Month of Letters: Postcard Shower!

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:

Junzo Terada

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 (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 WaringOil on canvas, not dated

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:

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Now, here’s my own little shower of received postcards (Click on each image for a closer look):

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!

Month of Letters 2013: Turtles, Hearts and Postcards

It wasn’t hard to send on days 1 and 2 of the month. I had commitments to fulfill. 🙂 I sent six postcards and one card in an envelope with the back decorated for Valentine’s Day.

I sent postcards and a decorated envelope yesterday, February 1st. The two postcards that follow were sent for the “Send a Smile for 33 Cents” swap. I can rarely squeeze what I have to say onto one postcard, so my lucky partner will receive two. The second postcard was oversized, so this smile costs 78 cents, but the pleasure–for sender and receiver–is priceless!

Turtles basking at City Park in New Orleans (I miss City Park!).  Photo by Me!

Turtles basking at City Park in New Orleans. Photo by Me! Postcard printing by moo.

I love these turtles and I think I saw the same turtles practically every time we visited the park. It is my son’s favorite park, so we visited A LOT before we moved–at least once a week. I miss City Park!

Quilts of Gee's Bend

Quilts of Gee’s Bend

This postcard comes from the Quilts of Gee’s Bend postcard collection referenced in an earlier post, Swapping Faith and Books.

Okay, now, don’t judge me for my crazy and random envelope art. Usually, as I hope you can tell from other posts, my envelope decor is a bit more orderly and “clean.” In this case, I just looked at my V-day stickers and decided to use some of everything–rather randomly. I was in that kind of mood. Ask my son. He’ll let you know that I sang practically everything I said to him the same day I decorated this. I sat down and drew and colored the hearts with him at his desk to encourage him while he was finishing his homework. Not sure those hearts would be there otherwise. On the card enclosed, swappers had to write a Bible verse or quote. I chose 1 John 3:18: Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity). AMP

Random Hearts

Random Hearts

Today, I posted postcards for a “Superhero Postcard Swap” Two partners will receive two postcards each. Once again, I couldn’t fit everything on one card. Here are the cards I sent:

I’m not sure I have a favorite superhero, but if I have to choose, Batman it is! He’s “human” and he relies on skill and intelligence (and a few tools) to defeat his foes. Plus, I enjoy some of the wonderfully weird and whimsical super-villains. These postcards come from The Art of Vintage Comics collection of 100 postcards. Check out Superman’s expression in No. 247. And Batman and Robin losing to “the Bat-woman” (No. 233). Too funny! Catwoman is always awesome. Well, there was that one Catwoman who didn’t quite hit the mark…

Who’s your favorite superhero? Super-villain?