Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How to Trap a Husband for Leap Year

How to Catch Them - in 1908

Build a large Mouse Trap.  Disguise the front entrance as a palatial mansion:  take an empty flour sack, fill with rubbish and print a dollar sign on it.  Hang on for bait.  Scatter a few loose coins about the entrance for effect and await results.

This is postmarked in 1908 with a one cent stamp. It was sent to "Miss Alice" from Henry and the only thing he writes is: I hope you have good luck in the race. Best Wishes, Henry

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Kangchenjunga Mountain in the Himalayas

The sender writes that this is Kanchenjunga, the third largest peak in the Himalayas. Also that it is the most picturesque location and boasts of sheltering the mysterious 'Yeti'.

This postcard is postmarked in 2011 with two India stamps.

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Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world with an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft) and located along the India-Nepal border in the Himalayas.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Aviator Seagull

Such a fun and clever postcard!

from Sunshine Cards
Foto: Titelio

unused, bought in Germany in 2011

Sunday, February 26, 2012

'Keep 'Em Flying' Postcards from World War 2

 Keep 'Em Flying

This Curteich postcard features Army Aircraft and is postmarked in 1942 from Fort Knox, Kentucky from an Army soldier writing home.  Where the stamp would go is the word 'Free'

He writes,

Dear Ralph,
How is every little thing.  Well it is hotter than hell down here in the Hills of Kentucky.  This place is 15 miles square it has armored cars, trucks and half track's 4 a lot of tank's. You ought to see these big tank's rolling around here.  Tell your mother and Mable and Clint I will write them soon.
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Here is another 'Keep 'Em Flying' postcard ...
Keep 'Em Flying!
postmarked in 1942 with a 'For Defense' stamp
The only thing they wrote was, 'Here's some more mail for you.'

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hindu Shrine at Prambanan, in Central Java, Indonesia

The 9th century Hindu shrine at Prambanan, in Central Java, after the earthquake

postmarked in 2011 with four Indonesia stamps 

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The temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, and is one of the largest in Southeast Asia. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the towering 47m high central building inside a large complex of individual temples. 

In the wake of the May 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake, some parts of Prambanan sustained significant damage. The site is open, but some temples are cordoned off while major repair and restoration work is undertaken. 
 Indonesia stamp 2011
Kalimantan Barat, Tugu Khatulistiwa Pontianak 2500
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Indonesia stamp 2011
Bali, Denpasar, Garuda Wisnu Kencana 2500
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Indonesia stamp 2010
Batik, Motif Campuran, Warisan Budaya Tak Benda 1000
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Indonesia stamp 1963
12 th Annual Conference Djakarta 1,50

Friday, February 24, 2012


In the Pacific around Palau in Micronesia, Rock Islands covered with greenhouse vegetation seem to pop up like mushrooms.  Only Continental flies you there ... where there are more islands than tourists.

Continental Airlines
Air Micronesia

unused - from the 1970's

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The Federated States of Micronesia or FSM is an independent, sovereign island nation, made up of four states from west to east: Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae. It comprises approximately 607 islands just north of the equator some 4,000 km (2,485 mi) southwest of the main islands of Hawaii and about 2,900 km (1,802 mi) north of eastern Australia.

While the FSM's total land area is quite small, amounting to approximately 702 km2 (271 sq mi), it occupies more than 2,600,000 km2 (1,000,000 sq mi) of the Pacific Ocean.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cretulescu Palace in Bucharest, Romania

 Bucuresti Palatul Cretzulescu
(Bucharest, Cretulescu Palace)

postmarked in 2012 with a Romania stamp

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Creţulescu Palace is a historic building in Bucharest, Romania. It has been built for the Creţulescu family at the beginning of the 20th century.

Since 1972, it houses the headquarters of UNESCO's European Centre for Higher Education UNESCO-CEPES (known as CEPES after its French name, Centre Europeén pour l'enseignement supérieur).
Romania stamp 2011 
Bucuresti - Archul de Triumf  (Bucharest - Arch of Triumph) 3.10 L

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Gathering Rice in Suriname

Greetings from Suriname
the land of hospitality and laughter

Indian women harvesting rice, Suriname, South America


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Suriname is a country in northern South America. It was a former colony of the British and of the Dutch, and was previously known as Dutch Guiana. Suriname achieved independence from the Netherlands on 25 November 1975.

At just under 165,000 km2 (64,000 sq mi) Suriname is the smallest sovereign state in South America (French Guiana comprises less territory, but is French territory).

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana

Mardi Gras
New Orleans, Louisiana

postmarked in 2009 with a 27 cent 'Papaya' stamp

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Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday", referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the season of Lent. Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

The California Raisins 1986 Commercial - I Heard It Through the Grape Vine

The California Raisins
"Playing With Your food" (The Commercial on TV with the song, 'I Heard it Through the Grape Vine'

Printed in 1987, (great year!) and mailed to me in 2012 with five stamps, four of which are vintage!

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The California Raisins were a fictional rhythm and blues musical group as well as advertising and merchandising characters. Lead vocals were sung by musician Buddy Miles.  The California Raisins concept experienced high popularity in the mid-to-late 1980s principally through claymation TV commercials and animated specials, winning an Emmy Award and one nomination.

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here is a video of these singing and dancing raisins ...

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Flag of Guyana

Motto: "One people, one nation, one destiny" Official language: English Capital: Georgetown

The Co-operate Republic of Guyana, previously known as British Guyana, is a sovereign state on the northern coast of South America.  Guyana was a former colony of the Dutch and (for over 200 years) of the British.  It is the only state of the Commonwealth of Nations on mainland South America, and it is also a member of The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Guyana achieved independence from the United Kingdom on 26 May 1966, and became a Republic on 23 February 1970.  Guyana is known as the "Land of many waters", and is bordered to the east by Suriname, to the south and southwest by Brazil, to the west by Venezuela, and on the north by the Atlantic Ocean.

postmarked in 2012 with a 1998 Olympic stamp from Guyana
(This great postcard was sent to me as a gift from a postcard store I bought from called 'Postcard Locker')
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Here is a postcard of the flag...
 The National Flag of Guyana is called "The Golden Arrowhead".  It bears five colors - red, black, yellow, white and green.  The flag has the unique design of two triangles (one within the other) issuing from the same base.  The outer triangle is gold-colored (arrow-shaped) with a narrow border of white along two sides.  The inner triangle is red with a narrow strip of black bordering the sides.  The background of the flag is green, representing the agricultural and forested nature of Guyana.  The white border represents the rivers and water potential.  The golden arrow represents Guyana's mineral wealth and the black border, the endurance that will sustain the forward thrust of the Guyanese people.  The red of the flag represents the zeal and dynamic nature of nation-building which lies before the young and independent Guyana.

unused, bought in 2012

Guyana stamp 1998
Bob Sled Racing, Nagano, Japan Winter Olympics $ 60

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Dale Earnhardt - #3

Dale Earnhardt - #3
Car Oner: Richard Childress Racing
Sponsor: GM Goodwrench Service Plus

unused postcard
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Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr. (April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001) was an American race car driver, best known for his involvement in stock car racing for NASCAR.

During the course of his career, Earnhardt won a total of 76 races (including one Daytona 500 victory in 1998). Dale earned seven championships, which is tied for the most all time with Richard Petty.

While driving in the 2001 Daytona 500, Earnhardt died of basilar skull fracture in a last-lap crash at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2001.  He has been inducted into numerous halls of fame, including the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosna / Hercegovina (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Pozdrav iz Sarajeva (Greetings from Sarajevo)

This postcard was made in 2006 by Buco.

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Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Although settlement in the area stretches back to prehistoric times, the modern city arose as an Ottoman stronghold in the 15th century. Sarajevo has attracted international attention several times throughout its history. In 1885 Sarajevo was the first city in Europe and the second city in the world to have a full-time electric tram network running through the city, the first being San Francisco, California.  In 1914 it was the site of the assassination of the Archduke of Austria that sparked World War I. Seventy years later, it hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics. For nearly four years, from 1992–1996, the city suffered from a siege during the Bosnian War for independence.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cheerios Cereal - Postcards for the USO

Send Cheer to military families

the back of the box reads:
When duty calls, our nation's military families rise to the challenge to help support our country.  This year, Cheerios and the USO are partnering to send thanks and supports to these courageous families.  We invite you to show your appreciation by sending a simple "thank you" using the postcard found on the front of this box.  In addition, Cheerios is sending a little extra Cheer to help fund programs for our military families.  For each postcard  received by November 30, 2012 from a participating cereal box, Cheerios will donate $1 to the USO.  Cheerios guarantees a minimum $150,000 donation and a $250,000 maximum donation based on the number of postcards the USO receives.
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Here is what the front of the postcard looks like after it is cut off the box 

and here is the back of the card...

I sent my postcard in in February, 2012 - did you send one in??????

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wreck of the "Maine" in Cuba

Wreck of the "Maine".

This postcard is postmarked in 1908 with a Cuba stamp from 1899.

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USS Maine (ACR-1) was the United States Navy's second commissioned pre-dreadnought battleship. She is best known for her catastrophic loss in Havana harbor. Maine had been sent to Havana, Cuba to protect U.S. interests during the Cuban revolt against Spain.  On the evening of 15 February 1898, she suddenly exploded, and swiftly sank, killing nearly three quarters of her crew.  Though then, as now, the cause and responsibility for her sinking is unclear.
Cuba stamp 1899
Statue of Columbus - 1 Centavo
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Here is a USA stamp of the Maine from 1997 for 32 cents ..

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hold-to-Light Valentines Day Postcard from 1907

Cupids Message

postmarked in 1907 with a one cent stamp

Hold this postcard up to the light and the hearts and string 'light up' because the light will shine through them.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Groudle, Isle of Man in 1913

 Port Jack and Road to Groudle, I.O.M.

Valentine's Series postcard mailed from Douglas, Isle of Man in 1913 with a Great Britain 'King George V' stamp

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Groudle is found on the outskirts of Onchan on the Isle of Man, it is formed in a valley leading to the sea at the small port of the same name. It only had a handful of small cottages until it was linked to the Manx Electric Railway in 1893, and then it was developed as a tourist attraction.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Recycled T-Shirt Postcard - Your Aliens

Your Aliens
Shy and Bad - (I wonder what the two aliens below were)

I bought this postcard in a artsy kind of store in Winter Park Florida.  It is made from an old T-shirt.  The lady at the store said it can be sent through the mail.  The word POST CARD is stamped down the center of the back.  (I paid $12.00 - a bit pricey, but I have never seen a card like this before)

unused, bought in 2011

Saturday, February 11, 2012


Bora-Bora - La plus belle ile du monde (The most beautiful island in the world).
Photo: Erwin Christian


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Bora Bora  is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 m (2,385 ft).
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here is an underwater postcard from Bora Bora ....

Bora Bora

Jardin de Corail
Coral Gardens
Hotel Bora-Bora
Nunue, Bora-Bora
Polynesie Francaise (French Polynesia)

from 2008

Friday, February 10, 2012

San Marino

Republica Di S. Marino (Republic of San Marino)

This postcard is unused.

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San Marino has one of the smallest military forces in the world. National defence is, by arrangement, the responsibility of Italy's armed forces. Different branches have varied functions, including: performing ceremonial duties; patrolling borders and mounting guard at government buildings.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Funny Outhouse Postcards (potty humor :)

"Alles Gute kommt von oben"!  ("All good things come from above!")
Art. Nr. 00 (Item no. 00)

Management (management)
Mitarbeiter (employee)

unused, bought in Germany in 2011
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Here is a similar postcard ........

Political Crap (Politicians and voters)

on the back, the sender wrote:
Happy 25th, NPCW (National Postcard Week)
May 4-10, 2008
limited edition #97 of 100

postmarked in 2008 with a 60 cent 'Acadia National Park, Maine' stamp

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Australia ... A Big Country!

Australia ... A Big Country!

Map with United Kingdom & Ireland, Japan, United States, Europe, New Zealand, and South East Asia

postmarked in 2011, however the stamp is missing
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Because of the comment below, I added a map postcard of Europe to show how the above postcard left most of Europe off in their comparison ..

reduction de la carte murale de l'Europe

(from French to English: The reduction of the mural card of Europe)

postmarked in 2009 with 4 Netherlands stamps