My friend Jewels and I recently arranged a
1:1 Mail Art and Postcard (4x6) Swap
with the theme of 'Vintage Circus'.
I sent mine to her just before we
went on holiday (that blog post here),
and hers arrived while we were away.
What a lovely welcome home for me!
I like to photograph the envelope before I open it
just in case it tears, but it has taken me
rather a long time to get round to doing it
**hangs head in shame**.
Finally, today was the day, hoorah!
I love the soft muted tones of the envelope -
a brushing of gesso, methinks?
I know Jewels was rather concerned that the
postcard, in particular, might not have survived
the journey - no need to worry, it arrived
safe and sound :)
The postcard made me smile ;D
Don't you just love this guy's costume?!
Jewels explained on the back of the
postcard that she kept on hearing
"The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze"
and was inspired to find out about Jules Leotard,
a French acrobatic performer who developed the
art of the trapeze. His characteristic one piece
outfit, the leotard, now bears his name.
Sadly, he died at the young age of 28 -
I don't know if this was as the result of a
trapeze accident (I guess health and
safety wasn't too strict in 1870).
The postcard has Jewels' trademark
superb colour choices,
a fab image of young Mr Leotard
and a wonderful vintage look.
Thank you so much, Jewels.
I'll swap anytime with you.
I'll leave you with a very vintage version of
'The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze'
by Henry Hall.
It's so terribly English!