Illustrated Vancouver, the Czech Republic Edition! As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted here for a while. This was largely because I was away from my desk, traveling through Poland and the Czech Republic.
While touring through Prague, I made a point to seek out the antiquarian bookstores simply to see what I could find. I didn’t find any souvenirs of Vancouver, but I did come back with a great set of postcards, and so I present to you a couple of my favourites as souvenirs.
First, I’m quite proud of this embroidered postcard of the Charles Bridge and the Castle District in Prague (described as uměle tkané obrazy, or artificially woven images). Yes, it’s true the bridge is amazing (entirely filled with pedestrian tourists) and the Prague Castle is the biggest ancient castle in the world, according to Guinness Book of Records. But this postcard, I have never seen anything like it! It was the only one of it’s kind among some 6 shoe boxes filled with postcards. It was also the most expensive one I bought at 100 korunas (approx $5).
Next, the woodcut postcard by Rudolf Stalla depicts the Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc, Czech Republic. This Baroque monument was built from 1716–1754; I’m guessing the postcard dates some time between 1938-1941, given that the language of the postcard is German, and the term “Sudetenland” is used to describe the region. Knowing this sinister period in history, the shadows cast in the woodcut are rather ominous. But much of the city survived WWII, and Olomouc today is known as having the second best concentration of Baroque architecture next to Prague. It’s located half way between Krakow and Prague, so if you are traveling between the two, I highly recommend you stop in Olomouc!
So that’s a brief explanation describing where I’ve been for the past little while, featuring two of my favourite souvenirs from my trip. I took around 4,000 photos while I was there, and I’ve posted close to 1,000 of them already! But now that my trip is finished, I do believe it’s time to return to a more regular routine exploring Vancouver’s art history.
Speaking of which, today marks the deadline for my contest to win the silk souvenir pillowcase of Vancouver! If you were planning on entering, now is your last chance to submit! I’ll have a special Canada Day post tomorrow, and then I shall draw the winner of the pillowcase in the following post, which I expect will follow on Monday, July 2. Stay tuned for more!