Saturday, July 31, 2010

Depoe Bay, Oregon, Today and 1936

Depoe Bay Oregon
Photo: Steven Astillero

unused, bought in 2010
the card is shaped like the state of Oregon :)

Here is a reprint postcard of what it looked like in 1936:

Oregon Coast Hi-Way
Depoe Bay, Oregon 1936

Historical picture of Depoe Bay, Oregon taken in 1936. The Seagull Gift Shop was established in the 1930's and has been in continuous operation since.

unused, bought in 2010 at the Seagull Gift Shop :)

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Depoe Bay is a city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States, located on U.S. Route 101 next to the Pacific Ocean. The population was 1,174 at the 2000 census.

The bay of the same name is a six-acre (24,000 m²) harbor that the city promotes as the world's smallest.

In 1975, the fishing trip sequence in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was filmed in Depoe Bay.
In 2008, restaurant scenes from The Burning Plain were filmed in Depoe Bay, at the Tidal Raves restaurant.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Chinatown, San Francisco, California

Then and Now

San Francisco, California

postmarked in 2010 with a USA 44 cent Love stamp

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San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and one of "the largest Chinese communities outside Asia". Since its establishment in the 1840s, it has been highly important and influential in the history and culture of ethnic Chinese immigrants to the United States and North America.

Chinatown is, by no means, a chintzy tourist trap. In fact, it is a living, breathing, and thriving enclave that continues to retain its own customs, languages, places of worship, social clubs, and identity. Popularly known as a "city-within-a-city", it has developed its own government, traditions, over 300 restaurants, and as many shops. There are two hospitals, numerous parks and squares, a post office and other infrastructure. Visitors easily become immersed in a microcosmic Asian world, filled with herbal shops, temples, pagoda roofs and dragon parades.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

The choice is obvious!

Coffs Harbour
New South Wales

postmarked in 2010 with two Australia stamps, one of Russell Falls and one of a platypus

If I were picking, I'd be off to New Zealand to see where Lord of the Rings was filmed!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Egypt - Hekaib and his wives

Funerary stela of Hekaib and his two wives
Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12
Painted limestone; 28 3/4'' in length
From Aswan

Splendors of Ancient Egypt
Presented by Florida International Museum

The Egyptian Museum, Cairo and the Florida International Museum

unused, from 1995

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Pepynakht (Hekaib) was a governor and 'overseer of foreign lands' during the long reign of the 6th dynasty Pharaoh Pepi II. He was deified (considered a god) and honored after his death, not necessarily immediately, on the island of Elephantine; a cult was founded and a sanctuary was built there to honor him.

Inscriptions in the tomb describe the career of Hekayib. He was a judge and administrator. He then took charge of quelling Nubian revolts and later rebellions in Asia.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Iceberg in Newfoundland, Canada

Canada's Natural Beauty
Splendeurs naturelles du Canada

Iceberg at Salt Harbour.

Postmarked in 2010 with one Canada's Maple Leaf stamp (which is printed on the postcard) and one stamp featuring Five-pin Bowling

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Icebergs generally range from 1 to 75 metres (3–250 ft) above sea level and weigh 100,000 to 200 000 tons. The tallest known iceberg in the North Atlantic was 168 metres (550 ft) above sea level, making it the height of a 55-storey building. Despite their size, the icebergs of Newfoundland move an average of 17 kilometres a day (10 mi). These icebergs originate from the glaciers of western Greenland, and may have an interior temperature of -15 to -20°C (5 to -4 °F).

Monday, July 26, 2010

A Day in the Life of a Girl by Norman Rockwell

A Day In The Life Of A Girl
By: Norman Rockwell

unused, bought in 2009

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For the Saturday Evening Post Magazine - 1952

This is just wonderful! I love it when she dunks the boy in the water, and when she says her evening prayers.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

William Painter, Coca-Cola Bottle Cap

In 1891, William Painter invented the crown cork or "bottle cap" and is still in use today. This crown capping system allowed bottled Coca-Cola to be sold in new markets, including rural areas. Thus, the "bottle cap" helped Coca-Cola take the country by storm.

bought at The World of Coca-Cola in Las Vegas, Nevada

unused, from 2009

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William Painter (1838 - 1906) was the inventor of the crown cork and the founder of Crown Holdings, Inc., a Fortune 500 company. He was born in Ireland and moved to the United States at the age of 20. He has over 80 patents, including the common bottle cap, the bottle opener, a machine for crowning bottles, a paper-folding machine, a safety ejection seat for passenger trains, and a machine for detecting counterfeit currency.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Vacratot Botanical Gardens in Hungary

Hungary - Vacratot Botanikus kert - (Vácrátót botanic gardens)

the plants are:

Prunus hokusai - (Japanese flowering cherries)
Eremurus isabellinus (Foxtail Lily, Desert-Candle)
A mocsarciprus (Taxodium distichum) - (bald-cypress, baldcypress tree)
Bemutato uveghaz
Anthurium "Magic Red"
Muscari armeniacum (Armenian Grape Hyacinth)

Photo: Frater Erzsebet

This card is postmarked with two Magyarorszags (Hungarian) stamps - one with a chair one with fruit in 2006

Friday, July 23, 2010

Vidalia Onions, by law, only grown in Georgia

Vidalia, Georgia is home of the Vidalia sweet onions.

Photo by: Georgia Dept. of Industry

This unused postcard is from 2010.

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A Vidalia onion is a sweet onion of certain varieties, grown in a production area defined by law in Georgia and by the United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

The onions were first grown near Vidalia, Georgia, in the early 1930s. It is an unusually sweet variety of onion, due to the low amount of sulfur in the soil in which the onions are grown.

Georgia's state legislature passed the "Vidalia Onion Act of 1986" which authorized a trademark for "Vidalia Onions" and limits the production area to Georgia or any subset as defined by the state's Commissioner of Agriculture.

The Vidalia onion was named Georgia's official state vegetable in 1990.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pantanal Matogrossense in Brazil

Pantanal Matogrossense (Pantanal)
Santuario Ecologico (Ecological Sanctuary)

Aspectos do Pantanal

Fotos: Sirnay Moro e Embratur

postmarked in 2010 with a Brazil mailbox stamp

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The Pantanal is a tropical wetland and the world's largest wetland of any kind. It lies mostly within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul but extends into Mato Grosso as well as into portions of Bolivia and Paraguay, sprawling over an area estimated at between 140,000 square kilometers (54,000 sq mi) and 195,000 square kilometers (75,000 sq mi).

80% of the Pantanal floodplains are submerged during the rainy seasons, nurturing an astonishing biologically diverse collection of aquatic plants and helping support a dense array of animal species.

The name "Pantanal" comes from the Portuguese word pântano, meaning wetland, bog, swamp or marsh. By comparison, the Brazilian highlands are locally referred to as the planalto, plateau or, literally, high plain.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Family Guy - Star Wars Parody

Family Guy
Blue Harvest

Starring Chris Griffin, Peter Griffin, Lois Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, Glenn Quagmire Cleveland Brown, Herbert and Mayor West

unused, bought in 2010

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"Blue Harvest" is the hour-long premiere to the sixth season of the FOX series Family Guy. It originally aired on September 23, 2007. The episode is a retelling and parody of the blockbuster film, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, recasting the show's characters into Star Wars roles. For this purpose, and for the first time in the history of Family Guy, this episode runs an hour long with commercials (48 minutes for the DVD version). It was also made to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars franchise. The name "Blue Harvest" was the fake working title for the 1983 production of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Advertising Postcard from Spain! - Weird Weird Weird!

Ajuntament de Barcelona
(City Council of Barcelona)


Ajustes Cotidianos
Agustin Codina
(see below for artist information)

Muntatges fotografics amb Photoshop
(Photographic montages with Photoshop)

Podem jugar a interpretar les imatges amb una nova mirada. Questionar allo que hi ha al darrera, el que esta enganxat a la imatge. La intencio i atencio de l'observador pot ser voluntaria o involuntaria.

(We play to interpret the images with a new look. Question what is behind, which is stuck in the picture. Intention and attention of the observer may be voluntary or involuntary.)

Inauguracio Dimarts 9 de febrer a les 19 h
Es servira una copa de cava.

(Opening Tuesday, February 9 at 19 pm
A glass of champagne.)

centre civic
Cotxeres Borrell

(civic center
Borrell Depots)

postmarked in 2010 with three Spain stamps featuring President Juan Carlos I and one with a butterfly

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Agustí Codina, Painter.
Agustí Codina studied at the Academy of Arts in Barcelona where, out of a special interest in the analysis of form and figure, he applied himself to these subjects under the tutelage of various masters of his time.

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Last, but not least ....... It is a small world, I wouldn't want to have to eat it though!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Natural Pool, Aruba

Natural Pool

the back has a recipe for Passion Fruit Drink

2 c. gran. sugar
spices optional cubes in blender
12 passion fruit
6 c. hot water

Remove seeds and pulp from fruit. Pour hot water over seeds and allow to cool. Sweeten to taste and dilute with water if one wishes a milder flavour. Serve with ice.

Maybe it is just me, but this recipe doesn't make a lot of sense!

unused, bought in 2010

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The Natural Pool or "conchi" called "Cura di Tortuga" is a secret, hidden pool on the windward coast surrounded by rocks and is a perfect getaway for a moment of total relaxation.
The location of the pool is surrounded by some of Aruba’s most rugged terrain, so visitors truly gets the feeling of having "discovered" something when their eyes focus on the site. Diving from the rock cliffs into the protected pool of ocean water is the main reason why so many venture here off the beaten path.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Eagle Beach, Aruba

Aruba D.W.I. (Dutch West Indies)

Eagle Beach

unused, bought in 2010

the back has a recipe for Margarita Madres

1 1/4 oz. tequila
1/2 oz. Cointreau
1 1/2 oz. sweet and sour
1 1/2 oz. orange juice
1 1/2 oz. cranberry juice


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One famous Aruba beach is Eagle Beach which has been singled out as the number one Caribbean beach in a USA Today survey of travel writers and travel agent. It is set against a backdrop of Aruba's leading resorts and was voted best family-friendly beach in the world by The Travel Channel and by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the best beaches in the world.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

McCarran International Airport

Having a great time.
Wish you were here!

unused, from 2010

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The large plane is from Omni Air International

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McCarran International Airport is the principal commercial airport serving Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada, United States. The airport is located five miles (8 km) south of the central business district of Las Vegas, in the unincorporated area of Paradise in Clark County. It covers an area of 2,800 acres (1,100 ha) and has four runways.

McCarran Airport has more than 1,234 slot machines throughout the airport terminals. (Welcome to the city of Lost Wages, um, I mean Las Vegas).

Friday, July 16, 2010

Cahokia Mounds in Illinois

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and Interpretive Center
Collinsville, Illinois

Panorama, Life-size Neighborhood Diorama; depicting a Cahokia neighborhood, showing a variety of house styles, people, and activities

postmarked in 2010 with a 28 cent USA Stamp

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Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is the area of an ancient indigenous city (ca 600–1400 CE) near Collinsville, Illinois. The 2,200-acre (8.9 km2) site included 120 man-made earthwork mounds over an area of six square miles, although only 80 survive.

Cahokia Mounds is the largest archaeological site related to the Mississippian culture, which developed advanced societies in central and eastern North America beginning more than five centuries before the arrival of Europeans.

It was designated a National Historic Landmark on July 19, 1964, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. In 1982 UNESCO designated Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site a World Heritage Site.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Vientiane, Laos and Buddha Park

National Tourism Administration of Lao P.D.R.

Photo: Michel Huteau

1. Phra Keo
2. That_Luang
3. Sisaket
4. Bouddha - Park
5. Nam Phou
6. Anousavaly
7. Mekong

postmarked in 2010 with a map of Laos, Insurance postcard

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Vientiane is the capital city of Laos, situated in the Mekong Valley. It is also Laos's largest city. The city hosted for the first time the 25th Southeast Asian Games in December 2009 celebrating the 50 years of SEA Games.
Buddha Park -
is a sculpture park located 25 km southeast from Vientiane, Laos in a meadow by the Mekong River. The name Xieng Khuan means Spirit City. The park contains over 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues.
The park was built in 1958 by Luang Pu (Venerable Grandfather) Bunleua Sulilat. Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat was a priest-shaman who integrated Hinduism and Buddhism and later fled from Laos to Thailand after the revolution in 1975. There, he built another sculpture park, Sala Keoku in Nong Khai.
The statues are made of cement and are ornate, and sometimes bizarre, in design. The statues appear to be centuries old, though they are not. There are numerous sculptures of Buddha and characters of Hindu lore. There are also sculptures of humans, gods, animals, and demons. One notable sculpture resembles a giant pumpkin. It has three stories representing three levels - Hell, Earth and Heaven. Visitors can enter through an opening which is a mouth of a 10 ft tall demon head and climb staircases from hell to heaven. Each story contains sculptures depicting the level. At the top, there is a vantage point where the entire park is visible. Another sculpture, an enormous 40 m long reclining Buddha, is also a park attraction.
Lao PDR (Laos) stamp from 2006
with a map of Laos
There is an AGL insurance Agent in each of the 17 provinces
15 years insurance in Lao PDR
850 K

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Rich Things Sticker Postcard

Coffee Chocolate Men...Some things are just better rich. - back has, "this is a Mailable Sticker from the Expression Factory

unused, but has 2006 written on the back

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ritz Carlton in Manalapan, Florida

South Palm Beach, Florida

Ritz Carlton in Manalapan just south of Lantana Beach.
Photo by Jim Abts

the sender writes:
What's Odd about this card is that the front should say "Manalapan" and instead it says "South Palm Beach". The latter is located at quite a distance from Manalapan. Manalapan and South Palm Beach do not overlap, even though both are in Palm Beach COUNTY. Palm Bach County is famous for its equestrian events, among other things. (note: love the equestrian stamp on the card too)

postmarked in 2010 with three USA stamps, one for 26 cents with a wild cat, one of the Olympics with horse jumping (equestrian) and one for 3 cents of Everglades National Park

Monday, July 12, 2010

Fireworks in Montjuic, Barcelona, Spain

Congratulations to Spain on winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup!!!!

Barcelona Montjuic

Piromusical. Montjuic
(Fireworks, Monjuic)

Bought in Barcelona Spain, 2009 - unused

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Barcelona's Montjuïc is a broad shallow hill with a relatively flat top overlooking the harbour, to the southwest of the city centre. The eastern side of the hill is almost a sheer cliff, giving it a commanding view over the city's harbour immediately below. The top of the hill (a height of 173 metres) was the site of several fortifications, the latest of which (the Castell de Montjuïc) remains today. The fortress largely dates from the 17th century, with 18th century additions.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

FIFA - Moses Mabhida Stadium in South Africa

Durban, South Africa

The holiday city of Durban and it's Golden Mile washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean with the multi-functional Moses Mabhida Stadium with it's distinctive arch in the foreground.

postmarked in 2010 with three South Africa stamps, one featuring President Jacob Zuma and two with angelfish

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The Moses Mabhida Stadium is a stadium in Durban, South Africa, named after Moses Mabhida, a former General Secretary of the South African Communist Party. It is intended to be a world-class multi-use stadium.
It was one of the host stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium had a capacity of 62,760 during the World Cup and 54,000 afterwards.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Lock chamber at Miraflores, Panama Canal

Esclusas de Miraflores. Llenado las cameras, para elevar los barcos en transito al siguente nivel del Canal De Panama.

Lock chambers at Miraflores. Filling to raise vessels in transit to next level of the Panama Canal.

postmarked in 1953 with two Republica de Panama stamps

Friday, July 9, 2010

Uruguay - Atlantida, Beach and Hotel

Atlantica - R. O. del U.

La Playa Vista Desde El Casino Del Hotel Planeta
(The Vista Beach from the Casino of the Hotel Planet)

unused - from 1964

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The building you see is an apartment complex built in the shape of a large ship.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Black Woodpecker from Finland

Yleisen Sarjan 2. Palkinto
"Palokarjen pyrahdys"
Foto: Juho Rahkonen
Suomen Luonnonkuvaajat ry,
Vuoden Luontokuvakilpailu 2001

Suomen Luonnonsuojeluliitto:
The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation

General Series 2 Prize
"Black Woodpecker Sprint"
Photo: Juho Rahkonen
Finnish Nature Photographers Association,
In the Nature Photo Competition 2001

The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation

postmarked in 2010 with a Finland Northern Lights stamp

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fishing Junk in Hong Kong

A Fishing Junk in Hong Kong - postmarked with Twenty Five Cents Hong Kong stamp in 1963

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A junk is a Chinese sailboat design dating from ancient times and still in use today. Junks were developed during the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) and were used as ocean-going vessels as early as the 2nd century AD. They evolved in the later dynasties, and were built and used throughout Asia for extensive ocean voyages. They were found, and in lesser numbers are still found, throughout South-East Asia and India, but primarily in China, perhaps today most famously in Hong Kong.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Dollars from the Bahamas

Dollars from the Bahamas

Thinking of you!

A popular Bahamian saying goes ... "May you alwasy have sand in your shoes and a dollar in your pocket!"
The Bahamian Dollar is on par with the U.S. Dollar. The $3 bill and the 15c coin make great souvenirs!

Photo: Linda M. Huber
John Hinde Curteich Inc.

This was bought in 2010 and has a Bahamas 55 cent 'Herald's Trumpet' flower stamp attached.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Gost Town, St. Elmo, Colorado

St. Elmo, Colorado

Located in the San Isabel National Forest, St. Elmo is a well preserved window into Colorado's rollicking mining history. The town is flanked by towering peaks and bisected by scenic Chalk Creek.

postmarked in 2008 with a 27 cent 'Star Fruit' stamp

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St. Elmo is a ghost town in Chaffee County, Colorado. Founded in 1880, St. Elmo lies in the heart of the Sawatch Range. Nearly 2,000 people settled in this town when mining for gold and silver became evident. The mining industry started to decline in the early 1920s, and in 1922 the train discontinued service. The community is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as St. Elmo Historic District. It is one of Colorado's most preserved ghost towns.