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All photographs taken by Georgia Stubbs over the course of three weeks whilst traveling in the United States of America in the Summer of 2013.


A collection of postcards 30 postcards | summer 2013

Produced by Georgia Stubbs


Taxonomy Project Over the summer I was tasked to collect 30 items. As someone who prefers a more minimalistic approach to life over clutter, I found this task quite interesting. I decided to collect something that meant something to me, something that I could keep, and even perhaps carry on collecting in the future. I decided to collect postcards, as travel is something I have always loved, and collecting something from each place I visit would be a nice sentiment. Towards the end of Summer I traveled to America, giving me the perfect opportunity and place to start collecting. In this book I will explore my route taken whilst in the United States of America through photographs and will show my collection and thought process throughout the journey. I hope you enjoy watching my taxonomy of postcards grow from one page to another.


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The postcard The first postcard I collected was from my first stop, Hollywood. I was drawn to this because to me it sums up how Hollywood is every time I visit. Beautiful sunsets, beautiful skylines, and of course, the famous Hollywood sign.


Disney’s California Adventures | Anaheim, Los Angeles


Radiator Springs - Disney’s California Adventures | Anaheim, Los Angeles


The postcard Disney’s California Adventure will always have a special place in my heart. I have many memories here, from family vacations to birthdays. My favourite part is the Cars Land, an extremely real life version of Radiator Springs from the film Cars. You feel like you’re in another world. When I saw this Cars postcard I just couldn’t resist it.


Universal Studios Hollywood | Los Angeles


The postcard Universal Studios, Hollywood, is like a real life movie set, so I wanted a postcard that summed the park up. I chose this one because it has some of my favourite movies on and included the Universal Studios ball that always reminds me of the place every time I see it.


The postcard I am still devastated over the Jaws ride being removed, so when I saw this it brought me back to the good old days. If I can’t ride the ride, I will just have to buy the postcard. A classic film and this certainly made me a little nostalgic for the ride.


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The postcard Palm Springs is one of my favourite places in the world, and the postcard sums up why. Palm trees, golf courses, mountains, sunshine, and beautiful scenery. I will retire here one day.


Palm Springs | La Quinta Resort


The postcard I found this postcard in Palm Springs, as Frank Sinatra once lived there. As a fan of his music I had to buy.


The postcard Drove through Death Valley on our route from Palm Springs to Las Vegas.


The postcard If you enjoy outstanding rock formations and lots of Joshua trees, this is the place to visit. The postcard shows just a snippet of what the National Park is like.


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Caesars Palace | Las Vegas


The postcard I visited Las Vegas on one of it’s busiest weekends of the year, Labor Day weekend and it sure did live up to all it’s stereotypes. I’ve never seen it so busy. I wanted a postcard that represented the Vegas lifestyle and I thought this one did perfectly. Lights, luxury and money.


The postcard It’s almost impossible to visit Las Vegas and not see an Elvis Presley impersonator. I think the first thing people think of when they think of Elvis is Las Vegas. I’m a fan of his and loved this vintaged style postcard.


The postcard I visited Lake Mead whilst in Las Vegas. It’s amazing how much wildlife you see near here, and when you’re in the ‘Vegas bubble’, you almost forget you are in the middle of a desert. I thought this postcard represented the beautiful lake well.


The postcard I had to buy another Lake Mead postcard, as after a day on the lake the sun was starting to set, causing amazing red skies. Unfortunately my camera battery died on me, so thank god for this beautiful postcard that takes me back to that phenomenal sunset.


The postcard I saw this postcard when visiting Hoover Dam and just loved the composition of the photograph.


The postcard My reasoning for buying the second postcard on Hoover Dam was that this image truly shows the scale of the Dam. To think people hand built this is mind blowing.


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The postcard I loved this traditional style postcard and it was surprisingly the first ‘greetings from’ postcard I’d seen on my trip. This is one of my favourite designs and I especially love how it shows all the different things in Arizona.


The postcard After traveling on Route 66 for many hours by now, I had passed by many towns and cultures. I stopped over in a small Native American town and I have never been anywhere quite like it. (No alcohol was served anywhere and it was illegal to buy or drink there.) I saw this postcard and had to buy as I was interested in learning their symbols of their culture. This is one of the most educational, interesting postcards I own and by owning this I feel like I have brought a little bit of their culture home with me.


The postcard I actually got given this by the hotel I was staying in for the night. I nice little sentiment and reminder of the place.


The postcard The coolest little town I have ever visited. Williams, Arizona is a real life version of Radiator Springs. I felt like I had gone back in time. Old school diners, classic cars, handcraft shops... It was magical. A true Route 66 town. The postcard is from a diner we ate at.


Grand Canyon National Park | Arizona


The postcard From where I was standing, I could see the Colorado River that beautifully formed the Grand Canyon, but unfortunately my camera lens didn’t reach it well, so when I saw this postcard I had too buy it to remember how overwhelming it was.


The postcard I just loved the photo on this postcard of mules carrying sightseers down the Grand Canyon Bright Angle Trial. I like how it shows the vastness of the Grand Canyon, too.


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The postcard I loved the design of this postcard, and it’s almost rustic colour scheme. You can drive for miles and miles on this route and not see a single thing, and when you do, it’s exactly whats on this postcard old abandoned classic cars, motels, and vintage gas stations with years upon years of history.


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The postcard This postcard reminding me of another item I like to collect, American number plates, so naturally I couldn’t leave without buying this, simply because I love American cars and have an interest in their plates.


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The postcard Get you kicks on route 66! Nobody can say Route 66 without having a little sing song in their heads of this classic. I couldn’t bring myself to stop buying Route 66 postcards because each one summed up my journey in their own way.


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The postcard The postcard sums up the dream of road tripping across America in a classic convertible car. I was especially drawn to the family in the car, all wearing different coloured pastel shirts. Such lovely photography. It also reminded me of all the classic cars I’d seen whilst driving on Route 66.


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The postcard This postcard is one of my favourites as it shows part of the route we traveled on. I love how it shows you the route and all the tourist attractions you will see on the way.


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The postcard It was my first time visiting Colorado and it sure didn’t disappoint. I now understand why they call it colourful Colorado. I found this postcard in a little design shop, and it’s one of my favourites. The typography is a change from the usual postcard type, and it’s refreshing to have something that’s not so ‘in your face.’


The postcard Whilst in Colorado I stopped in Breckenridge. The town is one of the most beautiful towns I’ve stayed in, and the postcard reminded me of how pretty the town looked from our balcony. Simply stunning. It also reminded me of Christmas a little, and I would love nothing more than to visit this place at Christmas. I think if I look back at this in a few years, I will need to go back.


Lake Dillon | Colorado


The postcard One thing that stood out to me in Lake Dillon was all the sail boats out on the lake. I bought this postcard as a reminder to how beautiful it truly is.


The postcard A city sky line with light movement created by a slow shutter screen may be clichĂŠ, but I just loved this postcard. The city is only small and it shows in this photo.


The postcard On my last day of the trip I visited Denver Zoo. I was drawn the ‘pop art’ style of design and thought the postcard itself was just aesthetically pleasing. I also liked how the logo was placed in the middle and overall thought the design was good.


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