Monday, November 30, 2015

A Quote from Winston Churchill

"My idea of a good dinner is, first to have good food, and after this good food has been elaborately discussed, to discuss a good topic - with me as chief conversationalist."

Winston Churchill, in Tom Mix hat (named after the American western star), near Del Monte, California, during his visit to the Monterey Peninsula. 
29th October, 1929

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 with 7 stamps.  The sender write that she had no idea if there was enough postage but she wanted to use the Churchill stamp.  (I'm guessing there was enough for two postcards!) 

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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. 

He won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States.
From the series: Prime Ministers
Winston Churchill, 1st
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Four of these... 
Great Britain stamp 2011
Queen Elizabeth II in Orange 10 P
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And one of each of these Great Britain Queen stamps.. 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Bahai Temple / Lotus Temple in India

Bahai Temple
Delhi - India
Photo V B Anand

the sender writes:
Here's a view from the famous Bahai Temple in Delhi!  One of the most beautiful temples in India, built around 1986.  it is also called "Lotus' Temple due to its' shape.

This is postmarked in 2011 with two India stamps.
India stamp 2011
Legendary Heroines Series
Kanan Devi, 500
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Kanan Devi (22 April 1916 – 17 July 1992) was an Indian actress and singer. She was among the early singing stars of Indian cinema, and is credited popularly as the first star of Bengali Cinema.
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C. V. Raman 5.00
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Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, FRS (7 November 1888 – 21 November 1970) was an Indian physicist whose work was influential in the growth of science in the world. He was the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1930 for the discovery that when light traverses a transparent material, some of the light that is deflected changes in wavelength. This phenomenon is now called Raman scattering and is the result of the Raman effect.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Handsome Turquoise Collared Lizard

 I'm so Handsome

Turquoise Collared Lizard
(Crotaphytus collars)
A Native to California
Photo: John Kamenchuk

This 'John Hinde Curteich' postcard is postmarked in 2014.

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Collared Lizards are known for their ability to run on their hind legs, looking like small dinosaurs.
USA stamp 2014
American Goldfinch
Forever a first class rate

Friday, November 27, 2015

Kusadasi in Turkey

Kusadasi, Turkey

This is postmarked in 2009, but there is no stamp.

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Kuşadası is a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast. The name comes from 'kuş' (bird) and 'ada' (island).

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Uncle Sam on a Thanksgiving Greetings Postcard

 Thanksgiving Greetings

This postcard features Uncle Sam holding the reins on a turkey pulling a food cart with a  be-headed and plucked turkey!

It is postmarked in 1909 with a one cent Franklin stamp.
Benjamin Franklin
1 cent

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (A Three Postcard Set)

Tour Eiffel "in color", Paris France
by Serge Ramelli

This is a three postcard set and is mailed in 2015 from France.  
Here are all three cards individually . . . .

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Old State House in Boston, Massachusetts

The Old State House
Boston, Massachusetts

The Old State House was the seat of the King's Colonial Government when it was completed in 1713.  It is now an interesting museum and a part of the Boston National Historical Park.

Photo by Jonathan J. Klein

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 with a machine stamp.
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Here is a 2012 postcard of some historic sites in Boston...
Historic Boston

Top: Old South Meeting House, Old State House, USS. Constitution, State Capitol, Old North Church and Paul Revere Statue.

Center: Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere's House.

Bottom: Old Corner Bookstore, Boston Common, Old Granary Burying Ground, King's Chapel, Bunker Hill Monument.

Photos by Thomas H. Mitchell, Ethan Duran, James Lemass

Monday, November 23, 2015

Friedberg / Hessen in Germany

Grusse aus
Friedberg / Hessen

(A hearty greetings from Friedberg / Hessen)

Elvisdenkmal, Altstadt, Stadtkirche, Burgtor
(Elvis monument, old town, town church, castle gate)

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 with two Germany stamps.
Asterix and Obelix Cartoon Series, 
Obelix, 62
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'Tagetes' (African Marigold flower) 20

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Triceratops Dinosaurs

Triceratops (robot Dinamation, USA) 

Museum Sciences Naturelles Natuurwetenschappen

This postcard is postmarked from Belgium with two dinosaur stamps and a dino postmark. 

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The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (or Museum of Natural Sciences) is a museum in the Belgian capital of Brussels dedicated to natural history.  The dinosaur hall of the museum is the world's largest museum hall completely dedicated to dinosaurs
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Here is another Triceratops postcard...

Triceratops hover protectively over their hatching young ... ever watchful for the hidden dangers of a prehistoric land ... all part of the Santa Fe and Disneyland's train journey back into the realm of Primeval World.

This dinosaur postcard is unused.
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Prehistorical Animals - Dinosaurs
Olorotitan, 1
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Belgium (Belgie-Belgique) stamp 2015
Prehistorical Animals - Dinosaurs
Ankylosaurus, 1

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Zhujiajiao, China

Zhujiajiao, China

This is postmarked in 2009 with three China 1.50 stamps with a globe.

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Zhujiajiao is a water town on the outskirts of Shanghai, and was established about 1,700 years ago.  Thirty-six stone bridges and numerous rivers line Zhujiajiao, and many ancient buildings still line the riverbanks today.
China stamp 2002 
Environmental Protection
A Globe / The Earth

Friday, November 20, 2015


Shedd Aquarium
Chicago, Illinois

The venomous lionfish uses its spines to herd fish into a tight spot.  Then, quick as a wink, the lionfish swallows its cornered prey in one big gulp.  With a huge mouth that works like a vacuum cleaner, the lionfish gobbles up animals almost as big as itself.

Photographer: Edward G. Lines Jr.

This unused postcard was bought in 2011.
Here is one more postcard of a lionfish...
Lion fish
Pez leon colorado
Pterois volitans

Photo: Georgette Apol

This 3-D postcard was bought at Atlantis in the Bahamas in 2015. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Map of Puerto Rico

Map of Puerto Rico Beaches and Municipalities
Illustration: 2014 Mark Drenth

There is also a recipe printed on the back:
Island Recipe - Flan de Pina (Pineapple Custard) (makes 10 servings)
1/2 cup sugar, 1 medium pineapple sliced, 1 can (15 oz.) sweetened condensed milk, 1can (14.5 oz.) evaporated milk, 2 cups milk, 5 large eggs, 1 jar (18 0z.) pineapple jelly.   In skillet on medium heat, melt sugar to form caramel.  Pour caramel on bottom of baking dish.  Place pineapple slices on top of caramel.  Blend other ingredients in blender till smooth.  Pour blended mixture over pineapple.  Bake at 350 for 1 1/2 hours.  Delicious!

This postcard is postmarked from San Juan in 2014.

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Originally populated for centuries by aboriginal people known as Taíno, the island of Puerto Rico was claimed by Christopher Columbus for Spain during his second voyage to the Americas on November 19, 1493.
Christmas Evergreen Wreath
Forever an International Rate stamp

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Leather Postcard of Two People Kissing on a Piano

Did you every try this on your piano?

These two love birds sitting on the piano and kissing are on a postcard made of leather.  It is postmarked in 1908.
George Washington 1732 - 1799
two cents, 2 c

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Door of a Drying Barn 'Riihi" in Finland... read the translation!

The sender writes:

This is my own taken picture with my Nokia Lumia 920 and then made into a postcard.  My grand-fathers door to "Riihi", where seed was dried.  From year 1924 when they bought this farm, when my grandfather came back from Minnesota and Virginia.  He was there from 1913 to 1920.

This postcard is postmarked from Finland in 2015.

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When I received this card and saw the front I was a bit disappointed, it's a door.  And then I read the description.  Now I am very grateful for this postcard.  It is a unique card for sure!  I googled the word Riihi and there was only one true hit. It was on Wikipedia and in Finnish.  So I clicked the 'translate this' button and this came out.  . . . .

Drying Barn
Is-tank construction, in which before was dried and threshed grain. Cereals and dried parsille erected a supercharged lyhteinä (ahos, riihos) and were threshed on the floor (the main floor, in the country) by hitting Varsta using grains from the cobs. In some cases the grains were removed by pedaling. Riihimäki was built of logs salvomalla and tilkittiin (isolated) warm. Threshing Barn was the rarefied oven, parenting times the stove. Riihi the floor of either wooden floors (bridge), flat rock or clay flooring. The risk of fire due to brainstorm usually placed a little further away from residential buildings.

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I know many people from Finland and they are amazing for sure, but this is the worst translation I have ever seen!!  - haha - The risk of fire due to brainstorm... lol
The 100th Anniversary of the 
Birth of Toivo Kärki, 1915-1992
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Toivo Pietari Johannes Kärki was a Finnish composer, musician, music producer and arranger.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Postcrossing Meet-up in Sydney, Australia, Harbor Bridge, ANZAC

Sydney Meet-up

Centenary of ANZAC 

Postcrossing Meet-up Date: 18th April 2015

designed by Laurent14

This postcard is autographed by 8 members of Postcrossing and has a hand made Australian Postcrossing stamp! 

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Centenary of ANZAC:
100 years since Australia's involvement in the First World War
Hand-made and Printed 
Sydney Meet-up
Postcrossing, 70 c

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Macleay's Spectre, Spiny Stick Walking Insect

Female of Macleay's Spectre, Extatosoma tiaratum,
feeding on eucalypt leaves

These insects are popular pets, as they are easy to rear and spectacular to look at.  The spines which give this insect its alternative common name of "spiny stick insect' are harmless, although they may make for an uncomfortable mouthful for a predator.  The eggs of this species and of other stick insects closely resemble the seeds of plants, and are dropped by the female as she feeds.  Males are slender and much smaller than females, and they have long, functional wings.  This Australian insect is now found in captive breeding colonies all over the world.

Photo Stuart Humphres: Australian Museum

This postcard is unused.  I bought it in Australia in 2012 for $2.50.  

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Disney's Darkwing Duck

Darkwing Duck

This postcard is unused.

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Darkwing Duck is an animated action-adventure comedy television series produced by The Walt Disney Company that first ran from 1991 to 1992.  It featured the superhero duck whose alter ego is suburban father Drake Mallard. It was a spin-off of DuckTales.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Cloud Gate AKA The Bean, in Chicago, Illinois, from La Quinta

 Greetings From Route LQ (Hotel chain La Quinta)

Like a Funhouse Mirror - For the whole city

The Bean
The artist, Anish Kapoor, called it "Cloud Gate." Chicago locals call it, "The Bean." Kapoor may be miffed, but we love this giant structure, which sits right in the heart of Chicago, reflecting the skyline from all angles.

Chicago Downtown
Nearest La Quinta: 7 blocks

With over 780 Locations, La Quinta Inns & Suites is everywhere you travel.

This is postmarked in 2010.
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Here is one more postcard ... 
Cloud Gate

Photo: Laurence Parent

This unused postcard from the Windy City is from 2015. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Painted Storks from India

Painted Storks, India

This bird postcard is postmarked in 2012. 

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The Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala) is a large wading bird in the stork family. Their distinctive pink tertial feathers give them their name. 

They forage in flocks in shallow waters along rivers or lakes and nest in trees, often along with other waterbirds. 

Painted Storks immerse their half open beaks in water and sweep them from side to side and snap up their prey of small fish that are sensed by touch. As they wade along they also stir the water with their feet to flush hiding fish. They only sounds they produce are weak moans or bill clattering at the nest.  
Aloha Shirt 
Surfers at Sunset, 32 cents

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

WWII Mail Call, Bainbridge, Maryland

Mail Call, Bainbridge, Maryland

Actual Photograph (Real Photo Postcard)

This is postmarked in 1944, but because it was a soldier in the Navy (as per the postmark) there is no stamp,  just the word 'free'.

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United States Naval Training Center, Bainbridge was the U.S. Navy Training Center at Port Deposit, Maryland. It was active from 1942 to 1976.
From 1942 to the end of World War II, the center had trained 244,277 recruits who transferred to various ships and stations throughout the world.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Where is Tinian? Northern Mariana Islands

Where in the world is Tinian?

This is postmarked in 2009 from Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands.

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Tinian is one of the three principal islands of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. With a population of about 1,000, San Jose is Tinian's largest village.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Two Dolls sending postcards for International Postcard Week

International Postcard Week
October 4-10, 2015

This postcard is unused.
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International Postcard Week
October 4-10, 2015

This postcard features a doll handing a postcard to the mailman and is postmarked in 2015 with three stamps from Great Britain.

Both cards were designed by Sheila from A Postcard a Day.
Sightseeings in London
The Albert Memorial, 12 P
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Great Britain stamp 1981 
The 25th Anniversary of the 
Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Jumping Hurdles, 25 P
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Great Britain stamp 2012
Comics - The Topper
The 75th Anniversary of The Dandy
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The Dandy was a long-running children's comic published in the United Kingdom. The first issue was printed in December 1937.  The final printed edition was issued on 4 December 2012, the comic's 75th anniversary.