Postcards the simple, inexpensive, and easy way to say “we are here and you aren’t”. Above is from The French Factrice, one of many websites devoted to them

Most postcards just show a picturesque view of a place, some try to be funny, and some became mini-posters, invested with great artistry and graphic design skill.

Above card entitled Fishermen 漁師 by Yamamoto Kanae, Japanese, 1882–1946

This and those following four are from Japan, part of the Leonard A. Lauder Collection. The originals now reside at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. See here.

Above card Japanese Postal Service 1905 Artist Unknown

Above card, showing a snappily dressed golfer with, however, little chance of hitting that ball is from 1933, Artist Unidentified. Title is Itohan of Kobe.

New years postcard with penguins 1921 Sugiura Hisui, Japanese, 1876–1965

Above card is a Printing Culture Exhibition Advertisement Artist Unknown.

Some 20,000 of these postcards live at the MFA Boston. Their website allows you to look through dozens of them and send an e-card if you want, as if you were on an e-holiday.

Leaving Japan, let’s do some globe hopping.

Here we are in Cairo Egypt, courtesy of the amazing Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City. Postcard above is the work of Lehnert & Landrock.

North to Sweden, a place called Leksand, northwest of Stockholm. Ever notice how the locals you meet when you travel are so colourful? And matching? Card is found here, published by Nordisk Konst, also in the collection of MetroPostcard of NYC.

South again, to Switzerland, and UP, way UP. This belongs to the “look what we did while you were working on the annual report” school of postcards, favoured by show offs. Published by Krille & Martin, Dresden, Bavaria, from MetroPostcard.

Ahhh, that’s better, here we are in Antibes, south of France Mediterranean sea level. This card published by Le Gilletta & Cie Nice, France, from MetroPostcard.

Hey, here we are on the good old The Canadian Rockies, Morain Lake, Alberta. The card was published in my home town by Camera Products, Vancouver, BC. Hand coloured by Ida Merle Spalding. Her husband Joseph took the photo. Thanks Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City for the above. They have lots, lots more

For a taste of friendly, small town America, you could do worse that to stop at Stevens Point Wisconsin, 250 miles northwest of Chicago. This card from Wild Postcard another fine and full house of (post) cards

But, if you’re like me, then the very word “holiday” mean BEACH. Here we are in Miami Beach in 1964, wintertime, apparently. This lovely image from here.

This postcard is in the collection of a historian named Larry Wiggins whose family goes way back in Florida.

And north to good old Coney Island, another great postcard from from Metro. This one published by Postage Stamp Machine Co. Brooklyn, NY.

Time to get back home and back to work. Just a note before we go, National Post Card Week has just wrapped up. But don’t wait another year to send a postcard. Wherever you go, remember us here at the R of L. And have a wonderful time.

Above image from here.