Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Disney Fireworks

Fantasy in the Sky

The sky over the Magic Kingdom's regal Cinderella Castle explodes with brilliant color at night in the traditional Disney fireworks display.

postmarked in 2008 with a 39 cent 'Lady and the Tramp' stamp

There is also a 'Main Street U.S.A. Magic Kingdom' postmark :)

some interesting info on the 'Fantasy in the Sky' fireworks show:
Walt Disney requested a fireworks show against the backdrop of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in 1958, to keep guests at the park for longer hours and provide much needed night-time entertainment. The show was extremely popular, and became a vital component of the Disneyland experience. When the second Disney park, the Magic Kingdom, opened in Florida in 1971, it was only natural to duplicate the show there. The predecessors to Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, the company who create all the entertainment for Disney parks worldwide, were able to produce a much larger show with a bigger budget and more space to work with - Cinderella Castle is almost three times taller than its Californian cousin.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Jesus is the reason for the season

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, Which is Christ the Lord." - Luke 2:11 -

postmarked in 1991 with US 19 cent balloon stamp

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

two 'angels catching stars' postcards


Card on the top:
Joulurahu langeb
ule kogu maa,
taidab meie hinge
vaikse roomuga.

Haid Joule!

Peace is covering the land,
filling our soul with silent joy.

Merry Christmas!

postmarked in 2007 with Eesti (Estonia) 8.00 stamp


card on the bottom:

Mailed with a 41 cent stamp 'The Madonna of the Carnation' from the Bernardino Luini National Gallery of Art


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Cow ice skating - 'Holiday on Eis'

Michael Sowa "Holiday on Eis"

postmarked in 2008 with two Deutschland (Germany) stamps

I LOVE this!! This cow has grace and style - I'm surprised there aren't more cows in the audience! ;-)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Santa flying with his sleigh

How great is this...

the card reads:
Hyvaa Joulua
Onnellista Uutta Vuotta

(Merry Christmas
Happy New Year)

It is from Finland and written in Finnish, but mailed in 2008 from Thailand with these two great Thailand stamps!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Memorial Library in Manchester, New Hampshire

Frank P. Carpenter's Memorial Library at Manchester, N. H.

This is postmarked in 1948 with a 1 cent 'George Washington' stamp

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Shopping - Resistance is Futile

Merry Christmas!
Welcome to Mega Mall's Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

Matt Wuerker, Illustration - 1997

postmarked in 2008 with a 27 cent 'Star Fruit' stamp

This is tooooo funny! I love this postcard!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Finland - Art - Fishing

Terveiset Pieliselta

Nailla rannoilla ahmin muistoja.
(from this lake shore I collect my memories)

postmarked in 2008 with a Finland 'art' stamp

this postcard is an oval shape

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Virgin Islands, End of a Perfect Day

End of a perfect day

Virgin Islands

St. Thomas, V.I.
Spectacular view of Charlotte Amalie Harbor at night, with cruise ships lit brilliantly is a phenomenal sight to see.  St. Thomas is a port definitely worth visiting.  The sunsets are a must see for all.

The Back of the card has a recipe

Taste O' The Tropics Rum Punch
Serves 20-24

1 bottle (750 ml) light rum
3/4 cup pineapple juice
juice of 6 oranges
juice of 6 limes
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 1/2 quarts ginger ale
orange slice and/or maraschino cherries for garnish

In a large punch bowl, combine rum, pineapple juice, juice of oranges, juice of limes and confectioners sugar.  Add ginger ale just before serving.  Chill. server over ice in glasses and garnish.

This is postmarked in 2008 with a 94 cent 'St. Johns, U.S. Virgin Islands' stamp.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Sheriff Hutton Castle, York, England

Sheriff Hutton Castle, York

postmarked in 2008 with an 'Eleanor Rathbone' stamp

Our friend Richard sent me this, if I have my story correct, as this castle fell apart, the local people would take the stones and use them to build new buildings on their properties. Some of these stones were used to make the base of the barn on our friends land.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Festac Durbar in Kaduna - Nigeria

Festac Durbar in Kaduna - Nigeria

postmarked in 1977 with a 10k Cheetah stamp from Nigeria

I was trying to find some information about Festac and am having a hard time. If anyone has a link, or some information, I sure would love to hear it.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Greetings
Patriotic Turkey

postmarked in 1910 with one cent stamp

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

State 4-H camp, West Virginia

State 4-H Camp at Jackson Mills
Weston, West Virginia

Swimming pools and dining hall at Jackson Mills State 4-H Camp. The 4-H Camp is built on the farm which was the Boyhood Home of Stonewall Jackson, Confederate military genius.

postmarked in 1965 with 4 cent 'Lincoln' stamp

the sender writes:

I am in camp at Jackson's Mill taking First Aid during 4-H Leadership Conference. I will be an instructor and qualified to teach and issue certificates if I pass.
Having an enjoyable week and the food is wonderful. Activities are numerous but do not have much time to participate in recreation as this course is lengthy.

on a side note:
the 4 H's stand for
Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Donald Duck in the rain

Disney - Donald mad as usual! postmarked from Finland with 1 LK - KL flower stamp in 12-2006

Donald Duck is a cartoon character from The Walt Disney Company. He usually wears a sailor shirt, cap, and a red or black bow tie, but no pants (except when he goes swimming). Donald's most famous trait is his easily provoked and occasionally explosive temper.

According to the Disney canon, particularly in the 1942 short Donald Gets Drafted, Donald's full name is Donald Fauntleroy Duck. Donald's birthday is officially recognized as June 9, 1934, the day his debut film, The Wise Little Hen, was released. However, in The Three Caballeros (1944), his birthday is given as simply "Friday the 13th", which is in reference to the bad luck he experiences in almost all his cartoon appearances. Donald's Happy Birthday (short) gives his birthday as 13 March.

Donald's voice, one of the most identifiable voices in all of animation, was performed by voice actor Clarence "Ducky" Nash up to 1983. It was largely this semi-intelligible speech that would cement Donald's image into audiences' minds and help fuel both Donald's and Nash's rise to stardom. Since 1985, Donald has been voiced by Tony Anselmo, who was trained by Nash for the role.

Here is Donald Duck’s first film appearance:
The Wise Little Hen (1934)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Seychelles, Africa

Anse Source d'Argent - La Digue - Seychelles.

the sender translated:

ANSE = beach
s'ource = source
D'argent = silver

they say this beach got this name maybe because on a sunny day the water
shines... kinda.

postmarked in 2008 with a Seychelles, 2008 Olympics stamp

From Wikipedia:
Seychelles, officially the Republic of Seychelles, is an archipelago nation of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, some 1,500 kilometres (930 mi) east of mainland Africa, northeast of the island of Madagascar. Other nearby island countries and territories include Zanzibar to the west, Mauritius and Réunion to the south, Comoros and Mayotte to the southwest, and the Suvadives of the Maldives to the northeast. Seychelles has the smallest population of any other state of the African continent.

The number of islands in the archipelago is often given as 115 but the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles lists 155.

The Seychelles president, who is both head of state and head of government, is elected by popular vote for a five-year term of office.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Rock Tombs in Antalya, Turkey

Turkiye (Turkey)

the sender writes, 'These rock tombs are in Myra, in Antalya, which are built in Lycia time.'

postmarked in 2008 with a Turkiey Cumhuriyet! stamp

Demre (Myra) Antalya : Demre was one of the most important cities of the Lycian civilisation. Demre was a place of settlement from the 5th century BC. Rock tombs, theatres and the Church of St. Nicholas (said to be the original Santa Claus) are the most interesting sites in the town today.

Antalya is a city on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey. It is the capital city of Antalya Province.
It is unknown when the site of the future city was first inhabited. Excavations in 2008 in the Doğu Garajı district of Antalya have uncovered remains dating to the third century, B.C, suggesting that the city was founded earlier. Later Antalya became part of the Roman Republic in 133 BC when King Attalos III of Pergamum willed his kingdom to Rome at his death and the city grew and prospered in the Ancient Roman period. Christianity started to spread in the region after 2nd century. Antalya was visited by Paul of Tarsus, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 14:25-26), (wherein Antalya is referred to as Attalia). St. Paul and St. Barnabas went to Antalya and sailed from there to Antioch after preaching in Pisidia and Pamphylia.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

El Mexicano - Day of the Dead

El Mexicano
Lagoa da Conceição
Florianopolis - Brasil

Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
2 De Noviembre (November 2)

postmarked in 2008 with 3 Brazil stamps

from Wikipedia:
The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos in Spanish) is a holiday celebrated mainly in Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage (and others) living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and relatives who have died. The celebration occurs on the 1st and 2nd of November, in connection with the Catholic holy days of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day which take place on those days. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years, and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl (known in English as "The Lady of the Dead").

Similar holidays are celebrated in many parts of the world; for example, it is a public holiday in Brazil, where many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain, there are festivals and parades, and at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray to their loved ones who have died. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe and in the Philippines, and similarly-themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thank You Veterans

Thank You Veterans

Paralyzed Veterans of America
Helping American's paralyzed vets help themselves

unused postcard 

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Parliament Building in Yerevan, Armenia

The World in Colours

Yervan: The Parliament Building
Photo: Kevormail

This postcard is unused. 

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Meadowbrook Inn in Portsmouth New Hampshire

The Meadowbrook Inn
Interstate Highway Circle, Exit 5
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

122 spacious rooms, restaurant, lounge, meeting rooms, fitness room, pool, cable TV.  Convenient to waterfront and local attractions.

This is postmarked in 1998 with 20 cent 'blue jay' stamp.
(I read that this building was torn down, but I'm not sure.)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Moon Crow

A winning image from the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2006 owned by the Natural History Museum, London, and BBC Wildlife Magazine, and sponsored by Shell.

Moon crow
Serkan Gunes (Turkey/Sweden)
Eric Hosking Award
When Serkan finished photographing a particularly beautiful sunset from his backyard, he suddenly realised a full moon was rising. 'I already had plenty of classic moon shots,' he says, 'and wanted to make a different picture by having something in front of the moon'. Packing up 30 kilogrammes of photographic equipment, he strode off into the woods to where he knew hooded crows would be roosting. 'There were dozens around in the trees, but none on the right branch. Suddenly this individual obligingly landed just in front of the moon. Serkan had time to take only two pictures - one focused on the moon and the other on the bird (which he like best) - before it flew off.

postmarked in 2008 with a 56p 'queen' stamp

Friday, November 7, 2008

Kornati Islands National Park, Croatia

Nacionalni Park Kornati

the sender writes, 'This postcard is from the seaside (region Dalmatia). This looks like dunes, and is a National Park, "Kornati Islands". It is a phenomenon because it is the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean.

postmarked in 2008 with two Republika Hrvatska (Croatia) stamps

some additional information:
KORNATI ISLANDS is a group of about 130 islands, islets and reefs sprinkled in the deep blue sea of the Adriatic covering an area of about 64 sq km. The Kornati archipelago is in Dalmatia, a coastal region of Croatia just across the cities of Zadar and Sibenik. The largest island is Kornat from which the archipelago takes its name. Apart from a tiny area of cultivated land with fig trees, olives and vineyards, Kornati islands are rocky, covered with thin grass, rare trees and Mediterranean scrubs. The Kornati have no permanent inhabitants, although the present owners from nearby larger Dalmatian islands periodically visit Kornati to tend their vineyards and olive groves, bringing their sheep to graze. The sea around the islands is rich with fish and a variety of marine life.

The islands have no spring water, only rainwater collected in waterholes. The unique feature of the islands lies in their rugged shores with many caves and coves. The landscape of chalk limestone is covered with bushes of rosemary, juniper, lavender, thyme, myrtle and sage.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Terijoella, Beach was in Finland, now Russia

Merikylpylaelamaa Terijoella. -
Antti Jokinen v. 1929 -
Museoviraston kuva-arkisto.

the sender writes, " On this postcard you can see people enjoying the sun on the sandy beaches of Terijoki in 1929, a long time ago. That place Terijoki is on the Karelian Isthmus between the Gulf of Finland and the Lake Ladoga, near St Petersburg. In 1929 the Karelian Isthmus still belonged to Finland, but from 1944 onwards (after the war) it has belonged to the Soviet Union and later Russia. The Finnish name Terijoki has been changed to the Russian name Zelenogorsk. My grandparents from my mothers side were originally from the Karelian Isthmus, so I tend to get a bit nostalgic over all things "Isthmus".

Postmarked with 0,70, Finland stamp of a preacher in 2007

Monday, November 3, 2008

Koln, (Cologne) Germany

koln am Rhein
bridge at sunset

mailed 11-2006 with a yellow Deutschland stamp

not on postcard, but some information:
Koln - (Cologne) - is Germany's fourth-largest city after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, and is the largest city both in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants. It is one of the oldest cities in Germany, having been founded by the Romans in the year 38 BC. Cologne was granted the status of a Roman "city" in the year 50 AD.