Postcrossing ID: AT-3275
Date Sent: 21 August 2006
Date Received: 2 September 2006
Days Travelled: 12
Distance Travelled: 5,446 mi (8,765 km)
One of the earliest Postcrossing cards that I ever received was this homemade one, ten years ago this week. I recently found it while looking for missing cards. There are still two that I have yet to find — a postcard mailed from Belgium received the same day as this one and one from Finland that arrived eleven days later. This was my first (and only) card from Austria and my first homemade card. It’s a lomographic image of a railway siding. Lomography is a movement of Viennese photographers who advocate creative and experimental film photography using analog 35 millimeter cameras.
Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria,located in the eastern part of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. Until the beginning of the twentieth century, it was the largest German-speaking city in the world, and before the splitting of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I the city had 2 million inhabitants. Today it has the second largest number of German speakers after Berlin. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC.
Apart from being regarded as the City of Music because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be “The City of Dreams” because it was home to the world’s first psycho-analyst – Sigmund Freud. The city’s roots lie in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city, and then the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is well known for having played an essential role as a leading European music center, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the twentieth century. The historic center of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, and the late nineteenth century Ringstraße lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. In 2001, the city center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
While I don’t mind well-designed homemade cards, I bristled a bit at the time due to the postcard having a postage meter applied rather than a “real” stamp — the first postcard I’d received without a stamp. The meter impression has faded significantly over the past ten years.