Friday, October 31, 2008

Bobbing for Apples on Halloween


Raphael Tuck and Sons, Halloween Postcards Series No. 183

postmarked in 1912 with a one cent 'Franklin' stamp

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Bobbing for apples is a game often played in connection with Halloween. The game is played by filling a tub or a large basin with water and putting apples in the water. Because apples are less dense than water, they will float at the surface. Players then try to catch one with their teeth.

 A more sanitary variation of the game exists, with the apples hung on string, rather than in a bowl of water.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Cow Vampire

Pâtures et nature

Vacula, bovidé des ténèbres (bovines(cows)of the night??)

Série "Les petits matins après-midi"

postmarked in 2008 with a France stamp

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Santorini Island, Greece


photo by George Meis

the sender writes, " This postcard shows a view from Santorini, the famous island in the Aegean Sea. Houses are high on a hill with a perfect view to the sea and the little island with the volcano that cut the island in two pieces many many centuries ago. "

(I would love to visit this place!!)

postmarked in 2008 with a beautiful underwater scene Hellas (Greece) stamp

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Puerto Rico

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Aerial view of Castillo San Cristobal (1634 - 1783)
This is postmarked from San Juan in 1978.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Everything I learned from my cow

This postcard was translated on the back for me :)

Everything I need to know about life I have learned from my cow.
- Munch your food always carefully
- Don't Bully
- Follow your heart and you'll end in the right place
- It's better to be milked than butchered
- Don't let others butt you
- Cream always rises to the surface.

postmarked in 2007 with a 'Moomin' stamp from Finland

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Orthodontics - funny advertising postcard

Cary Williams, D.MD., M.S., P.A. - Tampa, Florida

Age 7 is a good time for a first orthodontic Appointment
An orthodontic examination when both permanent and baby teeth are present will detect or intercept problems early. and help ensure the best dental and facial development for your children.

this advertisment postmarked is postmarked in 2000 with a 'presorted std' stamp

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Victor Hugo statue in Guernsey

Guernsey -
Victor Hugo Statue in Candie Gardens
postmarked with Guernsey 'Centenary of Scouting' 48 ER stamp

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
How did Winter lose her tail?
- She became entangled in a crab trap line.

We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine life.

postmarked in 2008 with a 'Forever, Liberty Bell' 2007 stamp

the sender writes, "This dolphin named Winter was rescued. They were unable to save her tail, but have been working with a prosthetic with her. She has inspired many people with prosthetics as she has been learning to use her prosthetic tail."

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Caramel Fudge Cheesecake

Caramel Fudge Cheesecake

this is an advertising postcard for 'Keller Williams - Heritage Realty'
postmarked in 2007 with a machine stamp

Caramel Fudge Cheesecake Recipe

1 package fudge brownie mix (8-inch square pan size)
1 package (14 ounces) caramels
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 squares (1 ounce each) semisweet chocolate, melted
2 squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate, melted

Prepare brownie batter according to the package directions. Spread into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt caramels with milk. Pour over brownie crust; sprinkle with pecans. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and sugar; mix well. Add eggs, beating on low speed just until combined. Stir in melted chocolate. Pour over pecans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until the center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool completely. Chill overnight. Remove sides of pan before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Yield: 12 servings.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

People from the Village of Abyaneh in Iran

Village People from Abyaneh- Looking at Abyane through windows - The author of the card writes, "This village is well known for its traditions. The people there wear still the traditional cloths as well men and women, speak their old language and the houses are all in ancient style -

This is postmarked with these two Iran stamps, one with a man, the other with a butterfly in 2007.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Winnie the Pooh and his honey jar

Winnie the Pooh, Based on the works by A. A. Milne and E.H. Shepard -
postmarked from Finland with 'Moomin' stamp in 2007

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Taipei 101 building, Taiwan

Taipei City, Taiwan

(Taipei 101 building)

This was postmarked in 2008 with a Republic of China 12 stamp.

Some info - not from the postcard -
Taipei 101 received the Emporis Skyscraper Award in 2004. It has been hailed as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World(Newsweek magazine, 2006) and Seven Wonders of Engineering (Discovery Channel, 2005).

The building contains 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. Its safety features enable it to withstand typhoons and earthquakes. A multi-level shopping mall adjoining the tower houses hundreds of fashionable stores, restaurants and clubs. Fireworks launched from Taipei 101 feature prominently in international New Year's Eve broadcasts, and the landmark appears frequently in films, television shows, print publications, anime media, games, and other elements of popular culture.

Here is a postcard of the same building on New Years Eve.  This one was postmarked in 2010 .....

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Southern Indiana

Southern Indiana

The lovely rolling hills, lakes waterways, and historic sites in this beautiful region are a delight to visit. - Upper left: Indiana's First State Capitol, Corydon. - Upper right: Lake Ogle, Brown County State Park - Lower left: Horseshoe Bend, The Ohio River - Lower right: Lincoln Pioneer Village, Spencer County -

This was postmarked in 1990.
USA stamp 1988
Great Americans
Buffalo Bill Cody
15 cents

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Koh Tao, Thailand

Koh Tao, Thailand
1. Koh Nang Yuan
2. Laem Thian
3. Aow Thian Ok
4. Map of the Island
5. Aow Chaloak Baan Kao
6. Sairee Beach
7. Sunset at Aow Chaloak Baan Kao

postmarked in 2008 with two Thailand stamps

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Moomin picking flowers

Moomin picking flowers
original illustrations: Tove Jansson
Design: Susanna Rumpu & Ari Lakaniemi

postmarked from Finland with the matching Moomin stamp!