Don’t Forget To Write: Traveling And Postcards

One of our favorite things to do together is to go antique shopping. I often browse for things related to travel and national parks. The last antique place we went to was Orange Tree Antiques Mall and while we were there I found this booth with piles of postcards. I started looking for my favorite national parks and found some truly unique ones. At first, I wasn’t paying any attention to the letters on the back until I came across one that really caught my eye. After this, I started paying closer attention and found some really cool postcards that I would like to share with you. Even though I do not know these people, it feels so personal reading their words and getting a glimpse at the time and place they wrote them.

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“Wherever you go, go with all of your heart.” – Confucius

March 2nd, 1964. The front of the postcard is a picture of the Virgin Isle Hilton Hotel in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Dear John,

Many thanks for the specimen sheets. They will do handsomely. Nothing further has developed and I doubt it will, for this summer at least. Teaching at N.Y.U, with it’s resources that we take for granted, is vastly different from teaching down here. Best to all.

Ralph

July 12th, 1953. The front of the postcard is pictured below. I love this one because in the picture you can clearly see the “X”.

Dear Mom & Dad,

We got this far last night by leaving Tampa at 5:30. The “X” is the cabin we had. They were clean and not too expensive. We stopped quite often and didn’t get too tired. Had a picnic lunch with us.

Love Betty & Jon

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“You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t choose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.” – Anita Septimus

August 13th, 1953. The front of the postcard shows the Hoover Dam and the Switchback Highway on the Arizona side.

We are still enjoying our trip. We missed your note. Don’t you wish Daddy could see this dam. Take care of yourself. Be good.

Love,

Mother

There isn’t a date on the next postcard. It has a beautiful picture of Amsterdam on the front which is pictured below. It was sent from Amsterdam to North Carolina.

Today we rode on this boat floating on the canals in Amsterdam – Anna ate lunch at McDonald’s here! Last night we slept on a beautiful, large ferry boat – Anna got to sleep on the top bunk – yesterday we visited Cambridge university – tell Daddy that’s where “Chariots of Fire” took place – there were 2 little boys on the ship last night – one 2 the other 4 – reminded me of my 2 little boys – I love you.

Mama

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“I would rather own a little and see the world than own the world and see a little.”
—Alexander Sattler

January 7th, 1946. The front of the postcard is a picture of Seneca Park Bridge in Louisville, Kentucky.

Vi,

You sure would like it here. Sun is nice and warm this morning. No snow anywhere.

Dad

Wednesday July 9th, 1975. The front of the postcard is the state of Colorado and in pen you can see where the person traced out their route.

Dear folks,

We sure are seeing Colorado. This is really beautiful country. The mountains still have some snow on them. It is cold at night and warm during the day. We have stopped here in Durango to stock up on food and wash clothes. Camping has been excellent.

Love Bob & Dot

Sun = 7-13-75 = Del Rio, Texas = We went to Mexico Today

The date for the next two postcards is unknown, but I was able to find two postcards sent from the same person. The first one is from Hotel Ken House Et Chutes Montmorency and the second postcard is from Chateau Frontenac Hotel in Quebec, Canada.

Practically no one speaks English where we are now. Last night we went to a French movie. It has been so cold and rainy but our spirits have not been dampened.

June

This is truly a magnificent hotel but we are now about 250 miles north of Quebec City in good fishing country. In fact Don caught one yesterday.

June

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“Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know “why” I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.”―Will Rogers

After reading through so many postcards while sitting on the floor of an antique store in Winter Park, Florida, I’ve been inspired  to write more postcards. I want to share my travels not only through social media and blogging. I reflected back on my experience in Yellowstone and if I was to write a postcard it would go something like this.

Dear Mom,

We arrived at Yellowstone late in the afternoon. We checked in at our campsite. The ranger said there was a bear in our loop the night before. Cory didn’t sleep well at all. Wish you were here.

Love John & Cory

I hope you have enjoyed reading through these stories and I hope you will pick up a postcard next time you go somewhere fun. Write to your favorite person and tell them about the fun you found.

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