SKS: Smithsonian Museum Vintage Picture

Sara turned a calendar into postcards and so I got this lovely view of the Smithsonian. And now that I look closely at the picture, I can see the top of the month and year at the bottom of the postcard.

Aside from a fun stamp with flan on it, she also shared some of the less-motivating stickers that she’s not sending her students. My favorite one says “good effort.”

Also, any mention of “flan” reminds me of the birthday flan in the television series Friends.

“07 16 SKS Postcard: Enjoy the Little Things

Another also-ran of the encouragement postcards Sara purchased for her students. It seemed a bit much for The Times We Live In, so I got it instead of her students.

Sara reports that she has finished her paid summer obligation and is now excited to have a break. It’s not been a great summer for Summer Sara, yet.

Found Postcards

As mentioned, I found a heap of postcards in a Little Free Library during our Irvington walk earlier this month.

Two of them had been written, sent, and received. I enjoyed reading old correspondence, and thought the internet would too. Here’s the first one.

I love that this was sent to what I assume are coworkers, and that those coworkers work at the Central Library.

V. had no idea when they wrote this, but in a mere 34 years this postcard would find a new reader.

First of all, this is a damn well written postcard. I can tell that Judy has probably been to France and talked of how fashionable people were. I hope she wasn’t too disappointed to learn of the decline. And I know that Paul likes French wine. Perhaps V. brought home a bottle to share.

And in so few sentences, so many interesting details! V. knows how to pick the best of traveling to report on.

Here is the second card:

I love that Sinclair Lewis stamp. He looks so much like an author.

I looked up the address and you can see it here. I checked Portland Maps to see if possibly MC Lamb might still live there, and found that the property is owned by Reach Community Development. I can’t tell if they owned the house in 1987 or not.

Reading this, I feel Paul’s pain. I hate when I want to send a certain image, or even certain genre of image to someone in postcard form and the museum doesn’t oblige.

It sounds like Paul spent his time well, though I can’t tell if Paul himself liked the Getty. He was excited about Benny Carter. Who, if I’ve got the right one, died in 2014. Actually, I don’t think that’s the right one. He started painting in 1991. It might be this Benny Carter. Paul could have gotten off topic and switched to musicians. Postcards can do that to you.

It’s also occured to me that this Paul might be the same Paul who liked wine on the previous postcard. But how did he get a postcard he sent?

That was a fun trip down other people’s memory lane! Thanks anonymous postcard donor. I wonder if you even know you gave away those cards.

SKS Postcard: White Eagle

Sara found this postcard and decided to send it to me. She had been using it as a bookmark and it was among her bookmarks.

She reports that the day she sent the card was both her mother’s birthday and a Friday.

The White Eagle is just down the road from my house, and it’s fun that a postcard from there came all the way from California. And probably did a stint in Minnesota, too!

SKS Dreams Plus a Postcard From Texas

My nitpicky nature has me immediately saying, “but what if you need a person to achieve your dream?????”

Sara says, “These were a few ‘I can’t send that to my students’ duds in this set of postcards I gave Jeff Bezos money for. You get to enjoy their just-off sentiment. I mean, do you feel encouraged by this? What does it even mean really?”

Clearly we are in agreement.

Rachel sent me this postcard so she could show me where she lives. It appears “Austin” has a lot of extra named towns that are part of it.

I think my favorite on this map is Pflugerville.