Monday, September 30, 2013

Oversized Postcard of the Native Indian Tribes

Native Indian Tribes

Featuring a map of the United States and parts of Canada with MANY tribes listed. The main ones listed are: Blackfoot, Assiniboine, Cree, ojibwa, Algonquin, Paiute, Shoshone, Crow, Cheyenne, Sioux, Pawnee, Shawnee, Cherokee, Seminole, Choctaw, Apache, Comanche, Osage, Kiowa, Ute and Navajo.  There is also and Indian Chief Headdress and a tepee.

unused 8 X 11 inch postcard
bought in 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Mykonos, Greece


photo by Michalis Toubis / Nisiza karela

postmarked in 2013 with a Greece stamp

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Mykonos is a Greek island that is part of the Cyclades. The island spans an area of 85.5 km2 (33 sq mi) and rises to an elevation of 341 m (1,119 ft) at its highest point. As of 2011, there was a population of around 10,100 people most of whom live in the largest town, Mykonos, which lies on the west coast.
Greece (Hellas) stamp 2012
from the series: Touring Greece
Kayaking 0,78

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Exaggeration Postcard: A Train Hold-Up by a Grasshopper, Real Photo

The Train Hold-up

Photo by F.D. Conard
Garden City, KS.
No. 43

postmarked in 1938 from Bunkerhill Kansas with a one cent 'Franklin' stamp

This is a real photo, exaggeration postcard of a grasshopper as big as a train. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Guangdong Sun Yat-sen Memorial Middle School in China

Guangdong Sun Yat-sen Memorial Middle School
by Frankie Wong

postmarked in 2013 with two China stamps

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In the People's Republic of China, middle school has two stages, junior stage (grades 7-9, some places are grades 6-9) and senior stage (grades 10-12). The junior stage education is the last 3 years of 9-year-compulsory education for all young citizens; while the senior stage education is optional but considered as a critical preparation for college education.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Disney Movie: Donald's Golf Game

Walt Disney's
Donald Duck
"Donald's Golf Game"
R.K.O. Radio Picture in Technicolor

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Donald's Golf Game is a cartoon released by the Walt Disney Company in 1938. Donald falters on the fairway while his caddies Huey, Dewey, and Louie all try to "tee" him off, with a grasshopper and a bag of trick clubs.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Jambo, Maasi People in Kenya

Jambo - (slang for hello in Swahili)

The pastoral Massai numbering 250,000 share the Maa language form which their name derives, occupying the Narok and Kajiado districts of Kenya.  To the warriors the fashion of long hair is a sign of beauty instead of the women, beauty consists in having a shaved head polished brightly with fat with numerable beads that are part of the necklaces that decorate their body, neck, head, ears, wrists, arms, fingers, knees and ankles.

Photo: Eric Harris

postmarked around 1993 with three Kenya bird stamps (Speckled Pigeon) 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Sewing Box Covered in Fabric Decorated with Vintage Postcards

I bought this at Jo-Ann Fabrics in 2006 for $24.99.  I am a quilter (although it has been a while) and was looking for some fabric and saw this.  I don't remember if I found the fabric I wanted, but I sure am glad I found this! 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sumazau Dancers in Malaysia


In the Sumazau, the dancers move their arms to imitate the flapping wings of birds.  Performed by men and women, it is the national dance of Kadazan-Dusun community of Sabah.

This was postmarked with a 'Man and Woman in traditional Chinese clothing' 50 Sen Malaysia stamp in 2007.

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Sumazau is a traditional folk dance of Sabah and is well known in and around Malaysia . It is a Kadazandusun traditional dance which is often presented at the Tadau Harvest Festival.

This elegantly dance inspiration comes from eagle flight patterns seen around farms in rice fields during the harvest. Each dancer is to move a few centimeters from the other dancers without contact.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Breakwater Lighthouse in Ashland, Wisconsin

Breakwater Lighthouse
Trolling for the big ones by the Breakwater Lighthouse in Ashland.  The re-enforced concrete used in this 58' structure makes it unique among other lighthouses.  It was built in 1915.

unused, printed in 1989

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The Ashland Harbor Breakwater lighthouse is a lighthouse located near Ashland, Wisconsin, USA. It sits at the end of a long and detached breakwater, which creates an artificial harbor. It has a range of 9 statute miles (14 km).

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Labadee, Haiti - Zip Line

Labadee, Haiti

Labadee (also Labadie) is a port located on the northern coast of Haiti.  It is a private resort leased to Royal Caribbean International.  Royal Caribbean International has contributed the largest proportion of tourist revenue to Haiti since 1986, employing 300 locals, allowing another 200 to sell their wares on the premises, and paying the Haitian government US6 per tourist.  The resort is completely tourist-oriented, and is guarded by a private security force.  The site is fenced off from the surrounding area, and passengers are not allowed to leave the property.  A controlled group of Haitian merchants are given sole rights to sell their merchandise and establish their businesses in the resort.  Although sometimes described as an island in advertisements, it is actually a peninsula contiguous with the island of Hispaniola.  The cruise ship moors to the pier at Labadee capable of servicing the Oasis class ships, which was completed in late 2009.

postmarked in 2013 from Saint Martin 

(the brown 'circle' you see at the bottom of the postcard is the Labadee Roller Coaster)

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zip line information from Royal Caribbean's website:
Come test the trade winds on Labadee's Dragon's Breath Flight Line. After a flight briefing and orientation, test your mettle on our shorter "Little Dragon" flight line. Then experience a short drive in our custom-made safari vehicles to the take-off point for the Dragon's Breath, 500 feet above the beaches of Labadee. At over 2,600 feet long, this is the longest flight line in the world over water. Enjoy breathtaking views, as you zip down the flight line at speeds of 40-50 mph. Your flight lands at Dragon's Breath Rock where your adventure began.

Saint Martin (St. Maarten) stamp 2011
Maho Beach, 170 C
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Maho Beach is a beach on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, in the country of Sint Maarten. It is famous for the Princess Juliana International Airport adjacent to the beach.
Arriving aircraft must touch down as close as possible to the beginning of Runway 10 due to the short runway length of 2,180 metres (7,150 ft), resulting in aircraft on their final approach flying over the beach at minimal altitude.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Makassar, Indonesia: Native House and Fishing Boats

 Native House
Feb. 1936
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Native Fishing Boat
Vischerf Pauw (maybe the name of the photographer??)

both postcards are unused and from 1936 with a divided back and lines for the address, however the only writing is a name in small letter printed at the center bottom:  gevaert

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Makassar (sometimes spelled Macassar, Mangkasara) is the provincial capital of South Sulawesi, Indonesia, and the largest city on Sulawesi Island.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Great Grey Owl

Strix nubulosa
Great Grey Owl

Metsäpalo kulki alueen läpi ammoisina aikoina; kelon hiiltynyt tervaskanto on siitä muistona.  Nyt se on oiva koti lapinpollolle.

The resinous stump of the charred snag is the reminder of an ancient forest fire.  Now it is a perfect home for the great grey owl.

Kuva: Hannu Hautala

postmarked in 2008 with a Finland, 'Rubus chamaemorus' stamp

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Did you see the baby owl?
2005 Finland stamp - 
Rubus chamaemorus (cloudberry)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Map Postcard of Cyprus

The best island

postmarked in 2013 with two Cyprus stamps, one required refugee stamp and one from the 2012 London Olympics

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Cyprus has two official languages, Greek and Turkish. Armenian and Cypriot Maronite Arabic are recognized as minority languages. Although without official status, Russian is widely spoken among the country's minorities, residents and citizens of post-Soviet countries, as well as Pontic Greeks. It is used and spoken by approximately 100,000 people. In addition to these languages, 76% of the population of Cyprus speak English, 12% speak French, and 5% speak German.

The everyday spoken language of Greek Cypriots is Cypriot Greek and that of Turkish Cypriots is Cypriot Turkish. These both differ from their respective standard register quite significantly.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tangier, Morocco: Rue des Siaghins

Tanger (Maroc) - Rue des Siaghins
(Tangier (Morocco) - Siaghins Street - now called Rue as-Siaghin)

postmarked in 1939, however the stamp has been removed

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Tangier has been reputed as a safe house for international spying activities. Its position during the Cold War and other spying periods of the 19th and 20th centuries is legendary.

Tangier in the movies:

Inception featuring Leonardo DiCaprio – 2010: The city was used to film the scenes set in Mombasa, Kenya

The Living Daylights – a James Bond movie where he hunts Brad Whitaker down at his Tangier headquarters

From Russia with Love – the fictional character in "James Bond", Red Grant was recruited by "SPECTRE" in Tangier in 1962, whilst on the run from the law

Man from Tangier (a.k.a. Thunder Over Tangier) – 1957

My Favorite Spy - A Bob Hope and Hedy Lamarr spy comedy set mainly in Tangier. - 1951

Tangiers, 1908 was one of the unaired Young Indiana Jones Chronicles episodes
Flight to Tangier (Charles Marquis Warren) – 1953

The Bourne Ultimatum, an espionage movie featuring Matt Damon – Jason Bourne tracks a man through the city who has information on his (Bourne's) past. – 2007

Monday, September 16, 2013

Turks and Caicos Islands - Another Day, Another Sunset

Turks & Caicos Islands
Another day, another sunset!

As the day wears on, the vivid colours of the sea gradually fade and make way for the sunsets to put on their own magical display of colour.

postmarked in 2011 with a USA forever stamp

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The Turks and Caicos Islands are named after the Turk's-cap cactus (Melocactus communis), and the Lucayan term caya hico, meaning string of islands.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

President William Howard Taft and VP James S. Sherman

The Nations Choice
For President
Hon. William Howard Taft
of Ohio

For Vice President
Hon. James S. Sherman
of New York

This is postmarked in 1908 with a one cent Franklin stamp.

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William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) was the 27th President of the United States (1909-1913) and later the tenth Chief Justice of the United States (1921-1930). He is the only person to have served in both offices.

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James Schoolcraft Sherman (October 24, 1855 – October 30, 1912) was a United States Representative from New York and the 27th Vice President of the United States (1909–1912), under President William Howard Taft.
He was the first Vice President to fly in a plane (New York, 1911), and also the first to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game.
Here is one more postmarked in 1908 with pre-printed signatures  ...

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Oak Bluffs Gingerbread House in Massachusetts

Gingerbread House

One of the Quaint Gingerbread Houses in the Camp Meeting Grounds at Oak Bluffs.

Photo by G. Frederick Stork in 1986

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Oak Bluffs is a town located on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States. It is one of the island's principal points of arrival for summer tourists, and is noted for its "gingerbread cottages" and other well-preserved late-nineteenth-century buildings.

Friday, September 13, 2013

One Direction, What Makes You Beautiful

One Direction
What Makes You Beautiful

Happy Summer Holidays Love..
Niall Horan
Birthday: 13th September
From Westmeathe, Ireland
Favourite Film: Taken
Popcorn; Salty or Sweet: Salty
Perfect First Date: Slurping spaghetti at an Italian restaurant

unused Boomerang postcard from 2011

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One Direction are an English-Irish pop boy band based in London, consisting of members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson. They signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records after being formed and finishing third in the seventh series of British television singing competition The X Factor in 2010. The group subsequently signed in the United States with Columbia Records. Becoming a prominent figure in mainstream popular music and popular culture, their two albums Up All Night (2011) and Take Me Home (2012), broke several records, topped the charts of most major markets, and generated worldwide chart-topping singles, including "What Makes You Beautiful" and "Live While We're Young".

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Zambia, Africa


View from Nkamba Bay Lodge
Hippo on Lake Tanganyika
Beach Near Kasaba Bay Lodge

postmarked in 1978 with two Zambia stamps

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Zambia declared its independence on the day of the closing ceremony of the 1964 Summer Olympics, thereby becoming the first country ever to have entered an Olympic games as one country, and left it as another.

Zambia stamp 1975
Giant Pangolin (Manis temmincki) 10 n
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Zambia stamp
Lady in National Dress (Dancer) 8 n

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

New York - 9-11-01, Never Forget (Twin Towers with the Statue of Liberty)

Never Forget

At the time of its completion, the 110-story towers of the Former World Trade Center were the tallest in the world with over 50,000 people working within its walls.  The September 2001 tragedy resulted in 2,752 deaths and only twenty survivors pulled from the collapse.

In an effort to memorialize and rebuild, construction of a new WTC began in 2006.  Upon its completion in 2013, the rebuilt WTC (informally known as "The Freedom Tower) will represent hope, change, and new beginnings.  Symbolic of the year of the US Declaration of Independence, One World Trade Center will stand at 1,776 Ft making it the tallest building in American and the Tallest All-Office Building in the world.

Photos by Stephanie Izzo

unused, from 2011

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Exaggeration Postcard: Tomatoes from Hatch, New Mexico

 How we do things at Hatch, New Mexico

Exaggeration postcard with tomatoes larger that the wheelbarrow

postmarked in 1914 from Hatch with a 1 cent stamp

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Hatch is a village in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 1,648 at the 2010 census.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Map of the Turks and Caicos Islands

Map of the Turks & Caicos Islands

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

the sender writes:
This is ALL of the Islands.  The Salvation Army is opening here this weekend (3/4-6/11)!
We're on Providenciales Island.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Rock Out with the Original Star Trek

Rock Out!

Shown are members of the original Star Trek television show:
McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Scotty (James Doohan), Chekov (Walter Koenig), Kirk (William Shatner), Sulu (George Takei) and Uhura (Nichelle Nichols)

unused, bought in 2012

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Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) and its crew.  It ran on NBC from September 8, 1966 to June 3, 1969.

The show is set in the Milky Way galaxy, roughly during the 2260s. The crew is headed by Captain James T. Kirk, first officer Spock, and chief medical officer Dr. Leonard McCoy.

Shatner's voice-over introduction during each episode's opening credits stated the starship's purpose:

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Lucy the Elephant in New Jersey

Lucy the Elephant
"Lucy" is a National Historic Landmark.  She was built in 1881 by James Lafferty.  Lucy stands six stories tall and weights 90 tons.  Lucy was used as a function building.  Now visitors can tour inside for a small fee.

This unused postcard is from 2013.

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Lucy the Elephant is a six-story elephant-shaped example of novelty architecture, constructed of wood and tin sheeting in 1881 by James V. Lafferty in Atlantic County, New Jersey in an effort to sell real estate and attract tourism.

Today, this is a tourist attraction. Guided tours take visitors into the building through the spiral staircase in the left rear leg up into the interior, then up again into the howdah to see views of Margate, the Atlantic City skyline, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Presidents McKinley and His Wife Ida at the Temple of Music in Buffalo New York

Temple of Music, Buffalo, N.Y. Where Pres. McKinley was Shot
David Ellis, Publisher, Buffalo, N.Y. Printed in Germany

This unused postcard features a picture of Mr. and Mrs. William McKinley and a metal buffalo.

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The Temple of Music was a concert hall and auditorium built for the Pan-American Exposition which was held in Buffalo, New York, in 1901. U.S. President William McKinley was assassinated inside the building on September 6, 1901. The structure, like most of the other buildings at the exposition, was demolished when the fair ended.

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William McKinley (January 29, 1843 – September 14, 1901) was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897, until his assassination in 1901, six months into his second term. Though his administration was cut short with his assassination, his presidency marked the beginning of a period of dominance by the Republican Party that lasted for more than a third of a century.

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Ida was born in Canton, Ohio, the elder daughter of James Saxton, prominent Canton banker, and Katherine DeWalt. Her grandfather, John Saxton, in 1815 founded The Repository, the city's first and now its only newspaper. A graduate of Brook Hall Seminary, a finishing school in Media, Pennsylvania, Ida was refined, charming, and strikingly attractive when she met William "Bill" McKinley at a picnic in 1867. They did not begin courting until after she returned from a Grand Tour of Europe in 1869. While single, she worked for a time as a cashier in her father's bank, a position then usually reserved for men.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Jesse James, America's Most Wanted

Jesse James
America's Most Wanted
Circa 1882

Jesse James, (September 5, 1847 – April 3, 1882), train robber, bank robber, stagecoach robber, gunslinger, was shot dead by one of his own gang, Bob Ford, who couldn't resist the $10,000 reward money, dead or alive.  Jesse took off his guns in his home in St. Joseph, MO to straighten a picture on the wall, Bob Ford picked up one of Jesse's pistols, shot him in the back and ended the life of one of Missouri's most famous citizens.

Photo courtesy of Jesse James Farm & Museum, Kearny, Missouri

This unused postcard is from 2013.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Steve Irwin with a Crocodile at the Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo
Sunshine coast Australia.

The back has Crocs Rule! with Steve and Terri Irwin's pre-printed autographs.

This was postmarked in 2000 with Australia 'Big Greasy Butterfly' stamp for $1.

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Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist. Irwin achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted with his wife Terri. Together, the couple also owned and operated Australia Zoo, founded by Irwin's parents in Beerwah, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of the Queensland state capital city of Brisbane.
Irwin died on 4 September 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film titled Ocean's Deadliest.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Taj Mahal in India - Real Photo Postcard (and more...)

real photo postcard of the Taj Mahal

the back reads the words 'post card' in seven languages at the center of the top


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The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal who died in 1631 during the birth of their 14th child, Gauhara Begum. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later. 

In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
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here are a few more postcards ....

Tajmahal. Agra (Taj Mahal)
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Taj Mahal
This is a postcard from a collection of matchbox covers.  The box reads...

"Every minute, day and night, in a thousand places, East, West, North, South, at the lightning of a million cigarettes, oil lamps and gas stoves, the subliminal glimpse of a matchbox label accompanies the elemental thrill of making fire!"