Keep Calm and Carry On

I haven’t uploaded a new postcard for a while. But I found one tucked away in a drawer. It’s ever so British. Ever wondered where the Keep Calm And Carry On phrase sprang from a few years ago? It was created for posters in World War II to keep the collective chin up in the event of a German invasion. Happily, the posters weren’t needed. Unless you lived in the Channel Islands.

Would you like this postcard? It’s free! As are all the postcards in the archive awaiting new owners. Just check out the Postcards page and then follow the instructions. Certain rules apply, which may be made up as I go along and are liable to change without notice. But otherwise, it couldn’t be easier.

Keep Calm and Carry On
Keep Calm and Carry On

Keep Mum

The gift shop at the Churchill War Rooms was full of interesting stuff. There were copies of the handbooks handed out to British troops invading Germany, giving them handy tit bits of info on how to treat the Germans they came across. There was another one for Americans explaining how they should behave in Blighty. Some of the contents were hilarious – you can read it here.

There were lots of wartime posters available for sale too. At extortionate prices. Most of them were also in postcard form though, at a much more reasonable price. Under a pound, if I remember rightly. I liked the one I’ve added below. Mrs P was drawn to it – what does ‘Keep Mum’ mean, exactly? It’s not a phrase you here much today.

The card sums up an era in several ways. The language. The war. The fact that women are a bit stupid. Ah, that last one. Stupid. Women would disagree, and they’d be right. The card sums up just how far we’ve come since the 1940’s, when a female wasn’t expected to be able to understand ‘man talk’, let alone remember it, analyse it and pass it on. We know better now. Although, of course, women still can’t drive. Pft.

Do you like the postcard? It could be yours…..click here.

Keep Mum $5
Keep Mum $5

Postcard Paywall

My Paywall post turned out to be an April Fools joke. But the idea of making money from my blog remains appealing. I have in the past, as you may know, monetized this blog in a few ways. I’ve come up with a new idea. Do you remember when I used to send off postcards to lucky recipients when I lived in Mexico? I quite enjoyed that. Seeking out unusual cards, and finding new people to send them too.

I’ve decided to revive that idea. With a financial twist. In other words, I’d like to sell some postcards. I suspect they’ll move more slowly that when I sent them for free, but still. One can but try Worse case scenario? I will have a nice collection of postcards! I have two to kick things off. Both from the Netherlands. Zaanse Schans to be precise. It’s a Mecca for windmill tourists, about half an hour outside Amsterdam on the bus.

Would you like one of these cards? How much, I hear you ask. I’ve plumped for $5 per card. After postage, that’ll leave me with a $2 profit, mas o menos. Some cards cost more, so check the value of each card.  It’d be nice to shift one once a month, anyway. We’ll see. Click here for details on how to get one of these cards.

A Hollywood Moment

There’s a famous film star in this photo. Mrs P noticed the person strolling by, not I. It made her day. Who is he or she? Typically, in  Brit quiz style, you’d be asked to send in your answers on a postcard. But today, you can post your entries in the comments and I’ll send a London postcard to the first person who guesses correctly. You haven’t got the faintest idea? Have a wild stab in the dark anyway. For every wrong answer, I’ll provide a clue. You can keep making guesses, there’s no limit.

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World Cup Give Away #8

This postcard is a pretty special postcard, even if I do say so myself. Almost mint condition, it’s a 40 year old commerative card from the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. It’s a full two years older than I am. The lettering and symbols are also made of a cloth type material. Funky! How often do you get the opportunity to get something this cool, for free?!

Want it? It can be yours. All you have to do is leave a comment in this post, then use the Contact page to send me the address you want it posted too. Simple as that. Anyone can claim them, providing you haven’t already claimed one of the World Cup Give Aways. You should also let me know if you want the card itself stamped and addressed, or if you’d prefer it in an envelope to preserve it.

World Cup Give Away #1

For the last year or so I’ve been sending postcards around the world to random visitors to my site. I started that having been sent a card by another blogger. It seemed a cool idea. I carried it on, because it was my little bit to help promote Mexico in a more positive light, what with all the doom and gloom Swine Flu/ Narco War press the country was getting last year. Now I do it just because….well, just because.

But it seems a popular idea, so I thought, for the upcoming World Cup, I’d do something similar. But different. Over the next ten weeks I’m going to give away World Cup souvenirs/mementos/bits and bobs. All with a Mexican flavour. Ten weeks, ten items. None of them are going to be big, because then the postage will cost me an arm and a leg. None of them will be expensive, because quite frankly I’m a bit of a tight fisted bastard. But they’ll all be cheery!

And they won’t all be postcards either. Except for this first give-away. Which is a postcard. Of the mighty Azteca stadium. The only stadium to have hosted two World Cup finals. The scene of Brazil’s 4-1 thrashing of Italy in 1970, considered by most people to be the greatest final of them all. And the earlier game in that tournament between Italy and Germany, regarded by some as the greatest game ever played in the World Cup full stop. It was here Maradonna bewitched the English defence and scored arguably the greatest World Cup goal of all time. And in the same match he gained infamy for his ‘Hand of God’ incident. Before leading Argentina to victory over Germany in the final.

It’s an awesome stadium. I’ll be there to watch Mexico versus Chile in a few weeks time – I’m sure I’ll find something cheap there to give away. We’ll see. Until then, here’s the postcard. Want it? Leave me a comment to claim it, and then send me an email thru my Contact page to tell me where to send it. Anyone and everyone, wherever you are in the world, are perfectly eligible to claim it. Even you, señor Maradona. Although I may have a little accident and spit on the card instead of the stamp before I post it… 🙂

Popocatapetl Postcard

Volcanoes are the flavour of the month, so the news sites tell me. Although the flavour has left rather a bitter taste in the mouth for a lot of poor tourists who found themselves stuck in foreign lands. Lucky buggers. Does travel insurance include volcano payouts? Or are volcanoes covered by that nasty little bit of fine print, headed ‘Acts of God’?

We have a nice big active volcano sitting right on the edge of Mexico City, Popocatapetl. Next to it lies Iztaccihuatl, which is dormant, or extinct. I can’t remember which. Popo has been in a pretty much continuous state of eruption since the 90’s and has on occasion sent a cloud of ash to descend on Mexico City.

But anyway, I saw this postcard in Sanborns and just thought it was so very appropriate. Would you like it? If you want this postcard, leave a comment, quickly. First come, first served. Anyone who hasn’t claimed one before can claim it. Just leave a comment and tell me what address to post it to using the Contact form. Anywhere in the world is fine.  As easy as that. No strings attached If this card is already claimed, you can check the Postcards page and see if there are any others available.

Tula Postcard

Here’s another postcard up for grabs, for anyone who might wander past this page. If you want this postcard, leave a comment quickly. First come, first served. Anyone who hasn’t claimed one before can claim it. Just leave a comment and tell me what address to post it to using the Contact form. Anywhere in the world is fine.  As easy as that. No strings attached. Well….I may ask a small, but non obligatory  favour! If this card is already claimed, you can check the Postcards page and see if there are any others available.

Xochimilco Postcard

Here’s another postcard up for grabs, for anyone who might wander past this page. If you want this postcard, leave a comment quickly. First come, first served. Anyone who hasn’t claimed one before can claim it. Just leave a comment and tell me what address to post it to using the Contact form. Anywhere in the world is fine.  As easy as that. No strings attached. Well….I may ask a small, but non obligatory  favour! If this card is already claimed, you can check the Postcards page and see if there are any others available.

Chinelos Postcard

Near Cuernavaca is a small town called Tepoztlan, home of some crazy dancers who don some pretty far out costumes before parading through the streets to the sound of a marching band. I took a video of a gang of them last year in Xochimilco. Anyway, I found a cool postcard featuring these guys. Want it? It can be yours….all you need to do is leave a comment claiming the card and then send me the address you want it posted to using my Contact page. Has it already been claimed? Perhaps there’s another card waiting to be claiming – check out the Postcard page.

Yucatan Postcard

I have brought back three postcards from my trip. Here’s the first. The others will follow as surely as night follows day. Want it? Just leave a comment claiming it, then send me the address you want it posted to by using the form on the Contact page of this blog. Simple as that. Anyone can claim it, so long as you haven’t had one out of me before!

Postcard from Museo Rufino Tamayo

I didn’t give the Rufino Tamayo Museum the best review in the world, but I did buy a postcard. The final card of the year! I’m sure I’ll bring back a card or two from Merida, but they’ll not be available till next year. Want it? I’ll send it to anyone, anywhere in the world. As long as I haven’t sent you a card before, anyway!  It’s just my little thing to help promote Mexico. I guess it helps promote my blog too! All you have to do is leave a comment in this post to claim it, then send me the address you want me to post it to using the Contact page.

Camels and Cards

This post is the result of two of my recent posts. One about my trip to an antique market and the availability of Hitler dolls and other weird stuff – I got a comment asking if there were any cigarette cards there. Another post about ‘noisome regulations’ started a conversation about smoking in restaurants here in DF. Or not, depending upon the application of the law. Legislation is produced as furiously here as anywhere, but obedience is generally seen as a voluntary, self regulated thing.

Enforcement by the police or other authority is patchy, and often dependent on the size of the proferred ‘mordida’. Aka ‘bribe’. The result can sometimes border on anarchy. But the ban on smoking in restaurants was, to my utter astonishment, almost completely obeyed. You can still smoke if the eatery or bar has a patio, or outside area. But inside – it’s a big no no. You can’t even smoke in malls…

Back to the cigarette cards though. I got to the market late this week, and most of the stalls were either gone or in the act of being packed into boxes and loaded into weary, battered old pick ups, vans and other near dead automobiles. But I did find the Camel stall still going strong, and it looked like amongst the collection of Camel memorabilia, there were some cig cards at the back. Of more interest to me were the postcards. I bought this one for the bargain price of 5 pesos, and if you want it, it’s yours. Just leave a comment below, and send me a mail using the Contact page to tell me where to send it to.

I’ve always liked the artwork produced by the cigarette companies, I have to admit. In the UK it’s a thing of the past, with legislation banning advertising and any other form of promotion. It’ll happen here too soon, I’m sure. But for the moment, cig art survives. I guess the tobacco companies have to try hard with their artwork and imaginitive promotion, considering what the product does to its users. Packaging death and disease to look cool and relaxing isn’t something that can be done on the cheap.

But anyway, if you want this card, and anyone at all from any country is welcome to it, just follow the instructions as detailed above. If it’s already gone, maybe the Toluca postcard is still available, or you can check out my Postcard page for any others that have been added since and remain ‘unclaimed’.

Las Vegas Postcard

Last year, August 2008 to be price, I got married in Milwaukee and went to Las Vegas for the honeymoon. This was all done with my wife, naturally. I bought quite a few postcards in Vegas and gave them to the missus for safe keeping. So safely did she keep them, that we didn’t see them again till earlier this week when we went through some bags.

And it seemed fitting to send one of them, the one below, to one lucky reader of my blog. Want a postcard of Las Vegas, sent from Mexico City? There’s gotta be some ‘bizarre’ value in that. Just leave a comment to claim it, and send me the address to post it to through the Contact page of my blog, and it’ll be on its way.

If it has already been claimed, check out the Postcard page by clicking here. At the time of writing there is still a postcard from Toluca up for grabs. The offer is open to anyone, anywhere – you don’t have to be a regular reader.