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Adalbert is a forum for me, to post ephemera, photography, poetry, occasional travel notes, and various spontaneous motions. Cover photo: Parsonage where my great-grandfather spent his early years. Taken near Liegnitz, Silesia, ca. 1870.


Friday, July 12, 2013


A third card from the Exel LeDuc file (cf. posts of 3 January 2013 and 18 April 2013), this one sent to her from Quebec City:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec_City.   Perhaps the upside down stamp signified something.
"This place eclipses everything I've seen before -- a dream of archaic city walls, castellated cliffs, silver spires, pointed roofs, narrow, zigzag & precipitous streets, & the leisurely civilisation of an elder world."  H.P. Lovecraft, postcard written in Quebec, to Donald Wandrei, 1930
The following is a transcript of the postcard to Exel, although I had difficulty deciphering a couple words.
Our festivities were a grand success.  The Corpus Christi procession through the city especially -- 50,000 people -- is a triumph one sees but once in a lifetime.  Wish you had been here for those 3 days to get an idea of the faith and patriotism of our good french canadians You'd have felt proud of your origin.  Well (?)


  1. It's wonderful to find a postcard where the image relates to the message in some way.

  2. Yes Lisa, so often there's a disconnect between the message and card, if there's a message at all.

  3. 'Archaic' is a bit of an overstatement, but Quebec is the only North-American city with city walls so that is quite impressive.

  4. Rob, I've not seen the Quebec city walls unfortunately.