Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Map of Cozumel Island, Mexico

 Cozumel Islands
Greetings from Cozumel!

La flora y fauna marina que rodean la isla de Cozumel es variada y abundante, por esa razon la isla is considerada como una de los mejores sitios de buceo en el mundo. 

The waters off Cozumel Island teem with diverse species of underwater life, which is why the island is considered one of the best dive sites in the world.

Photo: by Luis Gomez C.

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 from Mexico. 
Mexico stamp 2007 
Creacion popular
Cesto corita seri (Basket)
$ 10.50

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Arnold Schwarzenegger in a Muscle Pose

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Santa Monica, California, 1973
Photograph by George Butler

This is postmarked in 2013 with a Johnny Cash stamp.

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Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian American actor, politician, businessman, investor, and former professional bodybuilder.

Schwarzenegger began weight training at the age of 15. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. He gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wedding of Lady Diana and Prince Charles

Down the aisle!
On July 29, 1981, the fairy tale romance of the century culminated in the marriage of Charles Philip, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Frances Spencer.  It was solemnized at St. Paul's Cathedral by the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The 2,500 fortunate guests were enchanted during 70 minutes of music by massed choristers, trumpet fanfares and by the recitation of vows by the two young people everyone loves.  July 29, 1981

unused postcard from Mike Roberts

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sardegna, Italy on a Postcard Made of Cork


This is a cork postcard that features a fish and coral.  It is postmarked in 2008 from Italy.

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Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily) and an autonomous region of Italy. 
Italy (Italia) stamp 2008
La Lettera (The Letter), Mailbox
Europa, 0,65

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sheshen Cliff on Emei Mountain in China

Acantilado Sheshen (Sacrificio)
de la Montana Emei 

Cliff Sheshen (Sacrifice) 
Emei Mountain

Foto de Tian Jieyan

This is postmarked in 2014 from China. 

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Mount Emei is a sacred mountain in the southern part of Sichuan, China.

The mountain contains more than one hundred temples and monasteries. I am not sure, but I think the temple you see on the left hand side is the Jin Ding Temple.  

The Mount Emei Scenic Area is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Big Butt Bear from Minnesota

Does this fur make my butt look big?

The photo of this cute baby black bear is by David C.Olson.
It is unused and I bought it in 2013.

And yes, if I covered my bum in fur - it would look even bigger!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Antwerpen Market Place and Brabo Statue in Belgium


Brote Markt en Brabo
grand’PLace et Brabo
Marktplatz und Brabo
Market Place and Brabo

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 from Belgium.

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Silvius Brabo is a mythical Roman soldier who is said to have killed a giant, and by this would have created the name Brabant.

This story was used to explain the name Antwerp (meaning hand throwing). Brabo once killed a giant, called Druon Antigoon, who asked money from people who wanted to pass the bridge over the river Scheldt. When they didn't want to or couldn't pay, he cut off their hand and threw it in the river. Because of this Brabo also removed the hand of the giant, and threw it into the river.

As seen in this postcard, the legend is shown on the statue in front of the Antwerp City Hall.
Belgium stamp 2013
Butterfly, Red Admiral 
1 - A Prior

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Pineapple from Belize

Belize, land of adventure
A pina colada in the making.

Photograph: Tim O’Malley

This pineapple postcard is unused and from 2014.

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Pineapples may be cultivated from a crown cutting of the fruit, possibly flowering in 20–24 months and fruiting in the following six months.
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In the American cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants, SpongeBob's home is a pineapple under the sea.
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Classic Piña colada
4 ounces cream of coconut
4 ounces pineapple juice
2 cups ice
2 slices pineapple and maraschino cherries for garnish

1 Put the cream of coconut, ice, and pineapple juice in a blender. This drink comes together quickly when you add all the ingredients at once. Reserve the pineapple slices and cherries, though - those are for the garnish.
2 Blend until the ice is crushed. It might take several pulses to get the creamy texture of a classic piña colada.
3 Pour into a glass and Garnish with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry. Float the pineapple rings on top of the drinks and put the cherries in the middle of the rings.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas

Located in Petit Jean State Park near Morrilton, Arkansas, this unusual rock formation forms a natural bridge along Seven hollows Trail.

This is postmarked with a 24 cent Common Buckeye stamp in 2007.

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How the park got its name:

According to legend Petit Jean was actually a young 18th century French woman. When she discovered that her fiance planned to explore the Louisiana Territory, she cut her hair, disguised herself as a boy and managed to find a position as a cabin boy. She survived the voyage and the expedition began their exploration. Once they had reached the area of the mountain, the young woman became ill, on her deathbed she revealed herself to her fiance, and was buried on the mountain, not under her own name, but under the name she had been known by on the ship "Little John".

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fly Away With Me! (A Frog in Goggles)

 Fly away with me!

This frog wearing a scarf and goggles is postmarked in 2014 from the Netherlands.

Here’s a thought, people wear eye goggles to protect their eyes from things like bugs hitting them, and frogs eat bugs, so would this little guy lick his goggles clean after using them?
Netherlands (Nederland) stamp 2011
Denk Groen, Groene, (Think Green, Green)
Wereld 1 (World 1)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Men with Racing Horses Near Qaba, Lesotho

Racemeeting near Qaba, Lesotho
Photograph Dirk Schwager

This postcard is unused.

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Lesotho, officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is a landlocked country completely surrounded by South Africa. It is just over 30,000 km2 (11,583 sq mi) in size and has a population slightly over two million.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Man's First Step on the Moon by Norman Rockwell

Man's First Step on the Moon:
This living re-creation of a 1965 oil painting by Norman Rockwell is one among many artworks presented in the 1999 Pageant of the Masters - "The 20th Century: Ten Decades of Art."  The Pageant is part of the famed Festival of Arts, which began in scenic Laguna Beach in 1932.  the Festival showcases fine, original works by 160 of the region's most accomplished artists.

The very bottom of the postcard reads:
Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach 1999.

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The United States' Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon, on 20 July 1969.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

North Conway Railroad Station in New Hampshire

North Conway Railroad Station with Moat Mountain Range in background,
White Mountains, New Hampshire.

Color Photo by Bob Duncan
Color by Mike Roberts

This postcard is mailed in 1974 with an 8 cent Einstein stamp.

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The North Conway station was built in 1874 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Carolina Parrot by John James Audubon

The North Carolina Museum of Art

John James Audubon. American, 1785-1851
Carolina Parrot
Engraved, printed and colored, 38 1/2 X 25 38 in.
Gift of the North Carolina State Library

This postcard is unused

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Akron Zeppelin over Manhattan, New York

 New York City
Photographs from The New York Times

The Akron in flight over Manhattan, 1931

This postcard is a reproduction of the photo and is postmarked in 2014.

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USS Akron (ZRS-4) was a helium-filled rigid airship of the U.S. Navy that was destroyed in a thunderstorm off the coast of New Jersey on the morning of 4 April 1933, killing 73 of her 76 crewmen and passengers. This accident was the largest loss of life for any known airship crash.
USA stamp 2013
Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse
From the series: New England Coastal Lighthouses 
Forever a first class rate 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lightning and Prickly Pear Cactus in Arizona


The fruits of the Prickly Pear are enjoyed in the Southwest.  It is made into jelly, candy and ice cream.

Photo: Bruce Griffin

This postcard is unused and from 2010.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The People of Peru

Musico de Ollantaytambo (Cusco), danzantes en Qoyor ritti (Cusco), mujeres en plaza de Ollantaytambo (Cusco), danzante en Paucartambo (Cusco), viaje en camion por Arequipa, mujer del Valle del Colca (Arequipa) y ninos de Tambomachay (Cusco).

Musician from Ollantaytambo (Cusco), dancers on Qoyor ritti (Cusco), women on a Ollantaytambo square (Cusco), traveling on a truck in Arequipa, Colca Valley woman (Arequipa) and Tambomachay children (Cusco).

Photos by Jose Miguel Helfer Arguedas

This postcard is unused and from 2010. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Star Trek
The Motion Picture

unused, bought in 1998

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture is a 1979 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the first film based on Star Trek, and a sequel to the Star Trek television series. The film is set in the twenty-third century, when a mysterious and immensely powerful alien cloud called V'Ger approaches Earth, destroying everything in its path. Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) assumes command of his previous starship—the recently refitted USS Enterprise—to lead it on a mission to save the planet and determine V'Ger's origins.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Roatan, Honduras

Map of Roatan

West Bay, West End Sunset, the View, Punta Gorda, West Bay Beach, Mahogany Bay Center, Coxen Hole and French Harbour

Roatan, Honduras is a 1-2 mile wide island, spanning east-west for 28 miles; with wooded hills as tall as 800 feet the island is a range of ridges and gently sloping valles sloping to marshes, sandy beaches or mangrove forests.

Photos by: Eliab Perez

This postcard is postmarked in 2014.
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I'm Here!
Roatan, Honduras
Greetings from Honduras

This world map postcard is postmarked in 2014.

Both have this stamp ....
Honduras stamp 2005
Pope John Paul II - L 15.00

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Liberty of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

Liberty of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International 

Passenger capacity: 3,634 double occupancy
Gross tonnage: 160,000
Length: 1,112'
Max Beam: 184'
Draft 28'
Cruising Speed 21.6 knots

unused postcard from 2013

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Liberty of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International

This postcard is also a magnet!

postmarked in 2013 with a Belize map stamp

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MS Liberty of the Seas is a Royal Caribbean International Freedom class cruise ship which entered regular service in May 2007.  The 15-deck ship accommodates 3,634 passengers served by 1,360 crew. She was built in 18 months at the Aker Finnyards drydock in Turku, Finland, where her sister ship, Freedom of the Seas, was also built. At gross tonnage (GT) of 154,407 tons, she joined her sister ship, Freedom of the Seas, as the largest cruise ships and passenger vessels then ever built. She is 1,111.9 ft (338.91 m) long, 184 ft (56.08 m) wide, and cruises at 21.6-knot (40 km/h; 25 mph).

In 2009, the first in a new Oasis Class of ships measuring 220,000 gross tons displaced the Freedom class as the world's largest passenger ships.

In 2011, Liberty of the Seas underwent renovations in drydock  to include features introduced on Oasis class ships that have proven to be popular.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Lviv, Ukraine

Theatre of Opera and ballet after Solomiya Krushelnytska, 1897 - 1900. (It was built between 1897 and 1900)

This is postmarked in 2014 with three Ukraine stamps - one N and two 50. 

The sender writes:
On this card you can see the 3rd most beautiful European Opera House, the architect of which committed suicide after learning the theatre was going to collapse due to his incorrect plan (it had been built on the river).   But fortunately, many tourists have been able to feast their eyes on it for more than a century.  It’s definitely worth visiting so welcome to Lviv! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

West Side Story in French

West Side Story

Natalie Wood, George Chakiris
Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno

Le Film Aux 11 Oscars (The Movie For 11 Oscars)

Sortie le 10 julliet 1996 (Released on 10 july 1996)
(This maybe was released in French in 1996, the actual movie was released in 1961)

unused, from 1996
made in Paris, by K Films

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Eyes of Animals at Night ...

Wildlife at Night

This is postmarked in 2014 and features the moon, and the eyes of an owl, unknown, a lost hunter, a frog, raccoon, cougar, moose, deer and some mice.
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Northern Michigan at Night

This is postmarked in 1991 and features the moon, and the eyes of an owl, unknown, a lost hunter, a frog, raccoon, cougar, moose, deer and some mice.
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Wildlife at night in Wisconsin
Owl, lost tourist, moose, unknown, raccoon, black bear, deer, timber wolf, frog and mice

This one is from 2000.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Large Letter Postcard from Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

Greetings from Fond Du Lac

This Curt Teich postcard is postmarked in 1945 with a one cent stamp.

The sender writes:

Here is a Large Letter - are you really collecting LL’s?  I’ve sent you a few - Did you tell me which ones you needed - I’ve looked at your cards and can’t find a list.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Ostrava, Nova Karolina in Czech Republic

Moravska Ostrava
Nova (New) Karolina 6.3.2012

Foto: Stefan Spic

This postcard is unused.

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Karolina is the name of an area approximately 30 hectares in size situated 500 m (1,600 ft) from the city's historic square. The Karolina area was originally used for heavy industry.

In late June 2006, the Dutch firm Multi Development won the contract to develop the grounds of the former Karolina site. Multi Development plans to invest 13 billion CZK (EUR 450 million).

Many new apartment buildings, offices and shops are planned for this new city district. There will also be a new church, a high-rise building, a large park by the Ostravice River and a university campus.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Beatles, Real Photo Postcard from A Hard Day's Night

The back of this postcard reads:
Real Photo Post Card by Kowalak, River Edge, NJ.

The movie slate on the front reads: Proscenium, Dir. Dick Lester (standing next to John Lenon in the above postcard), Gil Taylor.
The man standing in the far left corner is producer Walter Shenson.

So this must be when they were filming  A Hard Day's Night.

A Hard Day's Night, released on July 6,1964, is a British black-and-white comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—during the height of Beatlemania. It was written by Alun Owen and originally released by United Artists. The film portrays a couple of days in the lives of the group. Gilbert Taylor did the Cinematography. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A Traditional Food Storage in Togo, Africa

Silo de mais (the corn silo in the Afrikaans language)

This postcard is unused.

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Togo, officially the Togolese Republic, is a country in West Africa. It covers an area of approximately 57,000 square kilometres (22,000 sq mi) with a population of approximately 6.7 million.

Friday, July 4, 2014

The American Bicentennial 1776 - 1976

1776 - 1976
The American Bicentennial

Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of The United States of America 1776-1976

An American Bicentennial Commemorative Card
Heirloom Collector Series


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During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.

A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Adams's prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

State Capitol Building in Raleigh, North Carolina

State Capitol
North Carolina

This historic landmark built in the 1830s represents North Carolina's rich history and is considered one of the best-preserved examples of a civic building featuring Greek-Revival architecture.

postmarked in 2013 with a USA 'Building a Nation' stamp
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Here is a postcard from 1952.

North Carolina
State Capitol, Raleigh, N.C.

Completed in 1840, the State Capitol was pronounced by experts to be one of the most beautiful buildings in America.  The columns and entablature (superstructure of moldings and bands which lie horizontally above columns) are Grecian Doric.

Postmarked in 1952 with a 2 cent 'John Adams' stamp

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The North Carolina State Capitol is the main house of government of the U.S. state of North Carolina. The cornerstone of the Greek Revival building was laid on July 4, 1833. Construction was completed in 1840.

The Capitol was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.