Previously I have referred to postcards of typical scenes from Burma being overprinted with a Christmas message, and how odd that seemed. I’ve since added more to the collection and would like to share them with you as my Christmas message for 2018.
But first, to my friends and relatives in Myanmar, courtesy of Google Translate:
To all my relatives and friends from around the world:
Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings.
The first postcards I acquired were all overprints from Raphael Tuck’s “Oilette” series of scenes from “Burmah”. The originals are quite common on eBay, but the ones overprinted in red with Christmas messages seem to be quite rare. These were printed from commissioned artworks, but since there is no signature we have no idea who painted them. They show pagodas and monasteries in Mandalay and a pagoda in Pagan (Bagan.) These postcards were published after 1907, as they have divided backs.
Even earlier are the undivided back postcards in sepia tones, published by C. & M., Mandalay:
This one below is not attributed to anyone, but the framing is the same as the one above from C & M. Mandalay.
Finally, a postcard containing three views of the Gotheik Viaduct, a wondrous engineering feat built around 1900, which still exists today. I rode the train in February this year, as it gingerly made its way across the gorge. The train cars are newer but the bridge is original. Scenic, scary, and atmospheric.
The back of this card has a printed message:
Wishing you all, dear readers, a peaceful and happy holiday season, and all the best for 2019.