Postcards From Europe

Item #1: 

Collection of European Photographic Postcards - Oliver C Plummer, November 7th 1909 - January 1st 2004. 

He worked in the dental core during the war. He went all over the place – Malta, France, Italy… he was everywhere...He brought these cards back with him as a souvenir when he returned home to his wife and daughter in Montreal, Quebec. When he came home though, he found that his wife had given birth to another child with an American solider who had been stationed out on the East Coast. He kept these cards with him and went on to start a new life with his second wife, Pauline.

I've had these cards sitting in a drawer for almost a year now. I love them for so many reasons and have plans to do something with them, but can't seem to find the right fit for them. Until I can come up with something I am happy with, I keep them in an envelope and bring them out every once and a while to look at them. 

 I've always found it amazing how much travelling my great grandpa was able to do during the war. I think today, while travel is still a luxury, it is much more attainable for the general public. I think at his time having the Army station him in different places was probably a big factor in the number of opportunities he had. 

 This past summer I went on a 3 week trip travelling around a bit of Europe. Before I left I was looking at these post cards and realized I was going to be in several of the same cities, specifically Paris. One of my favourite things about Paris is the way it is a direct melding of history and modern day. There's so many elements of history in the architecture and design of the city, and then it sits against the hustle and bustle of modern life. I decided to take these postcards with me to compare how the city had changed.  

 Inspired by the "Dear Photograph" series where people revisit places and moments through photos of their past, I decided to take these cards and travel through my Great Grandfather's past, in my present, and so I chose 3 cards and brought them with me to compare with the scene that was there today. I decided to set the scene up a bit differently in a way that allowed you to still see hints of the landmark in the background, vs covering it up completely as is the case in many "Dear Photograph" shots. I wanted to do that to allow in as much of the current scenery as possible to meld into the past through the postcards.