Monday, March 31, 2014

A Few Postcards of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Brasil
Cristo Redentor 

The sender writes:

Here we are in Rio - Seems a long way from home.  Rosa Page Welch is singing her way into the hearts of the people.  We san together on the plane yesterday, something to pass the hours away.  We were on the plane all night.  We visited this statue of Christ the Redeemer on a mountain yesterday.  It is very hot here.  Wish you were along.  

This is a real photo postcard is is postmarked in 1956 from Brazil. 

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Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world. It is 30 metres (98 ft) tall, not including its 8 metres (26 ft) pedestal, and the arms stretch 28 metres (92 ft) wide. It is located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. The statue is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1922 and 1931.
Brazil (Brasil) stamp 1953
IV Centenario de Sao Paulo 1554 - 1954
The 400th Anniversary of Sao Paulo
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Here are a few more postcards of the statue. They are all unused and from 1987 (9teen87) :D

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Free Chicago Cubs Tickets during World War II

 We believe that many people who would like to enjoy the great American game of baseball, have, for one reason or another, never had the opportunity to get out to the ball park.  Therefore, we would like to send you two FREE tickets to Wrigley Filed at our expense.  If you are interested, simply fill out the attached return card and drop it in the mail.
- Chicago Cubs

The reply card (the bottom 'tear off' half of the two postcards shown) is pre-addressed to the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois with a one cent Martha Washington printed stamp.

This was postmarked on May 25, 1942 from Chicago, Illinois with a prepaid one cent Washington stamp.

Below is the other side of these two postcards....
Top Postcard:

An Invitation from
Chicago Cubs

Bottom Postcard: (A questionnaire on a reply postal card that tears off to be returned to the Cubs)

1. About how many major league games have you seen in the last three years?
2. Have you seen any night baseball games
3.  Do you prefer day or night baseball
4. Now and then, can you get away on a week-day afternoon to relax and enjoy yourself?
5. If you were going to a Cub game, what would be the most convent time for the game to start? 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 or 5:00 PM
6. If the Cubs played "Twilight" ball, what time would you want it tot start? 6:00 or 7:00 PM
7. As far as you are concerned, what is the best time for Cub Saturday afternoon games to start? 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 or 5:00 PM

After you have answered the above questions, fill in your name and address below.  You Will Be Mailed 2 Free Tickets for a Cub Game at Wrigley Field.

This card is void unless mailed by May 26, 1942.

**Please note, the day it was sent to them was May 25! So they had to fill this out by the next day to get their free tickets. Also, this is five months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Major League Baseball during World War II:

The onset of World War II created a significant shortage of professional baseball players, as more than 500 men left MLB teams to serve in the military.  Also, wartime blackout restrictions, designed to keep outdoor lighting at low levels, caused another problem for baseball. These rules limited traveling and night games to the point that the 1942 season nearly had to be cancelled. On January 14, 1942, MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis wrote a letter to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and pleaded for the continuation of baseball during the war in hopes for a start of a new major league season. President Roosevelt responded, "I honestly feel that it would be best for the country to keep baseball going. There will be fewer people unemployed and everybody will work longer hours and harder than ever before. And that means that they ought to have a chance for recreation and for taking their minds off their work even more than before."  So with the approval of President Roosevelt, spring training began in 1942. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
Tucson is a growing metropolis that keeps getting better and better.  The city's geography is a picturesque image of cactus forests, rolling hills and awe-inspiring mountains.

Photo by Mike Jones

This postcard is postmarked in 2013 with a USA flag stamp.
USA stamp 2013
From the series: A Flag for All Seasons
Forever a first class stamp

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Television Show: Our Gang, Little Rascals

Our Gang

Shown is:
William Thomas as Buckwheat
and I think the other child is
Eugene Gordon Lee as Porky
I'm not sure which show had a monkey in it.

On a side note:
Porky originated the catchphrase "O-tay!", though it is commonly attributed to Buckwheat.

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Our Gang (also known as The Little Rascals) is a series of American comedy short films about a group of poor neighborhood children and their adventures.

Starting in 1922, the Our Gang series includes 220 shorts and one feature film, General Spanky, featuring over forty-one child actors.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Puppet Show in Java (Wayang Kulit), Indonesia

 The shadow play or Wayang Kulit of Java employs delicately carved and painted puppets

Photo: Pitoyo S.

This postcard is postmarked in 2013 with two Indonesia stamps.

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UNESCO designated wayang kulit, a shadow puppet theatre and the best known of the Indonesian wayang, as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on 7 November 2003.

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Shadow play or also known as shadow puppetry is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses flat figures (shadow puppets), a light source and a translucent screen to create the impression of movement.

Various effects can be achieved by moving both the puppets and the light source. A talented puppeteer can make the figures appear to walk, dance, fight, nod and laugh.
Indonesia stamp 2013
From the series: Traditional Music Instruments
Serune Kalee, NAD, 3000 
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Indonesia stamp 2013
Indonesia Postal Service, 5000

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tulsa Oklahoma on a Large Letter Postcard

Greetings from Tulsa, Oklahoma
"The Oil Capital of the World"

This Large Letter postcard is unused.

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Tulsa is the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Oklahoma with a population of 393,987 (2012 US Census estimate).
It was first settled between 1828 and 1836 by the Lochapoka Band of Creek Native American tribe. For most of the 20th century, the city held the nickname "Oil Capital of the World".

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tunisia Postcard with Matmata

Tunisie (Tunisia) 
The friendship view card

This postcard is postmarked in 2013 with a Tunisia grapes stamp. 

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There is no writing on the postcard to tell what these places are.  However, I think the bottom center is Matmata.

Matmata is a small town in southern Tunisia. The structures typical for the village are created by digging a large pit in the ground. Around the perimeter of this pit artificial caves are then dug to be used as rooms, with some homes comprising multiple pits, connected by trench-like passageways.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Movie: The Great Escape with Steve McQueen

the great adventure!
the great entertainment!

The Great Escape

starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough

unused, 'pyramid' postcard for Film and Music personalities

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The Great Escape is a 1963 American film about an escape by Allied prisoners of war from a German POW camp during World War II on the night of the 24–25 March 1944. It is based on the book of the same name by Paul Brickhill, a non-fiction account of the mass escape from Stalag Luft III in Sagan (now Żagań, Poland), in the province of Lower Silesia, Nazi Germany.

The characters are based on real men, in some cases composites of several men.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Rottnest Island, Australia

Rottnest Island
Western Australia

The Basin is one of the most popular swimming beaches at Rottnest Islands.

Photography by Annette Kent

This is postmarked in 2013 with an Australia 1.70 Kookaburra stamp.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hotel Honduras Maya in Honduras

Honduras Maya

Hotel Honduras Maya
View from a guest room window overlooking Cabana Club and skyline of Tegucigalpa.

Foto: Elliott Craig

This postcard is unused.

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Tegucigalpa, also known as Tegus, is the capital of Honduras.

Friday, March 21, 2014

A Pika from the Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Pika (Ochotona princeps)
The industries pika (Ochotona princeps) stockpiles up to 50 pounds of grass each summer to sustain itself through the winter.  This member of the rabbit family has short round ears to help reduce the loss of vital heat in the frigid alpine air.  Due to climate change, their species is at risk.

Photographer - Gene Putney

This is unused and was bought in 2013. 

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Grand Teton National Park is an approximately 310,000 acres (130,000 ha) National Park in northwestern Wyoming, USA.

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Here is a postcard from the national park... 
The Grand Tetons
Color Photo by Under the Willow
This postcard is from 1995.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Capitol Building in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta is the capital of Georgia.  This capitol building's dome is covered in gold, donated by the people of Dahlonega.

Photo by Steve Yost

unused, from 2010

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The Georgia State Capitol, in Atlanta, Georgia, is an architecturally and historically significant building. It has been named a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Like many U.S. state capitols, the Georgia State Capitol is designed to resemble the Classical architectural style of the United States Capitol, in Washington, D.C. and was completed in 1889.
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One more just for fun...

Capitol Building, Atlanta, Georgia

The gold-domed Capitol stands on the site of the camping ground of the United Army during the Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War.

Photo by Alan Schein
unused, from 2002

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Car Troubles, A Flooded Engine

"Of course, it's nothing serious, honey...just a flooded engine."
Original Art by Dan Reynolds

She drove her car a long way though the grass to drive the car into the ocean.  And why is there a plant on her head?  Her shoe is probably stuck in the mud, so that I understand.  But the biggest question is, why is there a phone booth in the middle of nowhere? Anyway, it is a funny postcard, and I think it is wonderful  :D

It is unused, and is from 2012.

This is from a great on-line postcard store called The Postcard Locker.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wonders of India

 Wonders of India

Dholavira - Gujarat
Golden Temple - Punjab
Jaisalmer Fort - Rajasthan
Khajuraho - Madhya Pradesh
Meenakshi Temple - Tamil Nadu
Nalanda University - Bihar
Red Fort - Delhi
Konark Sun Temple - Orissa
Taj Mahal - Uttar Pradesh
Hampi - Karnataka
Tawang Monastery - Ap
Shravanabelagola - Karnataka

This postcard is postmarked on the 11th of December, 2013.   Or as they would write it in India - 11/12/13.
India stamp 2009
J.R.D. Tata 15.00

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Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (29 July 1904 – 29 November 1993) was a French-born Indian aviator and business tycoon. He was the former Chairman of Tata Sons and became India's first licensed pilot in 1929.

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Saint Patrick's Day Blessing / Prayer

St. Patrick's Day
May the corners of Yer Mouth Niver Turn Down.

Raphael Tuck and Sons postcard series No. 106
has writing on the back with an address, but was never mailed
This postcard is embossed.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Kitchen Kabaret from The Land Pavilion in Walt Disney World's Epcot

The Kitchen Krackpots
During your tour through The Land, you will see a wacky show called Kitchen Kabaret, which tells the story of nutrition in a very unusual way.

Walt Disney World
Epcot Center

This postcard is unused.  I remember this show and how much fun it was to watch it.

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Kitchen Kabaret was a 13-minute audio-animatronic show at Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort located in The Land pavilion. It was present on EPCOT's opening day, October 1, 1982.

The host, Bonnie Appetite, introduces the acts in a musical review and comedy format that advocated healthy eating and provided a primer on the four food groups: meat, dairy, grains, and fruits/vegetables.

The show was replaced in 1994 by Food Rocks.

Here is the entire show in two videos:

Veggie veggie fruit fruit!!  ... 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Hampton Beach, New Hampshire (Such a Swell Place)

Air View of Hampton Beach, N. H. (New Hampshire)

The sender writes: I'm really enjoying myself.  The weather is swell but what cold water. -Betty

This is postmarked in 1948 with a one cent Washington stamp.
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The Casino and band Stand, Hampton Beach, N. H.

The sender writes: having a swell time.  Haven't stopped much since Sunday. - Jeannette

This card is postmarked in 1940 with a one cent Washington stamp
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Casino Ballroom, Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach, N. H.

The sender writes: Hello, I'm having a nice time, hope you are.  I am all sunburn and am I sore.  The water here is swell but it is cold. - Gert B.

This is postmarked in1945 with a one cent Washington stamp.

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Yes, all three postcards are from different years and from different people, but they all have the same stamp and use the word swell.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Hummingbird for Stamp Day in France

Le Timbre Fete L'Air (Stamp Day The Air (Airmail?))

The back reads(in very small letters at the bottom):
Ballet Aerien Du Colibri
Christelle Guenot / Conception graphique
Carnet "Fete du Timbre -  le timbre fete l"air" 2013

I believe this translates to:
Aerial Ballet of the Hummingbird)
Christelle Guenot / Graphic Design
Book "Fete Stamp - stamp celebrates the" air "in 2013

postmarked in 2013 with a matching stamp

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pope Francis Mailed from Vatican City

Papa Francesco (Pope Francis)
Jorge Mario Bergoglio
Citta del Vaticano (Vatican City)
13 Marzo 2013  (March 13, 2013)

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Pope Francis, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 17, 1936, is as of March 13, 2013 the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church.

He is the first pope from South American.

Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano) stamps 2011
from the series: Travels of Pope Benedict XVII
Malta 17-18 Aprile (April) 2010 - 0,60
Cipro (Cyprus) - 4 - 6 Giugno (June) 2010  - 1,40

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


 Trumpet fish

The Bahamas
Photo by Shane Pinder

postmarked in 2011 with a Royal Bank of Canada stamp from the Bahamas

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Trumpetfish swim slowly, sneaking up on unsuspecting prey, or lie motionless like a floating stick, swaying back and forth with the wave action of the water.  They feed almost exclusively on small fish by sucking them suddenly into their small mouths.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

The State of Illinois

The State Capitol at Springfield, Illinois

This postcard is unused.

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The Illinois State Capitol is the building that houses the executive and legislative branches of the government of the U.S. state of Illinois. The current building is the sixth capitol of the state since its admission to the U.S. in 1818. Ground was first broken for the new capitol on March 11, 1869, and it was completed twenty years later for a total cost of $4,500,000.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bazinga Spelled with Chemical Elements

Ba - 56. Barium 137.327
Zn - 30. Zinc 65.38
Ga - 31. Gallium 69.723

This postcard is postmarked in 2013 with seven South Africa stamps.

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Bazinga: A catchy phrase to accompany your clever pranks.

As popularized by Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory).
"I just replaced your toothpaste with denture cream. Bazinga!"

Here is a video of a classic 'Bazinga' moment with Sheldon ...
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As for the stamps: one of each of these...
and two of each of these...

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Symphony of Lights Show in Hong Kong

Hong Kong skyline with amazing symphony of lights
Photography by Edmond Chan

This is postmarked in 2013 with two Hong Kong stamps.

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A Symphony of Lights is a synchronised building exterior decorative light and laser multimedia display, featuring 44 buildings on both sides of the Victoria Harbour of Hong Kong accompanied by music. The technology was developed at a cost of approximately 44 million HK dollars and has attracted over 4 million visitors and locals so far.   It is held every night for ten minutes.

Guinness World Records has named A Symphony of Lights the world's largest permanent light and sound show.