If there has been one message on a postcard i want to know the story behind it’s this one
Sent to France in 1982, the sender simply mentions that “Fuchsia [cottages, marked “O” on the postcard] has a garage, but not Rose [cottage, marked “X” on the postcard]”
I presume that they were booking a holiday retreat or perhaps expecting the French recipient to come and visit and wanted to ensure that they came to right place perhaps? It must have been nice to have your house in a postcard, I guess, but if the recipient needed this information, were the local signs not adequate? A mystery whose solution I’m sure is lost to the sands of time.
I wasn’t intending to do another 3-way card so soon, but this turned out this way when I tried to find a colour reference for the image (because the original was black and white) on Google. I’ve always wondered what makes some places noteworthy enough to merit their place on a postcard, and Cage End, Hatfield Broad Oak definitely made me ask that question. A search in Google found absolutely nothing of any significance at all, so I decided to look on streetview on google maps
When I saw the angle of the image, I hit upon the idea of pairing up the google streetview image with the original, but was sure I’d seen this done before. Admittedly it wasn’t exactly the same, but I still felt that it was cheating a bit and wanted to add my own touches to the piece anyway, so i decided to go ahead and watercolour it anyway.
This left me with 3 pieces, the original, the streetview image and my own “Kovacs-esque” image, so I figured , what the heck, let’s put them together and make it two 3-ways in a row. I’m sure Stripygoose would appreciate the consistency.
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And I do! Really neat to triangulate the three versions. What next?!?
I’m amazed it came together as the google Streetview photo was taken from a different angle. It’s always difficult to foresee what’s next in this, as I have 1001 ideas but only limited time. I can hardly believe in already on number 60, it doesn’t feel like that many at the moment. I thought I’d struggle for ideas by now
I think once you’re into it, one idea generates others along the way. Also, sometimes the idea is the materials eg the blow pens or a clipping for a collage.
What a great effect and an inspired idea to use Google Streetview! I’m still amazed that it only cost 19.5p to send a postcard to France compared to the £1.05 now – taking that forward the same number of years, it will be £1.90 in the year 2050! 😉
Worth every penny!?!
A penny was a big deal back then!
More than 500% increase. That can’t be right can it
Over 34 years – wonder how it compares to other price increases?
It’s about a 450% increase from 1982 to now, one of the best measures for price increases is beer – I’ve just checked and in 1982 a pint of larger cost 0.73p whereas now it’s about £4.50, an even bigger jump!