Friday, 18 December 2009

Christmas greetings from the Czech Republic

A typical Czech Christmas postcard reproducing a paiting by Josef Lada (1887-1957), one of the most popular local artists who somehow managed to capture the atmosphere of idealised Czech winter landscapes.

This postcard I sent to ourselves in an experiment involving also a few readers of this blog. I sent a packet full of covers and postcards to the post-office at Boží Dar (God's Gift) near Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) where the Czech Ježíšek (Christkindl, Babbo Natale) receives his mail. This is the result; the card with special cancellation which is in use there from 1 to 23 December 2009.