Scottish Thistle Postcard

I’ve had some good mail days recently:

I wanted to share this particularly lovely postcard sent to me by my friend Laura:

It was an old, used postcard with a postmark from 1912.  Laura wrote a new note around the old note, writing perpendicularly to the original message, popped it in an envelope and sent it my way.  It was something old and something new at the same time!  What a wonderful treat to find in my mailbox.

I especially loved the Robert Burns quote in the upper left:  “Heaven spare ye lang to kiss the breath o’ mony flowery simmers.”  Yes, please.

5 Replies to “Scottish Thistle Postcard”

  1. Thanks for the shout out, Dana! I’m so glad you liked it, and so happy you’ve inspired me to find treasures like that and actually do something with them 🙂

  2. Oh Dana, this is a treasure of a postcard! Such lovely artwork and a wonderful quote. I’d be tempted to frame it myself. I’m finding that I want to frame more and more of the things I get in the mail.


    1. That gives me a great idea for a wall collage of small, framed mail treasures! Better than taping them all over my “inspiration wall” as I’ve been doing lately.

  3. Hi, Dana, good afternoon.
    I read about your blog in the Boston Globe, and I share your concerns about the decline in letter writing and the use of the Postal Service. Even though I adore email, I always send postcards to nearly 40 friends and relatives from vacation and frequently drop notes to my niece and nephew, who are away in college. I shouldn’t be surprised that they check their mailboxes only very irregularly, usually when my sister reminds them, via text, that my notes often contain a small cash enclosure. What seems more strange to me is that they are increasingly indifferent to emails and voicemails, as well, preferring to communicate only via smart phones and text. (I neither text nor tweet nor slavishly dote on a Facebook page.) Both of them are good kids, write well and reply quickly regardless of the medium, but something is being lost when a written note is considered quaint, if not archaic.
    Steve Antinelli

    1. Hi Steve. Glad you stopped by! You’re so right about the trend to texting as the major form of communication among young folks. I have had some lovely correspondance with friends and family via email–it’s still possible to have meaningful communication that way–but the disjointed, curt, back and forth of texts just doesn’t lend itself, in my opinion, to a deeper connection with someone. I’m also an avid post-card sender–usually about 50 folks get cards from my longer trips. And people tell me they love getting them. One friend moved a postcard I sent her from her fridge in Minneapolis to her fridge in Huntsville. She mentioned that she still likes looking at it and thinking of me. Text messages can’t do that!

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