Tag Archives: postcards

Artifact: Stanley Park “Scene O Graph” photo card booklet (and related flashbacks)

Stanley Park is the crown jewel of my sorta homecity of Vancouver, not just because its a huge urban park almost surrounded by water and jutting majestically into a working harbour and host all manner of artifacts from Japanese cenotaph, empty zoo grottos, running ovals, cricket lawns, pitch and putt golf course, totem poles and more more more… but because its *real history* is hardly know to most folks: First Nations for centuries, lepers, undesirables, loggers, “homeless”, fiends, hidden communities, lost artifacts and monuments (plus the stories behind the known ones), the construction of the seawall. 

Anyhow, this “Scene O Graph” photobook (found at Monastiraki shop in Montréal) captures a genteel and classic incarnation of the park. This is one version of the park, everyone has another.

My memories include petting zoo and totem pole forays at childhood birthday parties, sad Polar bears in grottos, “breaking into” the zoo late night in teenage escapades to tease monkeys, writing a story about walruses which didn’t exist, Remembrance day at Japanese cenotaph, illicit activities on most of the beaches, mediocre golfing, Vancouver 125th anniversary party with the mayor on tuba and Dan Mangan singing Robots, the windstorm which blew down so much and caused a tizzy in the city, more illicit activities in the woods, nonsense about “saving” a hollow tree, always finding a new trail, always getting lost when needed, concerts in Malkin Bowl, smelling roses, longboarding the seawall, riding seawall on a bicycle rented with someone’s lost credit card on a hungover New Year’s day… picnics, parties, treasure hunting. 

This book’s cover has a place for a stamp though i am unlikely to mail this (except to Jason Vanderhill but still i’d pack it in another envelope first). 

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Post’d: Festive Cards and Greetings, batches away!

Batch 2 of festive greetz away from the main downtown Okayama postoffice!

And technically, this post box is just for mailing New Year’s cards within Japan, so the pedantic ones amongst you need not point this out… Festive display made for a pleasant photo.

The overall count was smaller than batch one however several bonus super-deluxe envelopes of treats in the mix.

Destinations include: Germany, UAE, Scotland, Sri Lanka, … and the usual USA / Canada locations.

Such fun applying the stamps and interacting with the post office staff as so many folks are in preparing and mailing New Year’s cards.

This lil elf dropped off 80-ish new year cards into the hopper.

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Post’d: cards/letters received (Nov – Dec 2019) from Scotland, Vancouver, Japan…

Cards and Letters are rolling on in to the Tsuchida Cottage postbox. Each a treasure and documented for posterity as well as enjoyed for the present.

Here are a few recent arrivals with brief annotations: 

This “Thank You” card is from Naomi Maeda who made our groovy new toques documented in Misc Autumn Diary

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“Posted: Letters from Elsewhere” – book now available

“Posted: Letters To Elsewhere “
by Dave Olson
Available for Purchase

I made a fun book of postboxes, letter slots, post offices, and letter writing “still-lifes” resplendent with stationery, inky stamps and whatnot.

Order it up for amusement and edification. https://www.blurb.com/b/9807308-posted-letters-to-elsewhere

“Ideal for armchair-travelling kids and adults alike, this portable geography primer includes 42 pages of delightful, lovingly curated and collected letter boxes, stationery, post offices, plus other postal artifacts gathered from: Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, The Vatican, Nepal, Greece, Canada, United States, Oman, Australia, Italy, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, a few other locales and the high seas.”

Fits handily in a rucksack and doesn’t use too much space on a shelf. It’s pretty! Order several

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Scrapbook: Postcard / Greeting Card Booklet / Nusa Ceningan (2019)

Scrapbook: Postcard Booklet / Nusa Ceningan (2019), cover

Postcards and scrapbooks, scrapjournals and greeting cards… i dig these papery things. However, sometimes received postcards end up in a shoebox which seems sorta sad. So, Ryoko and i built a scrapbook to hold postcards and cards. 

Scrapbook: Postcard Booklet / Nusa Ceningan (2019), flyleaf

The scrapbook is my usual style – side bound Japanese binding, sewn up with sturdy twine through 3 holes. The covers and binding are Sri Lankan paper made from elephant dung (yup!).

Inside the pages are a bit of variety but all feature some sorta envelope comfortably hold the postcard or greeting card – meta in a way. Then decorated with a variety of postal stamps, inky stamps, luggage tags, stickers, oddities, ephemera, bits of paper (mostly admittedly from the “b-pile” and other oddities from the scrapbook bin. 

Scrapbook: Postcard Booklet / Nusa Ceningan (2019), opening page

There are a still a few empty pages / slots to fill with postal dispatches to come in the future. 

This features treats from Bermuda, Seattle, Vancouver, France,  and many other places… Thanks to all who send the treats. Want to mail me items? Get the coordinates

Scrapbook: Postcard Booklet / Nusa Ceningan (2019)
Scrapbook: Postcard Booklet / Nusa Ceningan (2019), Bermuda

Oh this album was built on Nusa Ceningan, Indonesia where it lives in a teak cabinet.

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Post’d: cards/letters received to Okayama (generally, Autumn 2019)

Form and Function in action! Such nuanced design and kindness.

Recent(ish) incoming correspondence round-up.

Thanks Kira L. x2, Mike Mc., Kat C, Vanessa T, Jeremiah J… for making my heart and my postbox so full of joy etc.

Note: my postal address displayed for handiness.

Commemorative Postcards / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

paintings and postcard design by daveo for guest giftbag. printed by moo.com (highly recommended).

Post’d: mailed items, various (May-June, 2018)

Post’d: items, various – May-June 2018

Various items included in postal dossiers assembled and mailed May-June, 2018 from Nusa Ceningan including a list of “desert island dips”, a typed poem, a rainbow unicorn postcard, as well as documentation of envelopes sealed with wax before sending on their Par Avion journey.

Post’d: items, various – May-June 2018
Post’d: items, various – May-June 2018
Post’d: items, various – May-June 2018
Post’d: items, various – May-June 2018
this item’s send date and location is unknown so i just added it in with this batch (with which it does not belong) so it isn’t lonely – important, right?

Post’d: postcard fronts, March 2018, vol. 1

Post’d: postcard fronts, March 2018, various

While i love sending postcards, i also love the postcards themselves – each has its own artist story behind and all of that. Yet postcards spending their infinity in a shoebox without fulfilling their destiny is rather sad. As such, i compromise by snapping a quick shot of the front before dropping into the time/space portal wormhole to intended (and thrilled no doubt) recipient.

This batch was scribbled upon in March 2018, somewhere, probably Indonesia where some of the cards originate – others from elsewhere.

Post’d: postcard fronts, March 2018, various

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Postcards and letters are enhanced when…

Postcards and letters are enhanced when made in the right environment (not pictured, tasty beverage)

Oh! here’s a tasty beverage #whew