Thursday, December 31, 2009

World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta Georgia

World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta Georgia

this looks like an old room divider! It's very large and shaped like you see here

postmarked in 2008 with 41 cent 'Louis Comfort Tiffany' stamp

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Traditional dress, Hardanger, Norway

Hardanger, Norway

Axel Eliassons Konstforlag Stockholm No 5124
(printed in Stockholm)

postmarked in 1906 with a one cent Benjamin Franklin stamp to this address:

Mrs. Mary Jarns
Quaker Street
(no house number or city)

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The Hardanger bunad is the most famous of all the Norwegian folk costumes. In the romantic era of the last part of the 19th century, it became the national costume, and it was copied all over the country, although usually simplified. There is also a difference of a married woman and a young girls bunad. The woman wear a headdress and a silver belt, and they look more dressed up than the young girls.

interesting fact about the apron:

The oldest skirts were either open at the front and closed with hooks all the way down or only with a hook at the waist, leaving a long opening bellow. The aprons main function was to hide the opening . The opening down the skirt was not considered "nice". An unmarried girl who had a child would have "lost her apron".

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Arenal Observatory Lodge
An Explosive Destination!

Arenal Volcano
from the Arenal Observatory Lodge

unused, from 2009

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Arenal Volcano, which lay dormant for centuries, erupted in 1968 and has been continuously active ever since, making it one of the world's most explosive cones. Arenal Observatory Lodge was originally built in 1987 as a Smithsonian Institute scientific research station. Unlike other La Fortuna hotels, this volcano lodge is the only Arenal Volcano observatory situated within Arenal National Park, protected from danger by the deep gorge of the Agua Caliente River.

The volcano lodge sits on top of a ridge overlooking Arenal Lake and the looming volcano only 1.7 miles away.

Here is the volcano at night:

Monday, December 28, 2009

Bruges, Beguinage, Belgium - say that 3 times fast!

Brugge: Lngang Begijnhof
Bruges: L'entree du Beguinage
Bruges: entrance to the Beguanage
Brugge: Eingang des Beguinenklosters

This postcard is postmarked in 1978 with two 'King Baudouin' Belgium stamps.

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The Beguinage is one of those typical areas in Bruges where one can find more peace and quiet than in the sometimes busy and overcrowded streets of the town center. The Beguinage is a group of houses around a little garden covered with large poplar trees. It was here that during the last seven centuries lived the beguines of Bruges. In 1937 the beguinage became a monastery for the Benedictine sisters who still live here now.

The Beguinage of Bruges was founded in 1245 by the Countess of Flanders, Margaretha of Constantinopel, daughter of Count Baldwin who conquered Constantinopel (now Istambul) during the crusades.

Visitors enter the place via a bridge over the canal. The entrance gate bears the date 1776. A lot of houses, however, are much older than that. Most date from the 17th and 18th century. Some houses were built in the 19th century in neo-gothic style. In the southern part is a little dead end street where still some houses of the 15th-16th century can be found.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Elvis Presley, Cirque De Soleil, 'Viva Elvis'

Elvis Presley

bought at the Cirque Du Soleil 'Viva Elvis' show in ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter in Las Vegas, Nevada

unused, 2009

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Viva ELVIS, a harmonious fusion of dance, acrobatics and live music, is a tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley. Nostalgia and raw emotion provide the backdrop for his immortal voice and the exhilaration and beauty of his music.

Created in the image of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll – powerful, sexy, whimsical, truly unique and larger than life – the show highlights an American icon who transformed popular music and whose image embodies the freedom, excitement and turbulence of his era.

Significant moments in his life – intimate, playful and grandiose – blend with the timeless songs that remain as relevant today as when they first hit the top of the charts. Viva ELVIS focuses on the essential humanity of the one superstar whose name will forever be linked with the history of Las Vegas and the entire world of entertainment: Elvis Presley.

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We saw the show on the second official day it was open to the public :D

Saturday, December 26, 2009

It's A Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

unused, bought in 2009

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A few quotes from the movie:

George Bailey: [yelling at Uncle Billy] Where's that money, you silly stupid old fool? Where's that money? Do you realize what this means? It means bankruptcy and scandal and prison. That's what it means. One of us is going to jail - well, it's not gonna be me.

Nick: [ringing the cash register repeatedly] Get me. I'm givin' out wings.

Nick: [slamming a bottle on the bar] That's it. Out you two pixies go - through the door, or out the window.

George Bailey: Now, come on, get your clothes on, and we'll stroll up to my car and get... Oh, I'm sorry. I'll stroll. You fly.

George Bailey: What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary.

Clarence: Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?

George Bailey: [praying] Clarence! Clarence! Help me, Clarence! Get me back! Get me back, I don't care what happens to me! Get me back to my wife and kids! Help me Clarence, please! Please! I wanna live again. I wanna live again. Please, God, let me live again.

George Bailey: Ha, ha, ha, ha! My mouth's bleeding, Bert! My mouth's bleeding!

Man on Porch: Why don't you kiss her instead of talking her to death?

Zuzu Bailey: Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.

George Bailey: Well, you look about the kind of angel I'd get. Sort of a fallen angel, aren't you? What happened to your wings?

Clarence: [In book inscription] Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.

George Bailey: [on Mary being caught naked in the bushes] This is a very interesting situation!

George Bailey: A toast! A toast! A toast to Mama Dollar and to Papa Dollar, and if you want to keep this old Building and Loan in business, you better have a family real quick.
Cousin Tilly: I wish they were rabbits.

Real Estate Salesman: As I say, it's no skin off my nose. But one of these days this bright young man is going to be asking George Bailey for a job.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Jesus :D

Birthday joys this
Day be thine
And every blessing
Is the one
Heartfelt wish
I send this happy
Morn to greet.

Best Birthday Wishes

postmarked in1920 with 1 cent stamp

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Greetings Poem

Christmas Greetings

The Christmas Day brings memories
And kindest thoughts untold,
Of friends we may not often see
But hope to always hold;
So may the greeting be a link
In friendship's precious chain,
And may there be a Christmas Day,
When we shall meet again!

This is postmarked in 1932 with 1 cent '1732 Washington 1932' stamp. This is from the 'Washington Bicentennial Commemorative Postage Stamp' set.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Coca-Cola Bears

The Coca-Cola Bear was originally introduced in 1920's advertising and then reintroduced in 1993. The Coca-Cola Bear continues to share his family and freind's love of Coca-Cola with consumers.

World of Coca-Cola
Atlanta, Georgia

postmarked in 2008 with a 'Louis Comfort Tiffany' 41 cent stamp

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Iceland, Map and Views


Strokkur (Geyser)
Lundar (Puffins)
Blaa Ionio (Blue Lagoon)
Gullfoss (a Waterfall)
Skogafoss (a Waterfall)
Skutustaoagigar (Volcanic Crater)
Landmannalaugar (Highland
Jokulsarlon (Glacier Lake)

(The sender wrote the translations on the card :)

Postmarked in 2009 with two Iceland stamps
1. Mushrooms, 2. Dates the Bible was translated into Icelandic

Monday, December 21, 2009

Alvin and the Chipmunks from Belgium

Alvin and the Chipmunks from Belgium - 2007
19 December in de Bioscoop

Alvin, Simon en Theodoor zijn drie speciale eekhoorntjes, ook bekend als Chipmunks, met een groot geheim. Waneer ze bij liedjesmaker Dave gaan wonen, moeten ze hun geheim verklappen: ze kunnen niet enkel praten, maar ook zingen...
Alvin and the Chipmunks


Alvin and the Chipmunks from Belgium - 2007
19 December in the Cinema

Alvin, Simon and Theodore are three special squirrels, also known as Chipmunks, with a big secret. When she went to live with music creator Dave, they reveal their secret: they can not only talk, but sing.
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Theodoor is onschuldig, lief en houdt van knuffelberen. Maar hij is ook een energieke drummer wiens liefde voor chocolade en snoep hem regelmatig in de problemen brengt.

Theodore is innocent, sweet and loves teddy bears. But he is also an energetic drummer whose love for chocolate and sweets him into trouble.
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Alvin is een ondeugende, vriendilike Chipmunk die graag zin stempel op dingen drukt. Hij speelt zowel gitaar als harmonica en is een brok energie.

Alvin is a mischievous, vriendilike Chipmunk sense stamp on things like that again. He plays both guitar and harmonica and is a lot of energy.
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Simon is een slimmerik die houdt van studeren en lizen. Hij speelt basgitaar en hoewel hij het altijd groot ziet, heeft hij soms moeite om te zien wat er recht voor zijn neus staat.

Simon is a smart guy who loves studying and lizen. He plays bass guitar and although he always looks great, he sometimes has trouble seeing what is right under his nose.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cabbage Patch Kids - Jacqueline

Milords and Miladies - Jacqueline, the Jingling Jester is at your command! Limited to only 500 - the smallest edition in the Circus Parade Series - this hand-sculpted Cabbage Patch Kid is sure to be a highly collectible work of art.

unused, from 1997

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Cabbage Patch Kids are a doll brand created by Debbie Morehead and Xavier Roberts in 1978. The original dolls were all cloth and sold at local craft shows, then later at Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia. The doll brand went on to become one of the most popular toy fads of the eighties and one of the longest-running doll franchises in America.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Pepsi, Shaped postcard from Hungary

alkoss jatssz elj tobbet - Pepsi postcard from Hungary!

LOVE IT!! - this postcard is shaped around the 'bubbles'

postmarked with Magyarorszag (Hungary) 'sofa' stamp in 2007

Friday, December 18, 2009

Coca-Cola in Russia

Coca-Cola advertising postcard from Russia - the sender translates, "All be coca-cola. Be inspired" -

postmarked in 2007 with Russia 7.0c Santa stamp (Made out of felt or a foam like material, very cool!) and a 12p huge Russian stamp with scenes like you would see in a castle tapestry

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mermaid Legend, Huacachina, Peru

Laguna de Huacachina, Ica - Peru

Lake of Huacachina, Ica - Peru

postmarked in 1971 with a Peru Stamp: 1968 National Dignity Day 4.00

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Legend holds that this lagoon was created when a beautiful native princess was apprehended at her bath by a young hunter. She fled, leaving the pool of water she had been bathing in to become the lagoon. The folds of her mantle, streaming behind her as she ran, became the surrounding sand dunes. And the woman herself is rumored to still live in the oasis as a mermaid.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Reality sucks .....

Reality sucks...
Zin in een filmdate?

this is an unused Boomerang postcard from Belgium - from 2008 -

It is an advertisement for Utopolis Cinemas

(Reminds me of the scene from 'Free Willy!)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Jelly Roll Morton

Covering Blues

Jelly Roll Morton 123/24 (MCD-47018-2) - Classic Jazz

Jelly Roll Morton, piano; King Oliver, cornet; Tommy Ladnier, cornet; Roy Palmer, trombone; Wilson Townes, clarinet, alto saxophone; Charles Harris, alto saxophone; Boyd Senter, clarinet; Jasper Taylor, wood block; and others
Recorded 1923 - 1924


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Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton (1880s – July 10, 1941) was an American ragtime and early jazz pianist, bandleader and composer.
Widely recognized as a pivotal figure in early jazz, Morton claimed, in self-promotional hyperbole, to have invented jazz outright in 1902. Morton was the first serious composer of jazz, naming and popularizing the "Spanish tinge" of exotic rhythms and penning such standards as "Wolverine Blues", "Black Bottom Stomp", and "Buddy Bolden's Blues".

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Williamsburg Bridge, New York City

Williamsburg Bridge, New York.

Illustrated Post Card Co, N.Y.

postmarked in 1906 with a 1 cent Franklin stamp

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The Williamsburg Bridge is a suspension bridge in New York City across the East River connecting the Lower East Side of Manhattan with the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn on Long Island.

Construction on the bridge, the second to cross this river, began in 1896, and the bridge opened on December 19, 1903 at a cost of $12,000,000.

The Williamsburg Bridge appears in the following movies:
Once Upon a Time in America, The Lost Weekend (1945), The Naked City (1948), Johnny Suede (1991), Scent of a Woman (1992), American Gangster (2007), Serpico (1973), the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die, The French Connection (1971), and The Naked Brothers Band.

The bridge is also mentioned several times in the novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943) by Betty Smith

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The AIDS Quilt in Washington D.C.

The AIDS Quilt, Viewed from the Washington Monument - Washington D.C.

postmarked with Liberty Bell 'Forever' stamp in 2007

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Founded in 1987, The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a poignant memorial, a powerful tool for use in preventing new HIV infections, and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world.

Each "block" (or section) of The AIDS Memorial Quilt measures approximately twelve feet square, and a typical block consists of eight individual three foot by six foot panels sewn together. Virtually every one of the more than 40,000 colorful panels that make up the Quilt memorializes the life of a person lost to AIDS.

As the epidemic continues claiming lives around the world and here in the United States, the Quilt continues to grow and to reach more communities with its messages of remembrance, awareness and hope.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hand Painted Watercolor from Malaysia

Hand painted postcard: 'Somewhere in Malaysia'

This postcard was postmarked in 2009 with a Malaysia bird stamp.

Someone who was on my postcard blog painted this for me on watercolor thick paper and sent it to me as a gift postcard! How amazing is that!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Walt Disney World 'pull tab' postcard

Walt Disney World

The gang's all here!

side 1. Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kindom
side 2. Wishes - Nighttime Spectacular

unused - bought in 2009

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This is a postcard bought at one of the resorts inside Walt Disney World. If you 'pull out gently' the tab, you will see this view .....

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Walt Disney World 'pull tab' postcard

Walt Disney World

Royalty is always in season.

side 1. Jasmine, Cinderella, Snow White
side 2. Aurora, Belle, Ariel

unused - bought in 2009

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This is a postcard bought at one of the resorts inside Walt Disney World. If you 'pull out gently' the tab, you will see this view .....

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Chinese Sharpei Dog

Chinese Sharpei

unused, from 2009

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The Shar Pei or Chinese Shar-Pei is a breed of dog known for its distinctive features of deep wrinkles and a blue-black tongue. The breed comes from China.

As puppies, Shar Pei have numerous wrinkles, but as they mature, these wrinkles disappear as they "grow into their skin". Shar Pei were once named as one of the world's rarest dog breeds by Time magazine and the Guinness Book of World Records, and the American Kennel Club did not recognize the breed until 1991.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Triglav Mountain Top in Slovenia, Aljaz Tower

Alazev stopl na Triglauvu, najvisje stopece delo cloviskih rok
(iz knjige Toma Jesenicnika: Slovenija v preseznikih)

postmarked in 2009 with two stamps from Slovenia

The sender writes:

This postcard is from the collection published about Slovenian Superlatives ( Biggest, Highest .. etc.) It shows the top of the Triglav Mountain in Julian Alps. Triglav is our Highest Mountain (2864 m) and its name meand three-headed ( tri- three, glava-head) due to its three peaks. On the top of it is the highest man-made object. In Slovenia - Aljaz Tower. It was designed and erected by the priest Jakob Aljaz at the end of the 19th century. We were under the Austro-Hungarian Empire at that time and Jakob purchased the peak in the hope of increasing the interest of foreigners in the Slovenian Mountains.