Monday, November 30, 2009

Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier in Hong Kong

Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pieis (error: should read 'Pier is') a pier located at the southernmost tip of Tsim Sha Tsui on Kowloon Peninsula. It operates the pedestrian ferry service across Victoria Harbour to Wan Chai andto (error: should read 'and to') Central on Hong Kong Island.

This is postmarked in 2009 with a Hong Kong, China stamp from 2006
Red-whiskered Bulbul - $3

Sunday, November 29, 2009

S. S. Independence - In the News

S. S. Independence - American Export Lines

1000 passengers - 23 knots cruising speed
29,500 tons. She and her sister, S. S. Constitution are first completely air-conditioned transatlantic liners. These thoroughly modern ships exemplify Modern American Living at Sea. They are in regular transatlantic service between New York, Algerciras, Cannes, Genoa, and Naples.

postmarked in 1957 with three Spain stamps - two for 2 ptas and on for 50 cts

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SS Independence is an ocean liner built in 1951 for American Export Lines.
In 1959, Independence was rebuilt as a cruise ship.
Between 1974 and 1982 she sailed as SS Oceanic Independence, after which she reverted to her original name.
Since 2006 the ship has been named SS Oceanic.
On 8 February 2008, after being mothballed for 7 years, SS Oceanic left San Francisco for Singapore, and is currently laid up in Dubai.

SS Independence was a sister ship to the SS Constitution, which sank while under tow en route to be scrapped in 1997.

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In the News

November 2009

Toxic ship

A ship believed to be carrying toxic and radioactive waste and anchored some 40 nautical miles from the Alang coast in Gujarat could pose a deadly threat to marine ecosystems and human lives. Of US origin, the ship Platinum-II (formerly known as SS Independence and SS Oceanic) was penalised by the US Environmental Protection Agency for contamination. It was heading to the ship-breaking yard at Alang and is reported to be loaded with 210 tonnes of material contaminated with toxic polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), besides tonnes of asbestos in its body.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

a few UGLY postcards for your enjoyment :D

Orchards along Okanagan Lake, Penticton, B. C. - SceneOchroM card -
I bet this place is very pretty, but the photo is dark, full of shadows, and out of focus!
postmarked in 1958 with 4c queen Canadian stamp
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Merry Christmas from old Florida - Simply Sanford - like coming home -

I must say, I love Sanford. It's small, full of antique stores, and a fun place to spend the day, but this has to be the ugliest Christmas postcard I've ever seen! - postmarked in 12-2006
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California - A mass of humanity on Santa Monica Beach
postmarked in 1992 with US 19 cent balloon stamp - the photo on the card is as dark as you see it on the scan.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Fogwoman Totem Pole, Alaska


Fogwoman - the most popular of all totempoles, stands watching over beautiful Totem Bight State Park, Ketchikan, Alaska.

postmarked in 1995 with a USA flag stamp

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The legend of Fogwoman:
According to the native Tlinglit and Haida people, Raven wanted to marry Fogwoman. Her father made him promise to treat her well, which he did. To honor Raven, Fogwoman created the salmon in the rivers so he would have something good to fish for. Then Raven began treating Fogwoman badly and she slipped through his fingers like wisps of fog, taking all of the salmon with her. Later Fogwoman took pity on Raven and allowed the salmon to return once a year.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving everyone :D

Best Wishes for Thanksgiving Day
postmarked on Nov. 27, 1919 with a 1 cent stamp

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Zam Wesell

Zam Wesell from Star Wars

unused, bought in 2009

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Zam Wesell was a shapeshifting Clawdite bounty hunter from the planet Zolan. In her true form, Wesell was a reptilian-like humanoid, although she often appeared as a Human woman with short blonde or bronze-colored hair.

She worked for Jango Fett and was killed by him with a toxic dart so she couldn't tell the Jedi's who he was.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wally Byam Caravan Club International

Wally Byam Caravan Club International
25th Anniversary 1955 - 1980
Athletic and Convocation Center
Notre Dame, Indiana

Postmarked in 1980 with a 15 cent stamp - Hand Stamped at the post office, the hand stamp reads: 23rd Int'l Rally STA., Notre Dame, In. - WBCCI 1955-1980

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the sender writes:
Just a note and a card. Had 3341 trailers. Been pretty warm. We are parked on grass. Our trailer #205 now. It was changed and we didn't even now it. Will tell you more about it later. Love, Mom and Dad

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Wallace Merle "Wally" Byam, (1896-1962) was one of the pioneer manufacturers of the travel trailer. He founded the company, Airstream Inc.

This is long, but interesting:

Byam was born July 4, 1896 in Baker, Oregon. As a young child he traveled extensively with his grandfather, who led a mule train in Baker, Oregon. Later, as an adolescent, Byam worked as a shepherd. He lived in a two-wheeled shepherd's cart outfitted with a kerosene cook stove, a sleeping bag, and wash pail. These early experiences contributed to his later entrepreneurial pursuits.

As a young man, Wally signed on with the merchant marines, attended Stanford University, owned an advertising agency, and became a magazine publisher. A do-it-yourself magazine he published featured an article describing how to build a travel trailer. When readers complained about the plans, Byam tried them out for himself. Indeed, he discovered the plans were flawed.

Byam was thus inspired to build his own travel trailer. While he considered his first attempt primitive, the design profoundly influenced the evolution of travel trailers. By dropping the floor down between the wheels and raising the ceiling height, his design made it possible for occupants to stand straight upright when inside the trailer. Byam wrote an article describing how to build his trailer for under $100 - this time drawing an enthusiastic response from his readers.

During the late 1920s, Americans were beginning to take to the roads in greater and greater numbers. Byam's new trailer was a perfect match for the increasingly popular mobile lifestyle. Byam thus began selling sets of his plans for five dollars each. He also sold complete trailer kits, and finished trailers he built in his Los Angeles backyard. His fledgling business survived the crash of 1929. By 1930 he had abandoned, advertising, and publishing to become a full-time builder of travel trailers.
During the mid 1930s, Wally honed his skill of fusing form and functionality. By incorporating aircraft construction methods to lessen wind resistance and improving the trailer's strength-to-weight ratio, his designs boasted a more aerodynamic and contemporary look.

On January 17, 1936, the Airstream Trailer Co. introduced the "Clipper," and a well-known American brand was born.

In 1955 Wally travelled to Europe with his wife Stella in a one of kind Airstream Bubble to scout the 1956 caravan.
Then in 1956 he travelled to Europe in a Gold Anodized trailer towed by a Cadillac.
Byam's spirit was the inspiration for the formation of the nonprofit club, Wally Byam Caravan Club International, to promote the use of Airstreams to travel as much as possible. The club is still in existence today with more than 7,000 member families. In 2007, the club held more than 1400 rallies and caravans.

Byam famously led caravans worldwide as publicity exercises for the Airstream brand. His most notable caravan was a 1959 sojourn from Cape Town, South Africa to Cairo, Egypt.

Wally Byam died on July 22, 1962 at the age of 66.

(I bet he had many, many wonderful stories to tell!!)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Memphis-Style Barbeque Ribs

Memphis-Style Barbeque Ribs

3-4 pounds pork baby back ribs
1 teaspoon salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Apple juice for basting
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cups onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons yellow prepared mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon liquid hickory smoke
2 cups ketchup
2 lemons, thinly sliced

Combine vinegar, onion, garlic, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, hot sauce, and liquid hickory smoke. Blend until smooth. Place in saucepan and add ketchup. Simmer 20 minutes. Add lemon slices. Stir occasionally to keep from sticking. Use sauce as frequent baste for last half of cooking period, whether grilling or smoking. Trim as much fat as possible from ribs. On bone side, remove white membrane.

Sprinkle ribs on both sides with even, light coating of salt and pepper. Place ribs, bone side down on grill. Grill over low fire 1 hour, turning every 15 to 20 minutes, replenishing fire as necessary or bake in a 325 degree oven for first 1 1/2 hours of cooking time. Baste with apple juice at every turn during first part of cooking period. Grill for another 30-45 minutes on low heat basting often with the barbecue sauce. Serve with sauce on the side. Serves 4

postmarked in 2009 with a 44 cent Christmas reindeer stamp

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Pedestrian Street, Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen - Pedestrian Street "Strojet" and Stork Fountain

Postmarked in 1973 with a Germany Umweltschutz Luft (Environmental Air Protection) stamp

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When the volume of traffic increased in the beginning of the 60s in the inner part of the old narrow streets and the expanding shopping areas around central Copenhagen and the sidewalks became more and more crowded with busy pedestrians, who was bumping in to each other and blocking the way – Copenhagen’s City Council decided in 1962 to establish a car free pedestrian zone from the westerly Town Hall Square to Kongens Nytorv (The Kings New Square) in the eastern part of the town called “Strøget” - which also includes a maze of small streets and historical squares that altogether are fanning out from “Strøget” and the mediaeval part of Copenhagen, having a total length of almost 3,2 km., and beeing the oldest and longest pedestrian street system in the world.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Cafe Muller - Sweets Restaurant in Celle Germany

Cafe Muller
Celles feine Konditorei restaurant
(Celles fine confectionary restaurant)

Besuchen Sie unseren "Stammbetrieb" in Westercelle.
(Visit our 'Master Operation' in Westercelle.)

bei Cafe Muller schmeckt's!
(with Cafe Muller taste tests!)

unused, from 2009

Here are some of the pastries, pies, cakes, etc for you to try:

Friday, November 20, 2009

Rachael Hale Cat postcard from France

On ne choisit jamais un chat;
c'est lui qui vous choisit. - (Philippe ragueneau)

(A cat is never chosen;
it is him who chooses you.)

This is a Rachael Hale postcard

the back reads:
"Les animaux sont vraiment d'adorables creatures,
ils m'amusent et m'inspirent constamment; ils
amenent ma photograpie a la vie."

(These animals are really adorable creatures,
they amuse me and inspire me constantly;
and bring my photography to life.)

postmarked in 2009 with a France stamp - Monde 20g Le mont Saint-Michel

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Glenville State College - with error

Student Union and Cafeteria
Glenville State College
Glenville, West Virginia

Constructed in 1957; provides modern facilities for cafeteria, student union, bookstore, guest rooms, faculty lounge, and alumni office. Glenville State College, Home of the Pioneers, is the most centrally located college in West Virginia (no period at the end of the sentence, whoops! someone didn't proofread!)

Color Photo by Jack Cawthon

postmarked in 1967 with a 4 cent Lincoln stamp

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

St. Andrew's Cathedral - Scotland

St. Andrew's Cathedral and the River Ness, Inverness, Scotland

Photo J. Cooke

St. Andrew's Cathedral (1866 - 71) stands in a commanding position on the banks of the River Ness in the centre of Inverness. The interior has many interesting features. On the outside transept window facing the river are a wheel and a horse on each side of the arch. The stones for the walls had been lifted by a pulley and a horizontal wheel pulled round by a horse. Nearing the end of the construction a stone fell and killed the horse which is now remembered by the memorial. The Cathedral has eleven bells, ten for ringing and one for tolling, and they can also be chimed.

postmarked in 1990 with a purple queen, Great Britain stamp

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The sender writes:
Been to Ireland, now Scotland - went by the Lock Ness - no monster.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hyatt Hotel Advertising Postcard

Hyatt Place
Orlando / Lake Mary
Now Open

Book 2 Nights and Stay the 3rd Night FREE

postmarked in 2008 with a machine stamp

(I know it looks like it is from the late 60's, early 70's, but it is from 2008)

Monday, November 16, 2009

From a Church in Oslo, Norway to Disney's Epcot, in Orlando, Florida

Oslo, Norway. Norsk Folkemuseum
Gol Stavkirke, ca. 1200
Stave-Church from Gol ab. 1200
Eglise en boise de Gol, date de 12 environ

postmarked in 1982 with a Norge (Norway) 2.75 stamp

As you can see below, this is the building Disney used as its model for Norway in Epcot Center! The only difference I can see is the small crosses on the peaks of the roofs, in the Disney version, they are just brown poles.

Norway - Epcot World Showcase
unused - bought in 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mabel Tainter Theater, Menomonie, Wisconsin

Mabel Tainter
A restored Victorian theater in downtown Menomonie, WI

Romantically reminiscent of Victorian days gone-by, the Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater is one of America's premier restored theaters. The lavish 313 seat theater features intricate hand stenciled walls and ceilings, carved mahogany, walnut and oak woodwork and Tiffany stained glass windows. Tours are offered daily, but the best way to experience the theater is by attending a show. The theater's intimacy and superb acoustics put you directly into the performance.

postmarked in 2009 with a 28 cent polar bear stamp

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The Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater was constructed in 1889 as a tribute to young Mabel Tainter, a lover of music and the arts, who died in 1886 at the age of nineteen. The Memorial was commissioned by Captain and Mrs. Andrew Tainter. Andrew was one of the lumber barons for Knapp, Stout & Co.

The Theater still contains the original Steere & Turner tracker pipe organ. The organ has a total of 1597 pipes and 28 stops. The pipes range from 2 inches to 16 feet. The organ was originally water powered, but it was later converted to electric. The organ's restoration began in 1957 and since then has been fully restored.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located in Central Park facing 5th Avenue. The first permanent building centre of present group was occupied in 1880, additions were made in 1889 and 1894. The East wing was added in 1901 at a cost of 2,000,000. Was designed to cover 18 1/2 acres and cost 20,000,000. Under the presidency of J. Pierpont Morgan it has become one of the richest museums in the world.

postmarked in 1914 with a 1 cent Washington stamp

Friday, November 13, 2009

Algeria, Africa

I put everything into a French translator and wrote what is said in the parenthesis. Some of it doesn't make total sense, but at least it sheds a little understanding of what the card is saying ....

Algerie El-Djazair, Les Iles
(Algeria to El-Djazair islands)

Situee en Afrique de Nord. Centre du Maghreb - Independante le 5 Juillet 1962
(Situated in north Africa. Center of Maghreb - Independence on July 5, 1962)

Superficie 2 381 741 KM2, Dont 1200 KM De Cotes Mediterraneennes
(Surface 2,381,741 KM2, Including 1200 KM of Mediterranean Dimensions)

Point Culminant 2 918 M au tahat - Population 30,000,000 D'Habitants (1998)
(Culminating Point 2,918 M with the tahat population 30,000,000 inhabitants 1998)

Langue Officielle arabe - dialecte tamazight - Entrangere le Francais
(Arab official language - dialect tamazight - entrangere French)

Premier president: Ahmed Benbella, actuel: Abdelaziz Bouteflicka
(First president: Ahmed Benbella, Current: Abdelaziz Bouteflika)

Hommes Historiques: Emir Abdelkader, El-Mokrani, Messali El-Hadj, Ferhat Abbas ...
(Historical Men: Emir Abdelkader, El0Mokrani, Messali El-Hadj, Ferhat Abbas ...)

Teologiens Celebres: Cheikh Abdelhamid Ibn Badis, Bachir El-Ibrahimi ...
(Famous Theologists: Cheikh Abdelhamid Ibn Badis, Bachir El-Ibrahimi ...)

Culture: Med Dib, Med Racim, Med Iguerbouchen, Malek Haddad ...
(Culture: Med Dib, Med Racim, Med Iguerbouchen, Malek Haddad ...)

Principales Ressources: Ble-Dattes - Agrumes - vins - Ovins - Petrole - Gaz Naturel - Fer - Acier
(Main Resources: corn, dates, citrus fruits, ovine, petrol, natural gas, iron, steel)

Gastronomie: couscous - Mechoui ...
(Gastronomy: couscous - lamb barbeque)

This postcard is postmarked in 2009 with an Algeria stamp that has water damage.

Algeria (Algerie) stamp 2009

The 2nd Anniversary of the 
Cultural Pan African Festival in Algiers

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Caernarfon Castle in Wales, Great Britain

Caernarfon is the County town of Gwyedd, which lost to Cardiff its bid to become the Welsh capital back in 1957. Yet it still maintains a certain status, and is fast becoming the main media centre for Wales. It is, of course, also one of Wales' major tourist honeypots, the main draw being its 13th century castle and town walls. In 1969 Prince Charles was invested here as Prince of Wales.

postmarked in 2009 with two gold colored, 1st - Great Britain queen stamps

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Spetses, Greece

Argosaronic (The Gulf)
Spetses, Greece

Postmarked in 2009 with a Greece lighthouse stamp

These two wonderful stamped postcards were sent as a gift from someone who was visiting this blog :D

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Spetses is an island of Greece, sometimes included as one of the Saronic Islands. The town of Spetses (pop. 3,846 in 2001) is the only large settlement on the island.

Ferries and high-speed hydrofoils arrive regularly on the island. The use of motor vehicles is severely restricted on the island, so the public transportation system is generally provided by horse & carriage and water taxis. Some conventional taxis and buses are in operation, but they require a special license. The inhabited area is so compact that most people use scooters, bicycles or walk throughout the island.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Alien Abduction

I would have written sooner but I was abducted by Aliens and put down on a beach in Florida...HONEST!!! -

The back of the postcard reads, "Hey, It could Happen".

Photo by Rindy Nyberg

Postmarked in 2007 with another Alien - Yoda from Star Wars 41 cent stamp

Monday, November 9, 2009

Turkey - Pamukkale

Turkiye (Turkey)

1. Pamukkale
2. Ishak Pasa Mosque - Agri
3. Marmaris
4. Celsus Library - Ephesus

postmarked in 2009 from Malaysia

stamp on the left:
Tikus ambang bulan - Echinosorex gymnurus - (Moon Rat)

stamp on the right:
Teledu - Mydaus javanensis - (Indonesian Stink Badger)

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1. Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in south-western Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. It is located in the River Menderes valley, which has a temperate climate for most of the year.

Tourism is and has been a major industry. People have bathed in its pools for thousands of years. It has been badly damaged in some areas, and so there are now efforts to restore the springs.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Foraging or Forgery in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Calle Pedro Carbo: Guayaquil. -
Por esta calle transitan los forjadores de la ciudad de Guayaquil, verdader simbolo de la economia del pais.  Su nombre nos recuerda a uno de los grandes hijos que ha tenido el Ecuador.

This translates something like:
Street Pedro Carbo: Guayaquil. -
This street passing the framers of the city of Guayaquil, genuine natural symbol of the country's economy. His name reminds us of one of the great sons who had the Ecuador.

This unused postcard is from 1970.

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Guayaquil, officially Santiago de Guayaquil, is the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador, as well as that nation's main port.

Legend tells that the city was named after an Indigenous Chief, "Guayas", and his wife, "Quil". Both of them chose to die before surrendering themselves to the Spaniards.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Trade Room, Old Fort Niagara

The Trade Room, French Castle
Old Fort Niagara

Here the Indians brought their bales of rich beaver pelts to barter with the French, and later with the English. In return they received blankets, fancy colored material, beads, simple cooking utensils powder and lead, firearms and firewater. Old Fort Niagara, 14 miles from the Falls, is open to visitors the year 'round.

Curteicholor postcard

it is an old postcard, but postmarked in 2009 with a 27 cent and one cent stamp

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I love how they give you all the information, but don't tell you where this is, other than 14 miles from the Falls!

In case you wanted to know, it is in Youngstown, New York