I have been spending some time immersed in the Penny Postcards from New Mexico site (the link, a gift from my mom-in-law).
A lot of these cards predate me, but they also evoke lots of chest squeezing, heart wrenching homesickness.
My folks lived in Albuquerque back in the 1950’s, so as a kid, I loved to look through their photo albums and see my folks so young and vibrant, and the fair city of Albuquerque so sparse yet growing. A young town with an active military base.
Seeing these postcards makes me melancholy, but in that good way.
Look at this one, the venerable old Kimo Theater. A little worse for the wear these days, but still…a beautiful building.
Seeing this postcard I have a million memories of walking down Central, past the Kimo, on my way to who knows where (stores, bars, restaurants, etc!).
Speaking of Central Ave, how about this one:
Wow. Did it every really look like that? And yet, it did. Really, only in my dreams anymore, I suppose.
And this one makes me laugh right out loud.
Entitled “Scenic Drive Through Carlsbad Caverns National Park”.
Yeeeah, it might be a *bit* of a stretch to call the area around Carlsbad “scenic”, but I do love the, erm…”artistic license” they took with the colors of the landscape in this postcard:
Good stuff, fun to see all the postcards. It’s a contented sigh I have as I look through them all.
Oh Fair New Mexico…missing you today.
Happy Weekend, everyone!