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Apologies for the lack of posts. My new modem has still not arrived, meaning I essentially have no internet at home. I did try writing 2 posts earlier in the week using just my iPhone with its 4G connection, but quickly realised it was going to be too costly to keep using data for daily blog posts. On top of that, I’m currently restricted to uploading whatever photos are on my phone camera roll. However, I’m a creature of habit, and despite the temporary restrictions, I just couldn’t let a Friday pass without sharing 5 photos with you!
The following 5 photos were taken at an unmanned (as far as I could tell) souvenir stall diagonally across the road from Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin. In my defence, I collected postcards once upon a time, to stick into my scrapbooks when I returned from holiday. But the digital age is here, so who makes proper scrapbooks these days anyway? In fact, I love textures and hidden secrets, and used to love creating books with ticket stubs, coins, coasters and all sorts of little trinkets stuck in or stored in little envelopes. For this reason, I resisted online photobook making companies for the longest time, until finally, one day, convenience won out. Online photobooks are so much quicker to complete than handmade ones! So here I am, reduced to quickly and surreptitiously whipping out my iPhone and snapping quick photos of postcards, hoping someone isn’t going to catch me and snarkily tell me, “Hey lady, no photo!” (This has happened!)
The first 4 photos are the 4 faces of a revolving postcard rack. I just love the juxtaposition of images from the time of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) next to photos of modern Berlin. The stark contrasts not only highlight how tough life must have been under the GDR regimes, but also showcase that indomitable German spirit and efficiency. They really have come so far in a relatively short space of time. Just look at the poor Reichstag in the top right hand corner of the 4th photo and compare that with its brand spanking new space age-y deep blue dome in the bottom left hand corner of the 3rd photo.
The last photo isn’t of postcards, but was taken very nearby. These are magnets made from images of Berlin, and I especially liked the one in the centre featuring the Ampelmann in the foreground. In case you didn’t know, that’s the little green guy that tells you when it’s safe to cross the road, and he’s quite the celebrity in Berlin! There are whole stores full of Ampelmann products, from your usual cards, magnets and stickers, right round to bags, erasers, cutlery and even ice cube trays! And yes and yes – there is a matching red Ampelmann, and I did just go a little crazy in the Ampelmann store.
Do you also take photos of postcard stands and magnets when you’re on holiday, or do you think this is a big no no? What is the general response? Share your thoughts and/or images below!
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