Saturday, August 17, 2019

Ladies Weighing Themselves, Can This be True?

Voiko tämä olla tottakaan?
Vaaka taitaa näyttää ihan omiaan!

loose translation:

Can this be true?
The future seems to be so good!

This postcard has never been mailed, however it has a Finland stamp and is postmarked from Finlandia 2017.

I have amazing girlfriends, but we NEVER get on the scale and weigh ourselves in front of each other.
Finland stamp 2017
The Face of Finland, 1.20

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Posti ran a campaign in fall 2016 to collect photos of faces from the public for a special stamp publication to mark Finland's centenary of independence. The thousands of photos come together like a mosaic to form different stamps, which are positioned on the sheet in the form of the map of Finland. Each stamp and booklet will be unique.

"These stamps are worth a close look, as receivers and senders might spot their own face or the faces of acquaintances on them," says Tommi Kantola, Design Manager at Posti.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Vanuatu in Oceania

Typical romantic sunset, New Hebrides.
Photography by Teva Sylvain

This postcard is unused.

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New Hebrides was the colonial name for the island group in the South Pacific Ocean that is now Vanuatu.

Vanuatu is an archipelago of volcanic origin.  It is located 1,750 kilometres (1,090 mi) east of northern Australia and west of Fiji.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Suomenlinna, Seaborg in Helsinki, Finland

Suomenlinna, Sveaborg

The sender writes:
This is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.  I visited this island on my first day in Helsinki.
Finland stamp 2016 
Karelian Pasty, 1
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Suomenlinna, Sveaborg

Sarkan linnoitus 1750-luvulta
Fastningen pa Langorn fran 1750-talet
Fortress of Sarkka from 1750's

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Suomenlinna (Finnish), or Sveaborg (Swedish), literal translation in Finnish is Castle of Finland and in Swedish Castle of Sweden is an inhabited sea fortress built on six islands and is part of the city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage site and popular with tourists and locals, who enjoy it as a picturesque picnic site.

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Both of these postcards were postmarked in 2017 from Finland.
Finland stamp 2016
WWF, Endangered Species
Nehalennia speciosa
1 LK KL 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

GroBbeeren and Großbeeren Tower for International Postcard Week

International Postcard Week
October 7-13, 2018

Hello, and greetings from Germany.  My name is Anke and I live in a village called GroBbeeren.

I discovered International Postcard Week through a member of Postcrossing.

On the front you can see an aerial view of my home.  I took the photo from the tower you can see in the upper right corner.  It's a monument for the defeat of the Frenchman in 1813, where Napoleon was prevented to conquer Berlin.
Every year in August we have a festival where this feat is celebrated.
Bye, Anke

Limited Edition # 4 of 30

This wonderful postcard comes from Anke in Germany. 

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Algarve, Portugal


The sender writes:
Dear Brenda
It was such a pleasure to meet you in Tampere, Finland last week!  You mentioned enjoying 'weird postcards' so here's a quirky one for you.  They managed to cram everything about our region in a singe card via photoshop: the fish next to the flowers next to the beach and the sunflowers.  There are a few more things they should have added (figs, almonds, golf...)  maybe I'll find a more comprehensive card!

This wonderfully quirky postcard was postmarked from Portugal in 2017. 

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Algarve is the southernmost region of mainland Portugal.  It is famous for its hand-painted pottery and ceramics.
Portugal stamp 2014
Major Awards of Portuguese Architecture
Goncalo Ribeiro Telles

Monday, July 22, 2019

A Young Woman in The Ivory Coast in Africa

Republique De Cote D'Ivoire
Jeune femme Ivoirienne 

Translation from French:
Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
Young Ivorian woman

At first I thought she was pouring flour or something, however it is all over the ground and I see a chicken in the background.  So I'm guessing she is feeding the chickens.  However, this is just a guess. 

This postcard was postmarked in 1984 from The Ivory Coast in Africa
Ivory Coast (Republique de Cote D'Ivoire) stamp 1983
Birds, Psittacus Erithacus
Grey Parrot, 125

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Two 'Connect the Dots' Postcards with Moomin

Moomin Charaters

Yhdista pisteet - Connect the Dots

Putinki Oy
Helsinki, Finland
Moomin Charaters

Yhdista pisteet - Connect the Dots

Putinki Oy
Helsinki, Finland

Both of these unused postcards were purchased in  2017. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Fort George, Grenada

Isle of Spice
West Indies

Fort George
St. George, Grenada W.I.

This postcard was mailed from Grenada in 2018.

The sender writes:
We walked in-front of this fort.  We Loved Grenada!

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Fort George is located on the promontory to the west of the harbor.  It was built in 1705 by the French.  As of now many of the buildings are used by the police. 

Much of the fort is still intact and open to visitors. However, the buildings are very dilapidated, from a combination of Hurricane damage and neglect.
Grenada stamp 2013
Birds, Parrots
Blue-Winged Macaw
Primolius Maracana, $ 1

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July!

Independence Bell 1776

This embossed patriotic postcard was designed by C. Chapman.  
Printed in Germany # 51668

It was postmarked in 1909.  

The sender writes:

Dear cousin Emma,
Have not heard from you for quite a while; hope you are all well and wish you a pleasant "Fourth'.
Love to all,
Elizabeth Page
July 4th, 1909
USA stamp 1908
Benjamin Franklin
1 cent

Friday, June 21, 2019

Happy Summer from Gyro Gearloose

Glad Sommar (Swedish for Happy Summer)

Walt Disney Productions

This postcard features Gyro Gearloose from DuckTales.  It was postmarked from Sweden with a stamp from 1992.

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Gyro is a fictional character, an anthropomorphic chicken that is Duckburg's most famous inventor.  He was created by Carl Barks for The Walt Disney Company.
Sweden (Sverige) stamp 1992
European Football (Soccer) Championship
2.80 kr

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day!

To Dear Dad

The sender writes:
Dear Papa, I am well, hope you all are the same.  Besure and write.  I will answer mothers letter soon.
With best regards to all,
I remain your Daughter, Anna.

This postcard is embossed and was postmarked in 1909.
USA stamp 1902 
United States of America
Presidents & Other Famous People 
Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 1790
1 cent