One of the things I love about my postcard collection is being able to pull out a handful at random and reminiscing about the people who sent them, or the places I’ve visited. Sometimes I come across a postcard that depicts a scene that no longer exists in the same way. Buildings are torn down; skylines change. And sometimes, like with this postcard, I get a blast from the historical past from the message on the card.
The postmark is cut off here, but this was sent in 1994 and James writes: You will never believe what California has already done away with – smoking everywhere.
To me, it seems like forever since smoking was allowed in public places. But it’s a relatively recent policy. I see that it was a shock when California banned smoking in 1994. I still remember my dad smoking on airplanes and in movie theaters. My high school even had a smoking pit for students during study hall. I can’t imagine that now.
Do you remember the days when everyone used to light up anywhere and everywhere? Or it that a totally foreign concept to you?