Friday, October 21, 2016

Postcards for the Weekend - Reflections

The theme for this week's Postcards for the Weekend is "Reflections on Water."

Poster on a Postcard
Mt St Helens, Washington, USA
Poster art by Gustav Krollmann
Northern Pacific Railroad c. 1925

In our collection of vintage postcards it was challenging to find a reflection on water.

America by Rail
Mt St Helens Poster
Back of the unused postcard.
Library of Congress

Part of a series of cards called America by Rail, this card features a classic travel poster published by the Northern Pacific Railroad about 1925 "Mt. St. Helens -- Northern Pacific North Coast Limited" The artist is Gustav Krollmann. The Railroad published this poster to encourage travel to the Pacific Northwest on their transcontinental passenger train, the North Coast Limited. Of course, the scene you see of Mt St Helens is well before her 1980 eruption. In the early 80s, after she erupted, we recall bumper stickers "Don't come to Mt St Helens ... She will come to You!"

We can't resist adding another reflection photo, albeit not a postcard ...

Sunrise at Green Lake, Seattle, WA
August 22, 2013, 8:31 AM

We called this "Paddleboarding at Sunrise" in our August 23, 2013, post. No, that's not John out there on Seattle's Green Lake!

One more ... This morning the Star Princess arrived in Seattle about 6:20 AM. This is the last cruise ship to visit Seattle this year, according to the schedule issued by the Port of Seattle. Our photo was snapped about 5 minutes before she was docked at Pier 91 Cruise Terminal. The tree in lower right has lost just enough leaves to let a little bit of the light come through.

Star Princess arriving Seattle
6:20 AM  October 21st

Thank you for stopping by John's Island. We're linking up with Postcards for the Weekend. Be sure to check out the other contributions, and thanks to Maria for hosting!

Closing thought ...
No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve in quality as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing it is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them.
     Alan Watts


  1. I bet that picture looks wonderful in reality before the Moutain blew. Love the ship in the last photo

  2. Mt.St. Helen's was beautiful back then.Of course I love the reflections.

  3. Beautiful reflection of Mt St Helen's.
    I posted a water reflections post yesterday. : )

  4. i loved the closing thought. beautiful post card, too.

  5. Thanks for the bonus snapshots of your own, John! I'm going to google how Mt. St. Helens looks now. Enjoy the weekend!

  6. Advertising for the Star Princess is very different from the Northern Pacific. I happen to like the post cards.

  7. Great postcard of the mountain and beautiful reflections.

  8. I agree that was challenging! I had uploaded some reflections postcards in the past, so I added a link of an old post (I thought it deserved a new chance!). I love the postcard of the mountain. You could make beautiful postcards with your pictures, sure!

  9. I always enjoy rail posters from that era, St. Helens certainly looks more peaceful than when it made the news. Love the early morning paddleboarder, looks idyllic.

  10. I love everything about this post, John. From the now gone Mt. St. Helens to the quote at the end. That's a very special one to remind me to enjoy every last drop of the day!! :-)

  11. Postcard and photos are lovely...thanks for sharing! (✿◠‿◠)

  12. The ship looks beautifully colored at night- have a great weekend!

  13. Hello John, pretty postcard and reflections. Love the quote! Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the week ahead!

  14. I enjoyed the quote from Watts...very good and though provoking! Also, nice reflection shots! I really appreciate how you share your post card collection here with us. A lot of collections just sit around gathering dust!


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