Thursday, July 31, 2008

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota


Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore Memorial, silhouetted against the splendor of a western sunset, America's Shrine of Democracy is hewn from an everlasting sheer granite cliff.

This is postmarked in 1981 with this 12 cent Henry Ford stamp.
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Here is just one more ......

Bust of George Washington - Proportionate to a man 465 feet tall.  Mount Rushmore Memorial, Black Hills of South Dakota

An idea of the size of this monument can be obtained by the dimensions shown on this picture.  It may also be remembered that Washington's nose is a large as the entire head of the Sphinx.

This postcard is unused. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Towers of Bulgaria


Towers of Bulgaria

1. Tryavna, The Clock Tower, 1814
2. Svishtov, The Clock Tower, 1760
3. Rila Monastery, The Hrelyo Tower, 1335
4. Vratsa, The Tower of Kurtpasha, 17th c.
5. Berkovitsa, The Clock Tower, 1762
6. Byala Cherkva, Monument-belfry, 1929
7. Karnobat, The Clock Tower, 1841
8. Vratsa, The Meshchii's Clock Tower, 17th c.

Great postcard!!

This is postmarked in 2008 with these two Bulgaria stamps.



Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Libya - Tripoli, Suk El Mushir

Tripoli - Libya
Suk El Mushir

Postmarked in 2009 with two Libya "International Fair" stamps.
 

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Virgin Islands Interesting Facts


Interesting Facts & Island History

Welcome to Paradise! The American and British Virgin Islands comprise about one hundred islands, inlets and cays, part of the Antilles chain, which separates the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The United States Virgin Islands are located at 18 degrees 20' North Latitude and 64 degrees 55' West Longitude.

Christopher Columbus landed on the U.S. Virgin Islands on his second voyage and named the entire island group after the legend of St. Ursula and her virgin martyrs.

Denmark took over St. Thomas in 1670. Under Denmark, the Islands developed as slaveholding, sugar-growing communities. Most of the buildings in the city of Charlotte Amalie were built in Danish colonial times.

The United States bought the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1917. Local government was finally establish in 1954. St. Croix, the largest of the islands is 28 miles long and 7 miles wide, in total 84 square miles. St. Croix is home of many ruins and restored greathouses and sugarmills. Christiansted and Fredericksted are the major towns and ports in St. Croix.

St. John, at 20 square miles, is the smallest of the three islands
St. John, with its lush mountain vegetation, outstanding beaches and unspoiled beauty is considered by manyto (should be 'many to') be the most beautiful of the three principal U.S. Virgin Islands.

St. Thomas has 32 square miles of mountainous terrain. Its harbor is the Caribbean's number one cruise ship port of call and home to a large charter yacht fleet. The town of Charlotte Amalie is the seat of Government and one of the most famous shopping centers in the Caribbean area.

Magens Bay beach on St. Thomas' north side has been described as one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world.

The Virgin Islands lie directly in the path of the easterly trade winds, insuring a year round mild climate. The temperature ranges from70 (error 2 - no space) to 90 degrees. The constant winds keep the humidity at a comfortable level and the average annual rainfall is 45 inches, most of this coming in the summer months.

The Virgin Islands offers something for everyone, friendly people, white beaches and crystal aquamarine waters, breath-taking scenery, water-sports, night-life, sports, and shopping.

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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.

postmarked with this 94 cent 'St. Johns, U.S. Virgin Islands' stamp

Friday, July 25, 2008

Minsk - Belarus


Minsk, Belarus

1- The Svisloch Embankment with a view of the Upper City
2- S.S. Simon-and-Helen Roman Catholic Church (The Red Church, 1908-1910)
3- Church in Praise of Our Lady's Icon "Joy of All Who Mourn"


On the postcard is this amazing Belarus 500 stamp from 2006 featuring myotis dasycneme (pond bat)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Women Stand Over Things - Germany

Frau steht über den Dingen!

(Women stand over the things!)

Postmarked in 2008 with this Deutschland (Germany) 100 stamp from 2007 featuring 'Astrid Lindgren 1907-2002'

Monday, July 21, 2008

Burma (Myanmar) with Nepal stamp


That-Pyin-Nyu Pagoda.
A famous shrine in Pagan. (in Burma (Myanmar))

postmarked in 1974 with a Nepal U.P.U. Centenary 1974 stamp

the stamp:

Friday, July 18, 2008

Comics - Improving the kids motor skills


Improving the Kids' Motor Skills

Duckboy Cards Inc. by Paul Stanton

I love this black and white postcard!! I wonder if the guy fishing is catching anything with all the noise the kids are making! lol

postmarked in 2008 with 26 cent 'wild cat' stamp

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wildflowers of Wisconsin


Wildflowers of Wisconsin - Much to the delight of nature lovers, many varieties of wildflowers are found throughout Wisconsin. The Wild Rose, Wild Geranium, Oxeye Daisy, and Buttercup are featured here - Photos by Graeme Paxton - postmarked with 19 cent deer stamp in 1991

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Metal postcard of a boat


This metal postcard is engraved on Copper - by Kopper Kard Co.

back has: Sailing, Boating and River Running are among America's favorite activities. Our beautiful sea coasts and inland lakes and rivers offer unlimited variety to these ever-increasing sports.

unused but writing on the back has the date 1990 on it.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Finland Army Canteen


Helsingin Seudun sotilaskotiyhdistys ry
Sotilaskotisi Santahaminassa

(The Helsinki area Army Canteen Organization in Santahamina)

postmarked in 2008 with this stamp...


Ilo Olla Vihrea Sisar
(It's a Joy to be a Green Sister)

the name 'Green Sister' is given to the volunteers who work in the Army Canteens. They are usually the sisters, wives, and girlfriends of the soldiers.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Oversized Texas Postcard


Greetings from Houston, Texas

Battleship Texas
Port of Houston
Band of the Southwest
Sam Houston Monument
Houston International Airport
Rice University

postmarked in 1994 with 29 cent 'African Violet' stamp.

Like Texas, this postcard is very large! (6 inches by 9 inches)

Friday, July 11, 2008

El Morrow Castle, Puerto Rico



Majestic El Morrow Castle in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

This postcard is the length of two regular cards,  It has a crease in the center where you are supposed to fold it to mail it. (this card was never folded)

postmarked from San Juan in Feb 2007

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Lying on the northwestern-most point of the islet of Old San Juan, Castillo San Felipe del Morro is named in honor of King Philip II of Spain. The fortification, also referred to as el Morro or 'the promontory,' was designed to guard the entrance to the San Juan Bay, and defend the Spanish colonial port city of San Juan from seaborne enemies.

In 1983, the el Castillo was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in conjunction with the San Juan National Historic Site. Over two million visitors a year explore the castillo, making it one of Puerto Rico's leading tourist attractions.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

To Fly - A Conoco Film


To Fly
(A Conoco Film)

TO FLY is a unique motion picture that dramatizes some of the most memorable achievements in flight over the past 145 years. It is shown free of charge at the Johnson Wax Golden Rondelle Theater in Racine, Wisconsin.

This great Large Letter postcard is postmarked in 1981 with a 15 cent 'Illinois windmill' stamp

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Exaggeration Fishing Postcards


Exaggeration - Fishing - 200# test lines are needed here!

You have to tire them out before landing them. - postmarked (to me!) in 1969 from my grandpa (I was 4) - stamp missing

He writes, "How are you? This fish got away from me. Maybe I will get him another day." He goes on to tell me the snow is up to my waist where he is.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Cow with a map of Estonia


eesti - Estonia

I didn't even realize the black 'spot' on the cow was a map in the shape of Estonia until I read the postcard! Love it! (see map below)

This is postmarked from Estonia in 2008.
Welcome to Estonia - a map with the capital "Tallinn" on it. - what a fun card this is! There is a lot to look at with all the ways of getting to Estonia.

This card is postmarked in 2007.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Costa Rica - National Theater

The National Theater in San Jose, Costa Rica

Photo: Jean Mercier

This is postmarked in 2008.

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Here is a postcard of the statue on the roof....
National Theater / Costa Rica
Photo by Joaquin Murillo

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The National Theatre of Costa Rica is located in the central section of San José, Costa Rica. Construction began in 1891, and it opened to the public on 21 October 1897 with a performance of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Skopje, Republic of Macedonia


Ckonje - Skopje
Skplje, Republic of Macedonia
Kale Fortrees

The sender writes:
This postcard shows a view of the central part of the city and the surrounding areas. In the background is the mountain Vodno. In the foreground is the Kale Fortress, one of the most significant historic sights here.

This is postmarked with two Makedonia (Macedonia) stamps in 2008.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Chambered Nautilus from Hawaii Aquarium


Aloha from Hawaii

A Chambered Nautilus cruises ocean depths. On display at the Waikiki Aquarium. (Nautilus Pompilius)

Photo by Bruce A. Carlson

unused, but from 2007

from www.aqua.org:
The Chambered nautilus is a mollusk, related to the octopus, squid, clam and snail.

A nautilus, along with the cuttlefish, squid and octopus, are all cephalopods, meaning ‘head-foot,’ so named because the feet (tentacles) are attached to the head.

The nautilus has more than ninety suckerless tentacles. Grooves and ridges on the tentacles are used to grip prey and deliver food to a crushing, parrot-like beak.

Unlike snails, the spiraled shell of the nautilus is divided into chambers with the animal occupying the outermost chamber. A newly hatched nautilus begins life with about four chambers and develops an average of 30 chambers by adulthood. The inner chambers are filled with gas and help the nautilus to maintain neutral buoyancy. The nautilus adds liquid to the chambers in order to dive.