Saturday, January 31, 2009

Hotel Colonial, St. Augustine, Florida

Hotel Colonial, St. Augustine, Fla.

In the old colonial times
St. Augustine could boast
Of no great public mansions
Of no bright and genial host
Menendez and de Leon
Loudonniere and the rest
Were content with wigwams
There were the Indians' best.
Now at the very Gates
Of old St. Augustine
In the shadow of the battlements
Across the old fort green
The Colonial stands conspicuous
It's doors wide open flung
The cooks are rushed to fill the menu
So delicately done
The guests come flocking hither
From Gates and Fort and Golfing Green
It is the hour of dinner

The Hotel Colonial is one of the most modern hotels in Florida, located in the center of the city, convenient to all places of amusement and recreation, to the stores, churches, post office, express and telegraph offices, Excellent table, large sunny rooms, homelike surroundings, make this one of St. Augustine's most popular hotels. Overlooking Matanzas Bay, City Gates, golf links and the Old Spanish Fort.

Geo. B. Nicholson, Prop.


I LOVE how horrible this postcard is!! For some reason, bad poetry on a postcard just puts a huge smile on my face ;-)

My sister in law Heidi gave me 7 vintage postcards as part of my Christmas gift and this is one of them! (one of my favs from the 7)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

CNA3 McDonnell Douglas A-4F, Navy Planes

CNA3 McDonnell Douglas A-4F
"Skyhawk II"

Designed to replace the A-1 Skyraider, designer Ed Heinemann's "Hot Rod" entered the fleet in 1956. It was flown by the Blue Angels from 1974 to 1986. (US Navy Photo)

postmarked in 2009 with a 'Liberty Bell, Forever' stamp

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Coffee Warning and Metal Sign

Give me the coffee and no one gets hurt

This is a metal sign you can hang up that is a postcard! If you look close, you can see the small hole for the nail above the letter 'N'. It is in a thick plastic wrapper with the outline of where to put the stamp and address on the back.

Holden International, Inc.

My hubby and I were in a little shop in South Carolina and he found it for me ;-)

unused, but from 2008 - we paid $3.99 plus tax

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Traffic Jam in Ireland (Total Gridlock)

Total Gridlock - Ireland

Encompassing a wealth of natural beauty within its modest dimensions, IRELAND boasts a landscape which is as much diverse as it is gratifying.  (There is more writing on the back, but the black marks from the post office covers them.)

This John Hinde postcard is postmarked in 2009 with an Eire (Ireland) flower stamp.
Ireland (Eire) stamp 2008
Luibh bhleine
Sea aster 82 c

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Disney postcards from the USPS stamps - 2007

Mickey Mouse as "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
As Mickey gleefully wields his newfound powers, we share his exuberance. What could be better than commanding the galaxies? Things soon get out of control, but the spunky little fellow still shows us the magic in reaching for your dreams.

Aladdin and Genie
Just when Aladdin needs help the most, he discovers a battered lamp that reveals a wisecracking, wish-granting genie. Genie can work many wonders, but his actions prove that sometimes a true-blue friend is all the magic we need.

Dumbo and Timothy Mouse

In this classic story, and innocent little elephant turns his oversized ears into an even larger triumph, imparting a very big truth: It's not the "magic feather" that helps you soar, but the magic of believing in yourself.

Peter Pan and Tinker Bell
Anyone who's ever dreamed of flying with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell knows that all it takes is faith, trust, and pixie dust. Whatever our age, these magical characters will always lead us to Never Land, where we and our dreams remain forever young.

all are from the United States Postal Service, with a matching 26 cent stamp on the back
unused, from 2007

Friday, January 23, 2009

Delft, Holland in the Netherlands

Delft / Holland
Gemeelandshuis, Oude Delft 167,
Zetel van Hoogheemraadschap Delfland.

This is postmarked in 2009 from the Netherlands.

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Delft is known for its historic town centre with canals, Delft Blue pottery (Delftware) and the Delft University of Technology.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Museum for Asain Art in Cologne Germany

Feuer & Erde
Chinesische FrühKeramik
18. Oktober 08 bis 26. April 09 im Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst

Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln
Universitätsstraße 100 (am Aachener Weiher)
50674 Köln
Geöffnet dienstags bis sonntags 11 bis 17 Uhr,
donnerstags bis 20 Uhr


Museum of East Asian Art in Cologne
University Road 100 (at Aachen Pond)
50674 Cologne
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 to 17 clock,
Thursdays to 20 clock

postmarked with two Deutschland (Germany) stamps in 2008

the sender writes, 'This postcard is about an exhibition of early Chinese potter in the Museum for east Asian art in Cologne'

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Barack Obama - New York Times

Don't Miss History in the Making.
November 4 was just the beginning.

The New York Times

In these momentous times, there is no better way to stay on top of all the historic moments yet to come than by subscribing to the nation's most honored newspaper.

postmarked in 2009 with a machine stamp. Arrived here on 1-20-2009 the day of the inauguration!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Montevideo, Uruguay in 1951

Montevideo, Uruguay
Vista Parcial (Partial View)

postmarked in 1951 with three Uruguay stamps (two of the red and one of the blue)


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Serra Da Estrela in Portugal

Serra Da Estrela
Parque Natural - (Natural Park)

Torre - 1993m de altitude
Beira Alta

This is postmarked in 2009 with two Portugal stamps.

The buildings are part of an old observatory.

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Serra da Estrela (English: Mountain Range of the Star) is the highest mountain range in Portugal.  The range is at 1,993 m (6,539 feet) above sea level at its highest point. This point is not a distinctive mountain summit, but rather the highest point in a plateau, being known as Torre ("Tower" in English). The Torre has the unusual feature of being a summit that is accessible by paved road.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009



1 - 2
3 - 4
pictures 1 and 4 are The Charyn Canyon National Park
pictures 2 and 3 are The Tamgaly Tas nature Reserve

Postmarked with three Kazakhstan stamps in 2009 - two for 10 and one with a bird for 50

This is one of the countries I was missing!


Kazakhstan, also Kazakstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a Eurasian country in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Ranked as the ninth largest country in the world as well as the world's largest landlocked country, it has a territory of 2,727,300 km² (greater than Western Europe). It is bordered by Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and China. The country also borders on a significant part of the Caspian Sea.

Vast in size, the land in Kazakhstan is very diverse in types of terrain: flatlands, steppes, taigas, rock-canyons, hills, deltas, mountains, snow-capped mountains, and deserts. Kazakhstan has the 62nd largest population in the world, with a population density of less than 6 people per square kilometre (15 per sq. mi.).

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Recipe Postcard for Pork & SauerKraut

Pork & Kraut
(Speck un Kraut)

2 or 3 lbs. pork
1 qt. sauerkraut
salt and pepper

Put pork in large stew pan and cover with cold water, cook slowly for 1 hour.  Add the sauerkraut making sure there is enough liquid in the pan to cover.  Cook slowly for another hour.  Season to taste.  Serve with mashed or boiled potatoes.

This unused postcard is from 2009.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Norilsk, Russia - Siberia

All the writting on the postcard is in Russian. but the sender wrote that this is Norilsk.

This postcard has writing on it, but is not mailed.

Norilsk is a major city in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia. It was granted city status in 1953. It is the northernmost city in Siberia and the world's second largest city (after Murmansk) above the Arctic Circle. Norilsk with Yakutsk and Vorkuta are the only large cities in the continuous permafrost zone. Norilsk is also the northernmost city on the planet with a population over 100,000. Population: 134,832 (2002 Census). MMC Norilsk Nickel, a mining company, is the principal employer in the Norilsk area. Due to the intense mining, the city is one of the ten most polluted cities in the world, with, according to CNN, not a single living tree within 48 km (around 23.6 miles - I think) of the nickel smelter Nadezhda.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Stratford-Upon-Avon

(I wonder what the little boy is doing on the right hand side of the postcard)

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Anne Hathaway (1555/56 – 6 August 1623) was the wife of William Shakespeare. They were married in 1582. She outlived her husband by seven years. Very little is known about her beyond a few references in legal documents, but her personality and relationship to Shakespeare have been the subject of much speculation by historians and creative writers.

Anne Hathaway's childhood was spent in a house near Stratford in Warwickshire, England. Although it is often called a cottage, it is, in fact, a spacious twelve-roomed farmhouse, with several bedrooms, now set in extensive gardens.

After the death of Anne's father, the cottage was owned by Anne's brother Bartholomew, and was passed down the Hathaway family until 1846, when financial problems forced them to sell it. It is now owned and managed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and is now open to public visitors as a museum.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Douglas, Isle Of Man

Douglas, Isle Of Man

A Horsedrawn Tram on the Promenade
Photography: Adrian Baker

postmarked in 2008 with two Isle Of Man Christmas stamps

This is my first Isle Of Man postcard, but it came in a plastic bag in pieces! I glued it back together with photo safe glue.

from CIA - World Factbook:
Part of the Norwegian Kingdom of the Hebrides until the 13th century when it was ceded to Scotland, the isle came under the British crown in 1765.
Isle of Man is a British crown dependency but is not part of the UK. However, the UK Government remains constitutionally responsible for its defense and international representation.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Shakespeare's Timon of Athens

Utah Shakespearean Festival
Cedar City, Utah

Timon of Athens
Sheridan Crist as Timon of Athens, Leslie Brott as Phrynia, Jack Wetherall as Alcibiades, Erika Rolfsrud as Timandra, and Allen Steen as Caphis

This is postmarked in 2009 with a 28 polar bear cent stamp.

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Timon of Athens is a collaborative play by William Shakespeare and perhaps Thomas Middleton about the fortunes of an Athenian named Timon. The central character is a well beloved citizen of Athens who through tremendous generosity spends his entire fortunes on corrupt hangers-on only interested in getting the next payout.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Sabratha in Libya - UNESCO Site

Great Jamahiriya

(Shown on the card is Mausoleum of Bes.)

This postcard was postmarked in 2009 with a Libya stamp.

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Sabratha, in the northwestern corner of modern Libya, was the westernmost of the "three cities" (Sabratha, Oea and Leptis Magna) of ancient Tripolitania. It lies on the Mediterranean coast about 66 km (41 mi) west of Tripoli. The extant archaeological site was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Two Kewpie Babies Postcards for A Happy New Year

A Happy New Year
May your path be set in sunny ways
The artist name I think is DeGarmo 
postmarked in 1920
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Happy New Year
This jolly little skater
Is filled with gladsome cheer,
And that's how I want you to be,
Throughout the coming year.

I think the artist name is DeGarmo.

This Kewpie baby ice skating postcard is postmarked in 1916.
(both cards used this stamp)