Monday, April 29, 2013

Postcrossing card from Minsk: Fairy tale characters

Have I mentioned how much of a blast I've been having with Postcrossing, the website that facilitates sending of postcards to and receiving postcards from people all over the world?

I'm not sure what I enjoy more — picking out and writing postcards or receiving postcards from others who still enjoy handwritten mail.

So far, I've sent more than two dozen postcards and I've received 21, each of which is an absolute treat. I mentioned my love of folklore and fairy tales in my Postcrossing profile, so I've received some neat postcards with that theme.

But part of the fun is sharing, too. And I've already received too much great stuff to pack into one blog post. So I'm going to share one received Postcrossing card every day this week at 7 p.m. Be sure to check back daily! (And I'll still be posting about other ephemera too, of course.)

Sender: Polina in Minsk, Belarus

Message: "On this postcard you can see the most Belarusian and Russian fairy tale characters. I hope you and your daughter like this. Best wishes!"

But where is Baba Yaga? Maybe she was too scary to include...

The postcard is also printed with the statement: "2012 — Year of Book. Children's books."

Indeed, I found a January 3, 2012, article from the Belarusian Telegraph Agency that states:
"MINSK, 3 January (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko signed Decree No 618 'On declaring 2012 the Year of the Book' on 30 December, BelTA learnt from the presidential press service.

"The decision was taken to enhance the role of the book and reading in the modern society, to nurture love to the art of declamation among the younger generation, to develop native literature and support the national book publishing industry.

"The head of state instructed the Council of Ministers to adopt an action plan to implement the Year of the Book.

"The announcement of the Year of the Book in Belarus shows that the issues of preserving spirituality, developing the Belarusian literature and culture are among the priorities of the state."

Way to go, Belarus!

Finally, this postcard has a terrific stamp. It appears to be a pixelated chicken.

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