Friday, September 24, 2010

Thailand – 1961

No. 212 CHOLBURI THAILAND: Working in the Salt-fields
 I don't usually post multiple postcards in one story, but when I happened across this vintage set of cards from Thailand the other day, I knew they belonged together and would be sharing the same page! All three postcards were posted by the same person from Bangkok on 25 October, 1961, to different addresses different people at the same address in Rome, Italy and seem to have been torn from what was probably the same book of postcards, with the left hand edge of each card having a torn off edge.

No. 161 THAILAND: Nakorn Chaisri, Thailand. Ploughing paddy fields.
Each of the cards carries identical postage – one 25 satang stamp (green in colour, with a pen and world map floating over an envelope) and another 1 baht stamp (crimson in colour with a pen, letters and a globe). It seems incredibly appropriate that these stamps were part of a set issued to celebrate International Correspondence Week!

No. 115 THAILAND: The Thai Fishing
I'm including the back of one of the postcards, but for reasons of privacy have masked the name of the sender and recipient as both parties may quite feasibly still be alive.


Published by Soma Nimit, a Bangkok based company at 1154 New Road, these ethnic vintage postcards cards are a wonderful record of traditional farming and fishing methods, although the collection of salt seems to be as labour intensive now as it was decades ago.
Find more vintage postcards over at Beth's postcard blog The Best Hearts are Crunchy and join other collectors on Postcard Friendship Friday.

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13 comments:

www.dakotaboo.com said...

I love the fishing card. I would imagine that the method is now long gone, although maybe not?

Beth Niquette said...

I love this peek into the culture. Thank you for sharing these marvelous postcards.

Happy PFF!

Bob of Holland said...

Workking this way must have been hard labour. The third postcard's photo is a beauty. Happy PFF.

MrCachet said...

I was in Thailand in 1970 for 3 days. I never left Bangkok the entire time. I remember it as being incredibly hot and humid, as I was the in early July.

Nice cards, and that appears to be a large pig in harness!

Christine H. said...

I just got new glasses, but I still thought it was a pig pulling that plow. Darn. I would really love to visit Thailand one day.

Joy said...

Love this set of 'working' postcards, how great that they are still together after all these year.

Postcardy said...

Those cards are really interesting. I like that kind of card showing people and their culture.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

So, they were sent to three different addresses by the same person, but ended up back together again. Interesting to wonder how this came about. Did the send go around the people and ask for them back? I came across a number of cards in an old shoebox all saying, "save this card for my collection".

pfranzme said...

Glad I'm not the only one that thought that was a pig pulling the plow, lol. I too like the fishing postcard.

Debs said...

Thanks for all your comments! Yes...it's a pig pulling a plough!

To answer Sheila's question - I seem to have been a bit hasty with this post! The cards were sent to different people, with different surnames...but I've just realised they are all at the SAME address! So the recipients were probably extended members of the same family...thanks for spotting that unusual situation! Have corrected the above post...

Clytie said...

This PFF post immediately caught my eye - because 1961 is the year I was born! And to think when I was in diapers, a pig was pulling a plow on the other side of the world! Wow.

Happy PFF!

Anonymous said...

Dear All,

It is not a "pig". Actually, it is a water buffalo.

Deborah Swain said...

Dear Anon - I do believe you're right... Thanks for your comment! Water buffalo it is...!

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