Kissing the Blarney Stone


A postcard from Ireland – there is no date given but probably from the early 1900’s.

I kissed the Blarney Stone in a similar way in the late 1960’s.  It was not a pleasant experience but I sort of felt obliged to follow the custom.  Is it only for tourists?

Fishing Nets


Postcard image – Indian fisherman at La Push Washington.  Nets are inspected and repaired on the beach preparatory for another trip to the fishing banks off-shore in the Pacific Ocean.


Industrial Wasteland?



No, I don’t see this as a wasteland.  I like the image.  Soft coloring – simple, plain maybe but not stark.  It’s a postcard depicting Richland Washington, no date.  But it’s actually part of the Hanford site where plutonium was produced for use in the atomic bomb.  So in a way it has sinister overtones given the terrible destruction caused by atomic weapons.  We live in the nuclear age, alas.