Sunday, January 31, 2016

Color Language - A Set of 10 Postcards

Red, Purple, Orange, Brown, Yellow, Black, Green, White, Blue and Pink

This unused postcard set features different colors in many languages and is from 2015.
Each card can be bought separately HERE

Saturday, January 30, 2016

San Pedro Sula, Honduras, The World's Most Dangerous City

San Pedro Sula

Parque Central de San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Central Park of San Pedro Sula, Honduras
(The statue shown is of a girl washing cloths on a rock)

Fotos: Juan Bedeck

The sender writes:
Hola Brenda from The Worlds Most Dangerous City.

This postcards is postmarked in 2015.

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I checked out what he wrote and found this...

The city's growing role as a hub for cocaine trafficking has led to a surge in homicides in recent years....  

San Pedro Sula topped the list of violent cities a second time, with an average of more than three homicides a day.
Mundialista (World Cup)
Sudafrica (South Africa) 2010

Friday, January 29, 2016

Humphead Maori wrasse - Chain Round Robin Postcard

Sydney Aquarium, Australia 
Humphead Maori wrasse

Photography by Darren Jew

This postcard was used in a Chain Round Robin and was mailed from The United States, Russia, Taiwan,  China, Germany and Japan. It started its journey in September 2015 and I received it back in January 2016.   Below is a scan of the back of the postcard.  

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The humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) is also known as the Māori wrasse, Napoleon wrasse, Napoleon fish and Napoleonfish.  They are known for their long life spans. The females are known to live for around 50 years, whereas males live for around 45 years. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Greetings From Hungary

Udvozlet Magyarorszagrol!
Greetings from Hungary!
GruBe aus Ungarn!

The cities shown are:
Hajduszoboszlo, Debrecen, Sopron, Budapest, Pecs, Szekesfehervar, and Tihany.

This is postmarked in 2009 with an arctic fox stamp.
Fauna of the Polar Regions
alopex lagopus  (Arctic Fox)
260 ft

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Three Exaggeration Postcards from William H. Martin

Colo. (Colorado) is the place we grow large cabbage.
Photograph 1908 by W. H. Martin C. 

This is a real photo, exaggeration postcard.

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William H. Martin was a photographer and successful postcard manufacturer in the early 1900s. In 1894, Martin took over a studio in Ottawa, Kansas. He used photocomposited trick photography and, in 1908, produced wildly exaggerated postcards for commercial trade. His range of cards were so popular that he went into the postcard business exclusively. Within a few years, his trick photos made him wealthy.

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Here are two more of his postcards....
Island of Big Corn

Copyright 1909 by Martin Post Card Co.  (WIlliam H. Martin)
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So easy. Put salt on their tails.
Photograph 1909 by WIlliam H. Martin

This rabbit postcard was published by The North American Post Card Co., Kansas city, U.S.A.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bielefeld, Germany

Ostwestfalische Metropole
(East Westphalian metropolis)

Shone GruBe as (Greetings from) Bielefeld

This postcard is postmarked from Germany in 2015 with the signatures of around 47 or 48 members at a Postcrossing meet-up.  There are so many signatures it is hard to count! 
Weihnachten, Merry Christmas
Peter Paul Rubens, 45 + 20
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Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2006
Flowers, Dahlie, Dahlia, 35
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Here is one more postcard from the same meet-up....
6th International Postcrossing 
Meeting in Bielefeld 2015

This postcard features stacks of postcards that have been signed on the back (like the border you see on this card) from members of Postcrossing.  The card also has so many signatures on the back it is hard to count them.  I will guess around 43 or 44 autographs.  It is postmarked in 2015 from Germany. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Two Postcards of Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner
Both of these postcards are unused

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Ava Lavinia Gardner (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990) was an American actress. She was signed to a contract by MGM Studios in 1941 and appeared mainly in small roles until she drew attention with her performance in The Killers (1946).

Ava appeared in several high-profile films from the 1950s to 1970s, including The Hucksters (1947), Show Boat (1951), The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952), Mogambo (1953), The Barefoot Contessa (1954), Bhowani Junction (1956), On the Beach (1959), Seven Days in May (1964), The Night of the Iguana (1964), The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), Earthquake (1974), and The Cassandra Crossing (1976). She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Mogambo.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Marcus Orelius Arch in Tripoli, Libya

marcus orelius arch
Tripoli - Libya

This postcard is postmarked in 2010 with a set of two Libyan architecture stamps.

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The Arch of Marcus Aurelius is a Roman triumphal arch in the city of Oea, modern Tripoli, where it is found near the northeastern entrance to the Medina (old town).

The Arch was erected (entirely in marble) by Gaius Calpurnius Celsus, to commemorate the victories of Lucius Verus (junior colleague and adoptive brother of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius) over the Parthians in the Roman–Parthian War of 161–66.

The monument was erected in 165 AD, and cannot be dated later, because the Emperor is referred to with the title Armenicus, but not with the titles of Medicus and Parthicus, which were conferred on him in 166 AD.
The Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Libya's Islamic Leadership in the Country - 100
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Here is one more postcard of the arch...
Arch of Marcus Aurelius
Tripoli - Libya
This one is postmarked in 2009.
Libya stamp 1998
The Great Socialist People's 
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Chateau de la Rochepot in Bourgogne, France

En Bourgogne

Although the postcard does not say it, The castle shown in the back is Château de la Rochepot.

Photo: Jean-Luc Petit

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 from France with a stamp featuring the tango.

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Burgundy is an administrative and historical region of east-central France. Burgundy comprises the following four departments: Côte-d'Or, Saône-et-Loire, Yonne and Nièvre.

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The Château de la Rochepot is a 13th-century castle, later converted into a château, in Côte d'Or département in Burgundy.

The castle was built in the 13th century on an outcrop of limestone to the north of the village of La Rochepot. As with many castles, it fell into ruin and it was only restored in the 19th century.

France stamp 2015
Fete du Timbre
Stamp Festival
Le Tango Dance, 0,68

Friday, January 22, 2016

Pheww! A Skunk from Michigan

Gaylord, Michigan

Pheww! - to you, too!
Vacationland Scene

This skunk postcard is postmarked in 1972.
The 100th Anniversary of National Parks
Wolf Trap Farm, Virginia, 6 cents

Thursday, January 21, 2016

La Parguera in Lajas, Puerto Rico

La Parguera, Lajas, Puerto Rico

This unused postcard is from 2009.

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La Parguera is a fishing village in the town of Lajas, Puerto Rico. It is known for it's beautiful bay and world class diving.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A Mechanical, Novelty Postcard Featuring Animals...

Since I've been here, I'm ...

Laughin' like a Hyena!
Eatin' like a Horse!
Jumpin' like a Rabbit!
Feelin' High as a Giraffe!
Up all nite like an Owl!

This is an unused, vintage mechanical postcard.  Turn the wheel and it will show you the different sayings that I posted above.  I paid $4.00 for this card a few years ago.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Outer Banks lighthouses in North Carolina on a Glitter Postcard

The North Carolina Outer Banks are not only a source of price and beauty, but also a part of American history.  These historical lighthouses continue to play a major role in the history of the Outer Banks.

This unused postcard is from 2009.

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The sky is covered in glitter!

The names are not on the card, but I'm pretty sure these are:
Cape Hatteras
Cape Lookout
Bodie Island
Currituck Beach

Monday, January 18, 2016

Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Ship Island

Castaway Cay

Monstro Point
Serenity Bay

This postcard is from the Disney Cruise Line and is postmarked in 2015 from the Bahamas.

The sender writes:
We rented bikes today and rode all over the island! My favorite part... I found a tree on the bike path that has a red door for a mouse built into the bottom.  It even "opens".   I love all the small details Disney has.
The 20th Anniversary of the
Bahamian Marine Conservation
65 c
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Here is one more postcard from Castaway Cay...
Castaway Cay
Disney Cruise Line

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Tartu, Estonia: Cathedral Ruins, Observatory and Bridge

Eesti - Estonia

1. Toomkiriku varemed / Ruins of the Dome Cathedral / Tuomiokirkon rauniot

2. Tartu Observatoorium / Tartu Observatory / Tarton observatorio 

3. Kuradisild / Devil's Bridge / Paholaisen silta 

Photos 1 - 2 Meelis Lokk

This postcard is postmarked in 2015. 

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Tartu Observatory:
The observatory building was completed in 1810. The instruments were installed in 1814 by von Struve who subsequently started observations. In 1824, a 9" Fraunhofer refractor arrived, the largest achromatic telescope in the world at the time. When von Struve began assembling his Geodetic Arc (used to establish the exact size and shape of the earth) in 1816, the doorstep of the observatory became its first point.
Different Kind of Estonia
Design: Indrek Ilves, 1.20 
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Estonia (Eesti) stamp 2013
Posthorn, Teal Horn, 0,10

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Birthday Wishes With Fondest Love

Birthday Wishes With Fondest Love.

A loving wish, a heart-felt prayer
Take with this Birthday token'
And still believe that deeper love
Lives in my heart, unspoken.

This postcard is postmarked in 1940 with a 1 cent stamp.  It is published by Davidson Brothers who were in business from 1901-1911.  It also has an undivided back so it was probably printed before 1907.
Benjamin Franklin
1 cent

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Grand Theater in Havana, Cuba (Raised Image)

Gran Teatro de La Habana
Havana Great Theatre

La construccion se inicio en 1907 para el Centro Gallego de La Habana abarcando al antiguo Teatro Tacon y los terrenos anexos que completaban la manzana.  Se inauguro en 1914 y el Teatro Natcional al ano siguiente. Su estilo tomo como modelo las construcciones-barrocas europeas.  Los grupos escultoricos de la fachada son obra del escultor italiano Giuseppe Moretti.  Es la actual sede del Gran Teatro de La Habana y el Ballet Nacional de Cuba.

The construction began in 1907 for the Galacian Center of Havana,  including the ancient Tacon Theatre and the annexed lands that complete the block.  It was inaugurated in 1914 and the National Theatre the following year.  Its style took as model European Baroque constructions.  The sculptural groups of the facade were made by the Italian sculptor Guiseppe Moretti.  It is the current site of the Havana Great Theatre and the National ballet of Cuba
(There are no typing errors, this is the way it is written.)

This is a 'raised image' postcard.  It is unused and was bought in Cuba in 2015. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

I Stay a Bit Overweight as a Public Service

I stay a bit overweight because it wouldn't be fair to all the skinny people if I were this attractive, inteligent, funny AND thin.

It's a public service, really.

This fantastic postcard is mailed in in 2015.

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I wonder if they spelled inteligent wrong as part of the joke, or if the writer is not as smart as they think they are.  hahahha
USA stamp 2014
Postcard Rate 34 Cents

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Post Office in Puerto Villamil, The Galapagos, Ecuador

Correo de Pto. Villamil
Isabela - Galapagos - Ecuador

The sender writes:
I just loved this tiny post office and they actually had some stamps too.  :D

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 from The Galapagos, Ecuador with two stamps.

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Puerto Villamil is a small port village located on the southeastern edge of Isla Isabela in the Galapagos Islands. The harbor is frequently full with sailboats, as Villamil is a popular stop for private yachts making their way to the Marquesas Islands because Villamil is the westernmost town in the Galapagos Islands.
Renewable Energy
Proyecto Hidroelectrico MAZAR
2.00 US
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Ecuador stamp 2014
25 Anos
Caida del Muro De Berlin
The 25th Anniversary of 
The Fall of the Berlin Wall
0.75 US