Monday, May 31, 2010

Searsport, Main - Oil Depot

Searsport, Maine - Oil Depot

Photo by Hastings

postmarked with two 5 cent Washington stamps

there is no date, but I'm pretty sure it is from around 1977

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Riga, Latvia

Rigas panorama; Latvijas Nacionala Opera; Melngalvju nams; Rigas Doms

The Panorama of Riga; the National Opera; The Blackheads House; the Dome Cathedral

Foto: L Balodis

postmarked in 2010 with a Latvia mushroom stamp

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Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia.

Riga's historical centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is particularly notable for its extensive Jugendstil (German Art Nouveau) architecture, which UNESCO considers to be unparalleled anywhere in the world.

The site of today's Riga has been recorded, as Duna Urbs, as early as the 2nd century. It was subsequently settled by the Livs, an ancient Finnic tribe, later also the Kurs.

Riga began to develop as a centre of Viking trade during the early Middle Ages.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Famous Places of Romania


(1-3 is the top row
4-5 bottom row...)

1. Castelul Bran (Bran Castle)
2. Delta Dunarii (The Danube Delta - UNESCO site)
3. Cetaea Rasnov (The Rasnov Fortress)
4. Biserica fortificata Biertan (The Fortified Church Biertan)
5. Manastirea Moldovita (Moldovita Monestary)

postmarked in 2010 with three great Romania stamps

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The Danube Delta is the second largest river delta in Europe, after the Volga Delta. The greater part of the Danube Delta lies in Romania (Tulcea county), while its northern part, on the left bank of the Chilia arm, is situated in Ukraine.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro - RJ

Vista noturna da Praia de Copacabana.
Night view of Copacabana beach.

postmarked in 2010 with two Brazil stamps

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Copacabana is a self-governing township located in the southern zone of the city Rio de Janeiro, known for its 4 km beach which is one of the most famous in the world.

Notable events on the Copacabana Beach:
On December 31, 1994, the New Year's Eve celebrations featured a Rod Stewart concert, which featured 3.5 million fans, making it one of the largest concert crowds ever.

On February 18, 2006, a Saturday, the Rolling Stones concert attracted over 1.3 million people to the beach.

On October 2, 2009, 100,000 people filled the beach for a huge beach party as the IOC announced Rio would be hosting the 2016 Olympics.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mechelen, Belgium, Margaret of Austria

Mechelen, Belgium

Paleis van Margaretha van Oostenrijk
(Dutch - translation is: Palace of Margaret of Austria)

This is postmarked in 2010 with two Belgium bird stamps.

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Margaret of Austria was regent of the Netherlands, for both Belgium and Holland, from 1507 until 1515 and 1519 until her death in 1530.  She was born 10 January 1480, a daughter of Emperor Maximilian I. After the death of her brother Philip I of Castile in 1506, her brother's Burgundian territories were inherited by his son, the future Emperor Charles V. Due to Charles' youth, Margaret was named as his guardian, and governed the Netherlands on her nephew's behalf. Margaret died 1 December 1530.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Frog Wearing Glasses

Large frog wearing glasses

Photo: Graham French - Masterfile

Postmarked in 2010 with two Latvia Christmas Tree Stamps

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Holland - Under Water Waterland?

"Greetings from Holland"

anno 2020
(year 2020)

The sender writes:

This card is a little joke because Holland is known as the waterland, will we be just water in a few years?

postmarked in 2010 with a Netherlands bicycle stamp

The stamp looks like this only from 2009 and for 77

Monday, May 24, 2010

The World, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Kennedy Space Center, Fla. - The world - yesterday, today and tomorrow. The top map shows the world as it probably appeared just as the Pangaean supercontinent began to break up 200 million years ago. The center map depicts the world as it is today. The bottom map shows the important changes that will occur in the future, including the drift of Southern California out into the Pacific Ocean towards eventual oblivion in the Aleutian trench.

This is an older postcard, but is postmarked in 2008 with a 26 cent 'wild cat' (Florida Panther) stamp

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Edwin Blumenfeld, Eiffel Tower, Paris

Erwin Blumenfeld

Sur la tour Eiffel, Paris, 1938
On the Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1938

postmarked from Paris in 2010 with a France stamp

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Erwin Blumenfeld (1897 – 1969) was a famous American photographer of German origin.
In the 1930s, he published collages mocking Adolf Hitler. In 1936, he emigrated to Paris. With the German occupation, he was sent to a concentration camp in 1940 because he was Jewish. In 1941, he would escape to the USA.
In the 1940s and 1950s he became famous for his fashion photography, working for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

St. Joseph Infant School, Jamaica

Classmates of St. Joseph Infant School.

Bubbling with laughter, these preparatory school children in Kingston pose for the camera.

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My husband and I were in Jamaica and hired a driver to show us the real Jamaica. My favorite part was him taking us to his children's school to pick them up. It was wonderful! The kids were all in uniform and like this postcard, they were all smiles :D


Friday, May 21, 2010

Moto Guzzi 2VT Motorcycle

Moto Guzzi 2VT
498.4 cc
Power output: 17 hp
Top speed: 75 mph
Collection of John Parham

unused, from 2005

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Moto Guzzi was conceived by two aircraft pilots and their mechanic serving in the Corpo Aeronautico Militare (the Italian Air Corp, CAM) during World War I: Carlo Guzzi, Giovanni Ravelli and Giorgi Parodi. Assigned to the same Miraglia Squadron based outside Venice, the three became close. The trio envisioned creating a motorcycle company after the war. Guzzi would engineer the motor bikes, Parodi (the son of wealthy Genovese ship-owners) would finance the venture, and Ravelli (already a famous pilot and motorcycle racer) would promote the bikes with his racing prowess.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Indian "Rainbow" Chief Motorcycle

Indian "Rainbow" Chief
1206 cc
United States
Power output: 40 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Top speed: 85 mph
Collection of Rocky Halter

unused, from 2005

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America's First Motorcycle: In the Beginning, a Genius Created a Pacer Bicycle

While the 2 3/4 horsepower single and the five horsepower twin have been retained, two new models will be presented and a seven horsepower twin. The radical changes of the Indian, however, will consist in a mechanical oiling device, free engine and two-speed gear, and a new spring fork.

-- New York Times, January 9, 1910

By the time the above appeared, Indian motorcycle riders had been roaming the dirt trails and rolling along the wagon-wheel ruts of America for almost a decade. Hitting the road in 1901, Indian was not only the first American motorcycle, it was the world's best-selling bike and, having introduced the first V-twin motorcycle to the world in 1907, the most technologically advanced.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Skyline from Southside
From left: Skyscraper in the Financial District
Mounted City Policeman
Dramatic Skyline at Night
Houdon's famous statue of George Washington
Old City Hall

unused, from 1988

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Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the United States. The population was 200,123 in 2007, with an estimated population of 1,212,977 for the Richmond Metropolitan Area — making it the third largest in Virginia.

The present city of Richmond was founded in 1737. It became the capital of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia in 1780. During the Revolutionary War period, several notable events occurred in the city, including Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech in 1775 at St. John's Church. During the American Civil War, Richmond served as the capital of the Confederate States of America, and many important American Civil War landmarks remain in the city today, including the Virginia State Capitol and the White House of the Confederacy, among others.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Reminder Postcard - Dentist

A Reminder

Your health is important to us!

This is a reminder that we have reserved an appointment for you on 4-26-2010

Sonia Simmonds, D.D.S.
1601 Park Center Dr., Suite 1
Orlando, Florida 32835
(407) 253-3787

postmarked in 2010 with a 28 cent stamp

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This is such a pretty postcard they chose for their reminder cards! And a free postcard in your mailbox is always nice :D

Monday, May 17, 2010

Hohenzollern Castle, Germany

Burg Hohenzollern
855m u.M.

postmarked in 2010 with a Germany 1,00 stamp

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Hohenzollern Castle is a castle, about 50 kilometers (30 mi) south of Stuttgart, Germany, considered home to the Hohenzollern family that came to power during the Middle Ages and ruled Prussia and Brandenburg until the end of World War I.

The castle is located on top of Mount Hohenzollern at an elevation of 855 meters (2,805 ft). It was originally constructed in the first part of the 11th century. It was completely destroyed after a 10-month siege in 1423 by the imperial cities of Swabia.

A second, larger and sturdier castle was constructed from 1454 to 1461 and served as a refuge for the Swabian Hohenzollern family during wartime, including during the Thirty Years' War. By the end of the 18th century, however, the castle was thought to have lost its strategic importance and gradually fell into disrepair, leading to the demolition of several dilapidated buildings. Today, only the chapel remains from the medieval castle.

The third version of the castle, which stands today, was constructed by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV between 1846 and 1867. Because the castle was built to be merely a family memorial, no member of the Hohenzollern family took residence in this third castle until 1945, when it became home to the last Prussian Crown Prince Wilhelm.

The castle is today a popular tourist destination.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Rocky Mountain Wildlife - Pika

Pika - Ochotona princeps.
Quick and agile, the industrious pika inhabits alpine boulderfields feeding on lush vegetation. A cousin to rabbits and hares, pikas gather vegetation into "haypiles" for consumption during the winter.

1991 Wendy Shattil and Bob Rozinski
Published by Rocky Mountain Nature Association

from the set:
Rocky Mountain Wildlife
Twelve Postcards

Wendy Shattil and Bob Rozinski have worked as a photographic team since 1981, specializing in wildlife and nature photography. They are international grand prize winners of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competion. Other credits include National Wildlife, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, Natural History and National Geographic Publications.


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Red Corvette Error Postcard

Daytona Beach

Photo: Bill Riley

unused, bought in 2010

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When I was in Daytona Beach I bought a red postcard like this (see below) I grabbed another one for one of my daughters and the card behind it was this one! All the rest in the pile where colored. Somehow this card didn't get any red ink!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Spider-Man Ride, Universal Studios

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

Put on your 3-D glasses for an eye-popping, first-of-its-kind 3-D thrill ride. Careening through the streets and swinging high above the city, you'll see, hear and actually FEEL the action as this ride drops you (literally) right in the middle of the web-slinger's most amazing adventure ever!

unused, bought in 2010

On a side note: this is my favorite ride of any theme park we've ever been to! This ride alone is worth the price of the admission to the park. (Disney's Epcot is my favorite park overall though)

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After donning night vision goggles (3D glasses) the "cub reporters" get in the Scoops and leave the loading docks to a New York back alley where they encounter Spider-Man. He warns that he is in for the most dangerous night of his life and for the guests to be careful. The guests enter a warehouse where the Sinister Syndicate are holding the Statue of Liberty hostage. Once spotted, Electro, Scream, and Doctor Octopus attack and hurl the Scoop into the sewer, where Spider-man is waiting. After he fends off Hydro-Man there, the guests escape narrowly to the river, where Hobgoblin attacks with exploding pumpkins and sends guests into the streets. Doctor Octopus lifts the Scoop using an anti-gravity cannon. (Amazing part of the ride!!) Spider-man attempts to pull it down but is attacked by all the supervillains. Spidey thwarts them, but not before Doctor Octopus disengages the anti-gravity device, sending the Scoop on a 400-foot (120 m) free-fall (you actually feel like your 'car' is dropping straight down!) until it is rescued by Spider-Man's webbing, where it stops over a sewer that says "Not an exit". Then Spider-Man thanks the guests for their help and sends them back to the Daily Bugle, where he has rigged the anti-gravity cannon to lift Jameson to the ceiling in his office.

Ride effects:
There are 13 large screens in the attraction, 12 of which use 3D projection. The process utilizes two projectors that have polarizers to interact with each lens of the 3D glasses. By blocking light from one projector with each lens, the 3D effect is achieved.
The illusion of levitating the ride vehicle is achieved by a choreographed combination of several elements: the on-screen visuals with faux-projected windows to the left and right; a large, collapsible building facade; the vehicle's DOF (Degrees of Freedom) motors moving slowly and without stops; and overhead fans blowing air down onto the vehicle. Afterward, two IMAX screens in the following scene allow for the feeling of being whipped high above the city during the final showdown.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Money - Australia Dollar

Australian Money

This postcard is shaped to the outline of the money you see!

postmarked in 2010 with an Australia stamp

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The Australian dollar (sign: $; code: AUD) is the currency of the Commonwealth of Australia, including Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and Norfolk Island, as well as the independent Pacific Island states of Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu. Within Australia it is almost always abbreviated with the dollar sign ($), with A$ or AU$ sometimes used informally to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. It is subdivided into 100 cents.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fado Genre of Music in Portugal


postmarked in 2010 with a Portugal hummingbird stamp

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Fado is a music genre which can be traced from the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. In popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor.

The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word saudade which means to miss or to long for someone or something.

Portugal stamp 2010
Ano Internacional Da Biodiversidade
(International Year of Biodiversity)
Mata Atlantica

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lenox Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts

Hotel Lenox near Copley Square,
Boston, Mass.

A Comfortable, Friendly Place to stay
A Delightful, Satisfying Place to eat
A Distinctive place to entertain

Boylston and Exeter Streets, Boston, Mass

postmarked in 1952 with a 2 cent John Adams stamp

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This is still the Lenox Hotel and Recently rated #1 on TripAdvisor. It is a perennial AAA Four Diamond property, and a member of Historic Hotels of America.

As much a Boston landmark as Fenway Park or Faneuil Hall, the handsome Italianate structure in Copley Square famously known as the Lenox was built in 1900 in just eight months at a cost of $1.1 million--one of the first hotels constructed in Boston's Back Bay. For years the Lenox sat adjacent to a railroad yard, which made it convenient for wealthy guests like opera star Enrico Caruso to pull their rail cars right up to hotel.

A $20 million renovation that took three years touched upon every one of the 212 guest rooms and suites. Each is now outfitted in a variety of soft color schemes with brass chandeliers, crystal lamps, rich dark wood furniture and marble bathrooms and comes with numerous amenities, including voice mail, hair dryers, bathrobes and umbrellas. Many guest rooms also have working fireplaces.

Rate Range:
Single/Double: $259.00 to $495.00
Specialty/Suites: $495.00 to $695.00

Monday, May 10, 2010

Garfield Park, Indianapolis, Indiana

Beautiful Garfield Park
Indianapolis, Indiana

Thousands of visitors enjoy this 128-acre park with its Sunken Gardens, Fountains, Greenhouses, Playgrounds, Swimming Pool and Outdoor Theater.

postmarked in 1960 with a 3 cent Liberty stamp

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Garfield Park is a 184-acre site located in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on Chicago's West Side.

It is home to the Garfield Park Conservatory, one of the largest and most impressive conservatories in the United States. Often referred to as "landscape art under glass," the Garfield Park Conservatory occupies approximately 4.5 acres inside and out and contains a number of permanent plant exhibits incorporating specimens from around the world (including some ferns that are over 300 years old). Additionally, thousands of plants are grown there each year for displays in Chicago parks and public spaces.

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If anyone lives near here, I would LOVE a postcard of the conservatory!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day - from China

Happy Mother's Day postcard

postmarked in 2009 with three bird stamps from china

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In China, Mother's Day is becoming more popular, and carnations are a very popular gift and the most sold type of flower. In 1997 it was set as the day to help poor mothers, specially to remind people of the poor mothers on rural areas such as China's west. In the People's Daily, the Communist Party of China's journal, an article explained that "despite originating in the United States, people in China take the holiday with no hesitance because it goes in line with the country's traditional ethics -- respect to the elderly and filial piety to parents."

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If anyone can translate the symbols, or tell me what the tools mean, please send me a message, or leave one here - thank you.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

National Post Card Week - Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama

NPCW (National Post Card Week)
May 3-9, 2009

Hal N. Ottaway
Art by Rick Geary

back reads:
Plan to meet me at the 32nd International Wichita Postcard Show on October 17-18, 2009. Hope to have our pictures taken in the Paper Moon.

Limited Edition 228 / 500


Friday, May 7, 2010

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey, Palmdale 1996
Photograph by Herb Ritts

unused, bought in 2010

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Matthew David McConaughey, (born November 4, 1969) is an American actor. After a series of minor roles in the early 1990s, McConaughey gained notice for his breakout role in Dazed and Confused (1993).

McConaughey is best known for his performances as a leading man in the romantic comedies The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Fool's Gold.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

National Postcard Week - 2008 - Chicken Pot Stickers Recipe

Celebrate National Post Card Week
May 4-10, 2008 with

Chicken pot Stickers

one boneless chicken breast
1 tablespoon fresh ginger
one clove garlic
one package egg roll wrappers, cut into fourths
small bowl water
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Mix first three ingredients in a food processor until very fine.  Place one teaspoon of chicken mix on 1/4 wrapper.  wet sides and close to make a triangle.

Place in pot of boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes until it looks like cooked pasta.  Drain

Place in frying pan with sesame oil turning when the start to stick.  Add balsamic vinegar to pan, cover cook and additional minute or so
Serve with dipping sauce.

the back reads:

My daughter made up this recipe for a fun dinner kids could help make.

This recipe can be doubled, tripled, quadrupled for a large crowd.  She usually makes it for church gatherings.


Limited Edition 139 of 160

To see many more National Postcard Week cards be sure to check out Demaris' website:

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Lakagigar Volcano Chain, Iceland

Postcard Book
The Earth From the Air
Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Lakagigar Volcano Chain, Iceland

Lakagigar, in southern Iceland, still bears the scars of one of the most violent volcanic eruptions in recorded history. In 1783 two eruptive fissures, a total of 15 miles (25km) long, opened up on both sides of Lake volcano, vomiting 4 cubic miles (15km3) of molten rock that engulfed 225 square miles (580 km2) of land, the largest lava flow in human memory. A cloud of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and ash spread over the entire island and contaminated grazing land and surface waters. Three quarters of the livestock was annihilated, and after a second eruption in 1785, a terrible famine decimated a quarter of the population (more than 10,000 people). The fissures of Lakegigar, crowned by 115 volcanic craters, are today closed up, and the streams of lava are covered by a thick carpet of moss. Iceland has more than 200 active volcanoes and has produced one-third of all discharges of lava occurring around the world in the course of the last 500 years.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Some Lenticular, or 3-D, Animal Postcards

A shark turning his head to bite you!

A monkey walking, when you tilt the card, he looks right at you

A dog running, looks like a mastiff

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the back of all the cards read:

... die mit den etwas anderen Karten!

(... with a slightly different cards!)

all are unused, bought in Downtown DIsney in 2010, they said they order these types of postcards from Germany