August 08, 2011
They probably didn't really mean it but it was sweet just the same.
Choosing the perfect image to send home could take an entire morning.
You could convey a lot with a single word.
Mother of three from Disneyland:
The earliest known picture postcard was a hand-painted design posted to the English writer, Theodore Hook in 1840 bearing a penny black stamp.
About a half-century later you were likely to get pictures of the newly built Eiffel Tower.
"Will you look at this...Doris."
In America, poet John Creswell introduced the first penny postcard, depicting the Interstate Industrial Exposition that took place in Chicago.
Postcard historians point to 1907 as a significant date.
That's when the Post Office allowed private citizens to write on the address side.
The "undivided era," as it became known, ushered in "Postcard's Golden Age."
British seaside resorts. White border cards. Linen cards in the 40s with vivid colors. Sporting cards. Racy, humorous cards. French-fold cards that kept unfolding so you could relive an entire trip.
Whether you wanted to or not.
You'd of course need a special postcard album, to keep them all.
Most of it all replaced today, by instant emails, so you don't have to wait a week to find out how the bratwurst was like in Bremen.
Sometimes you even get photographs attached.
Memories often deleted.
But if you collect postcards, you'll not only have your own, you'll have everyone else's memories.