Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Oaxaca, Mexico with Santo Domingo's Church

Oaxaca, Mexico

Vista Panoramica de la ciudad de Oaxaca con la Iglesia de Santo Domingo.
Panoramic View of Oaxaca City with Santo Domingo Church. 

Foto / Photo: A&P Giberstein

This postcards postmarked in 2014 from Mexico.

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The city and municipality of Oaxaca, is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of the same name. It is located in the Centro District in the foothills of the Sierra Madre.  Oaxaca along with the archeological site of Monte Albán, were named a World Heritage Site in 1987.
Mexico stamp  
Creacion popular
Cesto corita seri (Basket)
Punta Chueca
$ 11.50

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Doctor Who - The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)

The Eleventh Doctor

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The Eleventh Doctor is an incarnation of the Doctor of the BBC science fiction television programme Doctor Who. He is played by Matt Smith, in three series as well as seven specials, over an almost four-year-long period.

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Executive producer Steven Moffat on Smith's casting.....

The Doctor is a very special part, and it takes a very special actor to play him. You need to be old and young at the same time, a boffin and an action hero, a cheeky schoolboy and the wise old man of the universe. As soon as Matt walked through the door, and blew us away with a bold and brand new take on the Time Lord, we knew we had our man.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Zeeland (Zealand) Beach Scene in the Netherlands

Foto Bert Blokhuis

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 from the Netherlands. 

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Zeeland (Zealand)  is the westernmost province of the Netherlands. The province, located in the south-west of the country, consists of a number of islands (hence its name, meaning "sea-land") and a strip bordering Belgium. 
Large parts of Zeeland are below sea level.
Netherlands(Nederland) stamp 2014
King Willem-Alexander - 1

Sunday, December 28, 2014

President Woodrow Wilson and His Boyhood Home in Georgia

Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson, Corner of 7th and Telfair Street, Augusta, Georgia.

This postcard is postmarked in 1944 with a 1 cent George Washington stamp.

This sender writes:

Dick reported for limited duty at Fort Benning Georgia yesterday.

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Thomas Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924) was the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921. A leader of the Progressive Movement, he served as President of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910, and was Governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Prince George with HRH Kate and HRH William

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and
HRH The Duke of Cambridge with their new son Prince George of Cambridge born on July 22nd, 2013 at 4:24pm.  They are leaving the Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital, London, the birthplace of HRH Prince William.

Photographer: James Veysey Camera Press London

This postcard is postmarked in October of 2014.

The sender writes:
They are going to have another baby  already.  The rumor is that it will be twins.
Great Britain stamp 2014
Queen Elizabeth II
Purple 97 p

Friday, December 26, 2014

The London Eye - Two Great Postcards ...

Here is a 3D postcard of The London Eye at night with fireworks.
Postmarked in 2014 from England with a Great Britain queen stamp. 
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The London Eye

Conceived and designed by Marks Barfiled Architects

This circular shaped postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a Great Britain queen stamp in 2014.

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The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London.  It is also known as the Millennium Wheel.

The entire structure is 135 metres (443 ft) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 metres (394 ft). 

The wheel's 32 sealed and air-conditioned passenger capsules are rotated by electric motors. Each of the capsules represents one of the London Boroughs, and holds up to 25 people. The wheel rotates about 0.9 km/h (or 0.6 mph) so that one revolution takes about 30 minutes.
Great Britain stamp 2014
Queen Elizabeth II
Purple 97 p

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas Postcard from 1910

To Wish You Christmas Blessings

This postcard features Mary and the Baby Jesus, the real Reason for the Christmas Season.

The card is from Ernest Nister, London and printed in Bavaria for E.P. Dutton and Co. New York.  It is postmarked in 1910. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Santa in a Blue Suit from 1912

Merry Christmas

Postmarked in 1912 with a one sent stamp

Santa in a blue suit - the gate, part of his cloths, the tree and the roof all have metallic highlights.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Beautiful Russian Christmas Postcard

Merry Christmas!
Almost everything on this postcard is covered in glitter

Postmarked in 2011 with three Russia stamps (one for the 2014 Olympics!)  

Monday, December 22, 2014

Pilies Street in Vilnius, Lithuania

Pilies gatve
Pilies Street
Pilies ulica (Zamkowa).

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with an Europa stamp from Lithuania. 

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Vilnius is the largest city and capital of Lithuania. It is known for its Old Town of beautiful architecture and was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

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Out of several locations across Vilnius used by market traders to sell the wares of folk artists, Pilies Street is the most popular. It has a natural advantage over the Town Hall Square as the street is generally busy and less likely to be interrupted by the political or cultural events commonly held at the Town Hall. Many people visit the street to buy gifts at Christmas or before going abroad to visit friends. The market is also popular with souvenir hunters. 
Lithuania (Lietuva) stamp 2011
Forest, Europa 2.45

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Re-creation of Inca's Ceremony Inti Raymi in Peru

Inti Raymi

Recreacion de ceremonia Inca del Inti Raymi el 24 de junio.
Re-creation of Inca's ceremony of Into Raymi on 24th June.

Cusco, Peru

photo: Jose Miguel Helfer

This postcard is unused and from 2010.

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The Inti Raymi ("Festival of the Sun") was a religious ceremony of the Inca Empire in honor of the god Inti. It really was the celebration of the Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year in terms of the time between sunrise and sunset.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Chain Round Robin - Punk Rock Dog

This Punk Rock Dalmatian dog postcard was postmarked in 2014.  It was used in a 'Chain Round Robin' type of swap and was sent to four countries. The countries it was sent to are: Russia, The United States, China and Singapore.  Each time it arrived at its destination, the address was covered up and then it was sent to the next country on the list.  

Here is a scan of the back of the postcard... 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Union Flag of Great Britain

Union Flag
Originated in 1606 (Union of England / Scotland)
Re-designed in 1801 (Union of Great Britain / Ireland)

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a Great Britain queen stamp.

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On 12 April 1606, a new flag to represent the union between England and Scotland was specified in a royal decree, according to which the flag of England (a red cross on a white background, known as St George's Cross), and the flag of Scotland (a white saltire on a blue background, known as the Saltire or St Andrew's Cross), would be joined together, forming the flag of England and Scotland for maritime purposes. 

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The design of the current Union Flag dates from a Royal Proclamation following the union of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801. It combines aspects of the flag mentioned above with the red saltire of St Patrick to represent Ireland. 

Wales, despite also being part of the Union, has never been represented on the flag.
Great Britain stamp 2014
Queen Elizabeth II
Purple 97 p

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Vrsar, Croatia with Smurfette as a Mermaid


Strumpfovi (The Smurfs) 

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a Hrvatska (Croatia) stamp. 

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Vrsar is a village in Istria, Croatia.
Croatia (Hrvatska) stamp 2014
Croatian Undersea World
Flabellina affinis (Sea Slug) 5,80

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cat on window by Alexey Dolotov

Котик на окне. Alexey Dolotov
Cat on window.  Alexey Dolotov

Printed in Russia, 2014

This Cat serving tea to a mouse postcard is so full of details!  From the bird outside to the socks drying on the vent, this is a fun card to explore.  It is postmarked in 2014 with three stamps from Russia, one for 3.00 and two for 10 P.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Building a Space Station by Arthur C. Clarke

Building a Space Station
Drawing by R.A. Smith from "The Exploration of Space"
by A.C. Clarke, Temple Press, 1951

This postcard is unused and was published by the British Interplanetary Society in London.

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Sir Arthur Charles Clarke,  (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008) was a British science fiction writer, science writer, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host.

He is perhaps most famous for being co-writer of the screenplay for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, considered by the American Film Institute to be one of the most influential films of all time.  His other science fiction writings earned him a number of Hugo and Nebula awards, along with a large readership, making him into one of the most distinguished figures of the field.
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Here is a postcard of the International Space Station.
Kennedy Space Center
International Space Station

Led by the U.S., the International Space Station will be the largest, most complex international cooperative science and engineering program ever attempted.  Taking advantage of the technical expertise from participating countries, the International Space Station will bring together scientist, engineers and researchers from around the globe to assemble a premier research facility in orbit.

Photo courtesy: NASA
This postcard was bought in 2013.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Krasnoyarsk Stolby in Siberia, Russia

Krasnoyarsk Stolby in Siberia

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with two stamps form Russia. 

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Krasnoyarsk is a city and the administrative center of Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, located on the Yenisei River. It is the third largest city in Siberia. The city is notable for its nature landscapes.

The most popular place of attraction for tourists visiting Krasnoyarsk is the huge national nature reserve Stolby ("pillars"), which covers an area of 470 square kilometers (180 sq mi) with numerous giant granite rock formations up to 100 meters high, many have extraordinary shapes. Stolby is also a major rock climbing location. Many local climbers intentionally do not use any belaying equipment and call their extreme sport stolbizm, known elsewhere as solo climbing. 

This was nominated as an UNESCO site in 2007.  
Russia stamp 2014
Musical Instruments and Dance, 18 P.
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Russia stamp 2009
Definitive Issue. Kremlins -10 p.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Happy Holidays - Handmade Scratch-Off Postcard

Happy Holidays

Ana Campos and Paulo Magalhaes (creators of are featured in this hand-made Christmas postcard.  The card has the words Happy Holidays and a silver bulb.  When you scratched the silver, it revealed the photos!

This very creative postcard was mailed from Germany in 2013.
Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2013
The 200th Anniversary of the Birth of 
Ludwig Leichhardt, 1813-1848
Joint Issue with Australia 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Patio do Colegio in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Guilherme Gaensly (Photographer)
Patio do Colegio - Monumento a fundacao da cidade
Meados da decada de 1920
Acervo Instituto Moreira Salles


William Gaensly (Photographer)
Patio do Colegio - Monument to the founding of the city
Instituto Moreira Salles collection

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with two Brasil stamps.

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Pátio do Colégio is the name given to the historical Jesuit church and school in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. The name is also used to refer to the square in front of the church. The Pátio do Colégio marks the site where the city was founded in 1554.

Brazil (Brasil) stamp 2012,
The 100th Anniversary of Bondinho do Pão de Açúcar
Rio de Janeiro cableway - 2.40
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Brazil (Brasil) stamp 2005 
Costureira (seamstress)
Hector Consani R$ 0,05

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Flag of Switzerland

Schweiz - Suisse - Svizzera - Swiss

This is postmarked in 2010 with a Switzerland owl stamp.

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The square shaped flag of Switzerland consists of a red flag with a white cross in the centre. It is one of only two square sovereign-state flags, the other being the flag of Vatican City.

The shade of red used in the flag is not defined by law. Swiss government bodies have used various shades throughout history.
Switzerland (Helvita) stamp 2007
Aegohus funereus  (Boreal owl)
Eva Ch. Weber - 180

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy Hooligan Moving Postcard 1906

The Hooligans Again

Moving Picture Comic Post Card Supplement of San Francisco Sunday Examiner
Copyrighted 1906 by the American-Journal-Examiner.

Fold on the doted lines and insert tabs A and B and then mail your postcard.

*see stamp box
If you wrote a message on the card, then it was considered 'mail' and you need to use a 2 cent stamp.  If there was only a signature, then it is considered a postcard and you only needed to add a 1 cent stamp.

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Happy Hooligan was a popular and influential early American comic strip, the first major strip by the already celebrated cartoonist Frederick Burr Opper. It debuted with a Sunday strip on March 11, 1900 in the William Randolph Hearst newspapers.

The strip told the adventures of a well-meaning hobo who encountered a lot of misfortune and bad luck, partly because of his looks and his low position in society, but who did not lose his smile over it.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Map and Information Postcard of Idaho

This Idaho postcard features a map, the State Seal, a few of its famous Potatoes, the state bird: Mountain Bluebird and the state flower: Syringa.

It is postmarked in 2014 with a USA 24 cent hummingbird stamp.

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Idaho is a state in the northwestern region of the United States. It is the 14th largest and the 7th least densely populated of the 50 United States. The state's largest city and capital is Boise. Residents are called "Idahoans". Idaho was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890, as the 43rd state.
USA stamp 2014
Postcard Rate 34 Cents

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Tropical Beach Paradise in Barbados

Tropical paradise on the West Coast

Photography by Mike Toy

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a church stamp. 

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Barbados is a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles. It is 34 kilometres (21 mi) in length and up to 23 kilometres (14 mi) in width, covering an area of 432 square kilometres (167 sq mi). 

The origin of the name Barbados is either the Portuguese word Barbados or the Spanish equivalent los Barbados, both meaning "the bearded ones" It is unclear whether "bearded" refers to the long, hanging roots of the bearded fig-tree (Ficus citrifolia), indigenous to the island; or to the allegedly bearded Caribs once inhabiting the island.
Barbados stamp 2013
Places of Worship
St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church 1.80

Monday, December 8, 2014

Kellogg's Cereal City in Battle Creek, Michigan

Kellogg's Cereal City

Best to You Review
Discover the story of cereal through a multi-media presentation featuring famous cereal personalities.

Todd Rosenberg Photography 1998.

This postcard is unused and features Snap, Crackle and Pop from Rice Krispies and Tony The Tiger from Frosted Flakes.
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Kellogg's Cereal City

Production Line
Learn the steps of manufacturing corn flakes from corn grits to finished toasted flakes.

Todd Rosenberg Photography 1998.

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Kellogg's Cereal City USA was a tourist attraction and museum in the downtown area of the city of Battle Creek, Michigan (itself nicknamed "Cereal City"), open to visitors between 1998 and 2007. The attraction aimed to tell visitors the story of the Kellogg's brand, its products and contribution to the breakfast cereal industry in particular.