Postcards from Florida

Nobody seems to send post cards anymore, which is a shame really. It’s always a delightful surprise to receive something in the mail that isn’t a bill.

It’s even more delightful to realize a friend is somewhere interesting and was thinking of you. An email, with its anonymous sans serif typeface, just can not touch you quite as personally as a postcard, with its hand jotted note and carefully chosen image. To make a food comparison, an email is like a birthday cake bought at the store while a post card is a homemade goodie, baked with love.

Years after it first drops through the mail slot, a postcard still brings pleasure.  A couple of years ago, when we were getting ready to move, I found a shoebox of old postcards on a high shelf in the furnace room.  A postcard covered in the neat lines  of my grandmother’s perfect grammar school teacher handwriting brought her back to me so vividly. I  sat on the bottom step of the basement stairs for hours sifting through them, reminiscing happily. Somehow, I just don’t see the denizens of the digital age stumbling across a shoebox of old emails decades from now.  They won’t have that pleasure.

Here are some vintage Florida postcards that I found for sale on etsy.com.  Most range in price between $3-7.

I’m thinking a small collection of these relics of the pre-internet world would make a colourful a display under the glass top of the dresser in the master bedroom of Siesta Key 611.  And I think it would be interesting to have a few of them note side up.

Would that be charming or kitschy, do you think?

Source:  etsy.com listing 12205739 Flamingos at hileh park miami

Source: etsy.com listing 12205739 Flamingos at hileh park miami

Source etsy.com, listing 87808591

Source etsy.com, listing 87808591

source etsy.com listing 113603243

source etsy.com listing 113603243

Source:  Ebay.com Yankees Spring training in Fort Lauderdale

Source: Ebay.com Yankees Spring training in Fort Lauderdale

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