Sunday, November 11, 2018

Tower of London Poppies in England for the Soldiers Lost in WWI

Tower of London Poppies

"The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red"
An extract from the poem by an unknown soldier, inspired the artist Paul Cummings MBE and designer Tom Piper MBE to display 888,246 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London.  One for every British and Commonwealth Soldier killed in the Great War.
"We will remember them".

Photographers: Geoff & Margaret Grist and Tony & Bronwyn Moore

The sender writes:  I visited this awesome installation last year and stood and stared at it along with 100's of other people from many countries.  The artist came up with an amazing idea I think.

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 from England.

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World War I began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918 when Germany had formally surrendered and all nations had agreed to stop fighting while the terms of peace were negotiated.

200th Anniversary The Battle of Waterloo
Waterloo - The French cavalry's assault 
on Allied defensive squares - 1.00

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Loreley Statue by St. Goarshausen, Germany

The Loreley
by Heinrich Heine

I wonder why I am so weary,
What's making me so depressed,
It must be the tale old and dreary,
That's keeping my mind quite obsessed.

The air is cool, night is sinking,
And quietly's flowing the Rhine,
The tops of the mountains are blinking,
In purple-red sun-setting shine.

There's siting high up in the light
A maiden so beautiful, fair
Her jewels are glistening bright
She combs her gold shimmering hair.

Her comb is of most precious gold,
She's combing and singing so sweet
Bewitching young fishers and old
Their hearts start to quiver and beat.

There's a man in his boat on the river,
He cannot but listen and stare,
A longing is making him shiver,
Look out, the rocks' ledge, oh beware!

I fear there's a crash, the boat sinking,
The man will be swallowed and gone,
And that with melodious singing
The Loreley will have done.

The Rhine - The Loreley near St. Goarshausen

Der Mittelrhein erstreckt sich zwischen Bingen/Rüdesheim und Bonn.  Seit 2002 ist das obere Mitteiheintal von Bingen/Rüdesheim bis Koblenz UNESCO-Welterbe.

The Middle Rhine extends between Bingen / Rüdesheim and Bonn.  Since 2002, the upper Mitteiheintal from Bingen / Rüdesheim to Koblenz is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This postcard was postmarked from Germany in 2017 with the signatures of 10 members of Postcrossing from a meet-up.

Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2017
Classic Cars
Opel Manta A, 1970-75

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton's
The Nightmare Before Christmas

This postcard is unused.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas, released on October 29, 1993, is a stop-motion animated dark fantasy musical film directed by Henry Selick, and produced and conceived by Tim Burton. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, a resident from "Halloween Town" who stumbles through a portal to "Christmas Town" and decides to celebrate the holiday, with some dastardly and comical consequences.

Danny Elfman wrote the songs and score, and provided the singing voice of Jack. 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

A Dear Doctor Postcard from Taranaki, New Zealand

Mt. Egmont and the pasture lands of Taranaki

Dear Doctor:
From makers of the PENTOTHAL family of intravenous anesthetics, Holiday Greetings! We've chosen this New Zealand stamp depicting Rembrandt's "Adoration of the Shepherds" as especially appropriate to the Christmas Season.

This "Dear Doctor" postcard is postmarked in 1961.

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Mount Taranaki, or Mount Egmont, is an active volcano in the Taranaki region on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island.
New Zealand stamp 1960
Rembrandt Nativity, 2 D 
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New Zealand stamp 1960 - 1963
Local Motifs 
Corynocarpus laevigatus
Karaka Flowers, 1 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Cartoon Icebreaker Ships from Finland

Ja Iloa!

and Joy!)

This postcard features three icebreaker ships and a snowmobile.  It is postmarked from Finlandia 2017 with two stamps.

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In 2016 Finland developed the first icebreaker in the world (named Polaris) to feature environmentally friendly dual-fuel engines capable of using both low-sulfur marine diesel oil and liquefied natural gas.
Finland stamp 2017
Birds, Arktika
Clangula hyemalis
Long-tailed duck
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Finland stamp 2017
The Face of Finland, 1.20

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Posti (Finland's Postal System) 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.


On a side note, I was in Finland for Finlandia 100 in Tampere.  I was staying with a friend (Kati) and we found one of these stamps with her face on it!  Everyone was very excited for her.  

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Paddington Bear

Please Look after this Bear
Thank You.

Paddington Bear
Paddington and Company 1994

This postcard is unused.

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Paddington Bear is a fictional character in children's literature. He first appeared on October 13, 1958 and has been featured in more than twenty books written by Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum and other artists.

Paddington is a friendly bear from deepest, darkest Peru. He has an old hat, battered suitcase (complete with a secret compartment, enabling it to hold more items than it would at first appear), duffel coat and a love of marmalade.

Paddington books have been translated into 30 languages across 70 titles and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Apollo 7 - Launched 50 Year Ago Today . . .

John F. Kennedy Space Center
The Apollo 7 spacecraft, atop a Saturn IB rocket, lifts off from Complex 34.  The spacecraft achieved orbit to begin an 11-day mission.   The flight is intended to qualify Apollo for a manned flight to the moon.

This unused postcard is from 1968. (The launch was on October 11, 1968.)
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Here is another postcard...
John F. Kennedy Space Center
Saturn IB space vehicle carrying Apollo 7 Astronauts Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Donn F. Eisele and Walter Cunningham lifts off from Launch Complex 34.  Camera captures rocket clearing its 240-foot-high umbilical tower.

This postcard is unused. 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

A Painted Apple for International Postcard Week

International Postcard Week
October 1-7, 2017

Hello from Deborah Ashley and Happy International Postcard Week!

This is a first for me on multiple accounts:  my first time participating in International Postcard Week and my first time sharing my art!  I painted the apple on this post card just weeks ago and now declare myself an artist sharing my art with the world!

Thank you for sharing both of these firsts with me!

All the best, indeed!

Deborah Ashley
Limited edition # 11 of 100

This is postmarked in 2017 with a shell stamp.

Thank you Deborah for sharing your beautiful apple!  For sure you are a true artist.
USA stamp 2017
Zebra Nerite
Postcard rate

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Le Grand Marche (Market), Ganhi, in Dahomey (Benin)

Republique du Dahomey
Le Grand Marche Ganhi

This vintage postcard is unused.

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Cotonou is the largest city and economic centre of Benin.
The name "Cotonou" means "by the river of death" in the Fon language.

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The Republic of Dahomey was established on December 11, 1958, as a self-governing colony within the French Community.  On August 1, 1960, it attained full independence from France.  In 1975, the country was renamed Benin.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Pirates of the Caribbean - A WonderGround Postcard from Disney

Yo Ho Mates, Set sail to see the...
Pirates of the Caribbean

Original Artwork of
"Yo Ho, Set Sail"
by artist Dave Perillo

WonderGround Gallery
The Art of Disney
Themes Parks

This unused postcard is from 2017. 

Friday, August 31, 2018

King Street, Jersey, Channel Islands

King Street, Jersey, C.I.

This is the Island's main shopping district with many attractive shops.
Le principal quartier commercant de I'ile avec beaucoup de magasins seduisants.

This vintage postcard is unused.

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The Channel Islands are an archipelago in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy. They include two Crown dependencies: the Bailiwick of Jersey, consisting of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey, consisting of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and some smaller islands. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

An Owl Celebrating International Postcard Week

Whoooo is celebrating International Postcard Week? Owl bet it is you!

International Postcard Week
October 1-7, 2017

This Eastern Screech Owl is hoping this special week is a hoot.
Happy IPW!

Take Care,

Limited Edition Postcard of 100
Postcard and Design by Brenda

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Doctor Who, Comic-Con Advertising Postcard

Doctor Who
BBC America

Comic-Con 2008
Thursday July 24

Doctor Who Panel, Ballroom 20
Executive Producer and lead writer Steven Moffat and Executive Producer Julie Gardner discuss their creative process and experience on working on the BBC's Doctor Who - Britain's most successful sci-fi franchise - with exclusive clips and Q & A session.

Shown on the card is the 10th Doctor played by David Tennant and Donna Noble played by Catherine Tate.

This advertising postcard is unused.  Below is a scan of the back of the card.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Edwin Aldrin At Work on the Moon

At Work on the Moon

Edwin Aldrin inspects the footpad of the Lunar Module "Eagle" after it landed gently on the Moon's Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969, at 4:17 p.m EDT.  The footpad sank into the soil only about two inches.  In the weak lunar gravity, the astronauts weighed only one-sixth of their weight on Earth.

Official NASA Photograph

This vintage postcard is unused. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Harley-Davidson Museum opened in July 2008 and displays a large collection of Motorcycles along with history about Harley-Davidson.  The Iron Horse Hotel, a boutique hotel catering to motorcycle enthusiasts, is located one block south of the museum.

Photos by William H. Jacobs

This unused postcard is from 2016.

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The Harley-Davidson Museum opened on July 12, 2008 and is a celebration of the more than 110-year history of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The 130,000-square-foot (12,000 m2) three building complex on 20 acres (81,000 m2) contains more than 450 Harley-Davidson motorcycles and hundreds of thousands of artifacts from the Company's history.
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Here is one more similar postcard from Milwaukee . . .
Harley Davidson Motorcycle
With the corporate headquarters of Harley Davidson Motorcycles in Milwaukee, 
it is not surprising to see a number of these cycles cruising the streets.

Photo by Steve Gibson

This unused postcard is from 2016. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Flag of The Bahamas

Greetings from the Bahamas!
Photo: Werner J. Bertsch

(The white stripe and flower are not part of the flag design.)

This postcard is postmarked in 2017.

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The colors of the flag carry cultural, political, and regional meanings. The gold alludes to the golden sand and the shining sun– as well as other key land-based natural resources – while the aquamarine stands for the Caribbean sea surrounding the country. The black symbolizes the "strength, vigor, and force" of the Bahamian people, while the directed triangle evokes their "enterprising and determined" nature to cultivate the abundant natural resources on the land and in the sea.

This flag was adopted on July 10, 1973.
USA stamp 2016
Pickup Trucks
1938 International Harvester D-2
Forever a first class stamp

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Maryhill Stonehenge, Washington

The Columbia River Series

The millionaire road builder, Sam Hill, built a complete town here and no one came to live in it.  He tore the town down and built the Stonehenge in its place as a memorial to soldiers who gave their lives in W.W.I. "What in Sam Hill did you do that for?"

This is an unused postcard.

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The Maryhill Stonehenge is a replica of Stonehenge located in Maryhill, Washington. It was commissioned in the early 20th century by businessman Samuel Hill and dedicated on July 4, 1918 as a memorial to those that died in World War I. The memorial was completed in 1929. It is constructed of concrete.  It was the first monument in the United States to honor the dead of World War I (specifically, soldiers from Klickitat County, Washington who had died in the still on-going war).