Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Naminoue Shrine, Ryukyu Islands, Japan

Namino - Ue Shrine
The shrine is only one government managed shrine and the annual festival is held on the 17 May.  Evening view is wonderful from its garden which is the best place for rambling.

This is postmarked from Ryukyu in 1971.

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Naminoue Shrine, literally "Above the Waves Shrine", is a Shinto shrine in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. It sits atop a high bluff, overlooking Naminoue Beach and the ocean.

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The Ryukyu Islands, more commonly known in Japanese as the Nansei Islands, are a chain of Japanese Islands.  The largest of the islands is Okinawa.
Japan, Ryukyus Islands stamp 1961
Flying Goddess, Airmail, 9 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Bastei Rock Formations and Bridge in Germany

Elbsandsteingebirge Basteibrucke
Zauber einer Landschaft

Scones Elbsandsteingebirge

From a translator:
Elbe Sandstone Mountains Basteibr├╝cke
Magic of a landscape
Beautiful Elbe Sandstone Mountains

This is postmarked in 2009 from Germany with two stamps.

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The Bastei is a rock formation towering 194 metres above the Elbe River in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains of Germany. Reaching a height of 305 metres above sea level, the jagged rocks of the Bastei were formed by water erosion.

The Bastei has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years. In 1824, a wooden bridge was constructed to link several rocks for the visitors. This bridge was replaced in 1851 by the present Bastei Bridge made of sandstone.
Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2009 
500 Jahre Rathaus Frankenberg (Eder)
The 500th Anniversary of 
Frankenberg City Hall, 45
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Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2009
Europa
Astromomie (Astronomy)
400 Jahre Keplersche Gesetze
(400 years Kepler's laws) - 55

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Pop Tarts - Crush Orange

Pop tarts
New Flavor
Frosted Crush Orange
8 Toaster Pastries 

This is a handmade postcard.  The front of the box was cut off, stamped and mailed in 2016. 

Here is a scan of the back ...

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Best of Tchaikovsky

The Best of Tchaikovsky
Swan Lake
The Queen of Spades
The Seasons
Eugene Onegin

This postcard is postmarked in 2016 with three stamps from Russia.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (7 May 1840 – 6 November 1893) was was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, bolstered by his appearances as a guest conductor in Europe and the United States.

Kremlins
Astrakhan Kremlin 1.00
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Russia stamp 2013
Arts and Crafts of Russia - Shawls
15 p
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Russia stamp 2013
Arts and Crafts of Russia - Shawls
15 p

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Snail Art in Ohio for National Postcard Week

Slowly spreading the news: it's National Postcard Week!
May 7-13, 2017

I took this photo September 2016 at the Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library during the art installation "Flock," by CrackingArt, a group from Milan Italy.  There were over 300 recyclable plastic animal figures all over downtown.  I loved the snails!

This unused postcard is number 42 in a limited of 100.  It is from Christina Getrost. 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Maryland - State Hood on April 28, 1788

Maryland

Area, 10,577 sq. mi.
Population, 4,781,468
Capital, Annapolis
Largest city, Baltimore
Statehood, April 28th, 1788
Nickname, Old Line State
Motto, Many Deeds Womanly Words
State bird, Baltimore Oriole
State flower, Black-eyed Susan
State tree, White Oak

Photos: Sidney Traub, Middleton Evans, Ron Haisfield

This unused postcard was giving to me in 2015.

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The Reason for the Nickname:
The Maryland 400 were members of the 1st Maryland Regiment who repeatedly charged a numerically superior British force during the Battle of Long Island during the Revolutionary War, sustaining heavy casualties, but allowing General Washington to successfully evacuate the bulk of his troops to Manhattan. This action is commemorated in Maryland's nickname, the "Old Line State."

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Nearer My God to Thee, The Song of the Titanic

Plus Pres de Toi Mon Dieu!
Nearer My God to Thee!

Celebre Cantique du "Titanic"
(Famous Song of the Titanic)

This is an unused 1912 postcard featuring the sheet music of the song that was played while the Titanic was sinking.  The words of the song are written in French and English.  

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Punta Gorda in Roatan, Honduras

Roatan
Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda es el pueblo Garifuna de la isla (una mezcla de islenos afro-indigenas, caribenos y de indios arahuacos) y el mas antiguo de Centroamerica.  Los Garifunas arribaron a la isla el 12 abril de 1797 provenientes de la isla San Vicente y se apostaron en la bella region de Punta Gorda.

Punta Gorda is an old Garifuna town (a mix of Afro-indigenous islands, Caribs and Arawak Indians) located in Roatan.  It is the oldest Garifuna settlement in Central America.  They came from Saint Vincent Island on April 12, 1797 and settled in the beautiful area of Punta Gorda.

Photos by Eliab Perez

This unused postcard was bought in Honduras in 2014. 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Bette Davis on Two Postcards

Bette Davis

This reproduction postcard was bought in 2014.

Although the card doesn't say it, this is from the movie 'The Letter'.

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The Letter is a 1940 American film directed by William Wyler, and starring Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall and James Stephenson.

Plot:
The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense, but a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.
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Bette Davis
by Oscar da Costa

This postcard is unused.

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Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television and theater. Noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters, she was highly regarded for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ingle Look's Grannies Celebrates Easter

Design: Inge Look / 38

The sender writes:
Have a Brilliant Easter Time!

She also had this postcard, featuring her famous little old ladies, rabbits and eggs,  autographed by Inge Look!  It is postmarked in 2015 with a cute stamp from Finland.
Valentine's Day 
Friends Together
Birds and a Mole? Krtek? 
1 Lk KL

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C.

2017

National Cherry Blossom Festival
Each year Washington, D.C. celebrates the gift of ornamental cherry trees from Tokyo, Japan.  In a ceremony on March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador planted a pair of trees, the first of thousands which were shipped to the city.  

The sender writes:
Though this year's blooms were a little "whimpy" compared to the average year, they were still beautiful and even magical!  Spring certainly is gorgeous here in our nation's capital!

This postcard is postmarked on March 29, 2017. 
USA stamp 2016
Colorful Celebrations
Forever First Class

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Vanguard Rocket and the 'Baby Moon'

Baby Moon

Air Force Missile Test Center
Patrick Air Force Base, Florida
U.S. Navy Vanguard - Satellite Vehicle

The Vanguard blasts off from its launching stand at Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying in its nose a small earth satellite.  This "baby moon" is now circling the earth as part of United States participation in the International Geo-physical Year.  The Vanguard, undertaken by the Naval Research Laboratory, is one of the rockets now being tested at the Air Force Missile Test Center.

This is an unused vintage 'Curteich Color' postcard.

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I believe this was on March 17, 1958. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Mauritius Postcard Featuring The Colors of their Flag

Mauritius
Ile Maurice

This is postmarked in 2016.

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The national flag of Mauritius, also known as the Four Bands, was adopted upon independence on March 12, 1968. It consists of four horizontal bands of equal width with the colors red, blue, yellow, and green.
Mauritius stamp 2013
Bras D'Eau National Park
Mascarene Swallow (or Martin Bird)
Phedina borbonica, Rs 18

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Elizabeth Taylor Biography Special on A&E

It's Liz Taylor.

You should really consider first class postage.

Biography Special
Elizabeth Taylor
Premieres Sunday, March 16, 8PM / 7C

A & E
Watch it on Comcast.

The is a free advertising 'Supercards', postcard.  It was printed in 2003.

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I love Liz's (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) violet colored eyes on this card. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Oddest Valentines Postcard Ever ...


To greet My Love

This is an unused embossed postcard featuring cuped with snowshoes, wearing an animal pelt standing in the woods by a burning heart. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia 2014

Sochi, Russia
2014
Fisht Olympic Stadium

This postcard is unused.

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Fisht Olympic Stadium is an open-air stadium located in Sochi Olympic Park and named after Mount Fisht.  At a cost of $779 million, the 40,000-person-capacity stadium was built primarily for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, serving as the Olympic stadium and the venue for their opening and closing ceremonies.

Now that the games are over, it serves as a training centre and match venue for the Russia national football (soccer) team,  and as a site for matches during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Walt Disney's Peter Pan

Walt Disney's
Peter Pan
Color by Technicolor

Peter Pan
The original one-sheet for Peter Pan, released February 5, 1953

This unused postcard is from 'Disney Classics, A Postcard Book'.

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Peter Pan is an animated movie based on the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. It is the 14th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.

Peter Pan is the final Disney animated feature released through RKO before Walt Disney's founding of his own distribution company, Buena Vista Distribution.