Saturday, February 28, 2009

Leap Year 1908, The End of the Chase

“The end of the chase”
Leap Year in 1908

It looks like Ma and Pa with different guns holding down their future son-in-law while their daughter has a hatchet and a dagger!

This postcard is unused. 

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Canada

Canadian Museum of Nature
Musee Canadien de la Nature

The Canadian Museum of Nature is home to one of the world's largest natural history collections, covering four billion years of Earth history.  The Museum is a vital resource for scientists, researchers and museums around the world.

Le Musee canadien de la nature possede parmi les plus vastes collections in matiere d'histoire naturelle.  Ces dernieres retracent la fascinante evolution des phenomenes naturels de notre plaete depuis quatre milliards d'annees.  Il s'agit d'un important centre de ressources au servie des scientifiques, des chercheurs et des autres musees des quatre coins du monde.

This postcard is postmarked in 2009 with a Canada 'rock man' stamp.
Canada stamp 2009
From the series: Roadside Attractions 
Inukshuk Hay River NT  
(Inukshuk literally translate to: Stone Man)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sumo Wrestler Konishiki

Raymond Kennedy / Sumo Wrestler Konishiki

Postmarked in 2009 with a 27 cent 'Papaya' stamp

I LOVE this postcard! too funny

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Seinajoki, Ostrobothnia, Finland

Terveisia Pohjanmaalta! (Greetings from Ostrobothnia!)
Seinajoki (name of the city)
Suomi Finland

This is postmarked in 2009 with a Finland sauna stamp.

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Ostrobothnia is a region of  Western Finland.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Romania with Sputnik 1 stamp

Fundatia Carol I
Grafica D. Rosu

postmarked in 2009 with this great Romanian stamp!

Romania stamp from 2007 of Sputnik 1 - 3,10 Lei

50 de ani de la zborul primului satelit artificial al pamantului

postmarked in 2009 on a postcard of Bucharest, Romania

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Plaza de Espana in Madrid, Spain

Plaza de Espana

Foto: Carlos Uralde

This is postmarked in 2009 with an Espana (Spain) stamp.

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Plaza de España (Spanish for Square of Spain) is a large square, and popular tourist destination, located in central Madrid, Spain, at the western end of the Gran Vía. It features a monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, and is bordered by two of Madrid's most prominent skyscrapers.
Spain (Espana) stamp 2009
Renewable Energy
Energias Renovables 0,78

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Face from Bayon Temple, Cambodia

Bayon Temple
Siem Reap

the sender writes, 'The giant smiling face of Bayon is one of the most recognizable symbols of Cambodia. The temple itself is composed of 216 faces on 54 standing towers (4 faces each) representing the provinces of the ancient Khmer empire. Who the faces represent remains a mystery up to now.'

postmarked in 2009 with a Cambodia 3000R stamp

Monday, February 16, 2009

Venice, Italy - High Water

Venezia (Venice) Italy

the sender writes,
This is an unusual postcard with the phenomenon of the high water in Venice. It's such a unique event, and last month it happened after so many years. The sea level was 125 cm, a big problem for the people living there (the Venetians), but a special event to remember for the tourists!

postmarked in 2009 with two Italia stamps

great postcard!!!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

1908 Valentines Day Postcard - You Stretch out the Gum You Got

I wil be your 'ittle girl,
An Valentine, so true,
If 'oo stretch out the gum 'oo got,
An' lemme have a chew.

1908 by G. & B. Chicago
Artist Signed - Bishop

The heart, kids and poem are outlined with glitter

Friday, February 13, 2009

I Love You, Noble and Webster art

Tim Noble & Sue Webster

I Love You, 2000

298 lamps, holders & colored UFO reflector caps, Foamex, aerosol paint, electronic sequencer (14 channel, spell, fill and shimmer effect)
63 X 71 X 3 IN
Courtesy Modern art, London

postmarked from my hubby :) in 2008 with a 42 cent 'heart' stamp

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam was designed to last 2000 years and was built in the height of The Great American Depression. It's weight is 6,600,000 tons - height is 726 - 45 feet thick at the top and 660 feet thick at the base.

Photo: Richard Strange

postmarked in 2009 with two stamps, one of a clock for 10c and the other with a ram for 17 cents

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Art of Street Scene from Kazan, Tatarstan in Russia

There is one small line of writing on the back, but it is in Russian

DEL 2002 is on the bottom front

This postcard is postmarked in 2009 from Russia.

The sender of the postcard gave me this information:
The Cathedral of Epiphany of Our Lord. (dark brown building)
It is in Kazan - the capital of Tatarstan. The authors of these water colors the artists - Damir Hamidullin and Elen Pervushina (DEL). 

Monday, February 9, 2009

Fiji - Yaqona (Kava) Ceremony

Yaqona (Kava) Ceremony -
Fijian welcome ceremony showing the three main parts - mixing the kava, offering the bilo and the clapping of hands.

Drawing by Bill Bates

postmarked in 1977 with two Fiji stamps


Yaqona, kava drinking ceremonies

As a guest in Fiji, you will frequently be invited to participate in one of the most common ceremonial and social customs in the islands, the Kava Ceremony. The drinking of kava, or Yaqona, is quite common on social occasions. It is regarded in Fiji as "the National Drink". In the past, Yagona was drunk only by chiefs.

Kava is made from the bare root of a pepper tree, pounded into a fine powder and then mixed with fresh water. Near Matangi Island, the family grows and exports kava root to the United States and Europe for use in homeopathic drugs and over-the-counter pills to aid in relaxation.

But in the Fiji Islands, the old customs still prevail. In fact, turning down an offer to drink a bowl of Yagona is considered insulting in Fijian society. In traditional times, Yagona was prepared by young village girls, who chewed the pieces of raw Yagona into a soft pulp before adding water. Today, the chief or head of the ceremony mixes the powdered root with water in a large hardwood bowl, called a Tanoa, straining the root through a cloth to keep out the grit. When it is ready, he claps with cupped hands to make a hollow "pop" sound.

Sitting crossed legged on the floor, guests are arranged in a circle. Each guest in turn is offered a bilo, a small bowl made from half of a coconut, containing the liquid. He or she must clap before and after drinking. Honored guests are served first, then others according to their status in the group. The drink should not be sipped. It should be drunk in one continuous drink. The clapping of hands and the word "maca" signifies that you have properly emptied your bilo.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Iceland - Vestmannaeyjar Eruption 1973

Vestmannaeyjar Eruption 1973

Glowing lava fountains and the damage caused by the eruption that began on the Vestmanna Islands on January 23rd 1973.

postmarked in 1983 with two stamps from Island (Iceland)

The mostly submarine Vestmannaeyjar volcanic system is the southernmost and youngest volcanic center of the eastern volcanic rift zone that cuts across east-central Iceland.

It consists of a roughly 30 x 40 km group of basaltic volcanic islands and submarine cones occupying a shallow shelf off the south coast of Iceland. Vestmannaeyjar was the site of two of Iceland's most noted 20th-century eruptions:

The new island of Surtsey grew from the ocean floor during 1963-67. The island of Heimaey, 20 km to the NE, was the site of dramatic eruptions in 1973 during which lava flows partially overran the town of Vestmannaeyjar and threatened its harbor.

Friday, February 6, 2009

A Tulip Farm in Oregon, USA


One of the many tulip farms in the beautiful Willamette Valley in Oregon.

Photo: Rick Schafer

This is postmarked in 2009 with two stamps.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The National Aquatics Center in China

National Aquatics Center, China

This is postmarked in 2009 with a Beijing 2008 stamp pre-printed on the card for 4.50.

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The Beijing National Aquatics Center, also known as the National Aquatics Center, better known as the Water Cube, is an aquatics center that was built alongside Beijing National Stadium in the Olympic Green for the swimming competitions of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Despite its nickname, the building is a cuboid (rectangular box), not a cube. Ground was broken on December 24, 2003, and the Center was completed and handed over for use on January 28, 2008. Swimmers at the Water Cube broke 25 world records during the 2008 Olympics.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Westerly, Rhode Island

Westerly, Rhode Island

The town of Westerly is aptly named. It is located at the most western point in the state of Rhode Island. Pictured are scenes at Wilcox Park, Watch Hill, Misquamicut Beach, Quonochontaug Pond, Weekapaug Beach, Little Narragansett Bay, Winnapaug Pond, and Avondale.

(dang, this took some serious typing skills! what names!)

Photos by Leon and Fred Kowal

hand cancelled from the Westerly RI post office on Jan 9 2009 with no writing, no stamp and no address - love it!!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Rio Grande Do Sul in Gramado, Brazil


Rio Grande Do Sul - Turistico
Gramado - RS - Brasil

Avenida Borges de Medeiros em epoca natalina.
(Borges Avenue of Medeiros at night time)

This is postmarked in 2009 with a Brazil carpenter stamp.
Brazil (Brasil)  stamp 2007
Carpinteiro (Carpenter) 0,90