Candid Responses to Meticulously Selected Postcards to Which the Curator Felt Prompted to Respond
Addressed to Ms. Danica Vanecek
Dear Danica - Hello! Here I am again in Egypt. It really is better the 2nd time around! I have Andy with me this time and he seems to be enjoying himself. We stayed in Cairo at the Mena House which was very nice. The city has developed so much since we were here last - new construction everywhere, more poverty than I remember - people not as friendly - amazed at blonds! Love, Linda.
Wow, I can’t believe you went with Andy to Egypt. I thought after that house party you two were done. At least he is enjoying himself, he was so sad last week. The Mena House sounds like a dream, thanks for all the adjectives and italics. So happy to hear about all the development; so strange that development and poverty are increasing at the same rate! Sad to hear that the people are not as friendly, I would think that your blonde hair would afford you many friends and admirers. I have been enjoying my time at home, alone, eating a lot of peanut butter and salted almonds.
Addressed to Mme. J. Trenham
Un petite pensée du Portugal le relèveras le moral, peut-être??? Endroit idéal pour vacances - soleil a la journée - pas de nuages - c’est vivre, quoi!!! Je t’en reparlerai a mon retour - amitiés aux autres! Ryane
Your postcard did little to raise my morale. I have been incredibly busy at the call centre and Andre has been a total dick lately. Thinking of you on a sunny day prompts several mid-afternoon cries over ban mihn sandwiches. Haven’t been talking much with any of our friends as they have been busy at loft parties listening to Jimi Hendrix. Can’t wait to see you! Bryain
Steel Band Barbados, West Indies, no date
Dear Phil + Jane,
This is not a painting. Rather it is an exact reproduction of what de band on de beach looks like after you drinkin rum soo-oo-o-o much. I be to de 12 oz size, it costing me jus under 2 doll fo de bottle (vintage January) so I go get plenty bottle, drink different amount from each one and be linin em up, I be line em up on de beach and hang em wit piece of coral, each bottle make a different sound!
Lobster Trap Still Life, no date
This is a letter from me travelling to you travelling. Are you back? Did you see Ontario? What is it like? What kind of people live there? Would you suggest that I go there sometime? Are the women friendly? I expect a full report when I get back. Love
I’m not back yet, I’ve been spending some time in Brussels doing surveys for the local paper. I’ve made a little home at this local cafe that serves coffee. I truly love it and I’m immersing myself in culture. I did see Ontario. Are you single again?
Addressed to Mrs. F.C.P. Roberts
We spent all day yesterday at this park and it would take a week to see it all. Due to rain this morning we went on a tour of the Heinz factory and this afternoon we visited the Jack Miner bird sanctuary. Am planning to return to Kingston on Saturday and to Montreal on Tues. or Wednesday. See you then! The weather here is hot and humid this afternoon.
Sounds like a great trip. The Heinz factory, like ketchup products? Did you get any gnarly samples? I’m here, going to underground shows and walking home alone and sleeping alone too. Been thinking about buying a pool for the kids this summer, they seem a bit cold lately.
Addressed to Mr. and Mrs. W. Trenham
Dear Jeannine and Bill and Judy,
We are here safe and sound
all is well
Mom is just fine, we are having a grand time.
We all send our love
and this is the name of our hotel
Sending love right back along with a short haiku.
too many boys are
growing up too fast while I
count leaves alone, cold