This doesn’t fit!
Regular readers (all five of you!) might remember that we made a blog entry last February about theme categories. Right now more than 100 of these categories range from general (“Romance”) to very specific (“Buffalo Bill”). We also observed that some of these categories probably shouldn’t be there. But they cause no damage, and so there they sit.
Inevitably some cards just don’t fit anywhere. That’s why we have the 300 designation, for “No Specific Theme”. Generally, each card starting with 300 is there for one of two reasons: (A) we don’t have quite enough to open a new category, or (B) it’s too distinctive. Go ahead, review the list of all 100+ topics, and tell us where you would put the card we’ve used to illustrate this post. It’s not comic, it’s not romantic, it’s not about the prairie dogs, so?? As for (A), a good example might be cards of outer space. Over time we also learned which themes are more commercial, so we’ll just decide what to do as we go along. This is not a matter of strategy, but instead one of quantity. It’s nice to have at least 41 cards in each topic so they run over into a second page. Nice, but not necessary–especially when cards sell, and the total drops below that threshhold.
Special request: tell us what card categories you might like to see. At the same time, go ahead and suggest new blog topics. While the blog will stay open regardless, we want to keep it fresh. So your thoughts are more than welcome, and the Comments section just waits for you. Until next time …
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~Goloh replies: We leave this obvious hack in as a comment, having stripped it of its hyperlinks and all identifying information, just to show you what every Blog operator faces every day. Hackers come in, though there’s nothing in our website they can steal, no user information, nothing but their own time. They seem not to understand that our system flags every new comment and it is easy for us to delete these immediately. Going back several years to old Blog posts means they don’t care if nobody actually reads the comments, they just want to embed their links. We know many people with Blogs and they report the same situation. Usually it’s for casinos, but who knows, maybe next time it will be for presidential elections! We carry on …
I found a rather nice hotel in Beaune, the heart of the Burgundy region in France, After 3 days we said goodbye and in Paris I later found a 19th C postcard from Beaune featuring my hotel almost exactly as it was (it was not a hotel then!). I sent the card by mail and got a lovely surprise. Seems they had never seen any such postcard before. See how postcards enlarge the world – from Paris to Beaune, not too far but far enough apart!
~Goloh replies: Nice story. Yes. Recently we had an order for one of the airplane cards from a man who was onsite to help clean up the debris when that exact same aircraft crashed on landing. Many postcards do evoke personal stories and we enjoy hearing them.
I am not a collector of postcards but am intrigued looking at all the cards you have collected. Particularly the old ones that show the great cities we now spend hours sitting in traffic trying to get from one place to another. It is amazing to see that these cities once were traffic free and beautifully peaceful places where people moved at a much slower and relaxed pace. I also found a hundred year old postcard of the main high school (still in use) of my home town, Omaha. Keep finding these interesting cards.
~Goloh replies: You are so right. One of the specialised forms of postcard collecting is in finding views of a single city, changing over time, watching the buildings come up, sprawl, traffic, and so on. The only problem is that postcards usually just give the idealised view. At ground level, we know better.
We think the card deals with protecting the environment.
~Goloh replies: We think you’re right. And that triggers us to think outside the box a bit, as in a category for “Environment” or “Green”.
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