I recently had to dismantle one of my favorite room decorations–my “clothesline of postcards”–because, well, weird little cats and things on strings do not mix! Now that my collection is safely out of the paws of my favorite feline, I’m trying to figure out what to do with nearly eight months’ worth of gifts from pen pals around the world.
Whether they end up in a photo album or a wall mosaic, I’ve enjoyed looking through them again and admiring the many beautiful places and artworks they show: it’s like a trip abroad in and of itself!
Each card of this first pair boasts a very different story: the one on the left was sent to me from my favorite museum in Paris, the Musée du Quai Branly, while the delicate flower dancers on the right are part of a gouache concept art piece for an early vision of Fantasia in 1940. The Quai Branly museum’s postcard showcases my favorite part of its collections-Maya art!–and makes me sad that I wasn’t in town for Mayas: Révélation d’un temps sans fin earlier this year.
At least I have a souvenir!
This gorgeous and charming little postcard traveled here from Germany and shows a trio of books going on a tiny adventure! Seriously. Apparently novels don’t need to row in order to travel by boat: perhaps because they are transported solely by the power or words or something.
(It seemed appropriate to pair it with my own desktop book collection! My new copy of The Wind in the Willows, a small paperback of Calvino’s Cosmicomics, a Paperblanks planner, and a pretty Peter Pauper Press celestial journal decided to keep the postcard company for the photo shoot.)
This mixed-media postcard comes from my home state–and home island, for that matter! For some reason, this combination of pasted ephemera and hand-drawn elements captures the Hilo I remember better than any more tourist-y photo card might. (And certainly better than these aggressively “tropical,” pseudo-Hawaiian pencils do!)
This pair of green postcards, on the other hand, appeared more at home in my mini-jungle of windowsill plants! Both were sent by my pen pal from Paris, whose beautiful antique photos have become a beloved part of my history hoard.
The second of the two, of course, is also Parisian in origin, while the first comes from Algeria: making it the only piece of mail I have from Africa so far. (I’ll get a postcard from every continent one day; just you wait!) I love the interplay between the vivid greens and warmer hues in both.
I’ll close with one last Disney concept art postcard: featuring these adorable sketches of Aurora! I wasn’t too much of a Disney girl growing up (Studio Ghibli through and through!) but nowadays I’m fascinated by the art style used for Sleeping Beauty. The scenes of Aurora in the forest have a thrilling, shadowy beauty to them. Can you believe it was made in 1959?
Like a certain princess, these postcards may sleep away in some drawer for some time as I figure out what to do with them–but I’m sure I’ll find a way to “awaken” them in the near future! Fellow pen-pal people: how do you display or store your postcards?