Monday, November 27, 2006
If you want to read about Absolut Bling-bling, just read the entry at style.com. I followed the link to www.absolut.com/blingbling and think it is absolut(e)ly the worst Flash site I have seen. Don't even try it unless you have a very fast internet connection.
The www.maxracks.com website is worth a visit, however. You can read about their cards and also send e-cards.
I checked out the web address on the back of the postcard: http://express.style.com which took me to www.style.com which turned out to be the online home of Vogue & W magazines. After some searching, I found http://www.expressfashion.com/ which is the Express stores website. It is a nice website if you are looking for fashion sites, but you can't order anything there. They advertise "see it here buy it in the store." At first I thought that was strange. When I thought about it, however, I realized that I actually prefer picking out an item online and then going to a local store to buy it.
I was interested to learn from the www.style.com website that the "item of the week" is Absolut Bling-bling, a limited edition bottle of Absolut vodka.
Friday, November 24, 2006
It's a nice fall day in Minnesota—the temperature was 44° early this morning. That's warm for Minnesota in late November. This advertising postcard is ©1991. That was the year we had 28" of snow for Halloween, and all of November felt like a disaster.
I wish I would get some nice postcards like this from credit card companies instead of all those fake credit cards stuck to letters and enclosed in envelopes. I just cut up every one of those without even opening the envelope.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Do you have any suggestions for postcard topics you would like to see? If you do, please submit a comment to this post. My collection includes a lot of topics, but this old Howard Johnson card seems to be the only one I have on suggestions.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Birthday postcards are not popular among collectors, so it is possible to find some nice antique cards for less than the price of a current greeting card. Sometimes I buy ones that I send to my sister. I have a few, like this one, that I keep for myself. I like the heavily embossed airbrushed ones. This one has velvety plush rose appliques which adds to its interest.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
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Saturday, November 18, 2006
I can't figure out which election it was for—probably either 1912 or 1940. Both the 1912 and 1940 elections were considered especially important, and both fell on November 5. The style of the card looks like it could be either.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Can you pick out former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura on this card?
I have not found free rack cards myself. I don't know whether they just aren't distributed in my area, or whether it is because I am not in the target audience of "twenty and thirty-somethings with high discretionary income." (The quote is from the Go Card Media Kit.) I enjoyed looking at their Media Kit which has examples of their cards and explains their advertising approach. A pdf version of their media kit can be downloaded at http://www.gocard.com/GoCARDMediaKit.pdf . The information and pictures are pretty much the same as what is on the website (http://www.gocard.com), but the pdf is easier to navigate. I couldn't figure out if Go Card is still in business. The website appears out of date.
I found an interesting postcard article when I was looking for info on rack cards: http://www.thegavel.net/2007.html . The article is by Pamela Apkarian-Russell who is known as the Halloween Queen and has written several books. The article talks about collecting both free rack cards and the early Art Nouveau and Deco Japanese cards—quite an unusual combination.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
I tried to find the origin of the idiom "let George do it" but was unable to do so. If you know where the phrase originated, please post a comment. Obviously this phrase has been in use for a long time. Most Americans would know what it means, but how did it originate?