After a trip, it’s fun to reminisce by looking at photos of places I’ve been. But over time I’ve also accumulated quite an assortment of postcards. Sometimes I think that because I take so many pictures I shouldn’t buy any. It really depends on the subject of the postcard as to whether I buy it or not.
For instance, I was in Prince Edward Island this summer. I wanted to take a photo of the Confederation Bridge, which connects the island to New Brunswick. But the bridge was much too big for me to get a good picture. So it made sense to me to buy a postcard of the Confederation Bridge. On the other hand, I really didn’t need to buy a postcard of Green Gables. I took more than enough photos of it myself! But I couldn’t resist just one more souvenir, so I bought lots of Green Gables postcards anyway.
And then there’s the (rather competitive) idea of whether my picture is better than the one on the postcard. I took a picture of telephone boxes in Cambridge, England. Then I bought a postcard that was quite similar. I don’t know which one is the better likeness, but I’m glad to have both for the sake of comparison.
I also like unusual postcards from different places. I have one from Prince Edward Island of a cartoon lobster that I thought was cute. Another one that I think is unique is of the astronomical clock in Prague. There’s a little paper wheel on the side of the postcard that turns and shows the scenes on the clock changing just the way it does when you see it in person.
Postcards are classic souvenirs. And I’ve enjoyed mine, so they were worth buying. Does anyone else have a favorite postcard?