Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap Year - The Maiden's Vow

The Maiden's Vow in 1908.

Charlie shall propose tonight
I swear it by yon twinkling star,
for ages past might's been right
And all is fair in love and war.

postmarked in 1908 with a one cent Benjamin Franklin stamp

I love how she has a rifle, a pistol and a knife, but just in case those don't work, she has a baseball bat!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

A Bullock Cart in India

Bullock Cart

The oldest mode of transport becomes a novelty in the fast moving world of sleek cars and haut couture. 

Photo: J.E. Pai

This is postmarked in 2009 with two India stamps.

The sender writes:

The bullock card (also known as a bullock wagon or bullock team) is a common means of transportation used traditionally since ancient times in many parts of the world.  They are still used today where modern vehicles are too expensive or the infrastructure does not favor them.
Children's Day, 5.00 (5 R)
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India stamp 2001
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, 3.00 (3 R)

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Star Trek III - The Search for Spock

A Dying Planet.
A Fight for Life.
The Search for Spock.

The Search for Spock
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Join the Search.

Star Trek III
The Search for Spock

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is a 1984 motion picture released by Paramount Pictures. The film is the third feature film of the Star Trek science fiction franchise and is the center of a three-film story arc that begins with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and concludes with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. After the death of Spock (Leonard Nimoy (March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015)) the crew of the USS Enterprise returns to Earth. When James T. Kirk (William Shatner) learns that Spock's spirit, or katra, is held in the mind of Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley (January 20, 1920 – June 11, 1999)), Kirk and company steal the Enterprise to return Spock's body to his home planet. The crew must also contend with hostile Klingons, led by Kruge (Christopher Lloyd), bent on stealing the secrets of a powerful terraforming device.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Pend Oreille River and Priest River in Idaho

Albania Falls on Pend Oreille River - Priest River, Idaho
Photo: Ross Hall

This real photo postcard is unused.

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The Pend Oreille River is a tributary of the Columbia River, approximately 130 miles (209 km) long, in northern Idaho and Washington in the United States, as well as southeastern British Columbia in Canada.

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Priest River is a city in Bonner County, Idaho with a population of around 1,700 people.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Alaskan Arctic Fox

Alaskan Arctic Fox

Color by Rusty Kirkpatrick

rare view of this colorful animal at rest on the snow in Arctic Alaska silhouetted against the mottled twilight sky off "The Land of The Midnight Sun."

This 'Dexter Press' postcard has scalloped edges and is unused. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

An Advertising Postcard for Radio Valloire 95.5 in France

toute l'annee l'ecoute  (listening the whole year)
Radio Valloire 95.5 FM
Valero Galibier

La radio sans pub! (The radio without ads)

Ecoutez toute l'anee, vous serez a la montagne! 
(Listen all year, you will be in the mountains!)

This advertising postcard is postmarked in 2015. 
France stamp 2015
Joint Issue with India
Satellite Megha - Tropiques 
50 and de cooperation spatiale 
(50 years of space cooperation)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Jewelry of Azeri Masters, Azerbaijan

Traditional Crafts of Azerbaijan

Jewellery (Jewelry) of Azeri masters -
zargars (goldsmiths) can be divided into several groups according to their usage - belts, head, chest, neck and wrist trappings; jewellery for clothes, weapons and animals.  Women's trappings for head, chest, neck, as well as belts, rings, earrings, bracelets are very common examples of the traditional jewellery.

This postcard is postmarked in 2015.
Azerbaijan stamp 2015
1st European Games, Baku
Wrestling, 0,2
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Azerbaijan stamp 2015
The 175th Anniversary of the 
World's First Postage Stamp 
One Penny Black, 0,2
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Azerbaijan stamp 2014
Domestic Cats, 0,2

Monday, February 22, 2016

Golden Retrievers, 3 Kinds of People / Math

There are 3 kinds of people in the world
Those who are good at math, and those who aren't

This funny postcard features golden retriever dogs in eye glasses and ties and is postmarked in 2015 with a hummingbird stamp. (For the record, I am one of the three who 'aren't'.)
USA stamp 2014
illustrator Nancy Stahl. 
Issue Date: February 7, 2014
Postcard Rate 34 Cents

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Pergola, Centennial Hall and Iglica in Wroclaw, Poland

Hala Stulecia 

Pergola, Hala Stulecia, Iglica, Wnetrze Hali Stuleccia
Pergola, Centennial Hall, Iglica, Centennial Hall-Ingerior

The sender writes:
The building became one of Poland's official National Historic Monuments.  It was listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006.

This is postmarked in 2015 from Poland

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Iglica is a needle-like monument. It was built in 1948 after World War 2. 
Signs of the Zodiac 
Koziorozec (Capricorn) 
5 ZL
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Poland (Polska) stamp 2005
Polish Cities
Sieradz 20GR

Saturday, February 20, 2016

A Sea Lion from San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador

Leon Marino, San Cristobal
Sea Lion, San Cristobal Island

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 with four of the stamp stamps from Ecuador featuring the Berlin Wall. 

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San Cristóbal (Chatham) is the easternmost island in the Galápagos archipelago. It is is composed of 3 or 4 fused volcanoes, all extinct and is the island where Darwin first went ashore in 1835. 
25 Anos
Caida del Muro De Berlin
The 25th Anniversary of 
The Fall of the Berlin Wall
0.75 US

Friday, February 19, 2016

Hamm, Germany

 Bahnhofsquartier Hamm - Stadtumbau West
(Bahnhofquartier Hamm - Urban Redevelopment West)

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 from Germany.

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Hamm is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.  As of December 2003 its population was 180,849.

In the year 1350 The Black death killed nearly all of the citizens of Hamm. Only seven families survived.
Schloss Ludwigslust, 80

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Coachella Valley in California

Happy National Postcard Week 2015
From The Coachella Valley

Images are from the Local Towns of the Coachella Valley along Highway 111 - Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and Palm Desert California.

Living in the Desert means blistering summer heats (highs reaching over 120 degrees F.) but also beautiful sunny weather running 70 degrees to 80 degrees through the heart of winter until April or May.  Palm Springs has been a historical play ground for the rich and famous with a multitude of festivals celebrating the arts, theater and film.

Our little Oasis creates a perfect atmosphere for PGA Golf, the combined number of golf courses through this stretch is well over 100 beautifully manicured greens.

This is from 'Postcards In The Attic'.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Drumming Duck - I.Q. Zoo, Hot Springs, Arkansas

The Drumming Duck

I. Q. Zoo
380 Whittington Avenue
Hot Springs, Arkansas

The performing animals at I.Q. Zoo are the result of something new in animal training.  They have been trained by animal psychologist Keller Breland of Hot Springs, Arkansas.  These animals learn by the reward system.  No punishment is used.   Once trained, they will not forget and will perform automatically for any one.  The I.Q. Zoo animals are nationally famous.  They have been featured on television and in Life, Collier's, Popular Mechanics and other national magazines.

Copyright, Keller Breland, 1955.

This postcard is unused. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Harry Potter - L'Exposition (The Exhibition)

Harry Potter
L'Exposition (The Exhibition)

Actuellement (Currently)
A La Cite Du Cinema / Saint-Denis (see below)
Plus de 250 000 Visiteurs Deja Conquis! (over 250,000 visitors)

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 from France.

Shown are:
Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
Emma Watson as Hermione Granger

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The Harry Potter Exhibition is an international traveling exhibition featuring hundreds of authentic props, costumes, artifacts and set dressings from the Harry Potter feature films.

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The Cité du Cinéma is a film studio complex located in Saint-Denis, north of Paris.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Annapolis, Maryland

Annapolis, MD
View of Annapolis from East Port

This unused postcard is from 2011.

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Annapolis is on the Chesapeake bay and is the capital of the U.S. state of Maryland.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Two More Vintage Valentines Postcard from John Winch and Jason Freixas

 St. Valentine's Greetings

This is an unused novelty booklet postcard that features two children playing with toys, one a horn and the other a horse.  The pages of the card open up and you read them like a book.  The inside pages read:

A Loving Thought

Some time ago, I saw a face,
'Twas fair, but it was stage to me;
But in my mind, it found a place,
And all my thoughts are now of thee.

450/46 No. 65550

Design publisher: John Winsch 1914
Artist: Jason Freixas
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Here are scans of the insides of the pages and the back of the postcard...

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Here is one more postcard...
 Valentine Thoughts

This is an unused novelty booklet postcard that features two children playing with hearts.  
The inside pages read:

Be My Valentine

Crowned with the dignity of a queen,
The valleys fairest lily I ween,
Could not compete with her queenly air
Not e'en the rose-tint can compare,
With the blush that paints her velvet cheek,
As softly to my love I speak,
So drink the health of this love of mine,
The health of my dear, sweet Valentine.

450/46 No. 65554

Design publisher: John Winsch 1914
Artist: Jason Freixas
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Here are scans of the insides of the pages and the back of the postcard...

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Two Vintage Valentines Postcard from John Winch and Jason Freixas

Valentine Greeting

This is a novelty booklet postcard that features two children riding in a car with the cupid police about to shoot them with his bow and arrow of love.  The pages of the card open up and you read them like a book.  The inside pages read:

To My Valentine

If you were me and I were you,
You'd press this missive to your breast,
But as I'm I, and you are you
I fear you'll love the nearest, best.

Design publisher: John Winsch 1914
Artist: Jason Freixas
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A missive is a written message or letter.
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Here are scans of the inside of each page and the back of the book.

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Here is one more postcard....
Valentine Thoughts

This is an unused novelty booklet postcard that features a young girl playing with hearts.
The inside page reads:

Valentines Plaint
(It looks like maybe her valentine got away with a piece of her heart??)

450/46 No. 65551

Design publisher: John Winsch 1914
Artist: Jason Freixas
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Here are the inside pages of this postcard...

Friday, February 12, 2016

President Abraham Lincoln 100 Years, 1809 - 1909

1809 - 1909
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth
Abraham Lincoln Splitting Rails
Lawyer - Statesman
February 12.

This unused postcard is also embossed.  

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Fairy with Hearts by Minni Havas

Design: Minni Havas

This fairy with hearts postcard is postmarked in 2015 from Finland.

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Minni Havas is an artist / illustrator who was born in Finland. She creates photo-realistic art.

“By drawing and painting I make detailed pictures with magical colours and arrangements somewhere in the borderlands of the real and the imaginary,” says Minni.
A Ladies Purse / Handbag
1 KL