Thursday, March 20, 2014

Three old postcards to celebrate the first day of spring

It's 54 degrees and sunny outside, the wind is blowing trash cans all over the neighborhood, there's a seven-foot-tall pile of dead branches in our backyard, Opening Day is just 11 days away, and there's a hint of a chance that we'll get snow next Tuesday.


Water Skiing at Cypress Gardens
These are, of course, the aquamaids of the late, great Cypress Gardens in Florida, which closed in 2009. This postcard was produced by Koppel Color Cards of Hawthorne, New Jersey, and was mailed in 1959 with a three-cent Mackinac Bridge stamp. To read more about Cypress Gardens, see this 2011 post.

Grindelwald and the Wetterhorn
This beautiful postcard shows a flower-adorned building and two little girls1 in the Swiss village of Grindelwald, which sits in the shadow of the 12,000-foot Wetterhorn. Grindelwald dates to the 1100s and became a tourist destination in the late 1700s.

Berchtesgaden im Frühling
The caption on this Druck und Verlag postcard translates to "Berchtesgaden in the spring." Berchtesgaden is a small municipality in the German Bavarian Alps. It also dates to the 1100s and much of its history centers around salt mining.

Want more spring? Check out this 2011 post.

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