I've been meaning to share some of the postcards with you that I have received from friends or via Postcrossing. There are loads of Dutch Postcrossers and I have several friends in The Netherlands with whom I swap cards or letters with. I've picked a small sampling to post, but I have quite a few others that I have pinned to my bulletin board or propped on shelves or stored in bins. I still love getting mail--little works of art and fun missives on the back. I have quite a collection--it's always nice to find one in my mailbox--it's a way of traveling somewhere beautiful and exotic from the comfort of my own home.
This is from a Dutch Postcrosser and she tells me it shows in traditional old fashions.
This is one of the very first Postcrossing cards I ever received and it came from The Netherlands. I have no idea who the artist is, but it looks like one of those papercuts--a silhouette. I think it is very striking and I have kept it on display in my room ever since it showed up in my mailbox.
I love this image, too. The artist is actually American, George Hitchcock, but he spent a lot of time in The Netherlands. This is called "In Windmill Land".
An obligatory card of the King and Queen, Willem-Alexander and Maxima his wife. They have three daughters.
Another favorite card. This painting is by Frans Hals, "The Banquet of the Officersof the St. George Militia Company in 1627". I love the cheeky fellow in the middle looking out at us. I keep this propped by my bed.
This is Amsterdam--one of the famous canals. I would love to live in a city with such proximity to water. How cool would it be to live on a barge? Someday I would love to visit Amsterdam.