Thursday, December 31, 2015

Time to Kiss 2015 Goodbye

Walt Disney World

This 3D postcard features Minnie Kissing Mickey Mouse on the cheek.  It is postmarked with a USA Forever stamp.
USA stamp 2013
Christmas Gingerbread House
Yellow roof and green door
Forever a first class rate 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Mural on the Bucyrus Court House in Ohio

Bucyrus, Ohio
Great American Crossroad

Construction of the Bucyrus Court House began in 1850 and went through various modifications over the years to reach its present day splendor.  It is depicted here in a detail from the 34' X 130' mural entitled: Bucyrus: Great American Crossroad by artist Eric Grohe.

This is postmarked in 2009 with a 27 cent Guava stamp and a 1 cent Tiffany lamp stamp.
Tropical Fruits
Guava, 27 cents
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USA stamp 2007
Tiffany Lamp, 1 cent

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Panacea Cats of Florida and Football Coach Urban Meyer

National Postcard Week
May 6-12, 2007

The Panacea Cats of Florida

O'Bear really believes he was standing beside coach Urban Meyer when the Gators dumped ice on him after they beat Ohio State for the National Championship!

January 8, 2007
The University of Florida Defeats Ohio State
41 - 14

This unused postcard was made for Bette Mays with the art drawn by Rick Geary.

The back of the postcard reads:

Texans Bette and Elmo Mays have always been football fans.  While living in Ohio they attended many Ohio State football games with Dr. Martha Passe and Professor Michael Passe.  Shirley, daughter # 2 attended Ohio State.
  The Mays moved from Ohio to Florida where they especially cheered for the University of Florida Gators.  Even thought # 4 daughter Suzanne got her degree in Florida at Palm Beach Atlantic University she was pulling for Ohio State, her husbands John's school.
  The cats belonged to the Mays family.  The pug lives in New York with Spencer, Peyton and Phoenix List.

Monday, December 28, 2015

The First Permanent Home in Utah

First Permanent Home in Utah

Erected on the Weber River in 1845 my Miles Goodyear, mountain man.  Made of cottonwood logs with roof of poles, rushes and dirt.  The cabin served as a pioneer home for years, then as a blacksmith shop.  Now located at the Daughters of Utah Pioneer Museum, 2148 Grant. Ave., Ogden, Utah.

This is postmarked in 2009 with a USA 42 cent Abraham Lincoln stamp.
The 200th Anniversary of the Birth of 
Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865
42 cents

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Two 3D Postcards of La Nouba, Cirque Du Soleil

La Nouba
Cirque Du Soleil

Shown on this card are:

The Green bird (wearing purple) ...  She is a flightless bird, out of her cage that is like a marionette puppet.

Acrobatic Pierrot ... This Pierrot (Pantomime Character) appears as a red acrobat.
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La Nouba
Cirque Du Soleil

This part of the show is called Diabolos...

It is a children's toy with a circus twist where four young and very talented girls throw hourglass-shaped, giant yoyos in the air with the help of a long line of string connected to two sticks that they hold in each hand. The children flip, roll and even skip with the string while the spinning diabolo falls to the stage to be caught at the last second. Up to two diabolos are used by each performer.

Both of these 3-D postcards are unused and from 2015.

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La Nouba is a Cirque du Soleil show in a custom-built, freestanding theater at Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida. It is a contemporary circus performance featuring acrobats, gymnasts, and other skilled performers. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Piarist Church in Krems, Austria

Piaristenkirche Krems
Gemalde von Martin Johann Schmidt (Kremser Schmidt), Orgel mit barockem Gehause
(Paintings by Martin Johann Schmidt (Kremser Schmidt), baroque organ with housing)

This is postmarked in 2013 with a stamp from Austria.

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The Church of the Piarists, Piaristenkirche is believed to be the site of the oldest church in Krems. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and has stood on this site since at least 1284. It was greatly enlarged during the 15th Century.
from the series: Paintings
150 Geburtstag Gustav Klimt 170
The 150th Aniv. of the Birth of Gustav Klimt 170
Fritza Riedler 1906 Belvedere Wien 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Jesus' Baby Shower - All Men

Still the Record for most men ever to attend a baby shower.

This is an 'Inherit the Mirth' postcard by Cuyler Black and is postmarked in 2014.
USA stamp 2013
Christmas Gingerbread House
Red roof and red door
Forever a first class rate 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Santa and Reindeer with Parachutes Instead of a Sleigh

Santa and his reindeer each using a parachute instead of a sleigh  ( I love it!!)

Illustration by Stewart Moskowitz

This is postmarked in 2012 with all four Christmas stamps from the 'Santa and Reindeer' series 

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From his website:

Mr. Moskowitz achieved success at an early age, and the characters in his works have universal appeal. Born in 1941 in the bustling New York City, Moskowitz's first influence came from his father, a wood sculptor, who decorated his home with figurines depicting elephants, tigers, and birds.
Stewart says, "When I was just 5 or 6 years old, instead of selling lemonade, I would sell my paintings in front of my house for 3 or 4 cents a piece."

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Orthodox Greek Catholic Church in Owczary, Poland



This postcard is postmarked in 2015 with two stamps from Poland.

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The sender writes:
This Orthodox Greek Catholic church is now shared by the Roman and Greek Catholic parishes.  It is one of the oldest Lemko Orthodox churches. (It was built in the 17th century.)  In 2013, it was included on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with other wooden orthodox churches in Poland and the Ukraine.  
Winner of the FIVB Volleyball 
Men's World Championships 
Pawel Zagumny
Volleyball Player, 1
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Poland (Polska) stamp 2014
Alternative Energy Sources, 4,20

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Cutting Ice Blocks for Fish in Sandusky, Ohio

National Postcard Week
May 4 - 10, 2014
Firelands Postcard Club

Every winter, ice and commercial fishing companies cut ice on Sandusky bay and stored the blocks in ice houses.  Horse-drawn cutters and large hand saws were used to cut blocks, which were poled along cut channels to the ice houses.  Blocks were packed in saw dust and used throughout the year - selling ice blocks and packing fish.

The Firelands Postcard Club meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month in Sandusky, Ohio.

This unused postcard is a Limited Edition of 750.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Old South Pecan Pie Recipe

Old South Pecan Pie
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 tablespoons white sugar
6 tablespoons light brown sugar
Dash salt
3/4 cup Karo Pancake Syrup
1/4 cup real maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla
4 eggs
2 cups pecan halves
1 9-inch unbaked pie crust
Whipped cream to garnish

Beat together sugars and butter.  Beat in eggs; beat well.  Beat in syrups, salt and vanilla.  Stir in pecans and mix well.  Pour into unbaked pie crust.
Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes.
Cool and serve.  Yummy variation: add 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips when you stir in pecans.  Continue as above.
Photo by Rindy Nyberg

This unused postcard is from 2007.  

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Merry Christmas from Russia

Merry Christmas

Is this a fox? a squirrel? a Chipmunk?????

This postcard is postmarked in 2011 with three Russia stamps...

Russia stamp 2011
Christmas Ornament 20 P.
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Rabbit, 0.10
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Russia stamp 2008
Moose, 3.00 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Apostle Islands Sea Caves in Wisconsin

Apostle Islands
Sea Caves
Lake Superior - Wisconsin

Ice covered sea caves of the Apostle Islands, sculpted centuries ago.

Photo by Dennis O'Hara

This lovely postcard was sent to me by my adorable nephew Tavis in 2015.
Greetings stamp featuring white roses
Forever a first class rate

Friday, December 18, 2015

Star Wars and Disney

WonderGround Gallery

Original Artwork of
"It's A Small Galaxy After All"
by artist Jerrod Maruyama

The Art of Disney

This unused Star Wars Postcard resembles 'It's a Small World' and was bought at Walt Disney World in 2015.

The planets shown are:

1. Tatooine
2. Hoth
3. Dagobah
4. Endor

Thursday, December 17, 2015

A Handmade Sewn Postcard of a Lady with a Large Hat

 This is a handmade postcard that is postmarked in 2015.

The sender writes:

I sewed this on my sewing machine!  There is a black thread out-line with the embroidery machine sewn on paper and 'tool'.  Then it is painted with markers.
USA stamp 2015
Maya Angelou, 1928-2014
Forever a first class rate
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The stamp showcases artist Ross Rossin's 2013 portrait of Maya Angelou. The oil-on-canvas painting is part of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's collection.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Marina Bay Sands Resort and Casino in Singapore

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

This postcard is postmarked in 2015.

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Marina Bay Sands is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including the land cost.

With the casino complete, the resort includes a 2,561-room hotel, a 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) convention-exhibition centre, the 800,000-square-foot (74,000 m2) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two large theatres, seven "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, a skating rink, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines.
Vanishing Trades
Sonkok Maker
30 c 
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Singapore stamp 2013
Vanishing Trades
Dairy Man
1 st

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Czech Republic Stamp about Postcrossing, Write, Send and Receive a Postcard

1. Write
2. Send
3 Receive

This postcard is signed by the founders of Postcrossing Ana and Paulo and is postmarked in 2015 from the Czech Republic with the matching Postcrossing stamp.  

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I have been a member of Postcrossing since October of 2006  and can say my favorite part of it, besides all the amazing postcards, is the people.  I have meet many Postcrossing members here in the states and from all over Europe and they are all amazing!  Postcard collectors are fun people who like adventure. They laugh easily and enjoy being around other collectors.  It truly is an amazing hobby with amazing people.  
Postcrossing, Write, Send, Receive, E

Monday, December 14, 2015

The New (Now Old) Hermitage Museum in Russia

The New Hermitage, 1842 - 51. L. von Klenze

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 with four stamps from Russia. (There are two of the 10P stamps.)

The sender sent me this message:
 Fyi (for your information) Hermitage originated as a private collection of Catherine II. The collection housed in this building, so now it is called the Old Hermitage.

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The State Hermitage is a museum of art and culture with six buildings in St Petersburg, Russia.  Five of them are open to the public. They are the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage (in the postcard), New Hermitage and Hermitage Theatre.
Definitive Issue
Moscow Kremlin
10 p.
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Russia stamp 2009
Definitive Issue
Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin
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Russia stamp 2009
Definitive Issue
Rostov Kremlin

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Christmas Manger Postcard Mailed from Five Countries

TheMangers. com

This is a postcard from a store called Castro's Interiors in Stuart Florida.  They have a HUGE manger scene that is so big you can walk into it.  There is a little wooden donation box and postcards left by the box.  Of course I made a nice donation, then helped myself to a postcard.

I participated in a Chain Round Robin so this card is postmarked in 2014 and 2015 with stamps from four different countries - Hong Kong, Russia, Japan and The USA.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Old San Juan in Puerto Rico

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Od San Juan was founded in 1521.  The colonial city shows its best side from the harbor.  Built on natural slopes, the crowded cluster of buildings take the form of a great amphitheater framed by a formidable ring of walls and castles.  A combination of old houses and modern buildings imparts variety to cityscape, and gives San Juan its colorful and picturesque character.  It is a city with a proud and rich heritage, tempered by ancient calamities of war, pirate attacks, earthquakes and hurricanes.  The face of colonial Spain, undistorted by modern innovations, can still be seen in the streets of San Juan, through its cobblestone paving, inner patios and courtyards, overhanging balconies and religious shrines.  The city's most impressive features are the old castles El Morro, San Cristobal, El Canuelo Fort and most of the city walls.

Photo: 2013 Mark Drenth

There is also an Island Recipe on the back:
Habichuelas Negras con Arroz
(Black Beans and Rice)

1 1/4 cup dried black beans rinsed
12 cups water
1 onion chopped
1 garlic clove chopped
1 green pepper chopped
1 cup uncooked rice
1 teaspoon salt

Boil 10 cups water and add beans.  Simmer 3 hours. Drain.  In pot, add onion, garlic, salt, green pepper and 2 cups water.  Bring to boil, add rice, simmer 20 minutes.
(personally, I would hard simmer for more than 3 hours, and add a chopped tomato, parsley, chives and some hot sauce to the mix.)

This postcard is postmarked in 2014.
Christmas Evergreen Wreath
Forever an International Rate stamp

Friday, December 11, 2015

Alice in WoNdERlaNd on a Wooden Postcard

This is a scene from the Mad Hatter's Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland.

Shown on this wood postcard are: Alice, The March Hare, The Dormouse and The Mad Hatter. 

This wooden postcard was made in England for The British Library and was mailed in 2015 with two Great Britain 'Alice in Wonderland' stamps! 
Alice in Wonderland
Mad Hatter Tea Party
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Great Britain stamp 2015
Alice in Wonderland
Alice falling down the rabbit hole

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Longaberger Company, Large Basket Building in Ohio

The seven-story, 180,000 square foot Home Office of the Longaberger Company is a one-of-a-kind basket-shaped architectural marvel and is modeled after the Company's Medium Market Basket.  The building, which serves as an icon for The Longaberger Company, is located at One Market Square, 1500 East Main Street, Newark, Ohio  43055.

The sender writes:

We do not live too far from here.  There are other large basket buildings in the town as well, but this is by far the biggest.  It is massive!

This postcard is postmarked in 2015.
USA stamp 2015
Coastal Birds
Red Knot
Postcard Rate
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Here is an advertising postcard from Longaberger...

You're Invited!  Join us for a unique experience where you will be introduced to the latest Longaberger products.

This is an invitation for a home party to buy their products like the wicker baskets you see here.  

This unused postcard is from 2003.