31 May, 2012

Postcards @ the free lecture at the Central Post Office

I was expecting low attendance at the lecture. To my surprise, there were other postcard enthusiasts in the audience, including those from PostCrossing, as well as travel bloggers, photographers and guys from the Heritage Society.

When I arrived at the Manila Post Office, members of the Filipinas Stamp Collectors' Club were doing an auction of stamps and other collectibles. Other members were also selling stamps and postcards. I was lucky enough to grab 11 postcards for Php250 - a great deal for me since they were old (not century-old) Philippine postcards and San Francisco Bridge postcards. Nice addition to my collection.

The lecture was conducted by the Club's president, Dojie Lutera. He called the lecture "Old Manila," with postcards and photographs to show how beautiful old Manila was. 

I envy his old postcard collection that includes old Intramuros postcards - the gates and buildings inside the walled city - churches, Escolta scenes that keep changing in the course of time. I heard him say that he paid at least USD250 for one of his cards. Expensive, but for a collector like him, I know it was worth it.

I love all the postcards shown in the lecture. I just wished he had the postcards with him.

Parian Gate Postcard

Sta. Lucia Gate Postcard

Military House in Intramuros Postcard

19 May, 2012

Postcard-Related Events

If you are a postcard enthusiast like me, you might be interested in joining us in the following events:

From the Heritage Conservation Society Facebook Group page:
WHAT: FREE public lecture on old postcards and photographs featuring famous Manila landmarks, to be conducted by Mr. Dojie Lutera, President of the Filipinas Stamp Collectors' Club
WHERE: Post Office main building 
WHEN: May 20, 2012 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

From PostCrossing forum:
WHAT: Summer Meet-Up aka Postcrossing Enthusiast 2nd Gathering
WHERE: Manila Central Post Office
WHEN: May 27, 2012, 2:00 P.M.

From the Bayanihan Collectors Club Facebook Group page:
WHAT: Bayanihan Collectors Club (BCC) Auction - 33th Anniversary Exposition
WHERE: Max's Restaurant, 2nd Floor, Quezon Avenue near McDonalds, Quezon City
WHEN: May 27, 2012, 9:00 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Please visit the Bayanihan Collectors Club for the Auction details. Lots of old Philippine postcards included in the auction.

Will be adding more postcards and postcard information in the next few days. Will also be updating the labels.

18 May, 2012

Postcard 9: Notre Dame de Paris

Paris, Banks of the Seine (1991) , a World Heritage Site
"From the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, from the Place de la Concorde to the Grand and Petit Palais, the evolution of Paris and its history can be seen from the River Seine. The Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the Sainte Chapelle are architectural masterpieces while Haussmann's wide squares and boulevards influenced late 19th- and 20th-century town planning the world over."

Notre Dame de Paris Western Facade

At first I'm not really sure if Notre Dame de Paris is on the Heritage Site list since I only saw the name Notre Dame de Reims. But I soon read that it is under Paris, Banks of the Seine! I never thought there are 2 Notre Dame!

I tried also to research on MONA; however, no other relevant information can be found on the net, other than some eBay products suggesting that MONA might be the publisher or editor of the postcard.

At the back of the card:

Notre-Dame et la Seine vue prise du Quai St. Michel
Notre Dame and the Seine view taken from the Quai St. Micheal.
Notre-Dame und die Seine, vom Quai St. Michel aus gesehen.

MONA, 28, av. Victor Emmanuel, Paris (Reprod. Interdite.) N- 1127