Celebrating Art In Small Packages
Awareness of the outside world. Tons of it. Literally. See last postcard.
Siena – Tuscany – Italy
Palio della Contrade nel secolo XVIII
The Palio in the 18th century
Painting by by Giuseppe Zocchi
The Atlantic: ‘Instagram’ for 18th-Century Tourists, In the 1700s, highly realistic landscape paintings called vedute gave European visitors proof of their trips to exotic destinations. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, May 25, 2017.
The square forehead says Tennessee Walker to me. Thoughts?
Before the railroad arrived in 1908, passengers came to
Steamboat from Wolcott via the stage. It is pictured here
in front of the A&G Wither store. (Ellis collection.)
From here. Arcadia Publishing: Postcards of America, Steamboat Springs. David H. Ellis and Catherine H. Ellis. 2009. Also a book by the same folks, Arcadia Publishing: Images of America, Steamboat Springs. Ellis & Ellis. 2009.
Does not look like a comfortable way to travel. “A two-day, 74-mile journey over two passes with an overnight stop in Yampa.” and ” ‘We tipped over three times that day.’ ” History Colorado: Stagecoach 1890-1908.
Unless there is another one, this is the Stone Mountain Park: Confederate Memorial Carving, Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA.
Even outside of the subject, I’ve always felt this was defacing a harmless piece of rock. Yes, I feel the same about Mt. Rushmore. Meaning no disrespect to the person who was kind enough to send the postcard. I asked for horse, they sent me horse.
Of interest, “The carving is actually much larger than it appears from Stone Mountain Park’s attractions. Workers could easily stand on a horse’s ear or inside a horse’s mouth to escape a sudden rain shower.” CMC
As for the subject, Smithsonian Magazine: What Will Happen to Stone Mountain, America’s Largest Confederate Memorial?. Lorraine Boissoneault, August 22, 2017. Note the year. The current questions are not new ones. The carving was started in 1914 as a Civil War monument; it was restarted in 1955 as a monument to segregation.
Which leads, in a very small way, to the problem of history. This was the card I was sent. Should I ignore it and pretend it didn’t happen? Should I include it and use that as an occasion for a rant? The rant, BTW, would boil down to ‘WTF?’. I voted for posting, with commentary. Although I will admit to burying it in the back of class in the group photo.
Norway. The Philatelic Database: Stamps of Norway: Birds II (2015), by William Cochrane, May 28, 2018. “The Norwegian Church Abroad, also known as Sjomannskirken or the Norwegian Seamen’s Church … ” Linn’s Stamp News: Food on stamps: pork and apples, waffles, gift desserts, Feb 7, 2014.
USA. USPS: U.S. Postal Service Issues New Postcard Stamps, March 28, 2019. #CoralReefsStamps.
USA. Linn’s Stamp News: U.S. Seashells stamps: When and where they will be issued, Jan 7, 2017, by Michael Baadke.
The fifth card arrived from the Netherlands with an pile of handwritten numbers and letters on the upper right corner in lieu of postage. First time I’ve seen that. Something like this? Linn’s Stamp News: Germany’s plans for codes to pay postage, track mail, March 2020.
Stay safe. Stay sane.