Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Burj Khalifa Building in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai - New Year Celebration at Burj Khalifa

postmarked in 2013 with three United Arab Emirates stamps

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Burj Khalifa known as Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the tallest man-made structure in the world, at 829.8 m (2,722 ft).

Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010.

In March 2009, Mohamed Ali Alabbar, chairman of the project's developer, estimated the total cost for the project to be about US$1.5 billion.

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To wash the 24,348 windows, totaling 120,000 m2 (1,290,000 sq ft) of glass, a horizontal track has been installed on the exterior of Burj Khalifa at levels 40, 73, and 109. Each track holds a 1,500 kg (3,300 lb) bucket machine which moves horizontally and then vertically using heavy cables. Above level 109, up to tier 27 traditional cradles from davits are used. The top of the spire, however, is reserved for specialist window cleaners, who brave the heights and high winds dangling by ropes to clean and inspect the top of the pinnacle. Under normal conditions, when all building maintenance units will be operational, it will take 36 workers three to four months to clean the entire exterior façade.

Unmanned machines will clean the top 27 additional tiers and the glass spire. The cleaning system was developed in Melbourne, Australia at a cost of $8 million.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Large Letter Love


This was made by Paula in 1969 but postmarked (to me from my mom) in 1989 with 15 cent Buffalo Bill Cody stamp.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Village on the River Bank in Burma (Myanmar)

Village on the River Bank, Burma.

No. 30. American Baptist Mission Press, Rangoon Burma.

unused vintage postcard

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Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia bordered by China, Thailand, India, Laos and Bangladesh. One-third of Burma's total perimeter of 1,930 kilometres (1,200 miles) forms an uninterrupted coastline along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

International Postcard Week - Hand Drawn Cat from Julie Flores

International Postcard Week
6-12, October 2013
Black and white cat drawn by Julie Flores
(The words and the cat are printed on the postcard.)

This is postmarked on Oct. 11, 2013 with a cat food (fish) stamp from the Philippines.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Map Postcards of Saint Martin in the Caribbean Sea

Saint Martin
Sint Maarten

Antilles - West Indies
Photos: Philippe Poux

This map postcard shows the flags for the French and Dutch side of the Island.

postmarked in 2012 with a St. Martin stamp
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Here is one more for fun
Sint Maarten - Saint Martin

Caribbean Sea map postcard

postmarked in 2012 with a St. Maarten stamp

Do you wish you were here right now??

Thursday, December 26, 2013

How to Experience New Life in Christ - A Christian Postcard

 How to Experience New Life in Christ

Everyone is a sinner and is separated from God.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" - Romans 3:23

God loved us all so much that He gave His Son to die for our sins.
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, christ died for us" - Romans 5:8

Death means separation forever from God.  Eternal life comes by trusting Jesus Christ.
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" - Romans 6:23

In order to begin your new life in Christ (be saved), you must believe that Jesus died for your sins and declare that you accept Him as Savior.  "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" - Romans 10:9

If you would like to accept Jesus now, pray the following prayer.

Dear God, I know I have sinned and I want to ask for your forgiveness.  I believe that Jesus died for my sins.  I now accept your offer of eternal life.  I will follow Jesus as my Savior and try to obey Him in all that I do.  Thank you for my new life.  In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

This postcard was printed in 1999 and postmarked in 2013.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Z Narodzenia Pana dzien dzis wesoly!

when put into a translator this comes out:
The Nativity of the Lord's day merry today!

the sender wrote me that this is the first line of the Christmas Carol, so I'm thinking it might be 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'.

What ever it is, this is a wonderful Christmas postcard featuring baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

postmarked in 2012 with two Poland stamps.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The North Pole with The workshop, Sleigh Shop, Post Office, etc.

The North Pole
wishes you a very Happy Holiday

North Pole Village:
Christmas Tree Forest
Sleigh Shop
Santa and Mr.s Clauses House
The Workshop
Hot Cocoa
Wrapping Hut
Gingerbread Cafe
and the Post Office

from the Rifle Paper Co.

postmarked in 2012 with a USA Christmas stamp 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Disney: The House of Mickey Mouse for Christmas

 The House of Mickey Mouse

The Walt Disney Company
Christmas Card
1935 (this postcard is a reproduction)

postmarked in 2012 with a USA Christmas stamp

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shown are:

Horace Horsecollar
Clara Cluck
The Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs
Clarabelle Cow
Minnie Mouse
Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse
Mickey Mouse
Donald Duck
and a very vintage Goofy

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Anatolia, Turkey: Village Life, Bread Making

Village Life in Anatolia
Turkiye (Turkey)

The sender writes that these are woman making bread in the traditional way and that it is delicious.

This is postmarked in 2013 with a Turkey stamp for 1,10.
Turkey (Turkiye) stamp 2013
Map, 13. Istanbul Bienali 1,10
13th Istanbul Biennial 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Surprised Looking Santa

Happy Holidays
- and happiness always!

Christmas Post Card

unused (maybe from the 1980's)

Santa's face is too funny! He looks like the cat in his hand just started talking.  Also check out the 'hood ornament' on santa's sleigh, what is the elf putting on it? It looks like a cover for a light you see on the street.   I looked at it closely with a magnifying glass and it looks big enough to put over the cherubim's head.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Walt Disney's Mary Poppins

Walt Disney
Grand Classique

Mary Poppins

This is postmarked in 2013 from the Netherlands with four stamps.

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Mary Poppins is a 1964 musical film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, produced by Walt Disney, and loosely based on the Mary Poppins books series by P. L. Travers.

Julie Andrews won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Mary Poppins and the film also won Oscars for Best Film Editing, Original Music Score, Best Song for "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and Best Visual Effects, and received a total of 13 nominations, an unsurpassed record for any other film released by the Walt Disney Studios.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Solvang, California

Solvang, California
Nested in the Santa Ynez Valley is the beautiful town of Solvang.  Unique architecture, gift shops and bakeries are just some of the attractions to this area, enjoyed by many visitors every year.

postmarked in 2013 with two USA stamps

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Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. The population was 5,245 at the 2010 census.

Solvang was founded in 1911 by a group of Danes who traveled west to establish a Danish colony far from the midwestern winters. The city is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California. The architecture of many of the façades and buildings reflects traditional Danish style. There is a copy of the famous Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen, as well as one featuring the bust of famed Danish fable writer Hans Christian Andersen. A replica of Copenhagen's Round Tower or Rundetårn in the scale 1:3 was finished in 1991 and can be seen in the town center.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Giant Squirrels from Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
A land like no other
Udawalawa National Park

Giant Squirrels
Ratufa macroura

Photographer - A. Felix J. Perera

postmarked in 2013 with two Sri Lanka stamps

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The grizzled giant squirrel (Ratufa macroura) is a large tree squirrel found in the highlands of the Central and Uva provinces of Sri Lanka and in southern India.  The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the species as near threatened due to habitat loss and hunting.

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Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, in Sri Lanka. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the drainage basin of the reservoir.
 Sri Lanka stamp 2011
1st South Asian Beach Games
Volleyball 5.00
Sri Lanka stamp 2011
Joseph, Mary and Jesus 20.00

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wilbur Wright: Airplane in 1914

L'aéroplane Wilbur Wright. La rentree au hangar apres un vol.
(The airplane Wilbur Wright. Returned to the hangar after a flight.)

The back has an advertisement in the space where you write:
N'achetez pas sans voir les dernieres creations des Corsets forme droite, hanches enveloppantes  models speciaux de A. Simon (Breveté S.G. D.G.)
Madame LeMarie, Successeur, 43 Rue du Commerce - Paris

This translates in google translator to:
Do not buy without seeing the latest creations of Corsets shape right hip wrap special models of A. Simon (Proprietor S.G. D.G.)
Madame LEMARIE, Successor, 43 Rue du Commerce - Paris

This historic aviation postcard is postmarked in 1914

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On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright piloted the first powered airplane 120 feet (37m) in 12 seconds, at a speed of only 6.8 miles per hour (10.9 km/h) in North Carolina.  Three more flights were made that day with Wilbur piloting the record flight lasting 59 seconds over a distance of 825 feet.

The last time the world record was broken was on July 28, 1976 by Captain Eldon Joersz and Major George Morgan going 2,193.2 miles per hour in a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.  I have postcards about that HERE.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Greetings from the British Virgin Islands

Greetings from the British Virgin Islands
Nature's Little Secret

White sand beaches, swaying palms and turquoise water welcome visitors to the British Virgin Islands.  Castaways can explore over 60 enchanted islands with hundreds of secret coves and cays.

Photos: Don Hebert

This is postmarked in 2008 with a British Virgin Islands World Cup soccer stamp.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Poem called: I Don't Care

I Don't Care

I saw you with another girl, but I don't care,
You do not love me any more, but I don't care.
Perhaps you think you made me mad, but I don't care.
Some other boy will make me glad, so I don't care.

postmarked in 1910 with a one cent stamp

the sender wrote:
Guess the Sender
From an unknown friend.

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I was looking at this postcard and thinking "who would send this to someone?"  Then I read what was written in beautiful scrolling hand writing and sent to Mr. Leo Schumaker.  So he must have hurt some lady and she was letting him know that she didn't care.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Town Hall and Christmas Market in Vienna, Austria

Wien - Vienna - Vienne - Viena (Austria)

Rathaus mit dem traditionellen Christkindlmarkt
(Town Hall with a traditional Christmas market)

postmarked in 2012 with two Austria stamps

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The Rathaus is a building in Vienna which serves as the seat both of the mayor and city council of the city of Vienna.  It was designed by Friedrich von Schmidt in the Gothic style, and built between 1872 and 1883. On the top of the tower is the Rathausmann, (statue that guards the city) one of the symbols of Vienna.
Austria stamp 2012
Wildtiere und Jagd (Wildlife and Hunting) 
Rotfuchs - Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox) 90 
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Austria stamp 2012
175 Jahre Eisenbahn fur Osterreich (175 years of railways for Austria) 90

Friday, December 13, 2013

My Corelle Dishes called "Sincerely Yours"

My set of Corelle Dishes called "Sincerely Yours".  I have a setting of 5.
Bought in 2013 for $50.00 at the outlet store. I am hoping they come out with items to go with the set.  I would love a serving plater and bowls!  A pitcher would be wonderful too.  :D

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Shamrock, Texas with Oil Rig and Route 66 Sign

Shamrock, Texas
Senes on U.S. 66 and Interstate 40 between Shamrock and the Oklahoma state line.

postmarked in 2013 with a USA 'Celebrate' stamp

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Shamrock is a city in Wheeler County, Texas, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 2,029.

At the end of the film Cast Away, Chuck Nolan (Tom Hanks) is seen on US Route 83 near Interstate 40, the real-life location of Shamrock.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Djibouti - Le Passage Cloute (Crosswalk) A Man with Sheep

Republique de Djibouti
Le passage cloute (crosswalk)

It has writing on the back but was never mailed.  I think the date written on it is 1983.

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Djibouti is a multi-ethnic nation, with a population of over 790,000 people. The Somali and Afar make up the two largest ethnic groups. Both speak Afro-Asiatic languages, which serve as recognized national languages. Arabic and French constitute the country's two official languages.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Santa Playing a Balalaika with Animals Listening

(postcard reads: С Новым годом = Happy New Year)

Santa playing a Balalaika (guitar like instrument) with a young girl, a bear, rabbit, squirrel, hedgehog and a snake wearing a bonnet.

postmarked in 2013 with two stamps from Russia

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The balalaika is a Russian folk stringed musical instrument with a characteristic triangular body and three strings.