Published on January 19th, 2021 | by AberdeenMagazine
Greetings from Aberdeen
New Downtown mural attracts dozens of contest entries.
Greetings From Aberdeen originates from a time when America’s travel culture started to boom.
Businesses sold illustrated postcards to tourists at this burgeoning time for adventure. These old-fashioned postcards are widely collected and the style inspires community artwork all over the world. It was in the time of quarantine that Troy McQuillen had an idea. He was inspired by his own postcard collection to bring Aberdonians together by creating a community center-piece in the form of a mural.
Troy has Aberdeen’s original “Greetings From Aberdeen” postcard from the 1940s in his collection. He decided to create something that would pay homage to a time when people could travel without a care in the world and see the sights. Little by little, he designed a new “Greetings From Aberdeen” card that features Aberdeen’s iconic scenes of today. From our state bird to Twist Cone, Troy captured many landmarks that define Aberdeen.
The artwork became a mural destined for the side of his building at 423 S. Main Street. He wanted to create a Downtown attraction and give people a chance to show off their hometown pride. To draw attention to the new mural the idea became a contest. The rules were simple: throughout the month of September, take a picture in front of the mural and post it to social media with the hashtag #GreetingsFromAberdeen. On Thursday, October 1, Tess Van Der Bel was randomly selected as the winner of the contest and a $500 cash prize.
Aberdeen Magazine received dozens of photo submissions, including groups from local organizations. Not wanting to leave them empty-handed, we awarded the participants free shirts from our University of Aberdeen branded apparel.
We would like to thank everyone for participating in this photo contest. Having people in Aberdeen come together despite the troubles in the world is what makes this city is so special. // – Daniel Wise