Sunday, June 30, 2013

MS Majesty of the Seas from Royal Caribbean - One Postcard is Also a Magnet!

Majesty of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International

This is a magnetic postcard!

postmarked in 2013 with two Bahamas stamp of a Caribbean Flamingo
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Majesty of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International

Maiden Voyage: April 26, 1992
Passenger Capacity: 2,744
Godmother: Queen Sonja of Norway
Gross Tonnage: 73,941
Length: 880'
Beam: 106'
Draft: 25'
Cruising Speed: 19 knots

postmarked in 2013 from the Bahamas, also with a Caribbean Flamingo stamp

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MS Majesty of the Seas is a Sovereign-class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International. She was built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyards in Saint-Nazaire, France.

On January 12, 2007, she entered a 4-week dry-dock period where she underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment of the pool decks, all public areas, restaurants, shops, centrums, and cabins. Additions include Johnny Rockets, The Compass Deli, Seattle's Best Coffee, Freeze ice cream, cabins, Boleros (Latin night club), and other Royal Caribbean Amenities.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Niasvizh (Nesvizh) Castle in Belarus

 Niasvizh (Nesvizh Castle)

postmarked in 2013 with a Belarus 'Northern Pike' fish stamp

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Nesvizh Castle or Niasvizh Castle is a residential castle of the Radziwiłł family in Nesvizh, Belarus.
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Here is another postcard from here...
Niasvizh (Nesvizh) Castle

The sender writes:

This winter holidays I and my family spent in Belarus.  We visited the Estate of Father Frost (Santa).  Belarus is a very beautiful country, we like it.

postmarked in 2013 from her home country of Russia

Friday, June 28, 2013

42nd Street, The Musical

42nd Street
The Musical

Highlights of New York
It's a street!  It's a movie!  It's a Tony-winning revival of music you love to hear and dancing you love to watch!  It's 42nd Street, at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

unused, bought in 2011

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42nd Street is a musical with a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, lyrics by Al Dubin, and music by Harry Warren. The 1980 Broadway production, directed by Gower Champion and orchestrated by Philip J. Lang, won the Tony Award for Best Musical and became a long-running hit. The show was produced in London in 1984 (winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical) and its 2001 Broadway revival won the Tony for Best Revival.

Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and the subsequent 1933 film adaptation, it focuses on the efforts of director Julian Marsh to mount a successful stage production of a musical extravaganza at the height of the Great Depression.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Bone House or Bone Room, Oppenheim Ossuary in Germany

Michaelskapelle mit Beinhaus: Gebeine von etwa 2000 Oppenheimer Burgern aus den Jahren 1400 bis 1750

Oppenheim am Rhein
Michaelskapelle mit Beinhaus an der Katharinenkirche

Translation from German:

Michael chapel with an ossuary: bones of about 2000 Oppenheim citizens from the years 1400 to 1750

Oppenheim on the Rhein River
Michael chapel with an ossuary at St. Catherine's Church

postmarked in 2013 with two Germany stamps

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An ossuary is a chest, building, well, or site made to serve as the final resting place of human skeletal remains. They are frequently used where burial space is scarce. A body is first buried in a temporary grave, then after some years the skeletal remains are removed and placed in an ossuary. The greatly reduced space taken up by an ossuary means that it is possible to store the remains of many more people in a single tomb than if the original coffins were left as is.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Oversized Map Postcard of The Bermuda Islands

Bermuda Islands

Discovered -
by Juan de Bermudez (Spanish)  - 1515
by Sir George Somers (British) - 1609

Colonized -
by The Virginia Company (British) 1612
by The Bermuda Company (British) 1614

Bermuda - The Mid Ocean paradise with a 17th century background is the oldest self-governing Colony in the British Empire.  It lies 625 miles due east of the carolinas, 666 miles southeast of New York and 729 miles south of Halifax.  Comprised of four large islands and numerous small ones, Bermuda's total area is approximately 22 square miles and at no place is more than two miles wide.  A year-round resort, Bermuda's semi-tripical climate is mild and equable and is especially suited for all types of outdoor sports.  Its beaches of soft pink and white sand are among the most beautiful in the world.

Giant Post Card - vintage, unused

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Michael Jackson and a Black Panther (Black and White Video)

Michael Joseph Jackson

with a Black Panther (from his music video 'Black or White)

postmarked in 2012 with a Russia 25 p. stamp

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Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

"Black or White" is a single by American singer-songwriter Michael Jackson. The song was released by Epic Records on November 11, 1991 as the first single from Jackson's eighth studio album, Dangerous. It was written, composed and produced by Michael Jackson and Bill Bottrell.

Controversy was generated concerning the last four minutes of the original music video. Jackson walks out of the studio as a black panther and then morphs into himself.  Then he walks outside to perform some of his most physically complicated dance techniques, in a similar way to "Billie Jean". This part contained suggestive scenes. In the original version, Jackson is seen smashing windows, destroying a car and causing an inn (called the "Royal Arms") to explode. Jackson later apologized saying that the violent and suggestive behavior was an interpretation of the animal instinct of a black panther.

One of the coolest parts of any video I have ever seen starts at about 3:30 or so of this clip...

Monday, June 24, 2013

Dearborn, Michigan: Birthplace of the Ford Car

Bagley Avenue, Birthplace of Ford Car,
Greenfield Village, Dearborn Michigan

In this brick shed at the rear of 58 Bagley Avenue, Mr. Ford carried on some of his early automobile experiments while employed as an engineer at the Edison Illuminating Company.   Three lathes, drill presses and hand tools are those used in building his first car.  The right hand door had to be torn out and made larger because Mr. Ford forgot to measure the door when he built the car inside.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala National Park

Memories of Maui
Haleakala - House of the Sun The summit of this volcano is an altitude of 10,023 feet.  It is located in Haleakala National Park, Island of Maui.

Photo by Douglas Peebles

postmarked in 2013 with two USA stamps, one Aloha (how perfect is that!) and one tiffany lamp

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Haleakalā National Park covers an area of 33,265 acres (134.62 km2), of which 19,270 acres (77.98 km2) is a wilderness area.

The name Haleakalā is Hawaiian for "house of the sun." According to a local legend, the demigod Maui imprisoned the sun here in order to lengthen the day.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Little Dutch Boy with Googly Eyes

This postcard has googly eyes that move.  There are only postcard lines on the back dividing the address side from the other and lines for the address. (from that I know it is from 1907 or later)

With the windmill and wooden shoes, I'm assuming this little boy is in the Netherlands.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Resorts World at Sentosa, Singapore

Singapore on of the newest attractions - Resorts World located at Sentosa

Photo: Tom

This is postmarked in 2013 with two Singapore stamps.

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Resorts World Sentosa is an integrated resort on the island of Sentosa, off the southern coast of Singapore. The key attractions include one of Singapore's two casinos, a Universal Studios theme park and Marine Life Park, which includes the world's largest oceanarium.

The S$6.59 billion (US$4.93 billion) resort is one of the world's most expensive casino properties. The resort occupies over 49 hectares (121 acres) of land and, when fully open, will employ more than 10,000 people directly.
Singapore stamp 2011
Diving Beetle 20 c
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Singapore stamp 2011
Common Redbolt Dragonfly
Rhodothemis rufa  30 c

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Arizona Map and Multiview

 Greetings From Arizona

1. Mission San Xavier Del Bac, near Tucson
2. Saguaro, Tree-Like Cactus
3. Tucson
4. U.S. no 80 at Telegraph Pass, Near Yuma
5. Hoover Dam
6. Oak Creek Canyon
7. Grand Canyon
8. Petrified Forest - U.S. No. (Route)  66
9. The  Painted Desert
10. Downtown Phoenix

postmarked in 1981 with a USA 12 cent Henry Ford stamp

featured on the map is an indian, Montezuma Castle National Monument, a gunslinger by Tombstone , a cowgirl and a gila monster

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Golden Lion Tamarins in Lion Country Safari and The Biodome of Montreal

Lion Country Safari

Exotic Wildlife
#11571 Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia).
The thick lionlike mane is a distinctive feature of this primate.  Its dense, bristly coat is almost uniformly golden in color.  It lives in small groups in treetops and moves nimbly through branches searching for food.  It is mostly omnivorous; eating fruits, insects, lizard, and small birds.

Photographer - Tom Stacks and Associates

unused, bought in 2013

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Lion Country Safari is a drive-through safari park located in Loxahatchee (near West Palm Beach), in Palm Beach County, Florida. Founded in 1967, it claims to be the first 'cageless zoo' in the United States.
In 2009, USA Travel Guide named Lion Country the 3rd best zoo in the nation.

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Here is another postcard of a Tamarin...

Biodome de Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Tamarins dores, Biodome de Montreal
Golden Lion Tamarins, The Montreal Biodome

postmarked in 2009 with a Canada olympics stamp from 1998 featuring Miga

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The sender writes that this biodome, which is now a zoo, is located in the former velodrome (an arena for track cycling) left over from the 1976 Olympic Games.

The Biodome is divided into four ecosystems: 
The Tropical Forest, (a replica of the South American rainforest)
The Laurentian Forest (a replica of the North American wilderness)
The Saint Lawrence Marine Eco-system (an estuary habitat modeled on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence)
and The Polar:  (an area divided into Arctic and Antarctic)

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you can see the biodome a little to the right and above the Olympic stadium on this postcard
- it is the smaller building with the lines on the roof:
Montreal Olympic Stadium
Photo: Michel Gagne
postmarked in 2001

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Old Winnemucca: Chief of the Paiute Indians

Old Winnemucca: Chief of the Paiute Indians

unused, real photo postcard (undivided back, so pre-1907- also, there is that silver sheen in the darker areas when you tilt it.)

Here is the problem with this postcard, Old Winnemucca died in 1860 and the first known real photo postcard dates at 1899.  And even though this is a rough looking scan, it is a very old postcard - so maybe it is his son, Winnemucca.  It looks like him anyway, and there are other pictures of him in soldiers uniforms.  He died in 1882, but he has a son named Natchez, so maybe this is him?? If anyone knows anything, I would love some help with this very interesting postcard!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Movie - Schultze Gets the Blues (German)

gets the blues

60 mostra internazionale d'arte cinematografica
(Italian: 60 shows International Film Festival)
Upstream Section

la Biennale di Venezia
(the Venice Biennale)

unused, the back of the postcard has a list of all the names of the people who worked on the film. even costumes, make-up, prop master and more.

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The film won "Best film" at the 2003 Stockholm International Film Festival.

For years, Schultze has played traditional polka music on his accordion, but a series of upheavals in his life inspire an interest in American Zydeco and Cajun music. Though being afraid of travelling to the United States at the beginning he accepts his music club's wish to represent it at a German folk music festival in New Braunfels, Texas.

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The Venice Biennale is a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years (in odd years) in Venice, Italy. The Venice Film Festival and the Venice Biennale of Architecture, which is held in even years are also a part of the Venice Biennale.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

General Bramwell Booth of the Salvation Army

General Bramwell Booth

Rotary Photo

unused - 1926? is written on the back

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Bramwell Booth (8 March 1856 – 16 June 1929) was the first Chief of Staff (1881–1912) and the second General of The Salvation Army (1912–1929), succeeding his father, William Booth.

Known to his family as 'Willie', as a youth he suffered poor health and had a slight hearing loss. In 1870, aged just 14, Bramwell Booth started to help in the management of his father's Christian Mission and in the cheap food kitchens set up in its early days. He had intended to study medicine and had a fear of public speaking, but despite these obstacles he became William Booth's, adviser and administrator.

The name The Salvation Army developed from an incident in May 1878. William Booth was dictating a letter to his secretary George Scott Railton and said, "We are a volunteer army." Bramwell Booth, heard his father and said, "Volunteer, I'm no volunteer, I'm a regular!" Railton was instructed to cross out the word "volunteer" and substitute the word "salvation".

Saturday, June 15, 2013

BP Production Platform in the North Sea

BP's production platform FB in the FOrties oilfield, North Sea.

postmarked in 1996 with a Great Britain Queen stamp for 19 p - to the Top Gun Competition from a guy named Gerry with his answer of  "Maverick".  

I have seen cards like this before (and own a few) that are entry postcards to competitions.  I wonder in an employee takes the cards and sells them, or how they get out in public.  Below is a copy of the back of the card.  I 'white outed' the guys full name and address since I was posting this online.
I wonder if he won??

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The Daily Mirror is a British national daily tabloid newspaper which was founded in 1903. It had an average daily circulation of 1,058,488 in January 2013.

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The Forties Oil Field is the largest oil field in the North Sea. It was discovered in 1970 and first produced oil in 1975 under ownership of BP. The production from the field peaked in 1979 at 500 thousand barrels per day (79×103 m3/d), well above early predictions.

When BP sold its 96% share in the field for $812 million in 2003, some traditionalists likened it to selling off the family silver.
Apache Corporation, who bought the field, immediately initiated an intensive re-evalutation of the field and found a further 800 million barrels (130×106 m3), extending the field's life by at least 20 years, making the investment by Apache a very profitable one.
Although they lost out on producing the additional reserves directly, retaining the Forties pipeline system allows BP to profit from Apache's exploration investments without needing to invest anything itself.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Minimoi Advertising, Girl With Handwriting On the Front of the Postcard

Kasinkirjoitettu kortti on kuin ihmisen kosketus toisen iholla.

the sender writes the following translation:  A Handwritten card is like someone's touch on your skin.

the bottom of the card reads:
Nakoispainos 1900-luvun
alun postikortista
Paletin kokoelmat

Facsimile 1900s
the beginning of a postcard
Palette Collections

The side of the card has the web link to Minimoi. I think that is a company that makes advertising postcards in Finland like Boomerang or Go Cards.  

postmarked in 2013 from Finland
Finland stamp 2013
From the Series: Garden Berries
Gooseberry, 1LK KL

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Liberty Park Buildings 1967 in San Salvador, El Salvador

Parque Libertad, Edificios Comercial Y Central, San Salvador, El Salvador, C.A.
Liberty Park, Comercial and Central Buildings, San Salvador; El Salvador, Central America.

postmarked in 1967 with two El Salvador Animal Stamps 

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Plaza Libertad is the location of the Monumento de los Héroes (Monument to the Heroes), a commemoration of the centenary of the "First Cry of Independence" in 1811. The monument, designed by Francisco Durini Cáseres, and installed in 1911, is crowned by an "angel of freedom" at its pinnacle holding a laurel wreath in both hands. 

El Salvador Stamp 1963
Micoleon (Tamarin) Pottus Flavus (Potos Flavus) - 10 Correos
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El Salvador Stamp 1963
Pezote (Whtie Nosed Coati) Nasua Narica - 6 Correos

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Geese Flying in the Form of the Christian Fish Symbol


God has brought me laughter. Genesis 21.6

postmarked in 2013 with three Canada Goose stamps

sent to me from O'Neal  -

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I have no idea if this is true or not, I found it on the web.....

The fish is thought to have been chosen by the early Christians for several reasons:

The fish would not be an obvious Christian symbol to persecutors
Jesus' ministry is associated with fish: he chose several fishermen to be his disciples and declared he would make them "fishers of men."

It is said that during the persecution of the early church, a Christian meeting someone new would draw a single arc in the sand. If the other person was a Christian, he or she would complete the drawing of a fish with a second arc. If the second person was not a Christian, the randomness of the half-symbol would not reveal the first person as a Christian.
USA stamp 1978
Canada Goose, 13 cents
from the series: Canadian International Philatelic Exhibition

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Swaziland - A Swazi 'warrior' with Weapons and Family

Southern Africa
A Swazi "warrior" complete with weapons and hide shield outside a typical homestead which he shares with his family.

This is also written in another language (I put it into a translator and it is not Swazi, so maybe it is Zulu? I put a few words into a Zulu translator and some of them they were able to translate) ...

Lijaha lembutfo liphelele ngetikhali temphi nelihawu lalo, lime ngaphandle kwemuti walo wesintfu lapho lihlala khnoa ne bantfwabalo.

postmarked in 1975 with a RSA (South Africa) fish stamp for 9 c

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SiSwati (also known as Swati, Swazi or Siswati) is a Bantu language of the Nguni Group, spoken in Swaziland and South Africa. It has 2.5 million speakers and is taught in schools. It is an official language of Swaziland (along with English) and one of the official languages of South Africa.

About 76,000 people in the country speak Zulu. Tsonga, which is spoken by many people throughout the region is spoken by about 19,000 people in Swaziland. Afrikaans is also spoken by some residents of Afrikaner descent.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Gruss aus der Ostschweiz (Greetings from Eastern Switzerland)

Gruss aus der Ostschweiz
(translation from German: Greetings from Eastern)

Die Churfirsten, Alpabfahrt im Appenzellerland, Schwagalp mit Santis,
Werdenberg, Der Rheinfall, Rorschach,
Appenzell, Rapperswil, St. Gallen

written in German - here is what the pictures are of ...

The Churfirsten mountain range, Alpine pastures in Appenzell, Schwaegalp with Santis Mountain,
Werdenberg, The Rhine Falls, Rorschach,
Appenzell, Rapperswil, St. Gallen

postmarked in 2013 with two stamps from Switzerland

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Eastern Switzerland is the common name of the region situated to the north of Glarus Alps, with the cantons of Schaffhausen, Thurgau, St. Gallen, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Appenzell Innerrhoden and Glarus. The north of canton Graubünden (with the city of Chur) is sometime considered to be part of Eastern Switzerland.
Switzerland stamp 1997
Swiss Railways Series 
Train and Conductor, 1847-1997 - 1.70
steam locomotive "Limmat" 

Switzerland stamp 1972
Pro Juventute 20 + 10

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Pro Juventute is a charitable foundation in Switzerland established in 1912. It is dedicated to supporting the rights and needs of Swiss children and youth.
Since 1913, the Swiss post office has issued an annual charity stamp series to support the work of Pro Juventute.  So on the above stamp, 20 is for postage, and 10 goes to the charity.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Harpist Lloyd Lindroth

Lloyd Lindroth
Fabulous Harp Music Available
(Cassette Tapes Only)
In our Lounges, Restaurants and Gift Shops

there is a stamp on the back for the Opryland Hotel

Ask about our Limited Edition Numbered Harp Flower Vase Trimmed in 14K Gold

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Lloyd Lindroth (June 6, 1931 - June 9, 1994) was an American harpist who was nicknamed "The Liberace of the Harp". He had played for millions of people at the time of his death. A Seattle native, Lindroth began playing at age 14. In 1983, he moved to Nashville, where he would stay until his death, after a bout with pneumonia. He played many shows in Las Vegas, where he was buried.

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Here is a video of him playing a melody of Christmas songs

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Elk Mountain, Wyoming

Elk Mountain, Wyoming
At an elevation of 11,156 feet, Elk Mountain is located between Rawlins and Laramie in southeastern Wyoming.

postmarked in 2012 with a USA stamp

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Elk Mountain is a northern most of the Medicine Bow Mountains. It is 7 miles (11 km) southwest of the town of Elk Mountain, Wyoming.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Advertising Postcard for Jack's Cosmic Dogs, Elvis and the Jetsons with Hot Dogs in South Carolina

Jack's Cosmic Dogs

"jack's serves up the best hot dog I have ever had. Ever!"
Alton Brown - TV Food Network Star

"Elvis Dis the Dogs!"
Cosmic Dogs - Draft Root Beer (and by the looks of the postcard they serve Coca-Cola too)
Fresh Cut Fries - Soft-Serve Ice Cream
Vintage Longneck Sodas - Funky Gifts

Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina

postmarked in 2013 with a USA flag stamp

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Featured on the postcard is Elvis Presley and The Jetsons - Elroy, George, Jane, Judy and in the corner, the dog Astro.

The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in primetime from 1962–1963 and again from 1985–1987. It was Hanna-Barbera’s Space Age counterpart to The Flintstones.