Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Space - Magic Eye 3-D Illusion

Magic Eye 3-D optical Illusion Cards: Hold this postcard right up to your nose and very very slowly pull it away from your face. Look 'through' the image without focusing on it. Try not to blink, and a 3-D illusion will magically appear!

Andrews and McMeel, Kansas City, Mo

postmarked in 2008 with a 27 cent 'kiwi' stamp

Love this postcard!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger

Rolling Stones

This unused postcard was bought in 2010.

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The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in April 1962 by guitarist and harmonica player Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart, vocalist Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards. Bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts completed the early lineup.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Empire Hotel and Country Club - Brunei

Empire Hotel and Country Club
Brunei Darussalam

postmarked in 2010 with two stamps from Malaysia

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The Empire Hotel & Country Club, Brunei, is a tranquil haven of sheer luxury and elegance, Asia 's most opulent resort featuring 359 spacious guestrooms and 61 lavish suites and palatial villas.

This regal retreat is also one of the world's largest resorts, spread over 180 hectares (445 acres) of manicured gardens, alongside an 18-hole floodlit Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf course overlooking the South China Sea .

It is no surprise that this exquisite hotel has fêted royalty, heads of state and other rich and famous celebrities, and since opening in 2000 has frequently been voted Asia 's Best Resort by many influential international publications.

Top of the crop among the suites is the Emperor Suite, which boasts former US President Bill Clinton as its most famous guest. Measuring 666 sq m, it could well be the world's largest hotel suite and comes with its own lavish indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and full sized movie screen. It has received the accolade of "World's Best Presidential Suite" in the World Travel Awards.

The attention to detail, unique touches and the finest of furnishings is evident in the hotel lobby and other public areas. The soaring atrium (higher than an average 12-storey building) has a palatial feel with its magnificent white marble pillars accented with gold. The rails of its sweeping staircases are inlaid with a total of 370 Tiger Eye pieces. Other precious objets d'arts decorating the lobby include two sets of Baccarat crystal, gold camels and limited edition Murano vases.

Unique in Asia , the hotel has its own state of the art theatre for live concerts and performances, as well as its own movie theatre, The Empire Cinema. Both are ideal for fun, family entertainment. The Empire Cinema comprises three halls equipped with superb high-tech facilities, including the most modern digital sound systems and the latest international film releases are screened daily.

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All I can say is, "I want to go"!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Lufthansa JU52 D-AQUI Airplane

A Star Alliance Memeber

JU5 D-AQUI, Berlin-Tempelhof

2007 Lufthansa / Jens Gorlich

postmarked in 2010 with two China stamps

The sender writes:
I got this card when I was flying with Lufthansa from Frankfurt to China on the airplane!

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One of the still flyable veterans of the Ju52 family is D-AQUI, which is today operated out of Germany by DEUTSCHE LUFTHANSA AG (Largest airline in Europe). The aircraft was original delivered to Lufthansa in 1936.

Since 1986 the aircraft, now named Tempelhof, is used for sightseeing flights.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

History of living in the Great Smokey Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

from the 'Great Smoky Mtns: Natural History Association'
all cards are unused

Settlers in the Smokies lived off the land around them. Fishing was both a way to put food on the table, as well as a pleasant way to spend a hot summer day.

There was seldom enough money to buy toys, but with a little imagination, a saw, and a pocketknife, a wagon could materialize right out of the woodpile.

For many, the secluded life in the mountains meant small homes and large families. Since several kids often slept in one bed, mattresses had to be aired frequently and without fail.

Hunting trips in the mountains meant fun for the men, meat for the table, and plenty of tall tales back at the store.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson - Portrait

Photographic credit: S.F./Zuffante

in small print on the back it read:
This card is made from Totally Chlorine Free pulp, sourced from sustained forests, without the use of optical bleaching agents.

unused, the edges are lightly turning brown with age

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Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Here are a few things about Michael you might not know ......

1. Jackson's Billie Jean was the first video by a black artist to air on MTV.

2. Jackson received a Presidential Humanitarian Award from Ronald Reagan in 1984 for his support of charities helping people overcome alcohol and drug abuse.

3. Michael Jackson is the seventh of nine children.

4. Three of Jackson's albums - Bad, Dangerous and Thriller - are among the bestsellers of all time.

5. Jackson's favourite superhero is Morph from the X-Men.

6. Jackson once dated Brooke Shields and Tatum O'Neal.

7. Jackson won an MTV Movie Award for Best Movie Song in 1994 for his song Will You Be There from the movie Free Willy.

8. Jackson really is a King in West Africa - he was given a royal title by villagers in Gabon, Ivory Coast in 1992.

9. Jackson's pre-concert ritual includes drinking Ricola candy dissolved in hot water. He claims the beverage helps to keep his throat and his singing voice clear.

10. Jackson owns the patent for a stage shoe device that allows performers to lean forward and appear to defy gravity.

11. Movie star Macauley Culkin is godfather to Jackson's two eldest children, Paris and Prince Michael.

12. The directors of Jackson's videos have included Martin Scorsese, John Singleton and John Landis.

13. In 1999 Jackson paid $1.5 (#810,000) for the 1939 Best Picture Oscar, which was presented to producer David O. Selznick for Gone With The Wind.

14. An extensive 1997 survey declared Jackson was the Most Famous Person in the World.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Omar el Muktar Park, Tripoli, Libya

Tripoli - Libya

View of Omar el Muktar Park

postmarked in 2009 with two Total Eclipse 29.3.2006 - Libya stamps

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Tripol is the largest and capital city of Libya. It was founded in the 7th century BC by the Phoenicians, who named it Oea.

Tripoli is the principal sea port, and the largest commercial and manufacturing centre in Libya. It is also the site of Al-Fateh University. Due to the city's long history, there are many sites of archaeological significance in Tripoli. The climate is typical Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers, cool winters and some modest rainfall.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Typical Fishing Boat, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

"Peach Fruit" Island on Ha Long Bay
Mont de peke

Photo: Van Phuc

postmarked within the USA with a 'Forever' stamp

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Ha Long Bay (literally: "Descending Dragon Bay") is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quảng Ninh province, Vietnam.

The bay consists of a dense cluster of over 3,000 limestone monolithic islands (although locals claim there are only 1,969). Several of the islands are hollow, with enormous caves. Hang Đầu Gỗ (Wooden stakes cave) is the largest grotto in the Ha Long area. French tourists visited in the late 19th century, and named the cave Grotte des Merveilles. Its three large chambers contain large numerous stalactites and stalagmites.

Historical research surveys have shown the presence of prehistorical human beings in this area tens of thousands years ago. The successive ancient cultures are the Soi Nhụ culture around 18,000-7,000 BC, the Cái Bèo culture 7,000-5,000 BC and the Hạ Long culture 3,500-5,000 years ago.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Railroad State Park, Cass, West Virginia

Cass Scenic - Railroad State Park - Cass, West Virginia -

A ride aboard a Cass steam-driven locomotive is an unforgettable thrill. The park, located in Pocahontas County offer scenic excursion trips that give train lovers a glimpse of the state's vast Potomac Highland wilderness area. Restored, early 1900's Shay, Climax, and Heisler engines, pictured here, make Cass Scenic Railroad State Park America's authentic operating museum of lumber railroading.

postmarked in 1992 with 19 cent deer stamp

Monday, June 21, 2010

Ron Sargent Feeds a Bear in Maine

Rangeley Lakes, Maine
Suppertime at Ron Sargent's

Photo by D. Karkos

The sender writes, " Although I don't know all the specifics, Ron Sargent, a Maine Guide from the remote area of Rangeley Lakes befriended a black bear he named "Blackie". Blackie and Mr. Sargent enjoyed a regular suppertime date for over 10 years!"

This postcard was postmarked in 2008 with a 27 cent 'Star Fruit' stamp.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Arkansas - Large Letter Postcard from 1956

Greetings from Arkansas

Key to views on the other side:

A - State capitol, Little Rock
R - Arkansas River, Petit Jean State park
K - Highway 16, near Fayetteville
A - Observation Tower, Hot Springs Nat. Park
N - Pinnacle Mountain, near Little Rock
S - Lake Catherine, near Pine Bluff
A - Spring River, near Hardy
S - Lake Sanderson, Hot Springs

postmarked in 1956 with 2 cent 'Jefferson' stamp

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Tokaj, Hungary - Wine Country

Tokaj, Hungary

Front of card:
Foter a rom kath templommal, Erzebethid, Gorog kath templom
(Main Square of the Catholic Church ruins, Erzebethid, Greek Catholic Church)

Back of card:
Foter - Erzebethid - Allomas - Gorog katolikus templom
(Main Square - Erzebethid - Station - Greek Church kaolikus)

1920 - as evek
1920 - as it was past years

This is postmarked in 2010 with two Magyarorszag (Hungary) stamps.

The sender writes:
Greetings from Hungary, I'm on a wine trip and having a wonderful time!

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Tokaj-Hegyalja is a historical wine region located in northeastern Hungary.

The region consists of 28 named villages and 7,000 hectares of classified vineyards, of which an estimated 5,000 are currently planted. Tokaj has been declared a World Heritage Site. However, its fame long predated this distinction because it is the origin of Tokaji aszú wine, the world's oldest botrytized wine.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Iguacu - Brazil

postmarked in 2009 with three Brazil stamps

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The sender writes:

Iguazu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River located on the border of the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of Misiones. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu.

Legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful aborigine named Naipi, who fled with her mortal lover Taroba in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.

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The long white line you see is the card almost cut in half by the post office. I'm glad the card made it to me though!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Rovinj, Yugoslavia

Rovinj, Yugoslavia (now Rovinj, Croatia)

Postmarked in 1969 with two Jugoslavija (Yugoslavia) 1,25 stamps

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Yugoslavia is a term that describes three political entities that existed successively on the western part of Balkan Peninsula in Europe, during most of the 20th century.

The first country to be known by this name was the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, which before 3 October 1929 was known as the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. It was established on 1 December 1918 by the union of the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs and the Kingdom of Serbia. The Kingdom of Yugoslavia was invaded by the Axis powers in 1941, and because of the events that followed, was officially abolished in 1943 and 1945.

The second country with this name was the Democratic Federal Yugoslavia, proclaimed in 1943 by the Yugoslav Partisans resistance movement in World War II. It was renamed to the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia in 1946, when a communist government was established.

The last country to bear the name Yugoslavia was the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) established on March 27, 1992. It was a federation on the territory of the two remaining (non-secessionist) republics of Montenegro and Serbia. On February 4, 2003, it was renamed to the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro, and officially abolished the name "Yugoslavia".

On June 3 and June 5, 2006 respectively, Montenegro and Serbia declared independence, thereby ending the Yugoslav state.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Croatia - Island of Love


postmarked in 2009 with two Croatia stamps

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Chapel of Holy Trinity and St. Martin on the Island of San Marino (also called 'Island of Love'), one of the 1,264 Croatian Islands.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Grand Ducal Royal Family of Luxembourg

LL.AA.RR. Ie Grand-Duc Henri et la Grande-Duchesse Maria teresa entoures du Grand-Duc Heritier Guillaume, des Princes Felix, Louis et Sebastien et de la Princesse Alexandra.

From Google Translate:
TRH I Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa surrounded 'by their children' Grand Duke Guillaume, Princes Felix, Louis and Sebastian and Princess Alexandra.

postmarked in 2010 with a Luxembourg Olympics stamp from 2006

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Grand Duke Henri Albert Gabriel Félix Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg is the current Grand Duke of Luxembourg. He was born on April 16, 1955. He was married on February 14, 1981 to Maria Teresa Mestre and became grand duke when his father, Jean, abdicated on October 7, 2000. Their children are:

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie of Luxembourg, the Grand Duke's eldest son, born on November 11, 1981. He is the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Hereditary Prince of Nassau and holds the title Prince of Bourbon-Parma.

Prince Félix Léopold Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg, born on June 3, 1984.

Prince Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg, born on August 3, 1986. He is Prince of Luxembourg and Prince of Nassau. He was married on September 29, 2006 to Tessy Antony, who was born on October 28, 1985. Upon marrying, Prince Louis renounced his right of succession to the Luxembourg throne.

Princess Alexandra Joséphine Teresa Charlotte Marie Wilhelmine of Luxembourg, born on February 16, 1991.

Prince Sébastien Henri Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg, born on April 16, 1992.
                                                  Luxembourg - Stamp, 2006

Monday, June 14, 2010

I used to be indecisive ...

I used to be indecisive ... Now I'm not sure.

postmarked in 2010 with a USA Love stamp

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Samoa - Ava Ceremony, and Beaches

Samoa - The treasured islands of The South Pacific

Top Left: Ava ceremony
Top Right: Aganoa Beach, Siumu
Bottom Left: Salepaga Beach
Bottom Right: Return to Paradise Beach

Photography by David Kirkland

unused, from 2010

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Kava (ava in Samoa) is an ancient crop of the western Pacific. The word kava is used to refer both to the plant and the beverage produced from its roots. It is sedating and is primarily consumed to relax without disrupting mental clarity. Safety concerns have been raised over liver toxicity largely due to the use of stems and leaves by supplement makers, as opposed to solely the root of the plant as dictated by traditional uses.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

DUKW "Ducks" from World War II

U.S. Fifth Army Ducks Beachhead near Anzio, Itlay - 1944

Ducks in Service - World War II, Original Wisconsin Ducks - Open Mid-April thru October

This is a reproduction print, you can go and ride these 'ducks' in Wisconsin. We did and it was a very unique ride :)

postmarked in 1997 with 20 cent blue jay stamp.

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The DUKW (popularly pronounced "duck") is a six-wheel-drive amphibious truck that was designed by General Motors Corporation during World War II for transporting goods and troops over land and water and for use approaching and crossing beaches in amphibious attacks.

Friday, June 11, 2010

E.T. and Elliott

E.T. (released on today's date in 1982)

unused, bought in 2009

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In the movie there is a scene where Elliott lures E.T. with some Reese's pieces. Originally Spielberg was going to use M+M's, but he could not get the rights. Reese's pieces were the replacement.

Henry Thomas (Elliott) also played Samuel Ludlow (one of the brothers) in the movie: Legends of the Fall with Brad Pitt

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Ftl Lauderdale beach, Bahia Mar and Jungle Queen.

Photo by Alan Schin N.Y.C.

postmarked in 2010 with a 29 cent 1992 Olympics swimming stamp - the sender writes that he chose this stamp because Fort Lauderdale is home to the International Swimming Hall of Fame! Love it!!

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Fort Lauderdale is a city in the U.S. state of Florida, on the Atlantic coast. It is sometimes known as the "Venice of America"because of its expansive and intricate canal system. The city is a major yachting center, with 42,000 resident yachts and 100 marinas and boatyards.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Disney's Toy Story 3-D Postcard

Walt Disney World
Toy Story

When you tilt the postcard it starts with just Jessie, The Dinosaur and Buzz, then tilt it a little more and the rest of the characters are added, then tilt it some more and the words 'Toy Story' and 'Walt Disney World' show up.

The back only reads that Slinky Dog and Etch-A-Sketch are registered trademarks

unused, bought in 2010

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This was bought in Walt Disney World

Here is the plot of the new Toy Story 3 in 3-D movie:

Andy is departing for college, and his toys, including Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen), are going to be put in the attic. Before they can be put in the attic, they are accidentally thrown away and are picked up by the garbage men. The toys find themselves at a local day-care center, where they must try to survive the playful but careless pre-school children. Woody attempts to save his friends and find themselves a new home, but matters are further complicated when Buzz is damaged during an escape attempt. The toys try to reset Buzz, but end up causing him to revert to a Spanish version of his delusions of being a space ranger, much to the other toys' discomfort.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Anfield Stadium, Liverpool

This is Anfield

Liverpool, Merseyside
Anfield, the home of Liverpool Football Club

Photography by David Toase

The sender writes: Home to Britains most successful football team and the Beatles!

postmarked in 2010 with a Great Britain 62p stamp

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Anfield is an association football stadium in the district of Anfield, in Liverpool, England. Built in 1884, the stadium has been home to Liverpool F.C. since they were formed in 1892.

The stadium currently comprises a total capacity of 45,276. The record attendance at the stadium is 61,905 which was set in a match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1952. This record was set prior to the ground's conversion to an all-seater stadium in 1994; the changes greatly reduced capacity.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Boxing Cat

I've heard of dogs that are boxers - but cats? hahaha :D

postmarked in 2010 with a Finland Fairy stamp

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Ugly postcard of Paris, France in the evening

Ambiance du soir
(ambience of the evening)

postmarked in 1984 from Switzerland with a Helvetia (Switzerland) stamp

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It's way to dark and the side of some random building. There are so many wonderful postcards from Paris, it's nice to find one that looks like this - just plain ugly.