Saturday, June 30, 2012

English to Texan Translations

 English to Texan Translations

O'l Glory, House Pet, Steak & Veggies,
Bank Machine, Pickles, Sun Block,
A Night Out, Champagne, Snack,
Security System, Dress'n up, Home, Sweet, Home

Postmarked in 2010 with a 44 cent cat 'Animal Rescue - adopt a shelter pet' stamp

Friday, June 29, 2012

Tucson, "A" Mountain in Arizona

"A" Mountain
Tucson, Arizona
All of Tucson and the surrounding mountains can be seen from atop "A Mountain, historically known as "Sentinal Peak" where in early days Indian lookout posts were situated.   Each year on "A" Day, University of Arizona freshmen whitewash the big stone "A" under the direction of hilarious upperclassmen.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

I Love Lucy - 'Be a Pal'

I Love Lucy
"Be a Pal" (on the set October 22, 1951)

postmarked in 2010 with a 'Love - queen from a deck of cards' 44 cent stamp

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Lucy is concerned with Ricky's behavior while they eat breakfast. He reads the newspaper and never answers any of her questions. He doesn't even notice when she leaves the room.

Ethel, seeing Lucy is upset, tries to offer advice by recommending a book: How to Keep the Honeymoon from Ending by Dr. Humphries. Ethel reads to Lucy who can't believe how accurate the book is. Following the book's idea Lucy decides to dress up and look glamorous for Ricky tomorrow.

Wearing an evening gown with her hair and makeup perfect, Lucy greets Ricky only to find no difference in his behavior.

Chapter two of the book suggests that Lucy join in Ricky's hobbies. Lucy decides to join Ricky and Fred in their poker game. Unwittingly, Lucy keeps winning. First with a full house and then with a "pair" of a six and nine. The result was an angry Ricky who continues to ignore her.

Chapter three suggests that Lucy remind Ricky of his childhood. With Ethel's help, Ricky returns home to find a Spanish decorated apartment with a burro to boot. Remembering that Ricky's mother was a singer and dancer, Lucy performs along with a record of Carmen Miranda. Hilarity ensues when the record speeds up and slows down with Lucy trying to keep up. Ricky convinces her that he loves just the way she is.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Epcot's Ride: Soarin'

Epcot - Walt Disney World Orlando

Soarin -
Take a free-flying adventure across the natural wonders of the Golden State (California) aboard this thrilling Disney attraction.

This is one of my favorite rides in Epcot!  Make sure you ask for 'row 1' when you go, even if you have to wait a little bit longer, (that will be the top row inside, then peoples feet won't be waving in front of you during the show) also, TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES!  you feel so much better, and will enjoy it much more.

postmarked in 2007 with Disney's Dumbo, 41 cent stamp
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Walt Disney's Epcot


With the wind in your hair, glide 40 feet in the air as you look down upon the breathtaking vistas of Yosemite and redwood forests.  Soar as high as your imagination over a world of wonders.

unused, bought in 2010

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin


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Enrique "Ricky" Martín Morales (born December 24, 1971), better known as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican pop singer and actor who achieved prominence, first as a member of the Puerto Rican boy band Menudo, then as a solo artist since 1991. Throughout his career, he has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. He is the founder of the Ricky Martin Foundation (in Spanish Fundación Ricky Martin), a non-profit charity organization aimed at human trafficking.

Martin got his start at age twelve with the all-boy pop group Menudo; after five years with the group, he released his Spanish-language solo album, Ricky Martin, in 1991. He also acted on stage and on TV in Mexico, becoming a modest star in the country. In 1994 he starred on the American TV soap opera General Hospital, playing a Puerto Rican singer. In 1999, after several albums in Spanish, he released his first English-language album (also titled Ricky Martin), which included "Livin' la Vida Loca". The album sold 22 million copies and brought Martin international fame.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Koguva village in Muhumaa or Muhu, Estonia

Koguva Kula Muhumaal
(Koguva village in Muhumaa or Muhu)


postmarked in 2009 with an art stamp from Estonia

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Muhu, is an island in the Baltic Sea. With an area of 198 km² it is the third largest island belonging to Estonia.

Koguva is a small, very peaceful rural village. There are many buildings that are centuries old, dating back to feudal times under Swedish rule, and are still in use today. The northern shore of Muhu, which is claimed to have the clearest water anywhere in the Baltic Sea, is only a short distance away.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Giewont Mountains in Poland

Giewont, Poland

Fot: Tadeusz Suminski

postmarked in 2012 with two Poland stamps

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Giewont is a mountain in the Tatra Mountains of Poland. It comprises three peaks: Small Giewont, Great Giewont and Long Giewont.

On Great Giewont, there is a 15 m steel cross that is the site of many religious pilgrimages. (You can see it on the right hand side of the mountain range in the above postcard).  Unfortunately, the area is also notorious for its hazardous conditions during thunderstorms, so this should be taken into consideration when traveling to that location.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Arizona - Jerome and Mingus Mountain at Night

Night View of Jerome and Mingus Mountain, Arizona

This is a reproduction of photograph taken at midnight; exposure 35 minutes.  Stars formed light streaks in sky due to movement of earth during this period.  Breaks in these streaks were caused by covering the lens whenever automobile headlights shone directly at camera.  Highway through town appears as a bright line due to lights of constantly moving automobile travel.

Photo by R.C. Proctor

Friday, June 22, 2012

Home Place by Jonathan Green

The Art of Jonathan Green
Jonathan Green (American, b. 1955)
Home Place, 1995
Oil on canvas, 121.9 X 152.4 cm (48 X 60 in.)

postmarked in 2012 with a 32 cent Aloha stamp

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from his website...

Jonathan Green, was born and raised in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.  He is an international professional artist who graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1982.   Jonathan Green is considered by many art critics and reviewers as one of our nation’s most outstanding African-American artists and highly recognized visual master for capturing Southern culture and traditions.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Butterflies from Germany

Schmetterlinge (Butterflies)

Tagpfauenauge  (Peacock)
Zitronenfalter (Brimstone)
Distelfalter (Painted Lady)
Kleiner Schillerfalter (Small Purple Emperor)
Admiral (Admiral)
Kohlweißling (Cabbage white)
Kaisermantel (Fritillary)
Braunauge (Brown Eye)
Dukatenfalter (Scarce Copper)
Postillion (Postillion)
Sommer-Landkartchen (Summer Landkärtchen)
Resedenfalter (Resedenfalter)
Schwarzflecken-Blauling (Black's Blue Stains)
Schwalbenschwanz (Dovetail)

All the words on the right are from an on-line translator.  So I don't know if that is the name of the butterfly in English, or if it is just what the word translates to. My guess would be a little of both.

unused, from 2011

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Moon Jellies - Jellyfish

Moon Jellies - (Aurelia aurita)
Australian National Maritime Museum

Named for their ghostly, translucent bells, they are abundant in temperate and tropical waters worldwide.  Their delicate bodies pulse and drift with effortless grace.  The moon jelly's short tentacles are armed with stinging cells, called "nematocysts," but the sting lacks the toxic, painful punch of other jellies.  Although they're 95 percent water, moon jellies are the main course for leatherback sea turtles and other marine creatures.  Thousands of animals die annually from mistakenly swallowing drifting plastic bags, which resemble the gelatinous jellies.

This unused postcard was bought in 2012.
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Sydney Aquarium

Moon Jellies
Photography by Darren Jew

This one is postmarked in 2012 with an Australian 'Dingo' stamp.
Australia stamp 2011
Dingo 1.60

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Pennsylvania State Capitol Building

 State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA
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State Capitol and Office Building from Penn-Harris Hotel, Harrisburg, PA.
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State Capitol
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

On the left is the stained glass dome in Pennsylvania's Supreme Court chamber.  Under the dome, set off with gold-leaf moldings, is a series of murals depicting the evolution of the law.  On the right is an interior view of the golden dome of the State Capitol Building.  The dome towers 272 feet above the city.

postmarked in 2011 with a 29 cent 'Oregano' stamp

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The Pennsylvania State Capitol is the seat of government for the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and is in downtown Harrisburg. It was designed in 1902 in a Beaux-Arts style with Renaissance themes throughout. 

The seat of government for the state was originally in Philadelphia, then was relocated to Lancaster in 1799 and finally to Harrisburg in 1812. The current capitol, known as the Huston Capitol, is the third state capitol building to be built in Harrisburg. The first, the Hills Capitol, was destroyed in 1897 by a fire and the second, the Cobb Capitol, was left unfinished when funding was discontinued in 1899.

Joseph Miller Huston designed the current capitol and it was dedicated in 1906. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Josta Energy Drink from Pepsi

Josta with Guarana

Unleash it.

Go Card, unused free advertising postcard

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Josta was a soft drink brand that was produced by PepsiCo and the first energy drink ever introduced by a major US beverage company. Josta's flavor has been described as predominately fruity, with a hint of spice and a touch of the key ingredient guaraná. It was marketed as a "high-energy drink" with guaraná and caffeine.

Josta was introduced in 1995, but PepsiCo pulled the drink from its lineup due to a change in corporate strategy in 1999. Shortly before the beverage was discontinued, an "Association for Josta Saving" was started. A "Save Josta" campaign was also launched by fans of the drink.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

My Friend Went to Texas ...

My friend went to Texas and all I got was this
Lousy Postcard

Greetings from Texas

postmarked in 2010 with a 44 cent 'Purple Heart' stamp

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mickey's Gala Premier in 3-D

Mickey's Gala Premier 1933

The Art of Disney
80 Years
Mickey 'n' Minnie

unused, bought in 2008

when you tilt the postcard, their hands and heads wave

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Mickey's Gala Premier is a Walt Disney cartoon produced in 1933, directed by Burt Gillett. It features several famous Hollywood film actors from the 1930s.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Obama, Mama, Bo-bama, Dancing!

President Barack Obama and Michelle Dancing to 'The Name Game' - you have to love their faces!

Obama, mama, bo-bama,
Banana-fana fo-fama

The back reads: Political Humor

This unused postcard is from 2008.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Moucha Island, Djibouti, Africa

Les iles Moucha (Moucha Island)

postmarked in 2011 as 'free mail' from a USA Navy FPO address

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Moucha Island is a small coral island off the coast of Djibouti. It is located at the center of the Gulf of Tadjoura.
Around it there are many popular diving sights.

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A coral island is formed by small organisms called polyps. Polyps are the builders of coral. These tiny organisms protect themselves by building small walls of limestone around their bodies. These creatures live in small colonies, and over millions of years, these ‘settlements’ become reefs, and then turn into islands.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Babies on Potties

 Babies on Toilets

postmarked in 1904 with a Half Penny stamp from Leeds, England

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mikki Hiiri (Mickey Mouse) from Finland

Walt Disney
Comic Book

Mikki Hiiri 80 Votta
(Micky Mouse 80 years)

Etsintakuulutus Mustakaapu
(arrest warrant for Mustakaapu)

postmarked in 2008 with a Finland Butterfly stamp

Monday, June 11, 2012

Snowy Egret

Vero Beach, Florida

Florida's Snowy Egret habitat the many marshes, swamps, ponds, and shores throughout the State.
Photo by Danielle Baron

unused, bought in 2011
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Or is this bird from here???

Port St. Lucie, Florida

Florida's Snowy Egret habitat the many marshes, swamps, ponds and shores throughout the State.
Photo by Danielle Baron

unused, bought in 2010

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The Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) is a small white heron.

Adults are typically 61 centimetres (24 in) long and weigh 375 grams (13.2 oz)
The area of the upper bill, in front of the eyes, is yellow but turns red during the breeding season, when the adults also gain recurved plumes on the back, making for a "shaggy" effect.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Map of the Moscow Metro Rail System in Russia

Plan of the Moscow metro
Plan du metro de Moscou (French)
Schema der Moskauer Metro (German) 
esquema del metro de Moscu (Spanish)
Pianta della metropolitana di Mosca (Italian) 
also written in Russian, Chinese and Japanese

postmarked in 2012 with a Russia 25 p. stamp

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Moorea, French Polynesia - a Surprise Postcard of Me!

My amazing and wonderful hubby surprised me by making this postcard of me on his iPhone using 'Color Splash' and having it sent to me.

The back reads:
On our 25th anniversary "around the world" trip, we spent time enjoying God's wonderful creation.  As I looked around, my eyes could only focus on the bright colors radiating from the beauty that was before me ....

Here is to the love of my life!!
I love you,
Your hubby!!!

This was taken in Moorea, French Polynesia in 2012.  We took a trip for 25 days to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.  We left Florida and went half way around the world to Australia, then cruised our way to New Zealand, Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Hilo Hawaii, and ended in Honolulu Hawaii before heading back to Florida.  We had weather like you see in the postcard every day - God is Good!

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Here is a postcard of what you see behind me ...

Mont Rotui, Moorea

Le Mont Rotui (899m), enlace par les baies de Cook et D'Opunohu, Moorea.
Mount Rotui (2949'), ebraced by Cook's and Opunohu's Bays.

This unused postcard is from 2012.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

North West Point, Provo
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

postmarked within the US in 2011 with a USA Liberty Bell stamp

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Providenciales is an island in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The island has an area of 98 km2 (38 sq mi) and an approximate population of 15,542, making it the largest island in population and the third largest in area.  It is home to the only conch farm in the world. It was ranked the best beach destination in the world in 2011. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Deception Pass, Washinton

Deception Pass
Whidbey Island, Washington
An aerial view of Deception Pass.  This is one of the most visited sights in the state.  The bridge was completed in 1935.
Photo: John Kaiser

postmarked in 2008 with a 42 cent 'sunflower' stamp
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Deception Pass, Washington

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A group of sailors led by Joseph Whidbey, part of the Vancouver Expedition, found and mapped Deception Pass on June 7, 1792. George Vancouver gave it the name "Deception" because it had misled him into thinking Whidbey Island was a peninsula.

The Deception Pass Bridge was completed on on July 31, 1935.  It is  976-foot (297 m) long and connects Whidbey Island to the tiny Pass Island, and Pass Island to Fidalgo Island. Prior to the bridge, travellers and businessmen would use an inter-island ferry to commute between Fidalgo and Whidbey islands.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wild Boar Piglets Playing in the Snow

Frischlinge (Piglets - wild boar piglets have stripes like this)
Foto: Gerhard Schulz

postmarked in 2012 with three Netherlands stamps and the signatures of 13 members of Postcrossing who were at a meet-up

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Exaggeration Postcard - Grasshopper Pulling a Cart

Seen near Wheaton, Minnesota
Potter Drug Co.

This is an exaggeration postcard.  Maybe the Grasshopper is pulling a seed card?  It looks to have US 606 on it.

postmarked in 1940 with a one cent stamp

Monday, June 4, 2012

Norway - Lofoten Islands, Henningsvaer

Lofoten, Norway

postmarked in 2012 with two Norway stamps

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Henningsvær is a fishing village in the Lofoten Islands part of Nordland county in Norway.

Lofoten is an archipelago. Though lying within the Arctic Circle, the archipelago experiences one of the world's largest elevated temperature anomalies relative to its high latitude.