Tuesday, December 10, 2019

A Christmas Rhyme with Holly Berry

Holly bough and holly berry
Take for me a message merry
Take remembrance and a rhyme
For the Merry Christmas time
Take good wishes and good cheer
That shall last the whole New Year.

Sandford Card Company, Dansville N.Y.

It took me a few tries to figure out how to read this postcard!  It was postmarked in 1913.
USA stamp 1913
Parcel Post
Post Office Clerk
Red, 1 Cent

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Town Center in Umag, Croatia


The sender writes:
This card is from the place we spent our summer holidays this year.  It is near to where we live (only 1 hour 30 minutes) in Croatia.  It was really nice and the sea was very warm.  

This postcard is from Croatia, however,  it was postmarked in 2019 from Slovenia, from a lady who lives in Italy.  I love it!

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Umag (Italian: Umago) is a coastal town in Istria, Croatia.  It was mentioned for the first time in the 7th century by someone from Ravenna, but it already existed in Roman times. Proof of this is found in the numerous remains of Roman villas uncovered all along the coast.
Slovenia (Slovenija) stamp 2017
Villa Creativa, 
Happy New Year 
Snowman, C

Monday, December 2, 2019

Muskox in Greenland

Kap Kobenhavn (Cape Copenhagen), North Greenland
Photo: Jens Bocher

This postcard features muskox and was postmarked from Greenland in 2017. 
Greenland (Gronland) stamp 2017
(Small European Postal Administration Cooperation)
Local Handicrafts, 15,00 Kr

Thursday, November 28, 2019

A 1912 Thanksgiving Day Greetings Postcard

Thanksgiving Greetings

This unused vintage postcard features an embossed turkey, corn, grapes and other food.

It was designed in 1912 by Heymann. 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

A Map and Flowers from North Carolina

North Carolina Fun Facts

State Capital: Raleigh
State Tree: Long Leaf Pine
State Flower: Dogwood
State Bird: Cardinal
Highest Point: Mount Mitchel; 6,684 feet
Largest City: Charlotte
Area: 48,843 square miles
Statehood: Nov. 21, 1789 (12th admitted)
State Motto: Esse quam videri (To be rather than to seem)
State Song: "The Old North State"

Photo by Jim Doane

This unused postcard was bought in 2009.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Namirembe Cathedral in Uganda

Namirembe Cathedral

This postcard was postmarked from Uganda in 2017.

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Saint Paul's Cathedral Namirembe is the oldest cathedral in Uganda. It serves as the provincial cathedral of the Church of Uganda, the first diocese to be founded in the Church of Uganda province, in 1890.
Uganda stamp 2017
Uganda Wildlife
Vervet Monkey, 1800

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A Mosquito as the State Bird of Mississippi

Mississippi State Bird
The Mosquito

The sender writes: I saw this postcard at a gas station in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, it made me laugh, so I decided to mail you one.

This postcard was postmarked in 2019.

I actively look for postcards that feature funny mosquitoes.  You can see my collection HERE.
USA stamp 2017
Zebra Nerite
Postcard rate

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Cornwall England, The Sender Writes about E and W Germany

The Delectable Duchy
Cornish men claim that theirs is the first, last and best County of England.

From Padstow Point to Hartland Light
Is a water grave by day or night.

By Tre, Pol, & Pen, ye shall know Cornish men.

"Pilchards are food, money and Light, all in one night. "
(I had to look up Pilchard, it is an oily sardine.)

As I was going to St. Ives.  I met a man with Seven Wives.
Seven Wives had Seven Sacks, Seven Sacks had Seven Cats, Seven Cats had Seven Kits.
Kits, Cats, Sacks, Wives, how many were going to St. Ives?

The sender writes:
I am having a fascinating trip.  If I get past the Russian guards at the E. German border - I should be in W. Berlin this PM.  If not, read about it its the Times.  See you all and tell ole Soca, I am safe.

This was postmarked from "(1) Berlin SW 11" with a German stamp  on October 5, 1959.

On a side note:
They started building the Berlin Wall on August 13, 1961 and it came down on November 9th, 1989.
Germany stamp 1959
Deutsche Bundespost
Professor Dr. Theodor Heuss, 20
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Theodor Heuss (31 January 1884 – 12 December 1963) was a West German politician who served as the first President of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1949 to 1959. 

Monday, November 4, 2019

The Far Side and Near Side of the Moon

The Earth's Moon

I bet the poster or what ever this postcard was printed from has some great information!  Most of it is too small to read.  I can see it comes from the National Geographic Society Magazine.

This postcard was mailed from Russia in 2019. 
Russia stamp 2010
The 500th Anniversary of the 
Birth of Ivan Feodorov, 1518-1583
50 P.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween from Sesame Street

Happy Halloween
Sesame WorkShop

The featured Sesame Street muppets are:
Zoe, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Elmo, Bert, and Ernie.

This postcard was postmarked from Japan in 2017.
Japan (Nippon) stamp 2015
Chipmunk, 3
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Japan (Nippon) stamp 2015
Snow Monkey, 5 
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Japan (Nippon) stamp 2017
Familiar Animals, 
Puppy, 62

Monday, October 28, 2019

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:
A Bloody Twist on Jane Austen's Classic
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:
Lady Catherine's Ninjas Unleashed on Elizabeth. 

Both of these postcards were postmarked in 2013. 

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a 2009 parody novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. It is a mashup combining Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice (1813) with elements of modern zombie fiction, crediting Austen as co-author. 

The novel was adapted into a 2016 movie starring Lily James and Sam Riley.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Chalmette Battlefield in Louisiana

Did You Know?
Chalmette Battlefield
New Orleans

Chalmette was the location of what is often called The Battle of New Orleans, where United States forces under Colonel Andrew Jackson defeated the British in 1815.  The battlefield is preserved as a national monument, and a military cemetery is adjacent.  On 29 August 2005, the enormous 25-foot storm surge from Hurricane Katrina completely destroyed Chalmette.  Fortunately the majority of the population evacuated shortly before the storm hit, but there was still some loss of life for many who had not gotten out.  Chalmette National Cemetery is a 17.5-acre site that was once the battleground of the Battle for New Orleans.  It is the burial place for 15,300 veterans of military campaigns from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War.

This postcard was postmarked in 2019.
USA stamp 2019
Coral Reefs
Staghorn Coral
Postcard Rate

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Legend of the Lady of the Angels Church in Cartago, Costa Rica

Basilica Nuestra Sra. De Los Angeles: Cartago
Basilica Of Our Lady Of The Angels: Cartago

This unused postcard was bought in Costa Rica in 2009.

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I found this legend on a few websites...

Located in the city of Cartago is the Basilica that is dedicated to the Lady of the Angels. Local legend says this all came about when a small statue of Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus was found by a young girl in this city. The girl took the statue from the rock that she found it on and brought it home, but when she awoke the next morning the statue was gone. To her discover the statue was back on the rock where she had found it. The girl then took the statue to a local priest where he locked it up for the night. The next morning the statue was no longer locked up, but back on the rock.