Thursday, May 31, 2012

Old Town of Kaunas, Lithuania

The Old Town of Kaunas, Lithuania

This is postmarked in 2009 with a Lietuva (Lithuania) 2.90 stamp.

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Kaunas Old Town - the oldest part of Kaunas town:
There are a lot of surviving Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, especially in the western part of the Old Town. You will also find many notable buildings and facilities, such as the Kaunas Town Hall, the Kaunas Castle, the Historical Presidential Palace, many churches and a great variety of museums.

Lietuva (Lithuania) stamp 2008
S. Dariaus ir S. Gireno skrydziui - 75
2.90 Lt

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois

Did you know? 
John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, opened in 1929, is the 2nd largest indoor aquarium in the world, with 5 million gallons of water and 20,000 fish.  The aquarium gets 2 million annual visits and contains 8,000 animals of 650 species including Beluga whales, sea otters, seals and dolphins. 

In 1933, Chicago hosted its second World's Fair, during which, a Queensland Lungfish known as "Grandpa" was added to it's collection.  Still alive, Grandpa is thought  to be the oldest fish in a public aquarium. 

In 1971, Shedd Aquarium added one of its most popular exhibits, a massive 90,000-gallon tank reproducing a Caribbean coral reef. 

The equally popular "Wild Reef" shark tank, opened in 2003, contains 4000,000 gallons of water and attempts to recreate a Philippine coral reef based on the Apo Island Marine Reserve.

This postcard is unused.
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Shedd
Aerial View of Oceanarium
Called the World's Aquarium, Shedd opened its doors in 1930 and is one of the oldest public aquariums in the United States.  It is committed to enhancing public understanding and appreciation of the aquatic world.

Photographer - Edward G. Lines Jr.

This is postmarked in 2011.
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Here are a few fishy postcards from Shedd (all of them are postmarked in 2011) .....

Fabulous and rare, sea dragons are fantasies come to life.  Their domain is off the coast of Southern Australia, where cool kelp forests and colorful sponge gardens grow on rocky underwater cliffs.
Jellies, discover the intriguing ways these pulsing, translucent animals survive - and thrive - in the world's oceans.

Octopus

Eight sucker-covered arms, two keen eyes and a baggy red body add up to an octopus.  These boneless creatures are actually quite shy; when frightened, they change color to blend into the scenery or jet away in a cloud of ink.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Diana Ross and The Supremes


The Supremes

unused, bought in 2010

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 Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Diana Ross

The Supremes, an American female singing group, were the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s.
Originally founded as The Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, The Supremes' repertoire included doo-wop, pop, soul, Broadway show tunes, psychedelic soul, and disco.

Monday, May 28, 2012

United We Stand

United We Stand, 
   steadfast and tall,
Committed to peace,
   and freedom for all!

This is an American Greetings postcard - postmarked on September 11, 2002 with Heroes USA stamp 

- the white edge says Remove before mailing, but it wasn't taken off. so the price of the card is still attached 'USA 69 cents'


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Lion King - Circle of Life

Circle of Life

Hakuna Matata - You will have no worries when you vacation at Walt Disney World.

postmarked in 2009 with a Disney Jungle Book stamp and two 10 cent stamps

the 'Circle of Life' postcard is in the shape of a circle and metallic 



Saturday, May 26, 2012

Two Map of Bahrain Postcards, Using Stamps and Bank Notes (Money)

Map of Bahrain using stamps featuring Emir Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa



Map of Bahrain using bank notes

both postcards are designed by Khalil Al Durazi, unused and from the 1960's

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Bahrain (officially the Kingdom of Bahrain) is an archipelago of 33 islands, the largest being Bahrain Island, at 55 km (34 mi) long by 18 km (11 mi) wide. Saudi Arabia lies to the west and Qatar is to the southeast across the Gulf of Bahrain. 

Known for its oil and pearls, Bahrain is also home to many large structures, including the Bahrain World Trade Center and the Bahrain Financial Harbour. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Advertisement Postcard for the Chevrolet 1938 2-Door Sedan


1938 Chevrolet 2-Door Sedan
- Check up its many features including smooth high compression engine, hydraulic brakes, turret top - add them all together and you will understand why you can count on this car for real satisfaction.  Trade in your present car, balance on easy terms.

Robt. Hendricks Motor Co.
Spencer, Oklahoma

unused, but has some writing on the back

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Map of Prince Edward Island, Canada


Greetings from Prince Edward Island

A miniature map of Prince Edward Island showing most of the Camping and Picnic areas and places of importance.

unused

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Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) is a Canadian province consisting of an island of the same name, as well as other islands. The maritime province is the smallest in the nation in both land area and population (excluding the territories).

According to the 2009 estimates, Prince Edward Island has 141,000 residents. It is the 104th largest island in the world, and Canada's 23rd largest island. The island was named for Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767–1820), the fourth son of King George III and the father of Queen Victoria.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waterfall on Ali Mountain in Taiwan

 The sender writes that this is a waterfall view from Ali Mountain in Taiwan.

postmarked in February, 2012 with a Valentines 'Rose' stamp from Taiwan

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dinosaur Park in Rapid City, South Dakota


Dinosaur Park, Rapid City, South Dakota

Tyrannosaurus Rex
Brontosaurus in Background

unused, printed in 2003 - but the photo is was taken on, or before the 1950's.

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Dinosaur Park is a tourist attraction in Rapid City, South Dakota, United States. Dedicated on May 22, 1936, it contains seven dinosaur sculptures on a hill overlooking the city.  It was created to capitalize on the tourists coming to the Black Hills to see Mount Rushmore.

The dinosaurs were constructed out of 2 inch black iron pipe, with a wire mesh frame and a concrete skin. Originally they were gray in color, but by the 1950s the statues were painted bright green with white undersides.

Admission is free.  The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 21, 1990.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Charles Lindbergh Day, Springfield, Vermont, July 26, 1927


Lindbergh Day, Springfield, Vt, July 26, 1927

Real Photo Postcard - unused

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Charles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974)  was an American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist.

Lindbergh, a 25-year-old U.S. Air Mail pilot, emerged from virtual obscurity to world fame as the result of his Prize-winning solo non-stop flight on May 20–21, 1927, from New York's Long Island to Paris, France, a distance of nearly 3,600 miles (5,800 km), in the single-seat, single-engine airplane, The Spirit of St. Louis.

Lindbergh, a U.S. Army reserve officer, was also awarded the nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his historic exploit.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Merlion of Singapore

Welcome to Sentosa Singapore

Merlion

One magic starlit night, rose this mighty lion of the sea from the deep to the heights of Sentosa, where it casts a watchful benevolent gaze over Singapore.
Today, rock carved and touched by the wonders of technology stands Sentosa's great sea-lord, His Majesty The Merlion, emblazoned in it's brilliantly jewelled watery pathways.

This is postmarked in 2008 with a 'Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot' Singapore stamp for 55 cents.

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The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot of Singapore. Its name combines "mer" meaning the sea and "lion". The fish body represents Singapore's origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name — Singapura — meaning "lion city" or "kota singa".

Saturday, May 19, 2012

If a Man Speaks ... Is He Wrong?


If a man speaks in a forest where no woman can hear, is he still wrong? - Wisconsin -

too funny!!  I love this postcard!

postmarked in 2007 with 41 cent butterfly on flower stamp

Friday, May 18, 2012

Maribor, Slovenia


Maribor
Pristan - Lent
Slovenija

Foto: M. Vranic

postmarked in 2008 with Slovenija (Slovenia) Christmas Scene stamp

I think this is a very pretty postcard!

the sender writes:
Maribor is the second largest city in Slovenia.  It is pleasantly small and lodged in wonderful nature on one side and wine growing hills on the other with River Drava Winding its way through it!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

 Old Faithful and Bears
Yellowstone National Park
Oblivious to the beauty of Old Faithful behind them a mother and her cubs search for tidbits. -
Photo by William S. Keller
postmarked in 1995 with USA G postcard rate 'Old Glory' stamp
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The Storm and The Sun on Old Faithful Geyser
Yellowstone National Park
postmarked in 1995 with USA G postcard Rage 'Old Glory' stamp
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Old Faithful Geyser
Yellowstone National Park
This is America's most famous geyser, which entertains its audience regularly every 60 to 65 minutes, erupting for approximately four minutes duration.  This is also one of the world's highest and most spectacular eruptions.
Color by Seaich Co.

postmarked in 1989 with 15 cent 'Buffalo Bill Cody' stamp
 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Singapore Flyer (Ferris Wheel)

 The Singapore Skyline at night with The Singapore Flyer, the world's tallest observation wheel.

This postcard is postmarked in 2012 from Singapore with four stamps.

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The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel located in Singapore, constructed in 2005–2008. Described by its operators as an observation wheel, it reaches 42 stories high, with a total height of 165 m (541 ft), making it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world.

Each of the 28 air-conditioned capsules is capable of holding 28 passengers, and a complete rotation of the wheel takes about 30 minutes.

 


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Truk Lagoon - Moen Island, Micronesia


The Truk Continental
56 air-conditioned units right on the beach on Moen Island.  Lively restaurant and lounge.  Activities include all types of water sports including scuba diving in the famous Truk Lagoon, shelling and sight-seeing.

unused - from the 1970's

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Moen is an island in Truk Lagoon, the main island group of the state of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia.
Moen is the second largest island of Chuuk, after Tol.

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Three Caballeros


Walt Disney's miracle musical feature
The Three Caballeros
in technicolor
featuring:
Panchito, Joe Carioca and Donald Duck
and in the flesh:
Aurora Miranda of Brazil
Carmen Molina and Dora Luz of Mexico

unused

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The Three Caballeros is a 1944 American animated feature film, produced by Walt Disney and distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. The film plots an adventure through parts of Latin America, combining live-action and animation.
Here is the Disney Movie Trailer:

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Oleviste Church (St. Olaf's) in Tallinn, Estonia

 Tallinn, Estonia

The town wall and Oleviste Church

postmarked in 2012 with an Estonia 'Year of the Dragon' stamp

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Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It occupies an area of 159.2 km2 (61.5 sq mi) with a population of around 417,000. Tallinn's Old Town is in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

St. Olaf’s Church or St. Olav's Church (Estonian: Oleviste kirik) in Tallinn, Estonia, is believed to have been built in the 12th century and to have been the centre for old Tallinn's Scandinavian community prior to the conquest of Tallinn by Denmark in 1219. Its dedication relates to King Olaf II of Norway (a.k.a. Saint Olaf, 995-1030). The first known written records referring to the church date back to 1267, and it was extensively rebuilt during the 14th century.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Uganda


Uganda

Photos and design by: Byekwaso Blasio for 'Wildlife Frienda'

This postcard has writing on it, but was never mailed.

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Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East Africa. Uganda is also known as the "Pearl of Africa". It gained independence from Britain on 9 October 1962.

The official languages are English and Swahili, although multiple other languages are spoken in the country.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Colmar, France


Colmar -
Quai de la poissonnerie -
postmarked in 2007

I love this postcard! - the houses look like a wonderful place to live ;-)

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Colmar is the home town of the painter and engraver Martin Schongauer and the sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi, who designed the Statue of Liberty. The city is renowned for its well preserved old town, its numerous architectural landmarks and its museums.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Post Card Exchange Store in Birmingham, Alabama

 National Postcard Week
May 1 - 7, 2011

Post card Exchange, Birmingham, Alabama
W. H. Faulkner Proprietor

William H. Faulkner came to Birmingham, AL in 1903 as a traveling salesman.  In 1909 he opened the Postcard Exchange dealing mostly in postcards.  In 1919 he changed the name to Faulkner Novelties as the golden era of postcards subsided.  He continued in that business until his death in 1946.

limited edition 46 of 100
postmarked in 2011 with one 28 cent polar bear stamp and two 1 cent Tiffany Lamp stamps

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Holland, Michigan, Tulip Time Festival

Street Scrubbers, Tulip Time, Holland, Michigan
Photo by C.H. Geerlings

"It's Tulip Time in Holland Every Year in May"

postmarked in 1954 with a 2 cent John Adams stamp

the sender writes:
Dear Mother - You'd be quite at home here with your broom, cleaning up.
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Dutch Village
The Dutch Village, in Holland, Michigan, features the history, culture and architecture of "Old Holland" with Klompen dancers, wooden shoe carving, historical displays, and much more!

Photos by John Penrod

unused, from 2011

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Each May Holland hosts an annual Tulip Time Festival. Tulip planting and the festival began in 1928 when 100,000 tulips were imported from Holland and planted for the event. Currently six million tulips are used throughout the city.  It is normally held the second week of May, right when the numerous tulips planted around the town are blooming.  Activities at the celebration include three parades, one of which is the street scrubbing parade which officially opens the festival, fireworks, a Dutch Market, various shows and concerts, a craft fair, and klompen dancing.

About one million tourists visit Tulip Time each year. It has been ranked as America's third largest town festival and was named Reader's Digest's best small town festival. The Tulip Time Festival has attracted big name acts in recent years such as: Christina Aguilera in 2000, O-Town in 2001,  and Jars of Clay in 2006. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Pigs Flying for National Postcard Week

National Postcard Week
May 1 - 7, 2011

unused
limited edition 17 of 119

the sender added this note on a separate piece of paper:
This design was created with rubber stamps, then scanned and colored in Photoshop and professionally printed. 

I hope you enjoy it!  (Yes I do!  She did a great job!)


Monday, May 7, 2012

My Yellow Bike with Flowers for National Postcard Week 2012

Happy National Postcard Week
May 6-12, 2012
Photo by (me!) - 9teen87s Postcards

Here is the back of the postcard..
A Bicycle can't stand on its own . . . because it is Two-Tired.