Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Huge Elvis Statue for National Postcard Week

NPCW 2016
National Postcard Week

Elvis is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll." Since his officially documented death, August 16, 1977, Elvis has been spotted in many places.  I took these photos of a HUGE Elvis in Crystal River, Florida in the late 1980's.

Photos and Postcard Created By: Penny Andrea-Einmo

This card is unused. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Walt Disney's Bambi and Characters in Porcelain

Classics
Walt Disney Collection

A Celebration of Spring
Bambi takes his first wobbly steps.  Friend Owl shares a few words of wisdom.   Spring is in the air - a special time to celebrate.  And what nicer way than with a gift from the Walt Disney Classics Collection.  Whether it's baby Bambi for that special new arrival, Friend Owl for the wise, new graduate, or bashful Flower just to show your mother that you love her, these beautifully handcrafted animation sculptures are a thoughtful expression of your feelings.  Perfect for any occasion or just because it's spring!

Beautifully detailed animation sculptures from the Walt Disney Classics Collection.
Bambi and Flower "He Can Call Me A Flower If He Wants To" 6"
Thumper "Hee! Hee! Hee!..." 3"
Friend Owl "What's Going on Around Here?" 8 3/5"
Thumper's Sisters "Hello, Hello There!" 3 3/5".

This advertising postcard is oversized and unused. The set was made in 1992 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of  Bambi the deer (released on August 13, 1942).

If you want to purchase this entire set on the Disney Classics website, be prepared to pay a little over $1,000.00 dollars.  

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Art by Cline A. Siegenthaler

1991 Cline A. Siegenthaler

I believe this looks like it might be a dragon? Or maybe it is an Alligator with legs and arms??  What ever it is, I like it.

This postcard is unused.

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Cline A. Siegenthaler has been exhibiting his Science Fiction and Fantasy artwork since 1989. His portfolio is an ever-changing zoo of bizarre aliens, whimsical gargoyles and over-engineered, mechanical beasts.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saint Michael Church in Dijon, France

Dijon
Cote-d'Or
L'eglise Saint-Michel
(Saint-Michel Church)

Photo: Olivier Anger

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 from France.

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The first mention of the Saint-Michel church in Dijon was in the year 889. At that time it was probably originally a simple wooden chapel. When it became too small in 1020 it was replaced by the bishop of Langres, Lambert Bassigny.

Once again in 1497  it had become too small to accommodate all the faithful so they decided to build a new church. The new church was consecrated on July 29 1529. However, it was not until 1667 after the completion of the main facade that the church took on its final form.
France stamp 2015
The 350th Anniversary of 
The Saint-Gobain Corporation
1665 - 2015
0,68
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Saint-Gobain S.A. is a French multinational corporation, founded in 1665 in Paris. Originally it was a mirror manufacturer but now it also produces a variety of construction and high-performance materials. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Karayou Shepherd in Ethiopia

Mata-Hara, Ethiopia
Karayou Shepherd 
Photo-Art, George Talanos, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

This real-photo postcard is postmarked around 1955.

The sender writes:
All continues to go well.  Africa is almost beyond belief for the boys as well as myself.  We have an interview with the king tomorrow.  As he rarely grants them to visitors, we are all quite excited.

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Haile Selassie I  (23 July 1892 – 27 August 1975), was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor from 1930 to 1974. 

He is on the stamps that are on the back of this postcard.  I wonder if this is who they were able to interview???

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Missile Row at Kennedy Space Center, Florida

John F. Kennedy Space Center
N.A.S.A.
Overall Aerial View of Missile Row Looking North
Launch site of American Astronauts.

This is postmarked in 1972 with an Eisenhower 6 cent stamp and a special NASA postmark featuring a rocket.  
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Here is one more view ..
Aerial View Cape Kennedy, Florida 
Showing Martin's Titan as it blasts off on a 6,000 mile trip down the Atlantic Missile Range. 

This is postmarked on March 6, 1969 with 5 cent Washington stamp. (The first moon landing was on July 20, 1969.)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Multiview Postcard of Cuba, A Car, A Crocodile, Traditional Dress and More

Vistas de Cuba: Catedral de la Habana, Plaza de la Revolucion, "Chacon" (cuidador de cocodrilos in Guama), Plaza Mayor de Trinidad, Playa de Varadero y muchachas cubanas en vestidos tipicos de epoca colonial en la Habana. 

Translation:
Views of Cuba: Havana Cathedral, Plaza de la Revolucion, "Chacon '(caregiver crocodile in Guama), Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Varadero Beach and Cuban girls in dresses typical colonial era in Havana.

This is postmarked in 2015 with a stamp from Cuba.
FIFA Football World Cup - Brazil
Soccer, 75

Monday, July 3, 2017

Independence Day (Movie), 3D Postcard

 Independence Day

The success of
INDEPENDENCE DAY
has gone beyond anything we could have ever imagined.  we knew that we were creating a very special film and are pleased that it has struck a chord with such a vast audience.

Now, and in the years to come, we hope you and those close to you will have the opportunity to enjoy this film over and over again.

Dean Devlin (Producer and Co-Writer)
and
Ronald Emmerich (Director and Co-Writer)

This 3-D card was not meant to be a postcard.  However, someone stamped it and mailed it to me with a 'Planet Saturn' stamp in 2016.

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Independence Day, (the main release was on July 3, 1996) is an American science fiction action film. The film focuses on a group of people who unite in the Nevada desert in the aftermath of a worldwide attack by aliens. Along with the rest of the world, they launch a counterattack on July 4 – Independence Day in the United States.
USA stamp 2016
Views of Our Planets
Saturn 
Forever a first class stamp

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Five Fun Frogs Frolicking in a Bathtub

Both of these fun postcards are designed by E. Schlunegger.  They features five frogs playing in a bathtub and are from 2017.

Here is the second card.  It is exactly the same except for the background.  What a difference! 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Tokaj, Hungary

 Tokaj

This postcard is postmarked in 2017 from Hungary.

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Tokaj is a historical town in Northern Hungary.  It is the centre of the Tokaj-Hegyalja wine district where Tokaji wine is produced.

Thank you Kati for this sending this card while on your trip.
Hungary (Magyarorszag) stamp 2016
(The stamp was printed in 2015.)
Greetings, Poppy Flower

Friday, June 30, 2017

Rush Hour with Sheep in Scotland

Rush Hour in Scotland
Photo: Don Stevenson

This sheep postcard was postmarked in 2017.

Thank you Miguel for this funny card.
Great Britain stamp 1979
Uniform Postage 1840
The 100th Anniversary of the 
Death of Sir Rowland Hill
15 P
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Great Britain stamp 1980
Victorian Novelists
Emily Bronte, 15 P
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Great Britain stamp 2012
Orange, 87 P

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Doors of Tallinn, Estonia

Eesti. Tallinna uksed
Estonia. Doors of Tallinn

Photo: Toomas Volmer

This unused postcard is from 2017.

I bought this postcard in Tallinn with my Aussie friend Glennis.  I do have to admit, the doors and architecture in general in Tallinn is something beautiful to see!  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Two Ladybug Postcards

Foto: Andreas Doerig

The sender writes:
This postcard is so cute!  I love the colorful ladybug on the black and white background.

This card was postmarked from Finland in 2017.
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A ladybug on a leaf from Germany.

This is postmarked in 2008 with a machine printed stamp.
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Finland stamp 2016
Finnish Barns
1 LK KL

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hauhine Island in French Polynesia

Paysage de Huahine
Landscape of Huahine

This postcard is unused.

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Huahine is an island located among the Society Islands, in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Leeward Islands group.

The island has a population of about 6,300.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Map Postcard of Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod
Cape Cod Bay
Nantucket Sound
Martha's Vineyard
Buzzards Bay

Cape Cod, Massachusetts 

This postcard was postmarked in 2017. 

Thank you Laura for this map postcard. 
USA stamp 2017
Seashells
Alphabet Cone
Postcard rate

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A Sea Lion from New Zealand

Hooker's Sea Lion
Photo: Benjamin Albert Smith

pikitia (A postcard company in New Zealand.)

This postcard is postmarked from New Zealand in 2017. 

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The New Zealand sea lion, also known as Hooker's sea lion, is a species of sea lion that primarily breeds on New Zealand's subantarctic Auckland and Campbell islands. It numbers around 10,000 and is perhaps the world's rarest sea lion species. 

Thank you Susan for this postcard. 
World War I, 1917 The Darkest Hour
Social Change at Home...
Six O'Clock Closing
Is It Justified On Military Grounds?
Business Men's Resolution
Request to Defer Action
2.20

Friday, June 23, 2017

An Old Postcard from 1883

This is an old Postal Card from Kansas that is postmarked on June 23, 1883.
It features the Liberty 1 cent stamp.

The note on the back says:
 "Sir, I hold a receipt against that note. Please state what remains due. yours, Slaten, Yates Center, Kansas, Woodson County"

I was sent this message about this card...

This "postal card" was used in 1883, but postal cards of this issue were first sold in late September of 1875. The Scott catalog number for this item is UX5 (assuming it is unwatermarked, else it is UX4 and worth hundreds of dollars!)

A postal card is one sold by the post office with the postage amount pre-printed. The double circle date stamp is all that was required for it to be entered into the mail. "Cancelling" the Liberty / One Cent is not necessary for postal cards like it is for stamped mail, but this was often done anyway as in the present example.

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I have one more postal card that is postmarked in 1883...

This postal card from Maine is postmarked in 1883.  The sender is asking for  an account to date and a few blank checks.