Thursday, August 29, 2013

Postcard Diaspora: Delray Beach, FL, 1956

Postcard mailed from New Orleans to Delray Beach, Florida, on December 8, 1956. Message: Dear Ones:- Is about 4 o'clock. I have been up town or down. Saw inside this church. Lady on train from Baton Rouge told me how to get there. Met another gal down there in front or in lobby of Monteleone Hotel, were on Canal St & Royal, French qtr. Shopped some. Skipped tour as began to rain so came back to Depot. Enjoyed eats so much yesterday. Have some of course for rest of trip. Thanks so much for everything you did. Also for two things I failed to mention. My brain that fails to work, the things I should say, when I'm blank. Hated so much to leave you. Hope Mama was not worse today. Love to all, Pearl. [In margin] Will stretch out a little tonite, I hope. No room between seats on Gulf Wind either. Got reservation O.K. Middle of coach. It was just on the way. I'll mail this to the Delray Beach address today.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Postcard Diaspora in One Place

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Postcard Diaspora: Akron, OH, 1966

Postcard mailed from Jacksonville, Florida, to Akron, Ohio, on May 25, 1966. Message: Hello George. We arrived here this morning. We were on the bus all day and nite auffuly tired. Love Elsie. I'll mail this to the Akron address today.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Postcard Diaspora: Kent, OH, 1959

Postcard mailed from Purvis, Mississippi, to Kent, Ohio, on September 30, 1959. Message: We are staying here tonight - Bill is too sick to get out of bed - food poisoning. Hope he is able to travel tomorrow. We are 160 miles from New Orleans yet. Love, Lois. I'll mail this to the Kent address today

Postcard Diaspora: Ravenna, OH, 1970

Postcard mailed from Copenhagen, Denmark to Ravenna, Ohio, on August 29, 1970. Message: Hi folks. Weather is fine here. The plane did not make me sick. Love, Helen. Also, next to the caption, which reads "Our Savior's Church. Tower can be climbed on outside staircase," Aunt Frances wrote, "We didn't." I'll mail this to the Ravenna address today.

By the way, here is the note that I enclose with every postcard I mail back:

Hello, I’m an artist and writer based near Washington, DC. I’ve long been fascinated by often overlooked everyday objects that nevertheless have their own specific history.
 With this in mind, I purchased old postcards in bulk to re-send to their original destination as a way for current residents to connect their home to the past. Postcards are so often thrown out and ephemeral; I enjoy the frozen moments in time they provide, no matter how banal the messages they bear may be. I hope you don’t mind receiving the enclosed postcard. I encourage any feedback you might have, so please email me at [my email] or write to me at [my address].

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Postcard Diaspora: Gardena, CA, 197?

Postcard mailed from Turkey to Gardena, CA, in 197?. Message: So far we have had a very nice time. Rained yesterday but nice today. We have seen 6 of the 7 churches. Tomorrow we go to Ephesus, etc. Feeling fine so far but am very tired tonight. Dr. Estep gives us an hours lecture tonite. Trust all is well at home. Love Mom. I'll mail this to the Gardena address tomorrow.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Postcard Diaspora: Portland, OR 1971

Postcard mailed from Israel to Portland, OR, on 6/20/1971. Message: Dear Mom: I am sorry I ran into some difficulty as I got dehydrated and someone stole my travelers checks in Cairo. Please do not worry as I will explain it all to you when I arrive at home. I am very glad I took this trip as it has wet [sic] my appetite to travel to this part of the world again. This has indeed been a fast moving tour. Lyle. I'll mail this to the Portland address today.