by excellent research notes, however when I dropped by her site today I couldn’t help but add her July 29th post of an image of the place in Egypt where Moses was purportedly found by the Pharoah’s daughter. How could we have a water festival without the Nile – and I love the way Lydia has included some research on legends surrounding the site and a whole series of paintings that depict Moses being found on the Nile. This is another good example of blogging with postcards.

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IlluminatedWabashCarol Genung blogs out of Illuminated Ancestries. I loved her post about a ship called the Normanni. As Carol tells us, it’s an important part of her family history because – in her own words – “it brought my ancestor, Wilhelm Gerner, from Germany to New York on 8 December 1893, when he was 23 years of age”. This is the third immigrant ship in the Festival this month – what a great topic for family historians. But Carol has prepared another submission for the Festival which is an early twentieth century b/w postcard of the Old Wagon Bridge aross the Wabash River in Terre Haute, Indiana. This is the style of postcard with room on the front to write a message. You can see another card with white space further down in the Dutch entry from Haagse Prenten.

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Dutch blogger Henk Van Kampen is participating with two of his blogs this month. His first entry is fromroots geneablog Roots:A Geneablog and it depicts some some small sailboats out on Dutch waters. I think it’s our only postcard that actually shows the sailors. As Henk points out, Holland is water-rich and his site contains more than one water-related postcard! (his second entry from Haagse Prenten is below).

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forgetMeKnotsFrom the Forget Me Knot: My Ancestors and My Ghosts blog, Jean Duncan shares a nightime scene of a Stone Bridge in South Manchester, Connecticut. The author explains: “I got started collecting postcards because I was entrusted with my great-uncle Harry’s collection of cards that his mother saved after he died in WWI in France. Many years after his death, the cards were found in the back of a closet. I find new bits of family history every time I study them. I am inspired by the genealogy blogging community to share them in what I hope will be a series of posts.” Jean’s is the only night-time scene in this Festival.

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Judy's Postcards Plus

For this issue, Judy of Judy’s Postcards Plus shares a 1950s postcard of a Water “Blow Hole” in Hawaii. Judy started her blog so that she could share her postcards with others. The Plus in the blog title stands for the fact that she also collects ephemera, and makes and collects handicrafts.

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Janet Iles is the Janet behind the Canadian blog Janet the Researcher. For our Water Festival she’s sharing a mid-Janet the Researcher1940s postcard of Lake Mindemoya that her mother sent to her father. Janet is one busy lady. She’s a professional genealogist in Ontario and an active member of several history organizations including Markham Berczy Settlers Association, Grey County Historical Society and the Ontario Genealogical Society and the National Genealogical Society. It’s nice to see another Canadian geneablogger in the Festival – Vive le Canada!

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Rhonda Renee of Tampa Bay, Florida has created a really fun site called Shellbelle’s Tiki Hut where yoShellBelleu can “talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it’s tropical, it fits this blog!” Her blog will definitely appeal to fans of everything retro – and for this Festival I’m showcasing her vintage postcards of Coronado, California – Tent City. What a fun site to visit in the waning days of summer!

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A Postcard A Day

Talking about her passion for postcards, Sheila of A Postcard A Day says: “I’’m one of those people who have led a nomadic existence, and so did my parents. My father started collecting postcards as a way to continue this life at least in spirit. I’m continuing the collection and posting at least one, chosen at random, each day. This time we’re getting a look at a wonderful b/w image of Varazze, the beach that Sheila estimates to be from the 1890s. If this is true, it might be the oldest postcard in this edition – although Henk’s is in the running!

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Jan Frieseke of the Postcard A Day PostcardADayhas this great postcard of a beautiful oyster at The Ideal Fish Restaurant of Santa Cruz, CA and if you want to get a real feel for the eclecticism of Jan’s collection, you should take a look at a more recent water-related card – Ansel Adams advertising postcard.

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ElinaCutsLooseAmsterdam blogger Elina Tozzi has what someone in my “retro/vintage/50s generation” would call a “really cool site”. In her own words, she has “ugly postcards, street style, photography, kittens & puppies, 80’s & 90’s, collages, documentaries, Europop, thrift shopping, internet stalking, decorating inspiration, discodip, cupcakes, retro 50’s & 60’s, Lauren & Whitney, Eurovision, legpuzzels, mooier dan Parijs”. You can check out her postcard here at Elina Cuts Loose!

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HaageFestival readers already know Henk van Kampen, The Utrecht (Netherlands) blogger behind Trace Your Dutch Roots, but what you may not know is that Henk has several websites: the Graveyeard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, Masterpieces and Roots and also contributes to the Jewish Graveyard Rabbit. Today Henk introduces us to his Haagse Prenten blog with this 1900s (or earlier) postcard showing us a pond at Hofvijver (Vijverberg) pond at Hofvijver. The blog is dedicated to historic images of the Hague, and Henk blogs in Dutch but is kind enough to provide English translations at the foot of each post – so there’s no need for panic!

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Grils Go PostalThis next siteGirls go Postal! One Man’s Obsession With The Women In His Mailbox is an offshoot of Chris Overstreet’s Wild Postcards which has been online off-and-on since 2003 (see “Two for Tuesday” above). For this Festival, he’s sharing a postcard of The Temple of Venus by Finnish artist Albert Edelfelt. Chris’ site celebrates the female form and even though it’s only a few months old you can already find some great images ranging, for instance, from a vintage b/w postcard depicting traditional Lithuanian clothing to a a modern Coca-cola “Yes” girl. Chris started his site to showcase his collection of “reproductions of classic pin-up posters and tear sheets” and vintage posters of pin-up girls. I think it’s pretty classy – but it does get kind of cheeky at times, so if you’re from a cultural/philosophical/religious background that doesn’t appreciate this, then you’ll want to skip over Girls go Postal!

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Lynne our feature writer this month – is alsopostcardy seaway presenting this St.. Lawrence Seaway Maximum Card . You don’t know what a Maximum Card is? Find out at Postcardy: the Postcard Explorer site. And if you want to see more water-related postcards Lynne has a ton s- o just type something in the Search box and enjoy yourself!

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Day-ly Genealogy Blogpost is another Festival newcomer – but many of you will already know Brenda Kay Wolfgram Moore from her 8 other blogs ranging from Brenda’s Blatherings to the Military in Korea. If I’ve understood correctly, there is a one thread unifying all of these and that is the region of Grand Traverse, Michigan. In keeping with that theme, she shares this historic image of the Union Street Bridge area in Traverse City. It’s postmarked 1910 and as Brenda says the image probably predates that.

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This is Denise Olson’s third time in the Festival – and one Moultrie Creekof her former entries – Neptune Grill – would have been quite appropriate today! Luckily, Denise located several fine water-related postcards of Silver Springs to share with us. She tells us that: “Silver Springs is the worlds largest flowing spring and has attracted tourists for more than a century. Take a nostalgic look at a vintage Florida attraction that has managed to hold its own in the mega-attraction era.”

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Karen About GenealogyKaren Packard Rhodes found a nice clutch of water-related postcards that take us from Florida to Ohio to Sicily. They’re posted at her blog – Karen About Genealogy. Why does Karen blog? In her own words, it’s a place to show her “musings about genealogy, including recent developments, methods and sources, her own family history, and whatever is and can be related to them”.

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Randy C of Family History Images (and A Graveyard RabbitFamilyHistoryImages of the Old West), is joining us for the first time with a vintage postcard of Main Street on Centre Island just outside of Toronto (Canada). If you’re interested in period clothing then I suggest you click/enlarge it and take a closer look – there’s an especially nice grouping on the bridge. You’ll see too that Randy did quite a bit of detective work to identify this scene and I’m looking forward to his next posts!

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And finally, the last entry in this category is from VictoriaJubileeBridgeyours truly, Evelyn Yvonne Theriault. I have several water-related postcard themes running on my site right now but today I’m sharing a 1905 b/w vintage postcard of the Victoria Jubilee Bridge from my “Bridges over the St-Lawrence River” series. I chose this one with fellow geneabloggers in mind because I was able to have a little genealogy fun with it – and I’m always happiest when I can combine my two loves into one – genealogy and postcards!

The Artful Postcard

BeNotForgotFamily historian Vickie Everhart is building quite a reputation among Geneabloggers for her digital scrapbooking and she hasn’t disappointed us this month. You can find Vickie’s latest work Peaks Islandwhich she’s posted at her blog BeNotForgot, begotten & ne’er forgotten. Vickie tells us thatThe story behind the 1987 movie, The Whales of August, was based on the author’s memories of time spent at the family cottage on Peaks Island. The water-themed postcards on this collage are images of Peaks Island, which is the most populated of the multiple islands that dot the surface of the waters of Casco Bay.” Read her article to see the family connection.

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Trout Over WaterFestival readers already know that Little Red Mail Box is a terrific site that “features mail art of all kinds” with a mission to “document mail we make and receive”. Bloggers mrpotanti and Jacqueline have declared 2009 “the year of altered postcards” and they are spearheading a special project in which they invite you to “change your store-bought or free card so it doesn’t look the same any more” and then send it along to their California or Pennsylvania address. This month I’m linking to two water-related postcards. the first – Trout Over Water has a rather playful feel while the second Flora-themed Postcard from Jacqueline has a more meditative quality.

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Arte PostalArte Postal/Mail Art is the site of Brazilian artist and blogger William A. Unfortunately for me, his site is not in English but if you’re interested in altered art you should definitely drop by – not only because you’ll see some high quality art – but also because William has a terrific blogroll which leads to dozens of online mail art projects. For our water-related theme, I’m linking to two of his most recent posts. The first is a sophisticated piece of mail art which William received from Tamar Joneh of Cachoeira, Brazil while the second is a rather intruiging altered piece by Italian artist Rossana Cagnolati.

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Life in a Postcard MirrorEach month we link to a site where we can learn more about traditional postcards. Life In A Postcard Mirror is for those who would like to delve a little deeper into what blogger Debra Gust calls “the picture postcard as art, visual document and popular culture icon”. Gust is the Image and Licencing Specialist for the Curt Teich Postcard Archives and in her own words she believes “that postcards as visual documents tell the unabashed story of the exponential growth of the twentieth century, revealing the century’s greatest character flaws and strengths”. As you can see from these quotes, Gust is an effective articulator of the importance of postcards and of their place in a wider context, so if you’re new to the study of postcards – or their use in family history work – then you might want to set aside some time to read her posts. Today, in keeping with this our water-related theme I’ve linked to her post Drowning in Postcards which concerns the Great Lakes Eastland Disaster and Gust’s own preparations for a postcard exhibition.

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I came across this colourful vintage postcard of the 1933 Chicago Fair after I decided that we couldn’t have a water-related Festival without at least one theme park. This postcard is from Bill Campbells siteThe Oz Enthusiast – which focuses on books and artwork related to Baum’s story The Wizard of Oz. Bill says “The Wizard ofOz Enthusiast Oz was the first “big book” I read as a kid, and I was hooked. My interests lie mainly in first editions of the original books and artwork from the series – but that’s one of the best things about Oz, there are so many facets to fascinate people and collectors! As an Oz enthusiast and collector, this is a place for me to jot some thoughts on pieces in my collection.” Not a postcard site but interesting nevertheless!

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If you’re a crafter then you’ll enjoy a type of mail art that’s a little off theEmman_mailart_edest_ beaten path for us, but it’s certainly in keeping with our idea of the Festival as a place for everyone who loves postcards. I invite you to visit the site – Cross Stitch And Be Happy – where Finnish blogger Kirsi prepared this delightful piece of mailart for her daughter Emma.

Contemporary Postcards

A Postcard For World Peace

As I surf the internet looking for postcard sites I’ve come across quite a few interesting projects devoted to making the world a better place. One of these is the Austrian/Estonian blog A Postcard for World Peace which calls on us to “raise our voices up and let the whole world know that in every corner around the globe we want peace!”. Blogger Alberto Severino is asking people to send in postcards with peace messages which he plans to use for expositions advocating world peace. For this Festival he’s submitted a lovely postcard of Iemanja, Goddess of the Sea, by Brazilian artist Jose Francisco Borges.

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Croation blogger Dragan Buskulic is presenting his postcard of Croatia Krka Waterfalls in Croatia from his blog The World On Postcards. This is not Dragan’s first Festival. He participated in our premiere Wheels Festival with a set of gorgeous vintage automobiles posted to his other blog Pre Stamped Postcards & Aerogrammes. Congratulations on your new blog and welcome back Dragan!

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AbhishekLast, but not least, we have this chrome postcard of Canada’s Historic Rideau Waterway which was submitted by New Delhi postcrosser Abhishek Chandra. Postcrossing is a modern twist on traditional postcard or pen pal exchanges. Postcrossers join the Postcard Crossing Project so that they can “send a postcard and receive a postcard back from a random person somewhere in the world”. Some Postcrossers collect certain types of postcards and this is the case for Abhishek who already has 477 (!!!) postcards depicting Unesco Sites. And, if you’ve never looked at the master list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you might be surprised to find something from your area on the list and Abihishek would be delighted to receive your postcards!

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Blog List – August Festival of Postcards

Abhishek’s PostCrossing JourneyAcadian Ancestral Home

A Canadian Family A Postcard a DayA Postcard for World Peace new!

Arte Postal / Mail Art new! Are You My Cousin? new!

BeNotForgot :: begotten & ne’er forgotten Cross stitch and be happy new!

Day-ly Genealogy Blogposts new! – Elina cuts loose!

Family History Images new! – Flipside

Forget Me Knots: My Ancestors and My Ghosts

Genealogy Traces Girls Go Postal! new! – Haagse prenten new!

Karen About GenealogyIlluminated Ancestries Janet the researcher new!

Judy’s Postcards PlusLife in a Postcard Mirror Little Red Mail Box

Moultrie CreekPOSTCARD-A-DAY Postcards from Old Town

Post Card Images: 100 years of life, love and mystery new!

Postcardy RootsShades Of The DepartedShellbelle’s Tiki Hut new!Tangled Trees

The Oz Enthusiast new! Vintage Postcards RevisitedWhat’s Past is Prologue

Wild Postcards new! World on postcards Writerquake new!

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Hey there  –  you out there  –  yes you!

The next edition of A Festival of Postcards is dedicated to WATER so it’s time to get out those postcards depicting bodies of water, boats, bridges, fish – or anything that contains liquid! And please feel free to interpret the theme as liberally as you wish.

Remember,  the Festival welcomes wordless entries that showcase particular postcards as well as entries accompanied by articles about social or family history or deltiology. In the first 3 issues we’ve had an astounding variety and quality of articles but if you have a wonderful postcard to showcase without accompanying article, that’s fine too! Following last month’s feature article by Mandy Collins (Signs), I also hope some of you will be inspired to try your hand at altered art!

How To Enter   (Deadline: August 20th)

1. Go to A Festival of Postcards Official Form, hit the SUBMIT button at the top of the page and fill in the form!

2. As a back-up, please leave a message (and blog address) in the Comment Box below.

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A Festival of Postcards  (Premiere Issue)  Wheels – May 2009

A Festival of Postcards (2nd Ed.) – Main Street – June 2009

A Festival of Postcards (3rd Ed.) – Signs Featuring M.Collins/Pearl Maple

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A Festival of Postcards (3rd Ed.) – Signs

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A Festival of Postcards –  Signs

Welcome to the third edition of A Festival of Postcards where bloggers share their love of vintage and modern postcards. This month we have contributions from over 30 bloggers on 3 continents (Asia, Europe & North America) and from several postcard “communities” including artists, deltiologists, family historians and Postcrossers. Some have interpreted the theme literally so we have a great selection of postcards showing painted, wooden, metal and neon signs but others have worked with the idea of sign as symbol, so we have a great selection of postcards for everyone!

With so many entries this time, I’ve divided the Festival into three sections: The Artful Postcard (altered postcards, mail art and  postcard design), Postcards in the Past Tense (images from the past, family & social history), and Contemporary Postcards (images from the 1990s on including family & social history and Postcrossing).

The topic for this month’s featured article was inspired by Vickie Everhart’s June Festival entry Main Street in Rockdale. She inspired me to take another look at many of my favourite blogs and I was struck by how many artists and family historians are experimenting with scrapbooking techniques as a way to present their family history, so the feature article for this Festival is by mixed-media artist Mandy Collins.

Feature Article

Pearl Maple

In her article Altered Art-Mail or Postal Art, blogger Mandy Collins (aka Pearl Maple) provides an introduction  to altered art, shows us the steps she followed in her postcard project, and closes with a bevy of useful links to other postal and mail art sites. We’re very lucky to have this article from Mandy because she’s a very busy professional mixed-media artist. You can see an example of her work online at  Featured Artist Of The Week at Paperclippings and  she has also been published in Somerset Memories and most recently in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Altered Art by Allyson Bright Meyer.

The Artful Postcard

Kevin Kidney

Kevin Kidney is a “self-employed art director, illustrator, writer, sculptor and maker of things” who has worked as a Disney designer. I asked his permission to link to this Old Lamplighter article because Kevin’s post displays and discusses some of the artwork related to the production of a Disney postcard. If you’re interested in the art behind Disney postcards, type “postcards” into Kevin’s Search Box and you’ll find two more articles of interest (“Chicken of the Sea Tuna Pirate Ship Restaurant” and “In Amazing Realtistic Presence”).

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