Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Postcard, Young Boy Blowing Out Candles by Ellen Clapsaddle

May your Hallowe’en be merry

Candle smoke high,
Your fortune’s near by -
Candle smoke low,
It’s a long way to go.

This postcard is postmarked in 1924 with a one cent stamp.  The publisher is Wolf and the artist is Ellen Clapsaddle.  This card just sold not to long ago on eBay for 85.00. (I paid 10.00 for mine quite a while ago)
USA stamp 1924
United States Postage
Benjamin Franklin
1 cent

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Maya Temple, El Castillo in Xunantunich, Belize

Belize, land of adventure ...
The carved elements on the eastern stucco frieze at the summit of “El Castillo” represent astronomical symbols. 

Photography by Subrata Basu
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Belize, land of adventure ...
The Maya temple “El Castillo” towers above the archaeological reserve of Xunantunich.

Photography by Tony Rath

Both postcards are unused and were bought in 2013.

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Xunantunich is an Ancient Mayan archaeological site in western Belize, about 80 miles (130 km) west of Belize City, in the Cayo District.

Xunantunich’s name means "Stone Woman" in the Maya language, and, like many names given to Maya archaeological sites, is a modern name; the ancient name is currently unknown. The "Stone Woman" refers to the ghost of a woman claimed by several people to inhabit the site, beginning in 1892. She is dressed completely in white, and has fire-red glowing eyes. She generally appears in front of "El Castillo", ascends the stone stairs, and disappears into a stone wall.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Amsterdam / Holland at Night with a Full Moon

Amsterdam / Holland

Amsterdam toont ook des avonds de schoonheid van zijn grachten

Also at night, the canals of Amsterdam offer a magnificent spectacle.

Asssi le soir, les canaux d'Amsterdam offrent un beau spectacle

Auch abends gewahren uns die Kanale einen idylischen Blick

This postcard is postmarked in 1988 from the Netherlands.
Queen Beatrix in Dots (Tan), 75

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Two Advertising Postcards of Hantla ry Concerts in Finland

 - Konsertti

Pyharannan Reilan - Hannulassa
lauantaina (Saturday) 2/7/2011

Laulusolistit: (Vocal soloists):
Esso Luttinen, Petri Backstrom, Sami Luttinen, Sauli Luttinen

The sender writes:
This is a funny misprint.  It should be Eino, Leino, Konsertti (Concert) The printer had made the cards just days before this years concert and we noticed the error only afterwards.  (Well, only me and 2 other people bought three cards.)

This is sent from Finland in 2015.
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Eino Leino (6 July 1878 – 10 January 1926) was a Finnish poet and journalist and is considered one of the pioneers of Finnish poetry. His poems combine modern and Finnish folk elements.
Changes in Everyday Life
Hexagon Images, 1
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Hantlan Kesa
Konsertti 2015

Pyharannan Reilan Hannulassa (The location) La 25 - 07 (The date) klo 16 (the time)

Soi, Soi, Sibelius!

Hantla ry

The sender writes:
This concert was here the day before.  It was the only sunny day this summer, which was lucky because it was an open air thing.

This is postmarked in 2014 from Finland.

I found the names of the singers performing on line:
Essi Luttinen - Mezzo-soprano
Sami Luttinen - Bass
Laura Nykänen - Mezzo-soprano
Sauli Luttinen - Baritone
The Student Union's quartet-YL Ville Nikunen, Juuso Vanonen, Thomas Niemelä, Matti Jalava - Male voice quartet
Tuula Hällström - Piano Artist
Rauno Luttinen - Recitation
Finland stamp 2012
Stratus Nebulosus (Clouds) 1 KL

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

SA-1, The First Saturn Rocket

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's 1.5 million pound thrust Saturn rocket roars off its launching pad at Cape Canaveral.  Saturn is the first booster built especially for manned space flight.

This postcard is unused.

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I believe this is the SA-1:
SA-1 was the first Saturn I space launch vehicle, the first in the Saturn family, and first mission of the American Apollo program. The rocket was launched on October 27, 1961 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Limburg an der Lahn, Germany

Limburg an der Lahn
Mittelalterl. Stadt am Ufer der Lahn 
(City on the banks of the Lahn)

Foto: J. Suttner

This postcard is postmarked from Germany in 2015 and is signed by 19 members at a Postcrossing meet-up!  

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The white building is the Cathedral of Limburg and shown on the insert is the oldest preserved section of the Limburger Castle, as seen from the courtyard.
Asterix and Obelix Cartoon Series, 
Asterix, 62
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'Tagetes' (African Marigold flower) 20

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sending a Letter - vs - Sending a Postcard

Why send a letter,
when a Postcard is much better.

Design: Brenda Perez

This unused postcard was bought  HERE  in 2015. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

A Limousine in Havana, Cuba

A Limousine in Havana, Cuba

Photo: Rick and Brenda Perez

The sender writes:
They take two cars, cut them apart and use the good parts to make one limo. 

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 from Cuba

This postcard was bought HERE and then mailed from Cuba.
Orquideas Cubanas
Cuban Orchids, 85

Friday, October 23, 2015

Shine, the Polydactyl Cat with a Few Extra Toes

Hemingway Museum's "Shine"
Key West, Florida

Sine is named for Shine Forbes, Hemingway's boxing buddy.  Polydactyl paws make Shine appear to be wearing gloves.

This cat postcard is postmarked in 2015 with a yummy bird stamp. ;-)

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A polydactyl cat is a cat born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.

Normal cats have a total of 18 toes, with five toes on each front paw and four toes on each hind paw; polydactyl cats may have as many as eight digits on their front and/or hind paws. Jake, a Canadian polydactyl cat with 28 toes, was recognised by Guinness World Records as having the highest number of toes on a cat.
USA stamp 2015
Coastal Birds
Postcard Rate

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Historical Lisbon, Portugal


-Torre de Belem (Belem Tower)
- Elevador de Santa Justa (Santa Justa Lift)
- Padrao dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) 

Lisboa Portugal (Lisbon Portugal)

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with the signatures of six people from a Postcrossing meet-up.

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Belém Tower is a fortified tower that is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. it was built in the early 16th century.

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The Santa Justa Lift is an elevator/lift in the historical city of Lisbon. It connects the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher Largo do Carmo (Carmo Square).

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The Monument to the Discoveries is located along the river where ships departed to explore and trade with India and the orient.  It celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery (or Age of Exploration) during the 15th and 16th centuries.
Heritage Of Humanity, 8,80
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Fado is a music genre which can be traced to the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Foods / Fruits of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico
Bodegon de frutos de la tierra
Fruits of the country

This postcard features melons, bananas, pears, grapes, cantaloupe, pineapples, avocados, potatoes, corn and chili peppers.  I am pretty sure there are some vegetables mixed in with the fruit!  lol

It is postmarked in 2014 from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Christmas Evergreen Wreath
Forever an International Rate stamp

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Bangkok, Thailand

One of the world's great tourist destinations, Bangkok has been the Capital of Thailand since 1782.

This postcard is of a yellow strip mall with green garbage cans.  I am not to sure how this shows off Bangkok.  I think that is why I like it, because it is different.  This is postmarked in 2015 and does have four great stamps. 
The 60th Anniversary of 
the Birth of Queen Sirikit
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Thailand stamp 2000
The 100th Anniversary of the Birth 
of Princess Srinagarindra the 
Princess Mother, 1900-1995
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Thailand stamp 2002
Thai Temples
Wat Phra Si Rattanasadaram, 3
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Thailand stamp 1992 
International Stamp Exhibition 
"BANGKOK '93" - Bangkok, Thailand

Monday, October 19, 2015

A Printed "Postcard" of Me and Kati in Walt Disney

Walt Disney World

These two 'lovely' people are me and Kati.  We found a 'print your own postcard' booth in Walt Disney and of course had to make a postcard.  However, Disney's version of a postcard is a photograph.  So I took the photo to the post office, slapped a stamp on the back and mailed it to myself.  NOW it is a postcard.  ;-)

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga

Tennessee Aquarium

Aquarium from Market Street
The Aquarium's $30 million Ocean Journey building, opened in 2005, is an expansion of the popular Gulf of Mexico exhibit and adds 700,000 gallons of saltwater exhibits to what is currently the world's largest freshwater aquarium.

This is postmarked in 2015 with a machine printed stamp

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Three Postcards of Horse Drawn Streetcars in Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

Horse-Drawn Streetcar
"Old Dobbin" leans into the harness as guests begin a leisurely streetcar journey down Main Street, U.S.A., where turn-of-the-centry America lives again.

This postcard is postmarked in 1973.
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Walt Disney World
The Vacation Kingdom of the World

Main Street, U.S.A.
Visitors enter the Magic Kingdom through a turn-of-the-centruy American town, where the auto-mobile has not yet replaced the horse.
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Fly the friendly skies of United.
Your land is our land.

Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A. is an authentic re-creation of a vintage American thoroughfare - and memorabilia that gladdened the years between 1890 and 1910.

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City

New York
Globe sculpture in front of Trump International Hotel and Tower on 59th street

Photo: Jon Ortner (2012)

This postcard is postmarked in 2015.

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This 44 story building is 583 feet (178 m) tall.
USA stamp 2015
Coastal Birds
King Eider 
Postcard Rate

Thursday, October 15, 2015

A Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Postcard with Seeds

Motor Cycles

This postcard is embedded with a handful of annual and perennial wildflower seeds. Plant under a thin layer of loose soil.  Water daily and keep moist until seedlings are well established.

This postcard was printed in 2012, but is stamped and written in 2015.
USA stamp 2015
Coastal Birds
Red Knot
Postcard Rate

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

50 Images of The Maltese Islands

50 Images of the Maltese Islands
Maltese Archipelago

Islands for all seasons.
The Maltese islands provide an exciting mixture of archaeology, history, architecture, sun, and the bluest sea in the Mediterranean.  The islands are a photographers paradise.  

Photo: Maurizio Urso

This postcard is postmarked from Malta in 2015 with two 0,51 stamps.
Knights of St. John 0,51 
Malta's Heritage Series

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Leaky Roof - We've got running water here too!

We've got running water here too!

This Plastichrome postcard is postmarked in 1962.
In God We Trust
Statue of Liberty
3 cents

Monday, October 12, 2015

Vieste, Italy

The sender writes:

We are writing from Vieste.  This place is in the south of Italy.  As you can see in this postcard, it has many beaches...And now (summer time) it is FULL of tourists!

This card is postmarked in 2015 with only a 0,01 stamp.  There is a large X drawn under the stamp with some letters.  I am thinking this is Italy's way of saying 'postage due'.

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In mediaeval times, the port of Vieste was frequently attacked by pirates and by enemies of the Kingdom of Naples. In 1554 around 5,000 inhabitants were executed by the Turks, on the grounds that they were too elderly or sick to merit transportation into slavery.
Woman in Art
Roma, 0,01

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Bath Tissue (Toilet Paper) Roll Holder Decorated in Postcards

The tag reads:
Bath Tissue Holder
Holds one roll of bath tissue.  May also be used for other storage need.  

The back reads the same thing in French.

I bought this in 2013 for $5.99. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Canada's 22nd Regiment's Mascot, Baptiste the Goat - IPCW

International Postcard Week
October 6 - 11, 2014

The sender writes:
My art postcard represents Canada's 22nd Regiments mascot named B'aptiste, stationed in old Quebec City citadel. He is a very popular attraction for tourists who are able to see the goat parading every afternoon in our summertime accompanied with military music.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Azay-Le-Rideau Chateau in France


Le chateau du XVI siecle, cote cour d'honneur, et I'lndre.
(The castle of the XVI century courtyard of honor, and I'lndre.)

This postcard was mailed from France to the USA in 2015 and is postmarked with a 0,01 stamp only.  (I think someone got away with cheating the French Postal Service.)

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The Château d'Azay-le-Rideau was built between 1518 and 1527 and is considered one of the foremost examples of early French renaissance architecture.

The château is now one of many national monuments under the protection of the Centre des monuments nationaux, and also forms part of the Loire valley UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Indre-et-Loire is a department in west-central France named after the Indre and the Loire rivers.
France stamp 2013
Marianne in Yellow, 0.01

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Cuba and The USA Opening Up Relations, International Postcard Week

International Postcard Week
October 4-10, 2015

Hello and Happy International Postcard Week 2015!

This postcard celebrates the re-establishing of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.  For the first time since 1961, embassies have been established in each other's capital.

My husband and I had the great pleasure of visiting Cuba during these historic times.  The people there are beautiful on the outside and the inside.  In old Havana many of the buildings are being refurbished or rebuilt, and it looks amazing!

The picture on the front of this postcard was done by the renowned artist Rick Geary and symbolizes the renewed bridge between these two countries which are only 90 miles apart.
Happy Collecting,

This postcard is postmarked on October, 5th, 2015.
USA stamp 2015
Gifts of Friendship
Joint Issue with Japan
Clock Tower outside the 
Diet Building in Japan
Forever a first class rate