Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Netherlands Queen Beatrix

Netherlands Queen Beatrix

This is postmarked in 2011 with a Netherlands stamp.

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Beatrix (Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard; born 31 January 1938) is the Queen Regnant of the Kingdom of the Netherlands comprising the Netherlands, Curaçao, Saint Martin, and Aruba. She studied law at Leiden University and in 1966, she married Claus von Amsberg, with whom she had three children. When her mother Juliana abdicated on 30 April 1980, Beatrix succeeded her as Queen of the Netherlands. 

When World War II broke out in the Netherlands in May 1940, the Dutch Royal Family fled to London, United Kingdom. One month later, Beatrix went to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with her mother Juliana and her sister Irene, while her father Bernhard and maternal grandmother Queen Wilhelmina remained in London.  The family lived at the Stornoway residence. In thanks for the protection of her and her daughters, (then) Princess Juliana established the delivery of tulips to the Canadian government every spring, which are the centerpiece of the Canadian Tulip Festival. 

Monday, January 30, 2012

Quilt - Star of Bethlehem Variation

Star of Bethlehem variation.Quilted circa 1885.
From the collection of Thomas K. Woodard
American Antiques and Quilts

postmarked in 2012 with a Carmen Miranda stamp 
USA Stamp 2011
Carmen Miranda, Forever a first class rate

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Price is Right Contest Entry on an Orlando Bank Postcard

Orlando Federal Savings and Loan Association
Main Street at Livingston
Orlando, Florida

postmarked in 1956 with a 2 cent Jefferson stamp 

this postcard is sent to:
The Dining Room Show Case
The Price is Right
Box 142
New York City, New York

Someone sent in their address with a guess at a price for something. Looks like they were entering a contest.  How this postcard got out on the market is beyond me!  (I bought it on-line for $4.48) 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Bee Gees

The Bee Gees - 70's Portrait

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The Bee Gees are a musical group which originally comprised three brothers: Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The trio were successful for most of their 40-plus years of recording music, but they had two distinct periods of exceptional success: as a pop act in the late 1960s and early 1970s and as prominent performers of the disco music era in the late 1970s. The brothers co-wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists.

Born in the Isle of Man to English parents, the Gibb brothers lived their first few years in Chorlton, Manchester, England, then moved in the late 1950s to Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia, where they began their musical careers.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Belgrade, Serbia - Highlights and Map Locations

Beograd, Srbija
Belgrade, Serbia

1)Terazijska cesma - (Terasiye fountain)
2) Spomenik Pobedniku ( Monument of Victor(winner)
3) Pristaniste ( A view from Sava River an old part of the town
4) Trg Republike (Republic Square)
5) Skupstina gradda (The town parliament building)
6) Hram Svetog Save ( The Temple of St. Sava, one of the biggest Orthodox Christian Churches in the world)

postmarked in 2008 with 3 different Srbija (Serbia) stamps

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Nuussuaq, Greenland

the sender writes:
This postcard is from Nuuk, Greenland.  In the foreground you can see Nuussuaq (Nuuk itself is not on the card), Nuussuaq is a suburb to Nuuk which has about 15,000 inhabitants.  Nuuk is the capital of Greenland, the largest island in the world.  In the background you can see Sermitsiaq (Saddle Mountain).  It is about 3,970 feet tall.

postmarked in 2009 with two Greenland stamps
Kalaallit Nunaat
Gronland (Greenland) stamp from 2008
Halkieria evangelista
Halkieria is a genus of fossil organisms from the Lower to Middle Cambrian. It has been found on almost every continent in Lower to Mid Cambrian deposits, forming a large component of the small shelly fossil assemblages. The best known species is Halkieria evangelista, from the North Greenland Sirius Passet Lagerstätte in which complete specimens were collected on an expedition in 1989. 
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Kalaallit Nunaat
Gronland (Greenland) stamp from 2008
Polar Bear and Native

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

See Yah Later Alligator! - Florida

See Yah Later Alligator!

Come in ... the water is fine!

postmarked in 2012 with a 29 stamp from a Postcrossing meet-up with the signatures of 7 members 
(There is a link for Postcrossing, the Postcard Crossing Project, on the right hand side of this blog)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Purdue University Marching Band - 1962

Purdue's "All-American" Marching Band
Ross-Ade Stadium, Perdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

There is a typed message on the back:
Saludos Amigos:
Felicidades con los estudiantes y el Director de las "Banda Purdue" en Lafayette, Indiana, Estados Unidos.

Greetings Friends:
Congratulations to the students and the Director of the "Banda Purdue" in Lafayette, Indiana, USA.

Al G. Wright (Hand Signed, 'Al')
Conductor (from 1954-1981)
Banda Perdue 

Sent to Senor Alvaro Forero, Centro Narino in Bogota, Colombia (The Purdue band went to Columbia on a 10 day Goodwill Tour)

postmarked in 1962 with two USA stamps - 1 cent Washington and 10 cent Independence Hall

Monday, January 23, 2012

President's House in Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies
President's House, Port of Spain, Trinidad 

postmarked in 2011 with a Trinidad & Tobago 'Local Herbal Medicine' $3.25 Stamp 

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President's House, built in 1876, is the official residence of the President of Trinidad and Tobago. 

From 1876 the house continued to be used as the residence of the Governor of Trinidad and Tobago until 1958, when it became the residence of the Governor-General of the West Indies Federation. Trinidad and Tobago attained independence on 31 August 1962. The house was then used as a museum and Art Gallery for a time, before the it became the residence of the Governors-General once again. 

When Trinidad and Tobago became a republic in 1976, the Governor-General's house was subsequently designated as "The President's House", and became the residence of the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
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Here is a postcard from 1972 as the Governor General ....

 Residence of the Governor General, adjacent the Royal Botanical Gardens
Trinidad, W.I.

postmarked in 1972 with a Trinidad and Tobago 20c 'Every Creed & Race Finds an Equal Place' stamp

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Soufriere, Saint Lucia

Soufriere, St. Lucia, West Indies

The stunning beauty of Soufriere sets it apart from the rest of the Island.  Breathing new life, luscious greenery, on the south-western coast of St. Lucia.

postmarked in 2008 with a Saint Lucia 65 c 'plum' stamp

the sender writes:
Dear Carolyn - St. Lucia gives 'chilled out" a whole new meaning!  Lovely little hotel right on the beach - good snorkeling.   

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Official Postcard for the Barnum and Bailey Circus, in German

Official Postcard for the Barnum and Bailey Circus,
text in German
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida

unused reproduction postcard, from 2011

1. Der tattowirte mann
2. tindo mit doppeltem korper
3. die menschliche lampe
4. Der Expansionist
5. Der skelett gigerl
6. Der armlose Wundermann
7. Die Schwertschluckerin
8. Der Albino
9. Der Mann mit der dehnbaren Haut.

I can not make out some of the words - but here is some help in the translation:

1. The tattooed man
2. ? dual body
3.  human lamp
4.  the Expansionist
5.  The skeletal ?
6.  The armless wonder man
7.  Schwerts is sword, so maybe sword swallower?
8.  the albino
9. The man with the stretchy skin.

Friday, January 20, 2012

San Salvador, El Salvador

 San Salvador, El Salvador

Plaza Libertad (Liberty Plaza)
Aeropuerto (Airport)
Palacio Nacional (National Palace)
Caterdral Santa Ana (Santa Ana Cathedral)

postmarked in 1968 with two El Salvador stamps

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The City of San Salvador is the capital and largest city of El Salvador. Its complete name is La Ciudad de Gran San Salvador (The City of the Great Holy Savior). It lies upon a seismic valley in northern Central America, surrounded with volcanoes and is prone to earthquakes.

 Dia Meteorologico Mundial
23 Marzo 1968
World-wide Meteorological Day
23 March 1968

Correos De El Salvador, C.A. 30 Cts
Stamp of El Salvador
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Correos de El Salvador
Centro America

El Salvador Stamp
Central America

10 Cts

John Fitzgerald Kennedy
22 Noviembre 1964
22 November 1964

Thursday, January 19, 2012

St. Julians, Malta

St. Julians

postmarked in 2001 with a Malta 'frog' stamp

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St Julian's is a town in Malta situated along the coast, north of the country's capital, Valletta. It is known for tourism-oriented businesses, such as hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, centered mostly in an area known as Paceville.

Malta stamp 2001
Discoglossus Pictus (The Mediterranean Painted Frog) 16 c

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Captain Smith of the Titanic Saving a Child - April 15, 1912

Captain Smith Saving a Child while the ship was going down April 15, 1912

Published by The White Star Pub. Co. New York


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It is not known how Captain Smith died on the night of the sinking. Robert Ballard's book, The Discovery of the Titanic, and historians alike claim that Smith was on the bridge at 2:13 AM, 7 minutes before the final sinking and went down with the ship. Some sources state that Smith quietly wandered off to the ship's wheelhouse, while others say he was actively present in the radio room. Working near Collapsible B, Junior Marconi Officer Harold Bride reported seeing Smith dive into the sea from the open bridge minutes before the final plunge began. One story states he carried a child to the overturned collapsible B after the sinking and swam off to freeze in the water, but according to historians featured in the A&E Documentary Titanic: Death of a Dream, that story is generally considered romantic fiction.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, Tanzania

 Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

postmarked in 1973 with two Tanzania 'fish' stamps (a batfish and a lionfish)

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World renowned as a place of absolute wonder, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is dramatically beautiful, and often referred at the 8th world wonder of the world. Perched at the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, this exclusive luxury lodge enjoys spectacular views of the World Heritage Site where it stands.

Ngorongoro Crater is the permanent home of nearly 25,000 animals with ideal game viewing opportunities all year round.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Victoria Falls - from Zimbabwe, Africa

 Victoria Falls
Aerial View
(Tourist Promotion postcard in Zimbabwe, Africa)

We live on a beautiful planet, please do what you can to care and protect the environment for your children.

postmarked in 2004 with a South Africa stamp of a man dressed in costume pulling a cart with people on it

the sender writes:
Dear Aunt and Uncle,
We're having a lovely time here in Southern Africa.  We've spent a few days enjoying watching the animals from open jeeps.  We've been very lucky as we have seen a lot of animals including leopard and lion.  We also visited Victoria Falls - an amazing sight, Take Care -

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The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is a waterfall located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For reference to it's massive size:
Niagara Falls is 51m (167 ft) in height - Iguazu Falls in 64-82m (210 -269 ft) and  Victoria Falls is 108m (360 ft) and Victoria Falls is 1,708 m (5,604 ft) wide.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Parika, Guyana

Aerial View of Parika Essequibo, Guyana
Parika - Gateway to the Essequibo region

Postmarked in 2011 with a Guyana cat stamp

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Parika is a port township located in the Essequibo Islands-West Demerara region of Guyana. It is popular for its ferry service to and from the Essequibo Islands and West Demerara area. It is also notable for its Sunday markets.
** I bought sets of postcards now twice from a company called 'Postcard Locker'.  They are located in Guyana and they sent me this stamped postcard!  (they have great prices!) 
Click on their name if you would like to see what they have. 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Green Hornet Postcard with 3D Glasses Attached

The Green Hornet in 3D

Attached to the postcard are a pair of removable 3-D Glasses.

postmarked in 2011 with a USA Love stamp

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The Green Hornet is a 2011 superhero action-comedy film, based on the character of the same name that had originated in a 1930s radio program and has appeared in movie serials, a television series, comic books and other media. The film stars Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz and Cameron Diaz.

The movie took in $11.1 million on its opening day, $33,526,876 over the three-day weekend, and just over $40 million for the four-day Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday weekend, topping the box office.

Friday, January 13, 2012

El Djem in Tunisia, Africa

 El Jem - Tunisia

The amphitheatre of El Djem (this is written in 4 languages on the back)

postmarked in 2011 with a Tunisia stamp

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El Djem is famous for its amphitheatre (often incorrectly called "a coliseum"), capable of seating 35,000 spectators. Only Rome's Colosseum (about 45,000 spectators) and the ruined theatre of Capua are larger. The amphitheatre was built by the Romans around 238 and was probably mainly used for gladiator shows and chariot races.

Until the 17th century it remained more or less whole. From then on its stones were used for building the nearby village of El Djem and transported to the Great Mosque in Kairouan, and at a tense moment during struggles with the Ottomans, the Turks used cannons to flush rebels out of the amphitheatre.

The ruins of the amphitheatre were declared a World Heritage Site in 1979.

Tunisia (Tunisie) stamp 2011
La Verveine odorante (French for Lemon Verbena)
Lippia triphylla (Aloysia citrodora or Lemon Beebrush) 600

One more postcard (postmarked in 2012) ...

L'Amphitheatre d'El DJem
The amphitheatre of El DJem

postmarked in 2012 with a Tunisia pottery stamp 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Douglas Avenue Sculptures Series in Wichita, Kansas

The Douglas Avenue Sculpture Series adorns the sidewalks of downtown Wichita, Kansas, adding a touch of humor, conversation, and special interest to driving through downtown Wichita.  Wichita is also known as the "Air Capitol of the World" because of its aircraft factories.

Artist: Georgia Gerber
Photos: John Avery

postmarked in 2011 with four great USA stamps (Lincoln-Douglas Debates 4 cents from 1958 - Navajo Jewelry 2 cents 2004 - Washington 20 cents 2011 - and USA 3 cent 'star' 2002)

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Placed in the late 1990's, there are 31 whimsical bronze sculptures by Washington artist Georgia Gerber on Douglas Avenue.

The largest sculpture is a recreation of a dimestore counter, placed in Lewis Reflection Square Park, which was once the site of a F. W. Woolworth store. Now some people sit at the counter and eat their lunches.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Valls D'Andorra
Diferents aspectes
Different aspects


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Andorra is a small landlocked country in southwestern Europe, located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France. It is the sixth smallest nation in Europe having an area of 468 km2 (181 sq mi) and an estimated population of 84,082 in 2009.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Budva, Montenegro

Greetings from Budva

unused, from 2011

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Budva is a coastal town in Montenegro. As of 2011 it has a population of around 18,000 people. The coastal area around Budva, called the Budvanska rivijera, is the centre of Montenegro's tourism, and is well known for its sandy beaches, diverse nightlife, and examples of Mediterranean architecture.

There is vast archaeological evidence that places Budva among the oldest urban settlements of the Adriatic coast. Substantial documentary evidence provides historical references dating back to the 5th century BC.
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here is another postcard view .....

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Main Admiralty Building in St. Petersburg, Russia

In nine different languages on the back it reads:

The Main Admiralty. 1806-1823. A Zakharov

unused but has writing on the back - from 2011

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The Admiralty building is the former headquarters of the Admiralty Board in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The building you see now was re-built in the nineteenth century to support the Tsar's maritime ambitions.

It has a gilded steeple topped by a golden weather-vane in the shape of a small ship and is one of the city's most conspicuous landmarks. The spire is the focal point of old St. Petersburg's three main streets - Nevsky Avenue, Gorokhovaya Street, and Voznesensky Avenue - underscoring the importance Peter I placed on Russia's Navy.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Gardon, a Blonde D'Aquitaine (Breed of Cow)

 Blonde D'Aquitaine - Stier
Gardon, 7 Jahre alt, Sohn von Tomnerre und Coquine, prasentiert von Jules Claverie, im Besitz von Maurice Lorroque aus Fousseret.  Mit 163 kg war Gardon der schwerste Stier des Salon de l'Agriculture 1998.
Salon de l'agriculture - Paris

Fotografien: Yann Arthus-Bertrand

loose translation:
Blonde D'Aquitaine - Taurus
Gardon, 7 years old, son of Tomnerre and Coquine, presented by Jules Claverie, owned by Maurice Lorroque from Fousseret. With 163 kg was the heaviest bull Gardon of the Salon de l'Agriculture 1998.
Salon de l'agriculture - Paris

Photography: Yann Arthus-Bertrand

postmarked in 2011 with two Germany stamps

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This is either one very small woman, or it is the biggest cow I've ever seen!

Blonde d'Aquitaine is a breed of beef cattle originating in south west of France. They were predominantly work animals until the end of the Second World War. This resulted in their muscle development, hardiness and docility. They were always hardy lean animals with light but strong bone structure.
Germany (Deutschland) Stamp 2011 
Till Eulenspiegel 55
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Till Eulenspiegel was a trickster figure originating in Middle Low German folklore. 
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Germay (Deutschland) 'Tagetes' Flower stamp - 20