Saturday, February 28, 2015

Providence Canyon in Georgia, USA at Sunset

Providence Canyon is near Columbus, Georgia.  For a canyon that is approximately 100 years old, the progressive pace of erosion is remarkable. Beautiful colors make up the layers of soil of its 200 foot walls.  Providence Canyon encompasses more than 3,000 acres.

Photo by Steve Yost

This unused postcard was bought in 2010.

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I thought the one hundred year old written on the card was an error, but check this out....

Providence Canyon State Park is a state park located in west central Georgia. The park contains Providence Canyon, which is sometimes called Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon".
Providence Canyon actually is not a purely natural feature — the massive gullies (the deepest being 150 feet) were caused by erosion due to poor farming in the 1800s. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Machu Picchu in Peru - Multiview

Machu Picchu.

Intihautana, Templo de la Luna, Palacio de la Nusta y Templo del Sol, Piramide del Intihuatana y cima del Intihuatana.

Intihuatana, Temple of the Moon, Nusta Palace and Temple of the Sun,
Intihuatana pyramid and Intihuatana summit.


Photos: Jose Miguel Helfer Arguedas

This postcard is unused and from 2010.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Monument to Space Conquerors in Russia

The Monument to "Space Conquerors" was erected in 1964 in honor of The first artificial Earth satellite launching.  The monument is situated on the Alley of Space Heroes.
The architects M. Barsch and A. Kolchin,
sculptor A. Faidysh-Krandievskiy.

State institution of culture of Moscow

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with two Russia stamps.  One of them is about space!

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The monument is 110 meters (360.9 feet) tall, has 77° incline, and is made of titanium. The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is located inside the base of the monument.
Russia stamp 2009
Space, Astronomy, 9.00
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Russia stamp 2014
Musical Instruments and Dance, 18 P.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Flag and Fun Facts about the State of Georgia, USA

Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation

Georgia Fun Facts

Capital .... Atlanta
Area .... 58,060 square miles
Statehood .... Jan. 2, 1788 (4th state admitted)
Mottos ... Wisdom, Justice and Moderation
Song ... "Georgia on My Mind"
Sate Bird ... Brown Thrasher
State Tree ... Live Oak
State Flower ...Cherokee Rose

This unused postcard is from 2010.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Spain - San Sebastian - The Beach of La Concha

San Sebastian

Vista general desde el Monte Iguerldo.
Vue generale du Mont Igueldo.
Gerneral view from Igueldo Mountain

This unused postcard is from 2006.

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San Sebastián is a coastal city and municipality located in Spain. It lies on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, 20 km (12 miles) from the French border.

Shown is The Beach of La Concha, one of the most famous urban beaches in Europe.
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Here is one more postcard..
San Sebastian

Hotel de Londres y playa de la Concha.
Hotel du Londres et plage de la Concha.
London Hotel and La Concha Beach.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Satellite (Moon) Diameters Compared

Satellite Diameters Compared

Ganymede (Jupiter) - 5,270 KM (3,275 MI)
Callisto (Jupiter) - 5,000 KM (3,107 MI)
Titan (Saturn) - 4,850 KM (3,014 MI)
Io (Jupiter) - 3,636 KM (2,259 MI)
Moon (Earth) - 3,475 KM (2,159 MI)
Europa (Jupiter) - 2,980 KM (1,852 MI)
Mercury - 2,440 KM (1,156 MI)

Photo by NASA

This postcard is  unused. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Figueira Da Foz, Portugal

Figueira Da Foz
Vista panoramica (panoramic view)

This postcard is postmarked in 2009 with a Portugal Transportation stamp.

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According to the legend the place’s name is due to a fig tree, which stood at the quay of Salmanha, where the fishermen used to tie up their boats. The historian Nelson Borges said, however, that Figueira comes from the word "fagaria", which means "opening, huge mouth". Foz comes from the Latin word "fouces" = "mouth of a river", and Mondego comes from the pre-romanic expressions "mond" = "mouth" and "aec"= "river". That means, Figueira da Foz would be "the river’s mouth opening".
Portugal stamp 2008
From the Series: City Transport 
Carro Electrico - Coimbra (Electric Car)
1911 - Entrada ao servico (entered service in 1911)
Servicos Municipalizados de Coimbra
 - 0,80

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Muppets Most Wanted

Tour the Globe

Most Wanted

This postcard is postmarked in 2014.

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Muppets Most Wanted is a 2014 American musical comedy caper film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films, and the eighth theatrical film featuring the Muppets.  The film is a sequel to 2011's The Muppets and stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey as well as Muppet performers Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, and Peter Linz. 

In the film, the Muppets find themselves unwittingly involved in an international crime caper while on tour in Europe. 
USA stamp 2014
Postcard Rate 34 Cents

Friday, February 20, 2015

Picking Oranges in Winter VS Throwing Snow Balls

I'll eat Oranges for you. While you throw Snow Balls for me.
Winter in California - Winter in the East.

The small letters look (via magnifying glass) like the artist is: M Peiser. It is produced by The Williamson-Haffner Co. Denver.

This postcard is postmarked from Whittier, California in 1911 with a one cent stamp.
USA stamp 1908
Benjamin Franklin
One Cent stamp

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mud House in Unayzah, Saudi Arabia

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Mud House with Gallery, Unayzah

This postcard is postmarked in 2014.

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Unaizah is a Saudi Arabian city in the Al Qassim Province. 

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I can not find any information on the web about this mud house.  
If you know of a link, please share it.  
Saudi Arabia stamp 2002
Saudi Ports - Yanbu
1 SR
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Yanbu' al Bahr, also known simply as Yanbu, is a major Red Sea port in the Al Madinah province of western Saudi Arabia. 
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Saudi Arabia stamp 2000
Saudi Ports - Jizan
2 SR
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Jizan is a port city and the capital of Jizan Region, which lies in the southwest corner of Saudi Arabia and directly north of the border with Yemen. It is situated on the coast of the Red Sea.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Bulldog Puppy on the Scale - God is With You

God is with you ... through thick and thin.

Let us hold fast the confession of our faith without wavering, for he who promsied (promised) is faithful.
Hebrews 10: 23

The bulldog puppy looks like he weighs 9 pounds 7 ounces on the scale.

This is a Keith Kimberlin postcard that is postmarked in 2014.
Sunday Funnies (Comics)
Calvin and Hobbes - 44 cents

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Jupiter Inlet Light, Lighthouse in Florida

Jupiter Lighthouse, Jupiter, Florida
Photo by Wm. Taylor

This postcard is unused. 

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The Jupiter Inlet Light is located on the north side of the Jupiter Inlet. The site for the lighthouse was chosen in 1853.  The work was interrupted from 1856 to 1858 by the Third Seminole War but it was completed in 1860 at a cost of more than $60,000.

Today the Loxahatchee River Historical Society today operates the Lighthouse and the Museum located on the same property.  Visitors can climb the lighthouse tower. (Which I have done. There is a beautiful view from the top of the very steep winding stairs.)
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Jupiter, Florida

The historic Jupiter lighthouse.
Photo by Martin Gordash

This postcard is postmarked in 2010 with two vintage USA stamps.

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The sender used a Brown Pelican stamp and wrote the following:
Brown Pelicans are permanent residents in Jupiter, and they can be seen around the Marina by the lighthouse.
USA stamp 1972
Wildlife Conservation
Brown Pelican, 8 cents
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USA stamp 1982
Ponce de Leon 20 cents
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Juan Ponce de León(1474 – July 1521)  was a Spanish explorer and conquistador. He became the first Governor of Puerto Rico by appointment of the Spanish crown. He led the first European expedition to Florida, which he named. He is associated with the legend of the Fountain of Youth, reputed to be in Florida.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Presidents of the United States from Washington to Obama

U.S. Presidents
Washington D.C.

The Presidents of the United States of America, depicted in order of service in office.

(Left to right)  George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William H. Harrison, John Tyler, James Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert C. Hoover, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald Ford, James Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, William Clinton, George W. Bush & Barack Obama

This unused postcard was bought in 2011.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Typical Shop Window Storefront in Djibouti


Etalages typiques

Translated from Afrikkaans:
Shop windows typiques

Translated from Dutch:
Storefronts typiques

Translated from French:
Typical displays

This postcard is unused. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day, Embossed Postcard with Two Children 1912

To My Valentine

The flowers and children are embossed

Series 796 (There is a publishers mark on the back of SB inside a circle)
Printed in Germany

postmarked in 1912 with a one cent stamp

Friday, February 13, 2015

Messanger of Love - Two French Hand Tinted Postcards

Messagere D'Amour

Va, gentille messagere, toujours fidèle.
De mon aime rapporte-moi des nouvelles.

This translates something like:

Messanger of Love
Go, kind messenger, always faithful.
My love bring me the news.

This postcard is from 1920.
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Messagere D'Amour

Combien je l'aime! Il le sait j'en suis sure,
Son amour est le mien, aussi tendre et pur.

This translates something like:

Messanger of Love
How I love it! He knows I am sure,
His love is mine, so tender and pure.

Fabricattion Francaise

This is a 'French Tint' postcard that is unused, but there is a lot of writing on the back.  ... The date is 1920. 

The letter starts:

My darling,
I am to Paris for two days and I send you this card to tell you that your little fiancé thinks of you always. 

And ends with:

Bye, bye my beloved. All my thoughts and my tenderest kiss are for you, 

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To hand tint a postcard, they would take a black-and-white image and then they would use watercolor paints and stencils to tint it.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sawa-i-Lau Cave in Fiji

A visit to the magnificent caves at Sawa-i-Lau is included in the "Sayandra" Blue Lagoon cruise.  Here visitors are able to swim in crystal clear waters and dive under ledges to explore other hidden caves.

Ektachrome by Charles Stinson

This is postmarked in 1973 with a Fiji 5 c stamp.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mozart Sheet Music - Galimathias Musicum

Nederlands - Muziek Instituut

Mozart, Galimathias Musicum (KV 32, nr.7), p. 9. In Den Haag in 1766 op 10-jarige leeftijd gecomponeerd ter gelegenheid van de inhuldiging van Prins Willem V als nieuwe stadhouder van de Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden.  Autograaf, partituur. Bezetting: 2 hobo's, fagot, 2 hoorns (in D), 2 violen, altviool en basso continuo.

Loose Translation:

Dutch - Music Institute

Mozart, Galimathias Musicum (KV 32, 7), p. 9. The Hague in 1766 at the age of 10 composed on the occasion of the inauguration of Prince William V as new governor of the Dutch Republic. Autograph, score. Occupancy: 2 oboes, bassoon, two horns (in D), two violins, viola and basso continuo.

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 from Belgium.

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Galimathias musicum in D major, K. 32, is a quodlibet (a piece of music combining several different melodies) composed in 1766 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (at the age of 10) during his grand tour of Europe. A typical performance of this piece lasts twenty minutes.
Belgium stamp 2013
Butterfly, Red Admiral 
1 - A Prior

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Nusfjord / Lofoten in Norway

Nusfjord / Lofoten, Norway

This is postmarked in 2009 with a Noreg (Norway) moon stamp.

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Lofoten is an archipelago and a traditional district in the county of Nordland, Norway. Though lying within the Arctic Circle, the archipelago experiences one of the world's largest elevated temperature anomalies relative to its high latitude. Lofoten is known for a distinctive scenery with mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays.

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Jules Verne's novel "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1870) concludes with Prof. Aronnax, Conseil and Ned Land being washed up on an island in the Lofotens.
Norway (Noreg) stamp 2009
From the series:  Astronomy 
The Moon - 12.00

Monday, February 9, 2015

World's Largest Holstein in New Salem, North Dakota

World's Largest Holstein
at New Salem, North Dakota

38 feet high - 50 feet long
Weights 12,000 pounds

Constructed of reinforced plastic fiberglass this giant reproduction of a Holstein cow is located on a hill at New Salem, North Dakota and is visible for miles to ravelers on Interstate 94.

The sender wrote that the cows name is "Salem Sue".

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a USA stamp.

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Salem Sue was built in 1974 for $40,000. The project was sponsored by the New Salem Lions Club in honor of the local dairy farming industry.
USA stamp 2013
Christmas Gingerbread House
Red roof and red door
Forever a first class rate 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Concarneau, France


This postcard is postmarked in 2014 from France.

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Concarneau is a commune in Brittany in north-western France. 

The town has two distinct areas: the modern town on the mainland and the medieval Ville Close, a walled town on a long island in the centre of the harbour. The Ville Close is connected to the town by a drawbridge and at the other end a ferry to the village of Lanriec on the other side of the harbour.
France stamp 2014
Paris Institut de France, Congress of the FFAP 0,61
Paris Institute of France 
The 87th Congress  of the FFAP

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Walt Disney's Pinocchio

The Walt Disney Company

This postcard is unused.

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Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and based on the story The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It is the second film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, and was made after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It was released to theaters by RKO Radio Pictures on February 7, 1940.

The plot of the film involves an old wood-carver named Geppetto who carves a wooden puppet named Pinocchio who is brought to life by a blue fairy, who tells him he can become a real boy if he proves himself "brave, truthful, and unselfish". Thus begin the puppet's adventures to become a real boy, which involve many encounters with a host of unsavory characters.

Friday, February 6, 2015

A Map of Great Britain

Great Britain
A map postcard featuring:
Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Orkney, Shetland, England and Wales

The sender writes:
We are in London for 3 days before our cruises.  The weather has been fantastic!  We went to church at Westminster (and got to sing along with the choir :D )  We rode The Eye and walked ALL OVER.  Oh yea - we saw Les Mis too!

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

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hank Aaron

Best Wishes
Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron
c/o Atlanta Braves
P.O. Box 4064
Atlanta Georgia

The autograph is pre-printed on the postcard and I read that this was from 1974.  The card is unused.

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Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron (born February 5, 1934), is a retired American professional baseball player. He was a Major League Baseball right fielder from 1954 through 1976. Aaron spent 21 seasons with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves in the National League before playing for the Milwaukee Brewers of the American League for the final two years of his career.

In 1982 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Jalan MH Thamrin Street in Indonesia


Jakarta's Jalan Thamrin is the capital's main thoroughfare, lined with hotels, shopping complexes and office blocks.

Photo: Eric M. Oey

The sender writes:
There are too many secrets that will amaze you in this city!

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with two flower stamps.

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Jalan MH Thamrin is part of Jakarta Car Free Days, which means it is closed to vehicle traffic from 6:00 until 11:00 every Sunday.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Mrs. Darth Vader - I Am Your Mother

Ich Bin Deine Mudda! (I am your mother!)

When I first saw this postcard, I was like, "what the heck?" (After all, it does kind of looks like a cockroach in drag.)  Then I read what the sender wrote:  The translation is 'I Am Your Mother', this is a joke on Darth Vader from Star Wars.  Then I burst out laughing.  It makes sense now!

It is postmarked in 2014 from Germany.
Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2014
1914 Ausbruch Erster Weltkrieg - 75
(Outbreak of World War 1)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Kora Player for the Africans Ballets in Guinea

République Populaire Révolutionnaire de Guinee
Les Ballets Africains (Joueur de cora)

Popular Revolutionary Republic of Guinea
Ballets Africans (Kora Player)

This postcard is postmarked din 1984 with two stamps from Guinea 

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The kora is a 21-string lute-bridge-harp used extensively in West Africa.

It is a harp built from a large calabash gourd cut in half and covered with cow skin to make a resonator with a long hardwood neck.  It doesn't fit into any one category of musical instruments, but rather several, and must be classified as a "double-bridge-harp-lute." The strings run in two divided ranks, making it a double harp. They do not end in a soundboard but are held in notches on a bridge, making it a bridge harp. They originate from a string arm or neck and cross a bridge directly supported by a resonating chamber, making it a lute too.
Guinea (Guinee) stamp 1982
Coupe du Monde de Football Espana
(FIFA World Cup Soccer, Spain) 9 s
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Guinea (Guinee) stamp 1983
 25 Anniversaire de L'Independance, 1 s
(The 25th Anniversary of Independence)
Conakry - La Mosquee
(Conakry Grand Mosque)