Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Prickly Pear Cactus

This vintage postcard really is fun and special because it's a valuable piece of my family history. It was sent to my mom and her brothers by their parents (my grandparents) in July of 1955. My grandparents had taken a trip to visit family in Mexico and sent this postcard to their children during their trip. I've blurred the names of my mom and her brothers for privacy reasons.

Written message from my grandparents.

July 9, 1955
We drove all night and everything is fine. It is now 7 A.M. and we stoped [sic] at a cafe at Gila Bend. It is desert here and it is about 100 miles from Tucson Arizona. We are having a wonderful time. Be always good kids.
Mommy & Daddy

The postcard was published by Bob Petley, Phoenix, Arizona.

Typed description from back of postcard.


This common desert cactus, one of the first to bloom each spring, has blossoms ranging from very light yellow to deep red. They hold their blossoms longer than any other of the desert flora.
Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Whenever I buy a postcard, I select one that captures the essence of wherever I am. Nothing says "desert" like those prickly pear cacti, so this is the postcard I likely would have chosen too.

    1. Hi Wendy. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I'm so glad my grandparents sent this postcard to their children and then saved it in their collection.

  2. What fun to have those postcards to read through!

    1. Hi Gabby,

      Yes, they really are fun. Most of them don't have writing on them though. But it's fun to see the postcards my grandparents collected over the years. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. I've nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Details here:
    Cheers, Jill

    1. What a wonderful surprise Jill!! Thank you so much!


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