Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

Promthep Cave
Rawai Beach
Kata Beach
Karon Beach
Patong Beach

postmarked in 2013 with four Thailand stamps

the sender writes that there is an error and it is not Promthem CaVe it's Promthep CaPe

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Phuket, formerly known as Thalang (Tha-Laang) is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand.

Phuket, which is approximately the size of Singapore, is Thailand’s largest island. The island is connected to mainland Thailand by two bridges.

Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign ship logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traders. The region now derives much of its income from tourism.


Monday, April 29, 2013

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock (Cigar)

taken while filming 'The Birds' in 1963, bought in 2011


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Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980)  was an English filmmaker and producer. He pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a successful career in his native United Kingdom in both silent films and early talkies, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood.

A few of his (50 plus) movies:

1940  Rebecca
1941  Mr. & Mrs. Smith
1941  Suspicion
1944  Lifeboat
1945  Spellbound
1946  Notorious
1954  Dial M for Murder
1954  Rear Window
1955  To Catch a Thief
1956  The Man Who Knew Too Much
1958  Vertigo
1959  North by Northwest
1960  Psycho
1963  The Birds
1966  Torn Curtain
1969  Topaz

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Kon-Tiki Expedition 1947

Kon-Tiki Expedition 1947.
Across the Pacific


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Kon-Tiki was the raft used by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl in his 1947 expedition across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands. Kon-Tiki is also the name of Heyerdahl's book and the Academy Award-winning documentary film chronicling his adventures.

Heyerdahl believed that people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times, although most anthropologists now believe they did not. His aim in mounting the Kon-Tiki expedition was to show, by using only the materials and technologies available to those people at the time, that there were no technical reasons to prevent them from having done so. Although the expedition carried some modern equipment, such as a radio, watches, charts, sextant, and metal knives, Heyerdahl argued they were incidental to the purpose of proving that the raft itself could make the journey.

Heyerdahl and a small team went to Peru, where, with the help of dockyard facilities provided by the Peruvian authorities, they constructed the raft out of balsa logs and other native materials in an indigenous style as recorded in illustrations by Spanish conquistadores. The trip began on April 28, 1947. Heyerdahl and five companions sailed the raft for 101 days over 6900 km (4,300 miles) across the Pacific Ocean before smashing into a reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands on August 7, 1947. The crew made successful landfall and all returned safely.
Thor Heyerdahl's book about his experience became a bestseller. It was published in 1948 as The Kon-Tiki Expedition: By Raft Across the South Seas, later reprinted as Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft. A documentary motion picture about the expedition, also called Kon-Tiki was produced from a write-up and expansion of the crew's filmstrip notes and won an Academy Award in 1951. It was directed by Thor Heyerdahl and edited by Olle Nordemar. The voyage was also chronicled in the documentary TV-series The Kon-Tiki Man: The Life and Adventures of Thor Heyerdahl, directed by Bengt Jonson.

The original Kon-Tiki raft is now on display in the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Ralph Waldo Emerson: For Every Minute You Are Angry...

For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

postmarked in 2012 with a 32 cent Aloha stamp

(Did you notice there are 60 birds?)

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet.

A Few Namesakes:
Harvard named a building, Emerson Hall after him.
The Emerson String Quartet, formed in 1976, took their name from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize is awarded annually to high school students for essays on historical subjects.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Andorra - The Community (or Parish) of Escaldes-Engordany

Comu (Community)

postmarked in 2013 with two of the same Andorra stamps

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Escaldes-Engordany is one of the parishes (or communities) of Andorra. The parish is composed of the areas of les Escaldes, Engordany, Els Vilars d'Engordany, Engolasters, and El Fener. As of 2011 it has a population of 14,395.

Until relatively recently, Andorra had only six parishes; the seventh, Escaldes-Engordany, was created in 1978.
Andorra stamp 2013
Correus Espanyoles - 0,75
The 100th anniversary of the inauguration of the road to Seu d'Urgell

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Donald Duck's Nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie

Most likely this is Huey with his embroidered red cap and shirt.

made and printed in Spain

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In early comic books and shorts, the caps of Huey, Dewey, and Louie were colored randomly, depending on the whim of the colorist.

On few occasions until 1945 and most every cartoon short afterward, all three nephews wore identical outfits (most commonly red). It wasn't until the 1980s when it became established that Huey is dressed in red, Dewey in blue, and Louie in green. 

Disney's archivist Dave Smith, in "Disney A to Z," said, "Note that the brightest hue of the three is red (Huey), the color of water, dew, is blue (Dewey), and that leaves Louie, and leaves are green." Another combination that shows up from time to time is Huey in blue, Dewey in red, and Louie in green. In-story, this inconsistency is explained away as a result of the ducklings borrowing each other's clothes.
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Here is a postcard of the three of them in green, blue and red...

Groetjes uit Duckstad!
(Greetings from Duckburg!)

Donald on a bicycle with his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie.

Postmarked in 2012 from the Netherlands
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Here is another postcard, only now one of them is in yellow! ...

Walt Disney World

You Can Fly!
Tinkerbell guides Huey, Dewey and Louie high above London toward the enchanted isle of Never Never Land.  The young at heart can share in this adventure on Peter Pan's Flight.

unused, from 1979

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Peter Pan's Flight is a suspended dark ride at the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park (Paris) theme parks. Located in Fantasyland, it is one of the few remaining attractions that was operational on Disneyland's opening day in 1955. The ride's story, music, staging and artwork are based on Walt Disney's Peter Pan, the animated film version of the classic Peter Pan story by J. M. Barrie.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Map of Bora Bora and Mount Otemanu

 Bora Bora

Voyage vers le Sud (Travel to the South)

postmarked in 2012 with a French Polynesia 'Bora Bora 140 f' stamp

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Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity 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, (see below) the highest point at 727 meters (2,385 ft).

When we were here, we took a jet boat tour around the island and stopped in a few places to snorkel.  The water was crystal clear and the views were spectacular!
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 Le mont Otemanu
Otemanu Mount
unused, from 2012

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Star Wars - Magic Eye 3-D Optical Illusion

Magic Eye 3-D Optical Illusion Cards: Hold this postcard RIght Up To Your Nose and Very Very Slowly pull the postcard away from your face. Look THROUGH the image.  Try not to blink and a 3-D illusion will magically appear!

unused postcard printed in 1994

this works on the computer too!  I put my face up to the screen and pulled away and saw the image in perfect 3-D.  The further you pull away, the deeper the image.  Click on the picture once to make it bigger on your screen first if you are going to try it.

Monday, April 22, 2013

New York World's Fair 1964 - 1965

The Unisphere theme symbol featured a the New York World's Fair 1964 - 65 and the TWA Terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport.  See both in New York City, "The Wonder City."
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 General Electric Progressland

This architecturally unique structure houses exciting exhibits created by Walt Disney, including Sky Dome Spectacular, actual fusion of atoms, and a show featuring electronically controlled, animated human-like figures.
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The Carousel of Progress is an attraction located at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. Created by both Walt Disney and WED Enterprises as the prime feature of the General Electric Pavilion for the 1964 New York World's Fair, the attraction was moved to Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, remaining there from 1967 until 1973. It was replaced in Disneyland by America Sings in 1974, and reopened in its present home in Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom in 1975 in Orlando, Florida.

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The New York State Exhibit
Three main structures including a "Tent of Tomorrow," a circular theatre showing a panoramic motion picture of New York State and three observation towers.  

Unused - Official World's Fair Postcard

(These are the towers used in the movie Men In Black.)

All three are unused and Official World's Fair Postcard

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The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair was the third major world's fair to be held in New York City.  Hailing itself as a "universal and international" exposition, the fair's theme was "Peace Through Understanding," dedicated to "Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe". The theme was symbolized by a 12-story high, stainless-steel model of the earth called Unisphere. The fair ran for two six-month seasons, April 22–October 18, 1964 and April 21–October 17, 1965. Admission price for adults (13 and older) was $2.00 in 1964 but $2.50 in 1965, and $1.00 for children (2–12) both years. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Few Smiley Postcards

This is a 3-D postcard featuring the words Love and Peace.  

When you see the word Love, it shows the Smiley face, with the word Peace you see a peace sign.

postmarked in 2013 with a USA Love stamp

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Smiles postmarked in 2010 from Australia
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Year 2000 - Have a nice Millennium! 
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Minnesota Happy Face
postmarked in 1991

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Xinjiang Region of China at Sunset

 The sender said this is the province Xinjiang.

postmarked in 2013 with a pre-paid matching stamp and one more stamp

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Xinjiang is an autonomous region of the People's Republic of China in the northwest of the country. It is the largest Chinese administrative division and spans over 1.6 million km2. Xinjiang borders Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. It has abundant oil reserves and is China's largest natural gas-producing region.

With a documented history of at least 2,500 years, a succession of peoples and empires has vied for control over all or parts of this territory. Before the 21st century, all or part of the region has been ruled, controlled, influenced by the Tocharians, Yuezhi, Xiongnu Empire, Kushan Empire, Han Empire, Former Liang, Former Qin, Later Liang, Western Liáng, Tang Dynasty, Uyghur Khaganate, Kara-Khanid Khanate, Mongol Empire (Yuan Dynasty), Dzungar Khanate, Qing Dynasty, the Republic of China and, since 1950, the People's Republic of China.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Forget the Cracker .. Polly Wants a Postcard

Forget the Cracker ....
Polly wants a Postcard!

Red Lored Amazon Parrot

bought on this blog (on the right hand side of this post in the zazzle store)

unused, from 2013

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Red-lored Amazons are fairly common pet parrots in the Americas. They can be devoted pets and some make fairly good talkers. Like most Amazon parrots they often have a tendency to vocalize loudly, and sometimes to bite. Their behavior ranges from being quiet and curious to being aggressive, this can all be changed by basic training when the bird is of young age.

Avocado and eggplant are poisonous to them.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Rush Hour on Le Van Si Street

Ho Chi Minh City
Rush hour on Le Van Si Street

Photo by Doan Duc Minh

unused, from 2013

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Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam.

The main means of transport within the city are motorbikes, buses, taxis, and bicycles. Motorbikes remain the most common way to move around the city. Taxis are plentiful and usually have trip meters, although it is also common to agree on the trip price before taking a long trip. Public buses run on many routes and fare can be purchased on the bus. For short trips, motorcycle taxis are available where the passenger sits at the rear of a motorbike. A popular activity for tourists is a tour of the city on cyclos (a rickshaw on back with a bicycle in front), which allow for longer trips at a more relaxed pace.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Whale Sharks

The mighty Whale Shark, the largest fish in the ocean, frequents the waters of Southern Belize

2009 Photography by Joel Parkey

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The whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest fish species still found alive today. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 meters (41.50 ft) and a weight of more than 21.5 metric tons (47,000 lb), and there are unconfirmed reports of considerably larger whale sharks. Claims of individuals over 14 meters (46 ft) long and weighing at least 30 metric tons (66,000 lb) are not uncommon. 

The whale shark is found in tropical and warm oceans and lives in the open sea with a lifespan of about 70 years. Although whale sharks have very large mouths, as filter feeders they feed mainly, though not exclusively, on plankton, which are microscopic plants and animals. However, the BBC program Planet Earth filmed a whale shark feeding on a school of small fish. The same documentary showed footage of a whale shark timing its arrival to coincide with the mass spawning of fish shoals and feeding on the resultant clouds of eggs and sperm.

The species was distinguished in April 1828 after the harpooning of a 4.6 metres (15.1 ft) specimen in Table Bay, South Africa. Andrew Smith, a military doctor associated with British troops stationed in Cape Town, described it the following year. The name "whale shark" comes from the fish's physiology, being as large as some species of whales and also a filter feeder like many whale species.
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Here is one more postcard ... 

Pacific Ocean: Legazpi, Philippines.
A gentle giant, the biggest fish in the ocean is the whale shark.

Photo: Gavin Newman/Greenpeace - Planet Ocean

This unused card is from 2011.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Guia Lighthouse in Macau

Guia Lighthouse, Macau

Built in 1864 which is high above atop the Guia hill.  It is the first modern lighthouse on the Chinese coast.  The geographical coordinates of the Lighthouse also marks Macau's geographical location in the World's atlas.

postmarked in 2013 with three stamps from Macau, China

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Macau is one of the two special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China (PRC), the other being Hong Kong. Macau lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong Kong to the east.

The territory's economy is heavily dependent on gambling and tourism, but also includes manufacturing.

Macau, China stamp 2008
20 Concurso Internacional e Fogo de Artificio de Macau - 1.50 ptcs.
(20th International Macau Competition and fireworks)

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Macau, China - Stamp 2009
10 Aniversario do Retorno de Macau a Patria - 1.50
(10th Anniversary of Macao's Return to the Motherland)

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Macau, China stamp 2003,  
I Ching Pa Kua Series III, 2 ptcs.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Nearer My God To Thee! Titanic Sheet Music Postcard

Nearer My God to Thee!

Hymn played by Bandsmen of the S.S. "Titanic" as she sank to her doom, 15th April, 1912

This unused postcard was made in Great Britain for the National Series.

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"Nearer, My God, to Thee" is a 19th century Christian hymn by Sarah Flower Adams, based loosely on Genesis 28:11–19, the story of Jacob's dream. Genesis 28:11–12 can be translated as follows: "So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it..."

Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
E'en though it be a cross that raiseth me;
Still all my song shall be nearer, my God, to Thee,

Chorus: Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone;
Yet in my dreams I'd be nearer, my God, to Thee,


There let the way appear steps unto heav'n;
All that Thou sendest me in mercy giv'n;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee,


Then with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs Bethel I'll raise;
So by my woes to be nearer, my God, to Thee
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Here is a Titanic Memorial postcard featuring the first verse:

Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee;
E'en though it be a cross
That raiseth me;
Still all my song shall be,
"Nearer, My God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee".

Titanic Memorial Postcard from:
Bamforth and Co.

This postcard is unused.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Trinidad and Tobago - The Hollows in Queens Park Savannah, Port of Spain

Trinidad and Tobago

"The Hollows"
Queens Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Postmarked in 2013 with a Junior Carnival Queen on Broadway stamp for $3.75 (Carnival is "We Ting")

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Queen's Park Savannah is a park in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Known colloquially simply as "the Savannah," it is Port of Spain's largest open space. It occupies about 260 acres (1.1 km2) of level land. Once sugar land, it was bought by the town council in 1817 from the Peschier family (except for a small parcel near its centre that served as the Peschier cemetery, which remains in private hands).

At first it was used as a vast cattle pasture in what was then the town's suburbs, but by the middle of the 19th century it had become established as a park. Until the early 1990s, horse racing was held frequently at the Savannah race track, and it also contains several cricket, football and rugby pitches. Apart from a ring of trees round its perimeter, the Savannah was never really landscaped, except for the small area in its northwest corner called the Hollows (see postcard above), a former reservoir now drained and planted with flowering shrubs.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bane and Batman, Autographed by Artist Tony Santiago

Bane - the villain in Batman

Autographed by the Artist Tony Santiago

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Bane is a fictional character, a supervillain who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The character's origin was in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (January 1993), and was created by Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, and Graham Nolan. Bane has been one of Batman's more physically and intellectually powerful foes. He is often credited for being the only villain to have "Broken The Bat".  

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Autographed by the Artist Tony Santiago
I bought these at MegaCon 2013 in Orlando, Florida where he autographed them for me.  They were both blank white on the back, so I added some stamps (Batman: two cars that look like Bruce Wayne might drive - - and for Bane: one about fear and one featuring a robber) and mailed them to my PO Box to make postcards out of them.

to see more of Tony Santiago's work visit .. (and visit his store)...

and do not forget to become a fan on facebook! ...

Friday, April 12, 2013

Postcrossing and Postcard Dictionary Page

Postcard and Postcrossing Definitions written like a dictionary page

This card was bought on the right hand side of this blog in 2013.

I have been a member of Postcrossing since 2006 and have sent and received thousands of postcards via this site.  If you go into the forum, (like I do) there are all kinds of specific tags too.  So if you collect just car postcards, or trains, bridges, food, etc.  you will find others to swap with.  I have collected postcards since I was in 5th grade (and I'm pushing 50 now) and Postcrossing has greatly improved my collection.  If you want to see the world without leaving your house, Postcrossing is the best way to do it!!

I bought this postcard on Zazzle here....

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ratatouille - Disney / Pixar


Film Frame: 2007

This was postmarked in 2012.

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Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar. The title refers to a French dish (ratatouille) which is served in the film, and is also a play on words about the species of the main character. The film stars the voices of Patton Oswalt as Remy, an anthropomorphic rat who is interested in cooking and Lou Romano as Linguini, a young garbage boy who befriends Remy.

Recipe for Disney's Ratatouille (from the website Allrecipes.com)
"The beautiful ratatouille served up in the movie by the same name. Long and narrow vegetables work best. Serve over a bed of brown rice, couscous, pasta or other starch, or with crusty bread."

Original recipe makes 4 servings Servings

 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
 1/2 onion, chopped
 1/4 cup minced garlic
 1 tablespoon olive oil
 3/4 cup water
 salt and ground black pepper to taste
 1 small eggplant, trimmed and very thinly sliced
 1 zucchini, trimmed and very thinly sliced
 1 yellow squash, trimmed and very thinly sliced
 1 red bell pepper, cored and very thinly sliced
 1 yellow bell pepper, cored and very thinly sliced
 3 tablespoons olive oil, or to taste
 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, or to taste
 3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Spread tomato paste into the bottom of a 10x10-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with onion and garlic and stir in 1 tablespoon olive oil and water until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and black pepper.
Arrange alternating slices of eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, red bell pepper, and yellow bell pepper, starting at the outer edge of the dish and working concentrically towards the center. Overlap the slices a little to display the colors. Drizzle the vegetables with 3 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Sprinkle with thyme leaves. Cover vegetables with a piece of parchment paper cut to fit inside.
Bake in the preheated oven until vegetables are roasted and tender, about 45 minutes. Serve with dollops of mascarpone cheese.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Aborigine People of Taiwan

The sender writes that these are Aborigine in front of a cherry blossoms tree

This is postmarked in 2009 with two 'warrior dolls' stamps.

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Taiwanese aborigines (literally " original inhabitants") is the term commonly applied in reference to the indigenous peoples of Taiwan estimated to constitute about 2% of the population of the island.

The indigenous peoples of Taiwan face economic and social barriers, including a high unemployment rate and substandard education. Many aboriginal groups have been actively seeking a higher degree of political self-determination and economic development since the early 1980s. A revival of ethnic pride is expressed in many ways by aborigines, including incorporating elements of their culture into commercially successful pop music. Efforts are under way in indigenous communities to revive traditional cultural practices and preserve their traditional languages. Several aboriginal tribes are becoming extensively involved in the tourism and ecotourism industries to achieve increased economic self-reliance from the state. The Austronesian Cultural Festival in Taitung City is another means to promote aboriginal culture.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Samsung Electronics Roadshow in Switzerland

Samsung Electronics, Roadshow Schweiz
(outside the Stadelhofen (Zurich Railway Station))

Konzept/Realisation eines moblien Showrooms
(Concept / realization of a mobile showroom)

postmarked in 2013 with a Switzerland stamp
Switzerland (Helvetia) stamp 2009 
Bird, Milvus milvus (Red Kite) 190