Snail's Postcard Post

May Day


As well as the Northern European spring festival, May 1 is International Workers’ Day. Over 80 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa observe this day as a national holiday when most people do not work and many labor unions take the opportunity to march in displays of solidarity and to protest various issues. To honor all the many sorts of workers who keep society running, I burrowed through my postcard collection for any related images. The funny thing is, postcards usually come from vacations and outings–leisure time towards which people put any surplus money they earn. So understandably, postcards rarely focus on the corporate, commercial and industrial. Here’s what I found:


3,000,000 Bricks
26,450,000 Tons of Cement
7.5 Kilograms of Gold 
Several Years of Work

This postcard commemorates the reconstruction of The Church of the Fyodor’s Icon of the Mother of God in St. Petersburg. Consecrated in 1913 in celebration of the tercentenary of the Romanov dynasty, the church was closed, used as a dairy barn, and largely destroyed in the Soviet era. Not until the 2000′s did reconstruction begin. Completion has been projected for this year, but I don’t think it’s done yet since I can’t find much about it online. If you know, please comment!

IMG_5517IMG_5518The person most in focus in this romantic evening scene is the white coated waiter in the center. He and the two other waiters seem to be preparing for a busy night with all those chairs and tables lined up. 

I found this postcard at Grandma Snail’s. Her friends mailed it to her and Grandpa Snail in 1982. IMG_5522Living “the cruise life,” they mailed the postcard when they dropped anchor in Greece. Please comment if you can read the postmark!IMG_5521

IMG_5511“Portrait d’egoutier”Portrait of a sewer worker, from the Paris Sewers Museum

Now quit your lollygagging, back to work!


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