The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

Anuar Dan

Scan 6 - Version 2From Victoria Jane in Malaysia, I received this great card, designed by Malay artist Anuar Dan who is famed for his creations piecing together local artefacts and architecture to create artwork depicting Malay heritage. His works supposedly bring times of the past into the present and remind people of ‘days gone by’. It is very pretty!

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The Heads of an Old Man and a Youth

Scan 6This lovely card comes from Ellu in Italy and shows Leonardo Da Vinci’s Study of the Heads of an Old Man and a Youth, which dates to around 1495. Ellu has a love for this sort of art, so I love that she in turn shares in with me! Da Vinci used to do these studies to prepare for his elaborate final masterpieces. Fantastic card, thanks Ellu!

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A Traditional Valentine

Scan 5 - Version 3From the lovely Maura in the USA comes this cute Valentine’s card – definitely different in theme to the previous one! The history of Valentine’s Day is not easy to decipher. Although there were many martyred Valentines, it is thought that only two (or possibly three) actually relate to the Saint whose day is celebrated on February the 14th, the most famous being Priest Valentine of Rome. Whilst there are many myths and legends surrounding these saints, one thing is known for certain – they were killed for their beliefs by the Romans. It first became a day with connotations of love during the Early Middle Ages, but it was not until the Victorian times (so sweetly depicted in this card) that traditions of gift giving and courtship began to arise. Nowadays it is common to write Valentines cards which are often filled with ‘poetry’ or variants of the old ‘roses are red’ cliché, but did you know that the original of Roses are Red dated back to 1784 and is actually quite beautiful?

The rose is red, the violet’s blue,

The honey’s sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine:
The lot was cast and then I drew,

And Fortune said it shou’d be you.

 

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My Cheeky Valentine

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This cute card arrived on Valentine’s Day from my ‘secret admirer’ and says nothing more than that on the back, apart from a sticker in the shape of lips. No need for concern though, my secret admirer is a part of a lovely little facebook surprise postcards group I’m part of, and sent out a batch of these to lucky receivers all around the world. So what do I know? This card is from the USA and is postmarked from Medford, Oregon. But I’m not going to look into who the sender could be, I like the mystery!

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Chinese New Year!

Scan - Version 2I received this sweet hand-made card from Winky in Hong Kong to celebrate the Chinese New Year in February. The Chinese Zodiac runs on a 12 year cycle and this year is the year of the Horse. Supposedly people born in the year are supposed to have horsey characteristics: energetic, confident and ambitious. It’s also meant to be the year to start that project you’ve been dreaming of – apparently it may well be successful! Regardless of your thoughts on astrology, I do enjoy reading about it and learning about the Asian culture. Thanks Winky!

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Vintage Images

ScanThis pretty card comes from Ramona and her family in Germany and they were kind enough to enclose some German treats in the envelope too. It’s a really unusual sort of card, but I love it. The vintage designs are cute and quirky and it’s my first ever lace-fringed card. Thanks guys!

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Anne Boleyn

postcards2_2_3In my last post, I mentioned Elizabeth the First, in this one, you see her mother. Anne Boleyn – Henry VIII’s second wife who met her unfortunate end at the cold blade of an executioner’s sword. This card came from my sister Beatrice on a trip to London. She says Anne Boleyn was always her favourite of Henry’s 6 wives. As a child, she was mine too, perhaps because she always seemed so serene and beautiful. However, she ruled as Queen for only three years in the 1500s before Henry had her beheaded. The rumors around her death focus mainly on the fact she did not bear Henry a living son amongst more scandalous ideas such as adultery, incest (with her brother) and treason. Regardless of the cause, only three years after her marriage to Henry she was dead, having been the spark behind perhaps the most controversial annulment in history and the start of the Church of England.

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Virginia

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It’s been a while since I last posted – my posts seem to be coming like buses at the moment! But here is a lovely envelope-full of cards I received from Brook in Virginia, USA. I am particularly in love with the I ❤ Zombies card! For those of you who don’t know, I am currently writing an action-adventure zombie novel, which you can read in its first draft here. So for me, that is super cool. As for the others, they are probably more likely Virginian sites! Situated in the east of the USA, Virginia is the 12th most populous but 15th smallest state! It was named Virginia after Queen Elizabeth the First – England’s famous Virgin Queen in the late 1500s. Famous for the Blue Ridge mountains and stunning nature, it is definitely a place I would like to visit one day! Thanks Brook for these amazing cards!

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Winter Is Coming (warning against little eyes…)

postcards_2Just a heads up, if there are little eyes looking at this, it might be in your best interest to not focus too much on the quotes in this picture.

With that out of the way, this wonderful surprise came from Jan in Canada. I was so thrilled to get it! Only a few more weeks until Season 4 hits our screens. In the meantime I am still working my way through the mammoth books, but man are they good! If anyone doesn’t know what this card is of – it’s two sigils from Game of Thrones (the Stark direwolf and the Lannister Lion) filled with some of the most fantastic, hilarious and witty quotes from the programme. I just love this card!

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Romantic Badger

postcards2_2This cute card comes from Snjezana in Bosnia and Herzegovina and it is so cute! She has also used some awesome stamps on the front. It may not be Valentine’s yet, but this little guy is sending love through this screen to you!

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