Friday, January 31, 2014

The Old Mosque in Kouto, Ivory Coast, Africa

Vieille Mosquee
Kouto (Cote-d Ivoire) (Kouto, Ivory Coast)

This vintage postcard is unused, however, it has writing on the back.

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Kouto is a town in northern Côte d'Ivoire. It is known for its seventeenth century Sahelian mosque.

There is a collection of five mosques in the Ivory Coast that were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on November 29, 2006. This is one of them.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Christian Postcard: Cast The Nets -vs- Castanets

You Idiot, He said "Cast the Nets!"
God has brought me laughter.  Genesis 21:6

This is postmarked in 2013 with two appropriate stamps.  One is of a boat and the other is a fishing lure. 

When I opened my PO Box and found this, I started laughing inside the post office! Thank you O'Neal :D
USA stamp 1985
From the series: International Youth Year
Camp Fire 22 cents
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USA stamp 1991
From the series: Fishing Flies 
Muddler Minnow 29 cents

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle) in Milano, Itlay

Milano, Italy
Il Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle)

This beautiful postcard was postmarked in 2011.

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Castello Sforzesco is a castle in Milan, Italy, that used to be the seat and residence of the Duchy of Milan and one of the biggest citadels in Europe and now houses several of the city's museums and art collections.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Map of Bornholm, Denmark

The Pearl of the Baltic Sea

This is postmarked in 2009 with two Denmark stamps.

the sender writes, 'Bornholm is a small Danish Island just off the south coast of Sweden.  Fresh air, great sights, beautiful beaches and No industry at all.'

Denmark (Danmark) stamp 2006
Anemone - Anemone nemorosa (thimbleweed) 8.00
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Denmark (Danmark) stamp 2009
bridge (Munkholmbroen) 1.00 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Alice in Wonderland starring Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway

Alice in Wonderland


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Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 American computer-animated and live action fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, written by Linda Woolverton, and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

The film stars:
Johnny Depp (The Mad Hatter)
Anne Hathaway (White Queen)
Helena Bonham Carter (The Red Queen)
Crispin Glover (Knave of Hearts)
Matt Lucas  (both Tweedledum and Tweedledee)
Mia Wasikowska (Alice)

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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all examples of the genre of literary nonsense. He is noted for his facility at word play, logic, and fantasy, and there are societies in many parts of the world (including the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States, and New Zealand) dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of his works.
Here is one more postcard from this movie ...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Ghazanchetsots Cathedral in Shusha, Nagorno-Karabakh

Ghazanchetsots Cathedral in Shusha, Nagorno-Karabakh

The back is unused, but the front has a date of May 8th, 2012.  The matching stamp was issued 1998.

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Ghazanchetsots Cathedral, an Armenian church, is also known as the Shushi Cathedral.
Nagorno-Karabakh stamp 1998
The 5th Anniversary of Liberation of Sushi  250

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Exaggeration Postcard: Fish in Franklin, New Hampshire

"Sights on our travel" through Franklin, N. H. (New Hampshire)

This exaggeration postcard is postmarked in 1916 with a one cent stamp.  Postcards like this are pretty common, however, I am not sure I have any cards with the car in the background.  It looks like some kind of tour bus.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fire and Ice Festival in New Jersey

Fire and Ice Festival
New Jersey

The annual Fire and Ice Festival is a one day event that takes place in Mt. Holly, NJ in January.  The fire comes in from the various chili recipes enjoyed while taking in the ice sculptures.

unused, from 2013

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(I believe these are ice sculptures made for the people who sponsor the event)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Your Future Husband

Your Future Husband
will be a Spanish bull fighter, and how he can throw the bull.  The ladies will all love him.  You will not have any trouble with blondes, but watch out for those black eyed senoritas, the kind who shake a wicked hip.  Should his love grow cold, throw a few more red peppers in his cili con carne, and he will show a lot more hot-cha-cha.  Your home will be blessed with five little fire eaters.

unused reproduction postcard printed in 1988

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So your hubby will be a Spanish bull fighter, but apparently your kids will be Made in U.S.A.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

English Caye Lighthouse in Belize


Photo: Huber

postmarked in 2013 with a Belize map postcard

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A few facts:

There is a white flash every 2.5 s.

The entire lighthouse is painted white.

The light station includes the Belize pilot station, with several buildings and a pier for the pilot boats.

This lighthouse is located on a small island about 15 km (9 mi) southeast of Belize Harbour.

it is accessible only by boat, but visible from all ships entering the harbor.

Belize stamp 2006
Map, Independence 1981-2006 25 years, 60 c

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Real Photo Postcard of the Titanic with People on Deck!

der gesunkene Ozeandampfer
Translated from German: The sunken Ocean liner

This is a vintage, 1912 real photo unused postcard with people on the deck!

I found out this photo was taken during a trial run in the Belfast Lough.

Belfast Lough is a large, natural intertidal sea lough at the mouth of the River Lagan on the east coast of Northern Ireland.
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Here is a close up of the deck..

Monday, January 20, 2014

Hill Fort of Rajasthan, India


The sender writes that this is Gagron Fort, which is part of the 'Hill Forts of India", a new UNESCO site. 

This postcard is postmarked in 2013 with three stamps. 

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Rajasthan, known as "the land of kings", is the largest state of the Republic of India by area.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Interesting Hairstyle, Scribble it Postcard

What an interesting hairstyle!

Illustration by Taro Gomi, from Scribble it! 30 Postcards.

The sender (who is our amazing daughter Rebecca) drew the hair onto the postcard and colored it all in.

This fantastic postcard was sent in 2013 with a USA 33 cent stamp.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Map of The Sandwich Isles (Hawaii)

The Sandwich Islands 1856
Ye Ole Map of the Sandwich Isles - Hawaii

Illustration by Ron Croci

Kauai, Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Molokai, Maui, Hawaii

postmarked in 2012 with a USA 'Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC' stamp (Forever a first class rate)

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Captain James Cook visited the islands on January 18, 1778 and named them the "Sandwich Islands" in honor of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, who was one of his sponsors as the First Lord of the Admiralty. This name was in use until the 1840s, when the local name "Hawaii" gradually began to take precedence.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Djibouti - La Grande Mosquee

La grande mosquee - Djibouti

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This is the Hamoudi Mosque in Djibouti City.  It was built in 1906 by Haji Hamoudi and can hold up to 1,000 people. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (Starring Kevin Sorbo)

Both of these postcards are unused.
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Hercules: The Legendary Journeys is an American television series filmed in New Zealand. It was produced from January 16, 1995 to November 22, 1999, and was very loosely based on the tales of the classical Greek culture hero Hercules. It ran for six seasons, producing action figures and other memorabilia.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in an upstairs bedroom of 501 Auburn Avenue, in Atlanta, Georgia.  He grew up two blocks west of Ebenezer Baptist Church.  After preaching elsewhere he returned in 1960, as co-pastor with his father.  At the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Dr. King delivered his famous "I have a dream" speech.  At this moment he historically distinguished himself as the undisputed leader of the civil rights movement.  On April 4 1968, while in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed.

sent by O'Neal in 2013 with a Rosa Parks stamp!

USA stamp 2013
Rosa Parks, Forever a first class Rate

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The U.S. Postal Service 2013 Rosa Parks (Forever) stamp honors the life of this extraordinary American activist who became an iconic figure in the civil rights movement. In 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks courageously refused to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man, defying the discriminatory laws of the time.

The stamp art, a gouache painting on illustration board, is a portrait of Parks emphasizing her quiet strength. A 1950s photograph served as the basis for the stamp portrait.

The response to Parks's arrest was a boycott of the Montgomery bus system that lasted for more than a year and became an international cause célèbre. In 1956, in a related case, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that segregating Montgomery buses was unconstitutional.

Soon after the boycott ended, Parks moved to Detroit, Michigan. She joined the 1963 march on Washington and returned to Alabama in 1965 to join the march from Selma to Montgomery. The many honors Parks received in her lifetime include the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1996), the Spingarn Medal (1979), and the Congressional Gold Medal (1999). Upon her death in 2005, she became the first woman and second African American to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC.

Artist Thomas Blackshear II created an original painting for the stamp, which was designed by art director Derry Noyes.

Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Made in the USA.

Issue Date: February 4, 2013

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Biskra, Algeria

Biskra - Vue Generale (General View)

This postcard is postmarked in 2013 with three rose stamps from Algeria.

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Biskra is the capital city of Biskra province, Algeria.  It is located on the northern edge of the Sahara Desert so the area is very arid.  With January temperatures averaging 11 °C, Biskra is a common vacation spot in winter.
Algeria (Algerie) stamp 2004
Roses, Yellow Flowers, 15,00

Monday, January 13, 2014

Floating Market in Ratchaburi, Thailand

Floating Market a Damnoensaduak, Ratchaburi.

Part of the bustling scene that takes place each morning on a canal in Ratchaburi, an hour's drive outside Bangkok,  Through a popular tourist destination, the Damnoensaduak floating market has managed to retain the genuinely of the local color.

Jatuporn Rutnin - Photography

This is postmarked in 2013 with two Thailand stamps.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Batman - Villains of Gotham City

Villains of Gotham

unused postcard printed in 1999

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Batman is a 1960s American live action television series, based on the DC comic book character of the same name. It stars Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin — two crime-fighting heroes who defend Gotham City. It aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) network for three seasons from January 12, 1966 to March 14, 1968.

Shown are:
Catwoman: Julie Newmar (Seasons 1 & 2)
The Riddler: Frank Gorshin (Seasons 1 & 3)
The Joker: Cesar Romero
Penguin: Burgess Meredith

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Maramures, Romania: Train, Viseu De Sus

CFF Viseu de Sus, Maramures, Romania

This train postcard is postmarked in 2013 with three 'Flora and Fauna II'  Romania stamps.

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A Mocăniță is a narrow gauge railway in Romania, most notably in Maramureș, Transylvania, and Bukovina. They are now used mostly for tourism.


Friday, January 10, 2014

The Movie: Captain January with Shirley Temple and Guy Kibbee

"Captain January"
Shirley Temple and Guy Kibbee
A 20th Century-Fox Production

The back reads:
Post Card
British Manufacture
This is a Real Photograph


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Captain January is a 1936 American comedy drama film directed by David Butler. It stars Shirley Temple, Guy Kibbee, and Sara Haden in a story about an abandoned child pursued by a truant officer.
The film features a famous dance routine for Temple and Buddy Ebsen called “At the Codfish Ball”.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Salar De Uyuni Salt Flats in Potosi, Bolivia

Salar De Uyuni
Potosi - Bolivia
Foto: Frderico Arispe R.

This unused postcard features Jeeps, Motorcycles, A Rabbit, and Llamas.  It was bought in 2013.

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Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa) is the world's largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi). It is located in the Potosí and Oruro departments in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes Mountains and is at an elevation of 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above mean sea level.

At the bottom right is a picture of Isla Incahuasi, Inkawasi or Inka Wasi (Inca house).  It is a hilly and rocky outcrop of land found in the middle of the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flat.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Six Postcards from the Disney Movie Frozen


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Frozen is a 2013 American computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.  It is the 53rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen, and featuring the voices of Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff), Josh Gad (Olaf), and Santino Fontana (Hans).  

The film tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey with a mountain man, his pet reindeer and a snowman to find her sister, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.