One daily challenge for me is deciding which postcard to post that day. Sometimes, I post late in the day because I can't face sorting through and choosing. Other times, I get on a theme and it makes my choosing a lot easier.
Conversely, it fascinates me to think about why postcard senders choose one card over another to send. Some go for the best representation of where they are, choosing a card that not only shows, for example, a famous landmark in London, but also says "London" over the visual. Others seek out the obscure, or choose photographs of a piece of art in a museum they've visited. Still others find funny postcards, picking pictures of outhouses, or donkeys, or whatever image tickles their funny bones. Finally, others are correspondents using poscards as a vehicle and this function can take a variety of forms.
This thought came to mind as I was sorting through another HUGE stack of postcards I received from my friend, Steve. (Thanks again, Steve!) Among other particularly interesting cards was a group of cards from the dioramas inside the Visitor Center at Grand Canyon National Park. [Note: It is very possible these dioramas no longer exist.]
My first reaction was, "why would anyone choose to send pictures of dioramas inside a visitor's center when there are so many pictures of the grandeur of the Grand Canyon?" Then I started reading the backs, which offered interesting, athough brief, natural history information.
These postcards are probably from the 1950s, produced in "Plastichrome" by Natural Color Company. I couldn't find a current Natural Color Company, except ones that are sellling "natural" color additives for food manufacturers. Yuck!
So here's your Grand Canyon geography and history lesson for today:
I have to confess I have always been fascinated by trilobites and whenever I go tidepooling, am convinced they still exist.
Kind of a big leap from 200 million years ago to 1540....."Don Garcia Lopez de Cardenos, one of Coronado's officers, led a small group of Spanish soldiers to the Grand Canyon in 1540. These first white men to see the Canyon were guided to the south rim by Hopi Indians."