I love this postcard. It’s so informal and full of life.
I wonder if 1SG (First Sergeant) Nikkel ever took a pass and made it out to this scenic spot in the Azores for a visit. I’m sure the islands were even more remote and exotic feeling in the 1950s than they are even still today.
Lajes Field, a small but strategically located air base in the Portuguese Azores out in the Atlantic Ocean remains an active part of the NATO foot print with strong U.S. Military influence.
Postmark: Missing (Azores, Portugal)
Handwritten Date: April 18, 1953
- Ex. Mo Senhor I ro. Sargento
- Walter Nikkel
- 1605 Air Police Sqdn. AATS
- Lajes, Terceira
Front: S. Miguel—Açores—Lagoas Verde e Azul das Sete-Cidades Foto Toste
18 April 53
I wish you & Mac are here with me. God damn it, this is a nice spot! Why don’t you take a 3-day pass (and Mac), & get the hell down here?! I am damn sure you both would like it muito!!
My best regards – [name?]
Note (3/11/2020): Thanks to Ricardo Reis for commenting to let me know that the last word of the message is “muito,” which is Portuguese for “much.”
Without a Blueprint [1951, N. Dakota] Same recipient (Walter Nikkel)