Late last year, we shared postcards from towns named Alamo and Poplar and one unique postcard stood out among the rest. The Alamo California postcard had six images of sites that symbolized the community. A unicorn on a roof, a flashing casino sign, a lake and submarine, and a large Frog sitting on a bridge pillar were some of the images. It was created in humor because Alamo California did not have a postcard and it is the largest Alamo in North America.
A postcard symbolizes a community and visually defines a community's character for residents and visitors. So, my question is if you were creating your community's postcard today, what would symbolize your community?
Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community, on Jan 15, 2008 at 8:05 am
As part of the Alamo Towne Fool, a group of humorists in Alamo California, we created the Alamo Postcard with all the images we see in our imagined vision of our region. As I walk each day, I have started a new Alamo Postcard with images that symbolize my view of Alamo.
There is really a large horse on top of the old post office, now a shoe and harness repair shop. If you need your harness repaired, you now know where to go or possibly borrow one to wear when you are just horsing around.
The six images I choose for the new Alamo California postcard symbolize Alamo to me, The waterfall on San Ramon Creek, a bench on the Iron Horse Trail, the plastic animal farm, the cellular redwood tree, sunrise on Mt. Diablo, and a lone, remaining walnut tree.
A community is all its people, its neighborhoods, and a warm hello. Unfortunately, that can't be totally captured on a postcard.
Posted by Chandra Wells, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Jan 15, 2008 at 6:48 pm
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Our community of Alamo Georgia just had custom postcards printed from our digital photographs. We were able to focus on our history and heritage as a community rather than creating postcards for the local hotels and drugstores. We sell the postcards at our history center and have had to reorder three times to fill visitor demand.
Express what is important to your group and community.
Posted by Alise Thompson, a resident of another community, on Jan 16, 2008 at 7:55 am
What a challenging thought. I had to stop for awhile, take a walk, and consider what creates and defines the Alamo Region of California?
My conclusions are likely not unique. Our region is defined by neighborhoods gathering in common interests and supporting each other to maintain and grow the character of our community of neighborhoods. Important events are the day-to-day meetings of many neighbors in our community business district most often at Yellow Wood, a local coffee house.
My postcard pictures would be of where our people meet without planning and share their interests without public review. The Iron Horse Trail, Yellow Wood, various school yards are where we meet and Mt Diablo dominates what we see.
Think of your community as a story told on a postcard to someone who has not visited your community. What pictures and words tell that story?
Alamo Region in California
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Posted by Grace Fortus, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jan 16, 2008 at 4:15 pm
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In reviewing the picture of the Alamo California waterfall, Mt Diablo, Las Trampas wilderness, and the skyline of Alamo, I believe the Alamo Postcard is complete. The beauty of a community is the canvass on which we all should paint our appreciation of where we live.
AS I look at pictures of Alamo Georgia, Nevada and Texas, I see our neighbors in those communities enjoying the view. I would suggest that our surroundings do much to define us individually and as a community.