As I have mentioned in my profile, I am a collector. Apparently, this is something I have inherited. Not that I have inherited a lot of old collections. That would have been nice, but no. Among the very few things I have from my family is an envelope full of antique postcards. It seems my greatgrandmother collected them. They were saved by one of her daughters - my greataunt; sister of my grandmother. And now they are in my possesion. By chance. I have been scanning them, so that I may use the images in my mixed media work and thought perhaps some of you might like to have a look at a few.
This first one is not as old as the rest, as it was sent to my greataunt. The Red Square in Moscow, 1959
Riga (capital of Latvia, but at the time of this postcard, it belonged to Russia), this card is from 1899
Trollhättan Falls, Sweden in 1899
Notre Dame in Paris, 1903
Unfortunately, I don't know who sent these cards. But I am intrigued by the fact that my greatgrandparents knew some well traveled people in their time. After all, travelling around the world wasn't something everyone did, back then.