Hello! After a downright "balmy" couple of days with temps in the upper 40's, winter returned today with a bit of snow and much colder air. Sigh. Have to take the weather as it comes, I know, but most folks here around undoubtedly join me in wishing for warm weather to arrive for good!
But that may be awhile yet, so I thought it was a good time to dig through my collection of vintage postcards and think spring (or summer)with scenes of palm trees, beaches, motel pools and other warm weather delights. Enjoy!
The southernmost location of the postcards I'm showing off today - Panoramic view from Hotel La Borda, Taxco, Mexico.
On to California!
Palm tree, blue water and sailboats from Mission Bay Park, San Diego.
More palm trees, more blue water - and a "gorgeous geranium bed" at Palisades Park, Santa Monica. Looks very pretty, doesn't it?
An even prettier scene above - this is Dana Point, "between Laguna Beach and San Clemente", the back of the postcard informs.
Scenery of a different sort - here, a "sweater girl" poses in a California orange grove.
Our last stop today is Florida.
Venice Hotel, St. Petersburg. Cars looks to be 1960's-era. "Close to Beach; Excellent Fishing".
Fort Lauderdale - "Airview of the beautiful beach with the hotel row behind". Can't help but wonder how much different this airview would look today.
My favorite postcard of the bunch:
On top, the heading reads "Too Busy to Write" and at the bottom it says "Check Items Carefully". In between are a number of categories, each with phrases to check off. It's meant to indicate how the vacation has been going thus far.
The postcard wasn't sent, but someone had, indeed, checked off something from most of the categories. If written out, the message would have read:
HELLO GANG. I JUST BLEW IN. AND I NEED SOME SLEEP. THIS BURG IS A SWELL JOINT. AND I AM FEELIN' FINE. IT MUST BE NIGHT LIFE. PILES OF SWELL FOLKS. (underlined sections indicate the checkmarked statements.)
Sounds like that long-ago vacationer had had a good time down in sunny Florida, since after all one of the possibilities for "this burg is..." was "dead". And he or she could have finished "And I am..." with "in a jam"!
If faced with this type of postcard on a vacation, I'd probably think it was rather tacky, but today it struck me as amusing. Maybe these postcards of beaches, open water and greenery went to my head!
Or maybe I just am wishing for warm weather.