Saturday, May 31, 2008

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

postmarked with Suomi Finland 'bird' stamp in 2008


Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an Academy Award-winning American actor and filmmaker.

Eastwood is best-known as an actor for his tough guy, anti-hero acting roles in action and western films, particularly in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. His performances as the laconic Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's "Dollars trilogy" of spaghetti westerns which include A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), and as Inspector Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry films have seen him become an enduring icon of masculinity.

Eastwood has won five Academy Awards—twice each as Best Director and as producer of the Best Picture and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1995. He has also been nominated twice for Best Actor, for his performances in Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby.

Eastwood also has an interest in politics; he was elected Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, serving from 1986 to 1988.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Universal Studios, Earthquake Ride

Universal Studios -Florida

Earthquake - The Big One
Brace yourself as ceilings collapse, subway cars crash, and gasoline trucks explode in an authentic earthquake registering 8.3 on the Richter Scale.

Postmarked in 2008 with a US 41 cent flower stamp, a Liberty forever stamp, AND a 10 cent 'American Clock' stamp

On a side note:
This ride is no longer there. It was replaced with "Disaster! A major motion picture ride....starring you."
I like them both, but the special effects are better on the newer version of the ride.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hell, Norway

Hell, Norway

postcard reads:
Norge. (Norway)
Aftenstemming Hell st..

Foto: Aune Forlag

I LOVE this postcard! When it came in the mail I called all my friends and said, "Well, I've never been to Hell, but I have a postcard from there!" LOL!

postmarked in 2008 with a Norge (Norway) racing car stamp

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Hell is a small village in Stjørdal, Norway with a population of 352. It has become a minor tourist attraction because of its name, since people like to take the train there to get photographed in front of the station sign. The station sign reads "Gods-expedition", an old spelling of the Norwegian word for "cargo handling" (godsekspedisjon would be the current spelling).

The name Hell stems from the Old Norse word hellir, which means "overhang", "cliff cave". The Norwegian word hell can also mean "luck". The Old Norse word Hel is the same as today's English Hell, and as a proper noun, Hel was the ruler of Hel. In modern Norwegian the word for hell is helvete. The Norwegian word for "god" is gud.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Pan Am Collector Postcards of Vintage Travel Posters

Pan American Airways System

From a set of 20 postcards 1930's-2006 (2 each of 10 different cards)

Pan Am Collector Postcards of Vintage Travel Posters

Pan Am has defined modern air travel by shaping airline services since its early days.
Pan Am perfected the craft of offering passengers the ultimate flying experience. From the late 30's to the mid 60's, Pan Am was the benchmark in luxury travel & coined the term "jet-setting". During this time, Pan Am represented the sophistication & class that only the world's premier airline could offer.

Copyright - 2006

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Frogs with Hats

I love the hats on these two frogs!

postmarked in 2008 with three France stamps, two 0,10 with a flower with a ladies face and one 0,65 with a 'Megaloceros' (a large, extinct deer with HUGE horns)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Adris Apse - New Zealand Panoramic

Adris Apse - New Zealand Wide Panoramic shot
Green rolling pastures at Tahora, in the King Country are the base for our primary industries wool, meat and butter.
postmarked in 2007 with $1.50 'Arrowtown' New Zealand stamp

The hills are so green in this postcard, they almost don't look real! - Very beautiful card

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Villefranche-De-Conflent - France


Le château Fort-Libéra,
construit par Vauban,
domine la cite fortifiée (du XI e au XVII e): l'escalier,
dit "des Mille Marches" (XIX e) rejoint le pont fortifie Saint-Pierre -
La chapelle -
La prison des Dames -
Vues sure la cite -
Le Fort-Libéria -
Vue sur la cite depuis l'escalier "des Mille Marches".

Photos: S. Vartabedian

postmarked in 2008 with 0.85 France stamp

a little information in English:

Villefranche-de-Conflent (Catalan Vilafranca de Conflent) is a small walled town in the Pyrénées-Orientales département, southwestern France.

The town is tightly packed within the original castle walls and is bounded on one side by the road running up into the Cerdagne and on the other by the Conflent.

If anyone has any translations, or more information, please add it. This looks like it would be a fun place to visit!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

A Bird on a Postcard that Squeaks

A Black and Red Bird Flying

Souvenir Post Card
Printed in Japan.

This vintage postcard is unused.

A 'Squeaker' postcard is a card that has two pieced that have been sealed together at the edges.  Inside there is a squeaker, just like then ones you find in small dog toys. There is also a small hole in the back of the postcard to let air in and out of the squeaker.   When you pinch the postcard, it makes a squeaking noise!

  I uploaded a little video of a few squeaker postcards here ...

Friday, May 23, 2008

Mohair Spinner in Lesotho

Mohair spinner - Lesotho

This postcard is unused.

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Mohair is usually a silk-like fabric or yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios

The Simpsons Ride
Universal Studios - Orlando Florida

Premier & Preferred Annual
Passholder Preview
May 9-11, 2008

You're invited to get your first look at the hilarious new 'The Simpsons Ride' at Universal Studios Florida!

The back has a coupon for a free squishee and Simpsons souvenir.

Postmarked with a machine stamp in 2008

Monday, May 19, 2008

Two 'Real Photo' Postcards from Fargo North Dakota (1940's)

Broadway North from Second Avenue - Fargo, No. Dak.
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First Avenue North, Fargo, No. Dak.

Both North Dakota postcards are unused and have '1940?' written on the back.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, at Night

Brasil Turistico

Rio De Janeiro - RJ - Brasil
Vista noturna da Baia de Guanabara.
Night view of Guanabara Bay.

This is postmarked with a machine stamp from Brasil (Brazil) in 2008.

here is just a little extra about Rio:

Population: 6,000,000
Elevation: 10 feet / 3 meters
Average January Temperature: 75 degrees F / 24 degrees C
Average July Temperature: 50 degrees F / 10 degrees C
Language: Portuguese
Rio De Janeiro is Brazil's second largest city.
Until 1960, Rio was the capital of Brazil.
Rio is home to the world-famous "Christ the Redeemer" statue, a 98-foot statue of Jesus Christ that overlooks the city from Corcovado Mountain.
I want to go there ;-)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Youth Brass Band of Central Florida

Youth Brass Band of Central Florida

Congratulations on this past years selection to Florida All-State.

If you are returning to a music program in the Central Florida area in the 2008-2009 school year, we encourage you to consider auditioning for the premier brass and percussion ensemble in Florida, the Youth Brass Band of Central Florida (YBBCF)

For more information, please visit (click on Youth Band)

This postcard was sent to All-State brass and percussion players in Central Florida. Made by the USPS and machine stamped by them in 2008

If you would like to hear this youtube video...the music in the background is them!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Public Library and Fifth Ave. in New York City

Public Library and Fifth Ave., New York.

Public Library located on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street.  Covers two entire city blocks, is built entirely of marble and cost nine million dollars.  Opened for public use May 23, 1911, and contains over two million volumes and is said to be the most complete library in the country.

This is postmarked in 1930, one year after the stock market crash.

Monday, May 12, 2008

The First Kiss - Giraffes

The First Kiss

Misha and Makulu
Rothschild's giraffes

postmarked from Germany with a Deutschland (Germany) 'Astrid Lindgren' stamp in 2008

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Celebrate Mother's Day - Going out to eat ;-)

Celebrate Mother's Day at the Citrus Club
Sunday, May 11th
Orlando, Florida

Postmarked in 2008 with a machine stamped label for 26 cents

Happy Mothers Day to you all. May you and your family have a blessed day.

Friday, May 9, 2008

National Postcard Week: 2008 - Frying an Egg on Route 66 in Arizona

 National Postcard Week
May 4-10, 2008

Hot enough to fry and egg on Rt. 66
Arizona, 1940

Vintage Views NPCW
from Marjorie Lamprecht

this is postcard # 79 of 100

postmarked in 2008 with a 41 cent 'Boba Fett-Star Wars' stamp

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Fairy Land, Puki postcard

Fairy Land - Puki postcard (a toy doll)

postmarked with 26 cent 'wild cat stamp in 2008

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Vegas Act, David Quinn, Ventriloquist

David Quinn

Entertainment for all Occasions
Shows, Banquets, Night Clubs, & Private Parties

shown here with...
Wayne Newton
Freddy Fender
Dinah Shore

postmarked in 1995 with 'Old Glory USA G postcard rate' stamp

Monday, May 5, 2008

New Zealand Map

New Zealand Map...

New Zealand consist of three main islands in the South Pacific Ocean, the North, South and Stewart Islands covering an area of approximately 268,000 square kilometres and having a population of over 4 million people of mainly European, Maori and Polynesian blood. For all its small size however, New Zealand is a land full of contrasting scenic beauty which makes it unique in the world. High mountains, low plains, fiords, forests, glaciers and roaring rivers abound, most within a short distance of the towns and cities. It is a sportsman's paradise in which any outdoor sport can be accommodated. As New Zealanders say it is "God's Own Country".

- postmarked with $1.50 New Zealand "whale tail" stamp - Jan. 2007

Sunday, May 4, 2008

National Postcard Week: 2008 Fallen Soldiers of Rio Grande Valley, Texas

The Rio Grande Valley's Fallen Soldiers

The back reads:

Mission, Texas
100th Anniversary
National Post Card Week
May4-10, 2008
By Honoring
The Rio Grande Valley
who paid
the ultimate price
for Freedom abroad

limited edition 88 / 100


Friday, May 2, 2008

Legends of the West - Sacagawea

From the United States Postal Service's (USPS) 'Legends of the West' Series...

Sacagawea - "Bird-woman" - c1787-1812 - Born Shoshone, she was captured by rival Native Americans and later sold to a French trapper. Both joined the Lewis & Clark Expedition, which she served as guide. -

postmarked, First Day of Issue on Oct. 18, 1994 in Laramie, WY with matching 19 cent stamp