19 May 2009

Elvis has Left the Building, but I got a Postcard!

Evelyn at ACanadianFamily.com started a new carnival, A Festival of Postcards, and I couldn't wait to participate.

I used to collect postcards. Growing up, it was an inexpensive way to get a souvenir of the places we would go as a family. As I got older, I figured I didn't need them, but would always take a peek at any I found for sale. I obviously still carry a fondness for them, and this new carnival has just reignited my desire to collect them!

I have very few vintage postcards, but Evelyn said modern ones were OK. :-)

The first festival topic is "wheels," and here's my offering:

Every year, the day after Christmas, my family would travel to Missouri to visit my grandparents. We would spend the majority of the rest of school's Christmas (Winter) break there. One year (don't ask me which one exactly), on our way back home, we stopped in Tennessee at Elvis Presley's Graceland.

This was special to me since I was a huge Elvis fan. He was a little before my time, but I was a fan nonetheless. We didn't take a tour, as we were there too early, but getting to see the outside was great!

This postcard is from the late 1980's. The caption on the back reads, "SNOW AT GRACELAND, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE: This rare view of snow at Graceland was taken in the late 50's - early 60's. As usual Elvis had a gang of friends and family around as evidenced by the cars out front."

My brother wrote on the wall like thousands of visitors before us, and we have pictures of the famous entrance gate. The memories, the photos, and this postcard are proof I was there!

I'm glad I attended this festival of postcards. It was fun, and I can't wait for the next one!

Before I go, I want to leave another photo for you. It's not a postcard, and it's not about Elvis. It was, however, the first image that came to mind when I learned the first postcard festival topic of "wheels." It's a photo (which can be turned into a postcard, right?) I took on a farm in the mountains of North Carolina.

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault of ACanadianFamily.com encourages the use of postcards in the field of family history. Even though the postcard above is only a little over 20 years old, it's part of MY family history. Join us, and show us your postcards!


Sheila said...

I have a very good friend in England who made a special trip to Graceland. I'm wondering now if she bought any postcards.

Like you, I have few vintage postcards, but modern ones often have a lot of history attached.

S. Lincecum said...

I totally agree, Sheila! 99% of my postcards were purchased on family vacations when I was younger. A lot of memories are attached to them.

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