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Helen’s Mystery Postcards


Not to be confused with artist Tofu‘s project, Helen’s Postcards, I have a little postcard mystery on my hands. I was cleaning up my studio/office in Tofino when I came across a stack of postcards. I have no idea where they came from and neither does anyone else I asked. I really (really) hope I didn’t actually buy them because I have absolutely no recollection of doing so, which is a bit scary. There are some rare beauties in the stack from places in British Columbia, but most are from the States (a lot from New York) and those that are addressed are to Miss Helen Booth in Calgary (& sometimes to her mother, Mrs. A. Booth, as well). Most seem to be from the 1950s. Here’s one of my favourites:


The note from Doris on the reverse is pretty awesome, too:

Dear Helen,

This is the most casual place you could imagine. Run around half the time without shoes on. See people shopping in posh stores in bathing suits. Bought myself a “Miss Hawaii” bathing suit. Ocean perfect for swimming. You won’t know me when I come home — what with my deep tan and sun-bleached hair.

Love, Doris.

P.S. Men are the same the world over.

Is that not the best postscript?

Author: Adrienne

A good day is one spent at the art table with scissors, glue, and piles of interesting papers. In my exploration of collage, I paraphrase Roosevelt, I'm doing what I can, with what I have, from where I am (in life and location).

2 thoughts on “Helen’s Mystery Postcards

  1. Over the years so many people have contributed collage materials they know I “can make into something.” A few of the anonymous donations have been some of my favorites.


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