Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge in Georgia

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Okefenokee Swap is located in southeastern Georgia and northeastern Florida.  It is drained by the Saint Marys and Suwannee Rivers.  It is made up of islands, lakes, brush vines and cypress forests and contains a great variety of animals, birds, and fish.  Okefenokee Swamp is about 45 miles long and covers an area of 660 square miles.  Much of it lies within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

postmarked in 2008 with a 27 cent 'guava' stamp

Monday, June 29, 2009

A Map and Information on Bulgaria

Territory: 110,912 km 2
Population: 7,970,000
Capital: Sofia
Religion: Christian-Orthodox (85%), Muslim (8%), others (7%)

Official holidays:
1 January: New Year
3 March: National Day
1 May: labour Day
6 May: St. George's Day - Day of the Bulgarian Army
24 May: Day of the Bulgarian Culture and the Slavonic Script
6 September: Day of the Unification
22 September: Day of the Independence
24-16 December: Christmas

Voltage: 220 V, 50 Hz
Time zone: GMT + 2 hours

This unused postcard is from  2008.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Dazu Stone Carvings in China, UNESCO

People's Republic of China

Dazu Stone Carvings

This is postmarked in 2009 with a China stamp with this same image printed on the back 4.20 and another China stamp with flowers for 30.

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This Guanyin statue was carved during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 to 1279).  It is Known as the ‘Goddess of Mercy’, and has more than 1,000 arms.

This is an UNESCO World Heritage site.
China stamp 1990 
White Flowers

Friday, June 26, 2009

Titanic: Postmarked June 26, 1912

"Steamer Titanic"
Largest and most luxurious in the World.  Launched at Belfast Ireland, May 1911.  Length 882 ft. 6 in.  Displacement 66,000 tons.  On her maiden trip struck a mammoth iceberg on Sunday, April 14th at 10:25 P.M.  in 41 degrees 49 minutes north latitude - 50 degrees 14 minutes, West longitude.  The worst disaster known in Marine History.  Sunk at  2.20 A.M. April 15 1912, with a loss of over 1500 lives.

This postcard is postmarked in June 26, 1912.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

M&M world in Las Vegas

chocolate glory

a flag with M&Ms!
from M&M World in Las Vegas, Nevada

unused, but I think from 2005

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Waterfalls of White Mountains, New Hampshire

Greetings from the White Mountains, N.H.  (New Hampshire)

Probably nowhere in an equal area of the North American Continent can four as beautiful waterfalls be found as are depicted on this card.  Each is a gem, famous both in picture and in legend.
The Flume Cascade - Franconia Notch
Silver Cascade - Cawford Notch
Crystal Cascade - Tuckerman's Ravine
Glen Ellis falls - Pinkham Notch

This is postmarked in 1947 with one cent Washington stamp.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) - 16th U.S. President - Illinois "Rail-Splitter" pursued war vigorously to restore the Union "of..by...for the people." Urged "malice toward none." Assassinated five days after Lee's surrender. -

postmarked - First Day of Issue - June 29, 1995 in Gettysburg, PA - with matching stamp

Monday, June 22, 2009

Savonlinna Castle in Finland


Olavinlinna Castle (1475)

Foto: Mikko Sairanen

The sender writes that this is the home of the Savonunna Opera Festival.

This is postmarked in 2009.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Rock City, Georgia

Rock City

Rock City is located high atop Lookout Mountain, overlooking Chattanooga, Tennessee. Come visit us!

postmarked in 2008 with a 'Star Wars, Bubba Fett' 41 cent stamp

History of Rock City:

Historical evidence indicates that Native Americans inhabited Lookout Mountain at one point. In 1823, two missionaries (Daniel S. Butrick and William Chamberlain) went to the area to minister to these Native Americans. Daniel Butrick made a journal entry on August 28, 1823 in which he described "a citadel of rocks" on top of the mountain, and noted the immense size of the boulders. He stated that they were arranged in a way "as to afford streets and lanes."

By the time the American Civil War reached the slopes of Lookout Mountain, more and more people had discovered what was already at that time being called the Rock City. During the Battle of Lookout Mountain, both a Union and a Confederate claimed that seven states could be seen from the summit of the mountain. The claims are independent and recorded in their own journals.

Hikers and geologists knew Rock City well throughout the late 1800s, but it did not become the attraction it is now until the 1900s. Garnet Carter's idea was to develop a residential neighborhood on top of the mountain. It was to be named Fairyland because of his wife's interest in European folklore. One feature of Fairyland was going to be a golf course, but Garnet decided instead to build a miniature golf course because the original took too long to build. He later franchised his miniature golf concept as Tom Thumb Golf, now recognized as the nation's first mini-golf course.

Fairyland was 700 acres (2.8 km2) and encompassed Rock City. Frieda Carter set out to develop the property into one big rock garden, taking string and marking a trail that wound its way around the giant rock formations, ending up at Lover's Leap. She also planted wildflowers and other plants along her trails. She imported German gnome statues and other famous fairytale characters, set up at spots throughout the trail. Garnet Carter realized that his wife had made an attraction that many people would be willing to pay for, and they made Rock City a public attraction in 1932.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A 'Wearable' Postcard - Florida Sunglasses

Florida, the most popular vacation spot in the U.S.A., is the perfect getaway for people of all ages.  It offers everything from sandy-white beaches and crystal-clear waters, to top-class resorts and outstanding scenery.

This postcard has the nose area cut out of it, so you can actually put this on your face like a pair of sunglasses!  It was bought in 2009.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Ostrog Monastery in Montenegro

Ostrog Monastery
Most famous chancel in Balkan

This is postmarked in 2009 with a Montenegro 'art' stamp.

The sender writes:
 'This is a view of Ostrog Monastery, a monastery of the Orthodox Christian Church built in the 17th century.  It is placed against an almost vertical background high in the mountains and it's one of the most frequently visited in southeastern Europe.'

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Grand Basin, Forest Park, Missouri

The Grand Basin
Forest Park
Cultural Icon or Winter Thrill Ride?

Revered for first-class sledding as well as a world-class landscape, Art Hill has been a favorite destination for generations of St. Louisans.  The newly restored Emerson Grand Basin once agin reflects its 1904 World's Fair glory.

This is postmarked in 2009. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Best Strawberry Shortcake recipe

This is a free postcard from Cooking dot com.
The Best Strawberry Shortcake

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake

Serves 6

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 large egg
1/4 cup whole milk

Sliced fresh strawberries
Chocolate sauce
Sweetened whipped cream

Preheat over to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Blend chocolate and 1/3 cup sugar in processor until chocolate is finely ground. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; process until combined. Add butter; process just until mixture forms fine crumbs. Mix egg with milk; pour over mixture in processor. Pulse to combine. Spoon dough onto baking sheet into six 3-inch mounds. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons sugar. Bake 18 minutes. Cool shortcakes on rack.

Cut shortcakes in half horizontally. Top bottom halves with berries, sauce, cream, and shortcake tops.

postmarked in 2009 with a 27 cent guava stamp, but the postcard is from 2001

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Disney's All-Star Resorts

At This Rate You'll Be Dancing in Your Sleep!!

Disney's All-Star Resorts

Just $59.00 Per Night Puts You in the Middle of the Magic!

It's a dream rate at Disney's All-Star Sports and All-Star Music Resorts and it's available most nights between August 22 - September 30, 1999.

This advertising postcard was machine stamped 'Bulk Rate' in 1999

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Charm of Mauritius, Africa

Charme et Curiosites de l'arriere pays -  Ile Maurice
(Charm and curiosity of the back country, Mauritius)

This is postmarked in 2009 with two Mauritius stamps...

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Tarp Sienu, Cinema Spring Film Festival

This is a free card, advertising, postcard from Lithuania -
Brand: Bad Dog Postcards 2008 -

the back reads:
tarp sienu
rez. Laurent Cantet, Prancuzija, 2008 m.
Kine nuo balandaio 17 d.

there is also a lot more very very small writing. The sender sent me the following translation:
tarp sienu is a movie from a Film Festival, 'Cinema Spring 2009'
Director Laurent Cantet, France, 2008

postmarked in 2009 with a Lietuva (Lithuania) 2.90 stamp

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Spanish Dancers from Spain with a Fabric Dress

This is a postcard with the dress sewn on.  The skirt has three layers and is very large. Then there is a postcard back glued on to this front layer.

It comes with an envelope to mail, but the back has lines for an address and place for a stamp.

This unused postcard was bought in Barcelona Spain in 2009.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Haribo Candies advertising postcard

Mies selviytyi autiosaarelta.
Söi Perhosia,
Kolikoita, Pulloja, Puhelimia, Työkaluja,
Ja Purjeveneen.

A man survived on a deserted island. He ate butterflies, coins, bottles, phones, tools and
a sailboat.

this postcard is from Finland and is an advertising postcard for Haribo candies

postmarked in 2009 with a Suomi Finland music stamp

the 'bite' taken out of the postcard is actually missing, - great idea whoever thought of it

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Himalayas in India

Olivier Follmi
Zanskar, Himalaya
Nouvelles Images 199

This postcard is postmarked in 2009.

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This is a 'fold-out' postcard,  the back of the card has a flap that is closed when you mail it.  Then your message is private.

Also, notice on the first horse how deep the snow is!  That can not be easy.
France stamp 2008 
The 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic 
Connections with Israel 
Joint Issue with Israel

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cyndi Lauper

Atlantis Live

May 23, 2009
Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper burst onto the world stage as the quintessential girl who wants to have fun. After more than 20 years and global record sales in excess of 25 million, she has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. With her newly minted collection, "Bring Ya To The Brink," Cyndi firmly asserts her position as one of the most beguiling, innovative, and downright exciting recording artists of this - and or other - generation.
Join us this May for her high-energy LIVE performance only at Atlantis, Paradise Island.

postmarked in 2009 with a machine stamp.

on a side note, every time I hear the name Cyndi Lauper, I want to watch the movie The Goonies! At the beginning of the movie, when all the kids are still at the house, her video is playing on the TV.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Dominican Republic Hotel

Punta Cana - Republica Dominicana
Iberostar Bavaro Hotel

postmarked in 2009 with a Republica Dominicana stamp

Saturday, June 6, 2009

French Tinted Postcard of a Woman with Real Hair

This postcard is unused, but there is writing on the back (in French) with the date 31-7-22.

The hair you see on this French Tint card is real!  There is also an attachment of a barrette. 

Friday, June 5, 2009

Happy 138th Birthday to Canada - Moose

Go Wild Canada!
Happy 138th Birthday

faites ressortir l'animal en vous
Joyeux 138th anniversaire Canada!

postmarked in 2009 with two Canadian stamps

the sender writes that this postcard is from the 'Canada Post' and was used as a promotion

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Italy - Campanile Basso

Campanile Basso, Italy

Dolomiti de Brenta (Trentino - Italy)
II Campanil Basso a 2887 m., a primi giorni gi ottobre, alle ore 6,45

This is postmarked in 2009 with 4 0,05 Italy stamps and one 0,65 astronomy stamp.

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Campanile Basso is a mountain in the Brenta group (It.: Dolomiti di Brenta), a subgroup of the Rhaetian Alps in the Italian Region of Trentino-Alto Adige, with a height of (2,883 metres (9,459 ft)). It is of a slender, almost fully vertical shape on all sides, rising 300 metres straight up. The mountain is named for its similarity in shape to a belltower (Italian: campanile) and it being low (Italian: basso).
Italy (Italia) stamp 2009
Astronomia (Astronomy) 
Roma - S. Isola - 0,65
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Italia (Italy) stamp 2003
Woman in Art
G. Toffoletti - 0,05

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Mauritius, Ile Maurice

Ile Maurice - Mauritius

This is postmarked with Mauritius Rs10 'yellow eels' stamp.

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Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation off the coast of Africa in the southwest Indian Ocean, about 900 kilometers (560 mi) east of Madagascar.

Monday, June 1, 2009

The Home of President Truman in Missouri

The Home of President Truman
Independence, Missouri

The Truman Home at 219 North Delaware is administered by the National Park Service. The Victorian home was known as the "Summer White House" during Harry Truman's presidency.

This postcard is from 2009 .