Postcard

Old Postcard from North Dakota

One of the oldest pieces of mail I own is a postcard that was sent to my great-grandmother, Alma Olafson (below), before she married my great-grandfather, John Holen in 1912. This photo was taken in the 1950s. Alma was the recipient of the postcard below.   The front of the card has about an inch…

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Edward Gorey #26

Here is the final entry in the Edward Gorey postcard collection from the 2011 postcard calendar book. I’ve enjoyed sharing these cards and sending them to unsuspecting recipients. “A future unremembered poet of the seventeenth century accepts a Christmas cookie from the Great Veiled Bear.”  I like the winter theme of this card. And who…

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Edward Gorey #24

The 24th Edward Gorey postcard is a scene from The Doubtful Guest. There’s a short rhyme on the card that says: “It came seventeen years ago- and to this day it has shown no intention of going away.” The ‘it’ in question looks like a lonely malformed seal wearing tennis shoes or ice skates. And…

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Edward Gorey #23

The Edward Gorey postcard collection draws closer to the end with postcard #23 in the 2011 postcard book. Somewhere I must have missed a week as I only have two more after this one. R is for Raccoon Coat I’m in the process of mailing postcards to the people who kindly entered the mailbox contests…

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Edward Gorey #20

Welcome to Edward Gorey #20. Only four cards remain from this postcard collection book for 2011. This card is from the Blue Aspic about Ortenzia Caviglia, an unknown opera understudy who gets a lucky break when the opera diva goes missing. Since I’ve recently received some unexpected and fun mail from the Call for Correspondents…

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Edward Gorey #19

This Edward Gorey postcard looks like it is taking place next to a body of water or at the bottom of the sea. I can’t decide. It’s from ‘The Tuning Fork’. “The simple creature was taken aghast at hearing of her cruel past.” It appears as if the woman is telling a tale- apparently of…

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Edward Gorey #19

Hard to believe that there are only 7 more Gorey postcards for the remainder of 2011. In #19 we have “E is for Ernest who choked on a peach.” Too bad for Ernest. I guess he’ll be joining Prue from card #17.  Both Prue and Ernest are part of The Gashlycrumb Tinies which one reader…

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Edward Gorey #18

The Edward Gorey postcard mail-a-thon continues with card #18 from the 2011 postcard collection book. This addition to the Edward Gorey postcard collection doesn’t say anything about the image on the card, only that it was a drawing by Edward Gorey. To me, it looks like a cat is wearing a mask and walking dangerously…

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Edward Gorey #17

The description on the back of card #17 says, “P is for Prue trampled flat in a brawl.” – from The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey. I’m not familiar with The Gashlycrumb Tinies but I assume this is P. This cannot bode well for young P as she reaches for the saloon doorknob to go…

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Edward Gorey #16

Apparently Donald imagines things. He seems to have imagined a friendly reptilian creature in his bedroom. At least he looks friendly- like he wants to have a discussion. This is from the 16th Edward Gorey postcard in the 2011 calendar book. At first glance I thought he was a boy, but Donald appears to be…

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