Pope John Paul 2 was canonized as a saint on 27 April 2014. CNC a Chinese mobile company had issued a commemorative 4 pieces funeral phonecards to commemorate his death.
Saint John Paul 2 Funeral/ Wake CNC Phonecard set– from author’s personal collection
Recuerdo de Patay Funeral Phonecards
The CNC funeral phonecards were sold for 30 yuan per piece ( 120 yuan for 4 pieces set)
The phonecard set bore photos of the late Pope John Paul 2 in funeral casket and his face during the wake. The expiry of the phonecards was December 31, 2010.
Some people might take this as bizarre and eerie memento. Somehow diehard collectors would disagree. This set was quite popular among phonecards and memorabilia collectors from all corners of the globe.
Few decades ago, taking photos of love ones and famous people after their death became a fad and custom when photography was introduced.
I was able to buy this commemorative phonecard set 10 years ago at a local bourse around December 2010 and got the set for few hundred of pesos.
The phonecard set was never used and a couple of set were sold during past few years. The price of the complete set had risen by about 10 fold.
Additional article links and Bibliography:
Best , Jonathan – A Philippine Album: American Era Photographs 1900 -1930, Bookmark , Inc. copyright 1998 page 117
This is the time of the year in which halloween is celebrated in many parts of the world. But due to the covid 2019 pandemic, fewer people tend to celebrate and send postcards this year compared to the previous years.
Halloween is a specialized theme event for those who collect postcards. The postcard is highly collectible in many parts of the globe.
Dover Halloween Retro Vintage Postcards
A friend send me a complete set of Dover postcards few months ago. The postcard series was printed in 1988 featuring some vintage Halloween themes between early 1900 to the mid 1930’s.
The postcard series is still available in popular online buying site with price ranging from $6.00 for 24 pieces to around $20.00 excluding shipping cost.
Weight for the entire series is about 4.3 oz, Width is 8.3 inches and Length is 10.9 inches for the postcard.
Manila Hotel is one of the most photographed hotels in the country since her establishment in 1912.
With the advent of photography. First known photo studios were introduced in Manila in the later part of the 19th century. Taking photos of people, fiesta, landmarks, recuerdo de patay (memories of the dead) became more popular. Manila hotel postcard with the use of photos became an instant hot commodity among collectors of Filipiniana, memorabilia, postcard, photo collectors not only in the country but also from all over the world.
Manila Hotel photo postcard circa 1925
Manila Hotel real photo postcards
The Manila bay harbor was dredged with millions of tons of mud, gravel and sand were used to reclaim and extend the Luneta, making room for the Elks Club, the Army Navy Club and the crown jewel of the project was a premiere hotel with modern amenities that soon to be called the Manila Hotel.
The Malecon drive which was popular as seaside passageway and promenade area during the Spanish regime was widen and reclaimed. Eventually the drive became Dewey boulevard or Roxas boulevard.
The moat which connects parts of intramuros or walled city to the Manila bay was filled and turned into a municipal golf course and garden.
The site of the hotel was next to Pier 7, where it was now possible to berth four large passenger ships.
Pier 13 is also near the hotel which added more traffic and guests to the hotel.
Visitors can book a room at the hotel and short calesa ride into the historic city centers like Intramuros, Ermita, Malate and Luneta park. During those times, the social event would center in escolta. Eventually the grand social hall of the hotel serves as a nerve center to even the political meetings and gatherings.
It was the in-thing for the wealthy and socialite during American colonial regime to be spotted within Manila Hotel, much of today’s Bonifacio Global City or BGC.
Mr. Daniel Burnham commissioned American architect William Parsons to design the Manila Hotel as well as many buildings with the California style mission which was in vogue in many parts of the United States and Europe.
Manila Hotel circa 1947 photo postcard
Manila Hotel circa 1957 with post war cars and trees growing
Manila Hotel with large acacia and narra trees circa 1959
Please try to visit the other previous article links for Manila Hotel :
Manila Hotel is one of the iconic Philippine hotel landmarks which had been popular among postcard, memorabilia, stamp, matchbox and ephemera collectors from all corners of the globe.
The hotel had been featured by several postcard companies like Philippine Educational Company (PECO), Cardinell-Vincent Company, Denniston, Goldsteins Philippine Postcards, Sun Photo supply Philippine Postcards, The Camera Company Philippine postcards and later by Goodwill Bookstore, Max Basker & Sons, National Bookstore, Sterling – International airline companies like Northwest Orient Airlines, Pan-Am, Philippine Airlines among others.
Manila Hotel obverse portion with American flag and manicured garden
Manila Hotel also have their own set of postcards printed and sold at their gift shop.
Manila Hotel postcard by Cardinell-Vincent Company
Cardinell-Vincent Company is one of the several dozens of companies which printed their postcard series – They have 37 in a series which featured landmarks in the country. The company sold postcards and distributed the items in local bookstores, tourist areas, escolta and major Philippine cities during the American colonial and commonwealth regime.
reverse side or back portion of the postcards in which recipient name and the sender’s name is listed. The upper right portion with box is were stamps is affixed
The company is international base and also have postcards from the United States and other areas.
My friend spotted this postcard on sale few years ago at a popular online platform for just $1.00. The seller had about 70% discount for this American era postcard- originally price was for $2.80 – It was listed for several months.
The postcard had go unnoticed, since there were a lot of sellers at the online platform and maybe there were not enough buyers. The condition of the postcard is good despite the age and some scribble handwriting at the back portion.
He took no time to inform me about this big sale and bought the postcard. The shipping was a little bit more expensive at $3.00 from United States of America to the Philippines. I think it took about two weeks before we got this postcard.
This postcard is unused and was printed around 1920. The size of the postcard is approximately 3 1/2 inch x 5 1/2 inch or 9 centimeters x 14 centimeters.
I was able to find this postcard tucked in one corner while arranging my vintage postcard collection.
Aside from deltiologist, philatelist and memorabilia collectors, Postcards featuring landmarks had been popular subject for school project in Social Studies, Araling Panlipunan, Filipino, History and Architecture during much of post war period until early part of the millennium.