Thursday, September 17, 2009

Say it with bananas

Nothing sends love like a banana

One of my fabulous postcard correspondents from The Fountain Pen Network sent me this vintage postcard, which I just adore. Bananas?? Awesome. It has a raised texture (which should be more visible in the next photo), and someone (not my pen pal) wrote "Love to Lizzie, Ella" on the front.

"postcard" in 19 languages

Competing for top awesomeness honors is this bit on the back, which says "postcard" in 19 languages. The sender and I agree that this postcard must have originated outside the USA. I don't really know how old it is, but I find it utterly charming.


  1. I find it utterly charming too . thanks for sharing and posting this .

  2. It also says "World Postal Organization" - "Weltpostverein". I think it might have come from Germany. (But I'm biased ;))

  3. Before World War I, almost all postcards sold in the US (and Europe as well) were made in Germany. Only after that source became politically incorrect did any serious manufacture of postcards begin here.

    I have an old Glasgow postcard that I believe was made in Germany, but its origin was disguised; my guess is because of the war.

  4. You know, with that info, Chris, I wonder if I can do some sort of research project as to why the Germans are bigger fan of letters/stationery/pens/etc. than we are...