Monday, August 19, 2013

Weekly Art Challenge-Post Cards

Happy Monday everyone!  For this week's challenge, I thought we could focus on postcards.  In fact, later in the week we'll unveil a special postcard-related swap so stay tuned!

Postcards were a common way to communicate with someone far away at very little cost.  They were often used for advertising purposes.
They were certainly cheap to mail.  Remember penny postcards?   For those of us who didn't want to write long letters, the space seemed just right, though I never quite had enough room.
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As a child, every time I took a trip somewhere there would be postcards to purchase.  Hotels and motels even had free ones to advertise their locations.   I remember sending a postcard to a friend, then returning home before their postcard arrived in the mail.  I guess my trips were always too short.

From Dover Publications
 Often postcards have a humorous message. 


There are lots of postcards with a specific theme that have no written message.


Wackystuff on Flickr

 I'm often drawn to the vintage postcards featuring performers or people in fun costumes.  This one looks like a hand-tinted photograph of a dancer.
Lots of vintage postcards remind us of past fashion trends and capture vignettes of people and what was important in their lives.


 Some postcards are just plain pretty, with images of flowers.


And of course, we must not forget the importance of holiday postcards. 
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Postcards come in various sizes, but the most common size seems to be 4 x 6 inches.  So for this challenge you can create a 4x6 postcard of your own.  If you'd like some postcards to work from, you can download them here.  It can be funny, pretty, silly, romantic, reminiscent of a place or event, or just about anything you can imagine.  Link up your postcard no later than noon EST on Sunday, August 25.  Be sure to leave a comment after you post.  And check back later this week for the information on the swap.  It's going to be a fun one!
See you soon,
Lou Anne
aka Misplaced Mermaid

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4 comments:

Deann said...

Thank you for such great original challenges...

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peggy gatto said...

I love the size and convenience of postcards, my fav type of mail!!

Jez said...

Beautiful samples, and I enjoyed making mine so much.

PetraB said...

Wonderful samples, so inspiring! Thank you for this challenge.

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