Obviously, I’ve been neglecting my posting responsibilities re: Month of Letters. But this is a low-stress, just-for-fun blog, right? No pressure. I’m here now and that’s what matters. 🙂 So far, I have kept my commitment to send a letter, note, postcard, and/or greeting card every day during the month of February. I focused my efforts on letters, but I did send a few postcards. I also received lots of great postcards over the last two weeks, so I’ve just got to share.
First, I must correct a minor error in my last post, Tiny Photo Gallery and a Piano-Playing Panda. I thought I sent the panda to my partner, but I found it days later sitting in a stack of postcards next to my desk. This polar bear with his penguin audience is what I sent:
Happy Animal Time by Junzo Terada
This is actually the (inside) cover of the collection, but it features the image. Since I scanned the wrong postcard, I don’t have a copy of this one. 😦 The good news is my partner loves the postcard! Now, who will get the “Piano-Playing Panda”?
In honor of Black History Month, I sent out a couple of postcards that feature prominent African Americans:
Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) by Betsy Graves Reyneau (1888-1964)
Oil on Canvas, 1943-1944
“Mary McLeod Bethune believed that the route out of poverty for African Americans was education. In 1904, with her funds totaling $1.50, she acted on that conviction to establish a normal-industrial girls’ school in Daytona Beach, Florida. Within a decade, the school was thriving and on its way to becoming Bethune-Cookman College.
In the 1930s, Bethune served as adviser to the New Deal’s National Youth Administration and was a member of the unofficial “black cabinet” that sought to move the government toward curbing racial discrimination. In these capacities, she contributed to implementing some of the first meaningful measures toward requiring equal opportunity for black job-seekers in federal employment and the nation’s defense industries.
Hanging in the background of Bethune’s portrait is a picture of Faith Hall, the first major building erected at Bethune-Cookman. At the time the likeness was done, Bethune had no physical need for the cane that she holds. Instead, she regarded it as stage prop that, as she put it, gave her ‘swank'” (from the National Portrait Gallery website, Smithsonian Institution).
I sent Bethune to a colleague in New Orleans who served in the public school system for many years before transitioning to university teaching. She has always admired Bethune, so I’m sure she appreciates this surprise treat.
Harry T. Burleigh by Laura Wheeler Waring
Oil on canvas, not dated
“Although his name is relatively unknown, Harry Thacker Burleigh (named Henry after his father) played a significant role in the development of American art song, having composed over two hundred works in the genre. He was the first African-American composer acclaimed for his concert songs as well as for his adaptations of African-American spirituals. In addition, Burleigh was an accomplished baritone, a meticulous editor, and a charter member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).” (from the Library of Congress website. See H.T. Burleigh for more information).
Burleigh is on his way to a 14-year-old pianist who lives in Russia. I thought she would appreciate learning about another composer.
Here are the other postcards I sent over the last two weeks:
Now, here’s my own little shower of received postcards (Click on each image for a closer look):
Grandma’s Dead: Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals
Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, (c) Disney, based on the “Winnie the Pooh” works of A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard
Zandvoort, Prawn Fishing/Garnalen vissers (c) Evert Nihot
Beijing, the Capitol of China
Mamayev Kurgan, a memorial to the heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad. The original burial mound was 102 meters high. Stalingrad was later renamed Volgograd.
from Polina in Russia
from Polina of Russia
Some of Singapore’s Landmarks. The Helix Bridge (on the left), inspired by DNA, is the world’s first double-helix structure.
The Islands of the Bahamas
Yummy Hershey’s Kisses were first introduced by the Hershey Chocolate Company on July 1, 1907, in what is now the own of Hershey, Pennsylvania. The plume, or flag, was added fourteen years later.
Swap-bot Castlequeen’s Vibrant iPhone Rainbow, Fort Mill, North Carolina
DC Comics, No. 244, June 1959, Artist: Sheldon Moldoff
National Museum of American History–Ceremonial Court, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 2007
I received several more postcards (vintage churches, Alexander Pushkin Museum in Russia and more); I’ll highlight those in later posts. For now, enjoy my little bit of postcard heaven!