28 May 2009

Postcard Festival: Wheels go round and round!


If postcards of bygone days and modern subjects interest you, make sure to see the first Festival of Postcards at Evelyn Yvonne Theriault's blog, A Canadian Family.

The new carnival is for bloggers to share their love of vintage and modern postcards, and some two dozen bloggers (some international) participated in this inaugural edition.

The topic was wheels, and entries showed bicycles, boats, cars and trains, water wheels and oil derricks, spinning wheels and amusement park rides. Cards included old black-and-white, shiny chrome, and subjects went from serious to funny.

Categories ranged from motorized transportation, non-motorized transportation, wheels in the workplace, to grab bag. Some two dozen bloggers participated. See the article link above.

The deadline for the next Postcard Festival is June 20, and the topic is Main Street. Interpret it literally or creatively. The post should contain the front and back of the card, its size and other details.

Another way to participate is an article on the topic of deltiology. Evelyn asks bloggers to share their expertise and passion and answer why you collect cards, how you got started and whether your collection serves a specific purpose.

Sounds like this Postcard Festival may really fly! I'm guessing "wings" will be a future topic.


  1. Thanks for the comments, Schelly.
    Wings was on my list for future topics. I guess "great minds think alike"
    Evelyn in Montreal

  2. This post is interesting. I collect historic and vintage photographs and my collection also includes a few old postcards.

    I have a post card ( 1918) of Nashville's Temple Cemetery. In 2004 Temple Cemetery was added to the Register of Historic Places.

    The Nashville cemetery was established in 1851 and was financed by the Ladies Working Society, with funds derived from sewing burial shrouds and from bazaars.

    "Nashville’s Temple Cemetery offers, in capsule form, a taste of the rich history of the city’s Jews".

    "In one section there rests Zadock Levy, who, with eight nephews in tow, arrived in “Music City” from Bavaria in the 1850s and promptly opened a clothing store that exists to this day. In another there is Judah Bloomstein, once one of the city’s wealthiest Jews, who was imprisoned in 1863 for smuggling supplies to the Confederates. And in still another spot is Dr. Jacob Mitchell, one of the cemetery’s three original founders. A maverick, he rejected traditional medicine in favor of the roots and herbs used by the area’s Native Americans." (from an article titled "Nashville's Temple Added To Register Of Historic Places", written by Jennifer Siegel)

    Our cities founders James and Charlotte Robertson are buried in City Cemetery. Established in 1820 it is Nashville's oldest public cemetery. The founding of Temple Cemetery less than thirty years later reflects the place the Jewish community holds in Nashville's early history. More than 3,000 members of Nashville's Jewish community are buried in the historic cemetery. The names of those interred there is available online. A link to that list of names if posted on the sidebar of Nashville Past And Present.

    I know this is not the direction you were going when you wrote this post, but it is where my mind took me..........

    Thanks for providing so many interesting article.


  3. Hi, Betsy - Thanks for such an interesting glimpse into Nashville's Jewish history. We should suggest "Cemeteries" for one of Evelyn's next Postcard Festivals. Thank you for writing.

  4. Hi, Evelyn - see Betsy's comment. Maybe "Cemeteries" might be a good future topic? The Postcard Festival was a great idea! I have an album filled with postcards collected by my grandfather when he served in the Jewish Legion's 39th Royal Fusiliers in Palestine in 1916-1918. All I have to do now is find it and scan in the photos. He had also added plants and flowers between the pages, which adds another dimension to the images.