Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Fish in Love :D

Miriam Wurster "Kugelfisch" (Kugelfisch is German for Pufferfish)

This is an 'Inkognito' postcard that is postmarked in 2016 from the Netherlands with a Postcrossing stamp.

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Miriam Wurster (born in 1964 in Hamburg ) is a German cartoonist .
Netherlands (Nederland) stamp 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Morning Train on the Rhaetian Railway in Switzerland

Der Morgenzug der Rhatischen Bahn.
I believe this translates something like ...
The Morning Train on the Rhaetian Railway

Kontrollfahrt im Bahnland Graubünden Echte Menschen. Echte Ferien.
(Control run in Bahnland Graubünden Real people. True Self.)

This postcard is postmarked from Switzerland in 2016 with the signatures of 18 people from a Postcrossing meet-up.

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They started building the original train tracks here on June 29, 1988.
Definitive Issue
Bay Window, Blue, 2 - 200

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wurzburg, Germany - A Postcrossing Meet-up Postcard

Postcrossing Meet-up in Wurzburg 23rd April 2016

This postcard is postmarked in 2016 from Germany with the autographs of 22 Postcrossing members.

Although the postcard doesn't say it, I believe the building at the top is the Marienberg Fortress. Also the picture in the bottom middle is the Würzburg Residence, a palace which began construction in  1720 and was completed in 1744.
Castles - Albrechtsburg, Meissen, 90

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Woerth, France in 1966

Woerth (Bas-Rhin)
Vue generale aerienne 
(General Aerial View)

This postcard is postmarked in 1966. 

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Woerth is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in north-eastern France.  It is known for the Battle of Wœrth, in the initial stage of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870.
City Arms, Mont-De-Marsan, 0.25

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Recipe Postcard for Maryland's Fried Chicken

Maryland Fried Chicken

1 - 3 pound frying chicken cut into serving pieces
1 cup milk or buttermilk
1 cup flour 1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper

Wash chicken pieces and soak in milk or buttermilk for 30 minutes.  Drain but do not dry.  Sprinkle salt liberally on both sides.  Place the flour, pepper and 1 teaspoon salt into a medium size brown paper bag.  Add chicken.  Close top of bag and shake so all pieces are coated evenly and well.  Remove chicken pieces and shake to remove excess flour.  Put on rack and Carefully place chicken pieces in skillet side by side, fleshy side down.  Cook rapidly a few minutes, making sure pieces have a firm but very light brown crust on the bottom.  Turn each piece as it reaches  this stage until all are turned.  Continue cooking one minute over high heat.  Reduce head to low and cover skillet.  Cook 20 to 30 minutes until cooked through.

Remove cover and turn heat up again to highest level.  Turn each piece as the bottom becomes golden, but not too brown, and quite crisp.  The top surface of the chicken pieces will have a soft, soggy appearance but a few minutes of hight heat crisping will restore the pieces to golden crispness.  Remove pieces to drain on paper towels.  Serve with chicken cream gravy.

--- Maryland's chicken industry is concentrated in rural sections of the lower Eastern Shore, where one grower can raise thousands of birds in a single barn like "house".  The business is Maryland's largest agricultural endeavor, contributing almost $1 billion to the state's economy.

This is postmarked in 2016.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Tarnowskie Gory in Poland

Tarnowskie Gory
Rynek (Market)

- Ratusz (Town Hall)
- Apteka "Pod Aniolem" (Pharmacy)
- Kamienice w rynku (townhouses in the market)

foto: Edward Wyzgol

This unused postcard is from 2015.

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Tarnowskie Góry is an old, picturesque town in Silesia (southern Poland).

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Giant Galapagos Tortoise in 3-D Named Harriet

Giant Galapagos Tortoise "Harriet" (ca. 1830 - 2006)
Galapagos-Riesenschidkrote (German)
Tortuga de las Galapagos (Spanish)
Tortue geante des Galapagos (French)

Photo: Gary Bell

This unused 3D postcard was made in Germany and bought in 2015.

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Harriet (c. 1830 – June 23, 2006) was a Galápagos tortoise who had an estimated age of 175 years at the time of her death in Australia. Harriet is the third oldest tortoise, behind Tu'i Malila, who died in 1965 at the age of 188, and Adwaita, who died in 2006 at the estimated age of 255.

She was reportedly collected by Charles Darwin during his 1835 visit to the Galápagos Islands as part of his round-the-world survey expedition, transported to England, and then brought to her final home, Australia, by a retiring captain of the Beagle. However, some doubt was cast on this story by the fact that Darwin had never visited the island that Harriet originally came from.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mound A, Poverty Point, Epps, Louisiana

Mound A
The largest mound in North America at 1400 B.C.
Poverty Point World Heritage Site
Epps, Louisiana

This is postmarked with a 'Poverty Point' cancelation mark in 2015. 

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Poverty Point comprises several earthworks and mounds built in the Americas by a group of Native Americans of the Poverty Point culture. The culture extended 100 miles (160 km) across the Mississippi Delta. The original purposes of Poverty Point have not been determined by archaeologists, although they have proposed various possibilities including that it was: a settlement, a trading center, and/or a ceremonial religious complex.

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On June 22, 2014, UNESCO approved Poverty Point as a World Heritage Site.
USA stamp 2015
Coastal Birds
Red Knot
Postcard Rate

Issue Date:  June 01, 2015
Art Director/Designer:  Greg Breeding

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Princess Diana and Prince William in 1983

Sovereign Series No. 3
Charles and Diana in the Antipodes
No. 27 (of 30)
23 April 1983.  For his encore, giggling with exuberance, a rather wobbly Prince William took his first tottering steps in public, entirely unabashed by the massed batter of cameras.

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Prince William was born on 21 June 1982.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina

Blue Ridge Parkway
North Carolina

Fall view of Mount Jefferson from the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

Photo by Gregg Balkcum

This postcard is postmarked in 2016.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road in the United States that is known for its scenic beauty. It runs for 469 miles (755 km) and was built to connect Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
USA stamp 2014
Batman's Bat Signal 
Circle Shaped Stamp
Forever a 1st class stamp

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Tornado with Lightning in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Tornado
Photo by Jason Blakeslee

This postcard is unused.

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Most of Oklahoma lies in an area known as Tornado Alley characterized by frequent interaction between cold, dry air from Canada, warm to hot, dry air from Mexico and the Southwestern U.S., and warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. The interactions between these three contrasting air currents produces severe weather.   An average 62 tornadoes strike the state per year—one of the highest rates in the world.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Battle of Waterloo, June 18, 1815

Battle of Waterloo
18 June 1815

Partiel reproduction of the Panorama

Artistic views Editions postcard
Photographed by Marc Boseret

This is postmarked from Belgium with two Waterloo stamps and a 200th anniversary  Waterloo postmark. 
Belgium (Belgie-Belgique) stamp 2015
The 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo
Willem, Prins Van Oranje
William, Prince D'Orange - 1 Europe
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William II (6 December 1792 – 17 March 1849) GCB was King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Duke of Limburg.

He was senior officer of the Allied army in the Low Countries when Napoleon I of France escaped from Elba in 1815. He relinquished command on the arrival of the Duke of Wellington, and fought at the head of I Allied Corps at the Battle of Quatre Bras (16 June 1815) and the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815), where he was wounded. As a sign of gratitude for his victory in Waterloo, William was offered Soestdijk Palace by the Dutch people.
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The 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo
Michel Ney - 1 Europe
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Michel Ney, 1st Duc d'Elchingen, 1st Prince de la Moskowa (10 January 1769 – 7 December 1815), popularly known as Marshal Ney, was a French soldier and military commander during the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. He was one of the original 18 Marshals of the Empire created by Napoleon.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Morro Castle and the Malecon in Havana Cuba

Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba
(The city of Havana, Cuba)
Malecon de la Habana y Castillo del Morro
(The Malecon of Havana and The Morro Castle)

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 with a Cuba stamp.

The sender writes:
We went here with Victor and Abby to the Canon Ceremony!  We even rode the horse and buggy around the 'castillo'.  Also, check out the waves flooding the malecon on this postcard! 

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Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro, named after the three biblical Magi, is a fortress guarding the entrance to Havana bay in Havana, Cuba. It was built in 1589.

The Morro fortress shares its name with structures in Santiago de Cuba and the Castillo de San Felipe del Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Cubania en Mariposas III
Butterflies of Cuba
Holguinia holguin, 65

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Art of a Young Girl from artist Liesel Lauterborn

There is no description on the back however the letters going up the middle read:
Kunstpostkarten - verlag (publisher) 

The artist is Liesel Lauterborn.  

This postcard is postmarked in 1936.
 Lion with Crown
New Daily Stamp, 35

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

An Arctic Paradise in Finland

Helmikuu Februari Veebruar Februar 
February Fevrier Februarius 

Lappi Lapland Lapimaa Lappland Laponie
Laponia Lapponia Laponia 

The languages are (I think): 
Finnish, Dutch, Estonian, German
English, French, Esperanto
and there is one more that I can't type, that looks like Russian. 

The sender writes:
We are skiing in Lapland.  Fine weather and lots of snow. 

This is postmarked in 2016 from Finland.  
Finland stamp 2015
Golden Swan, 1 lk kl
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Water & Archipelago, 0,10

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Men Performing a Tribal Dance in Gabon

Images Gabonaises (Images of Gabon)
Les haommes de la Danse (Men Dancing)

Photo: J. Trolez

This postcard is unused.

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Gabon, officially the Gabonese Republic, is located on the equator on the west coast of Central Africa.

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Albion Printing Press from the MOTAT Museum in New Zealand


The Albion press is an early iron hand printing press manufactured in London from around 1820 - 1930

Printed Letterpress by Volunteers in The Print Shop

The sender writes:

This card is from MOTAT, The Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland, New Zealand

This postcard was mailed from New Zealand in 2016. 
Year of the Monkey, 2.00

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Namib Desert, Namibia

Namib Desert
Zebra pan after a good rainy season;
Sossusvlei environs (Sossusvlei area) - Namibia

Photograph: Johan Steyn

This is postmarked in 2008 with a Namibia 'Ediacaran fossil' stamp.

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Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan (dry lake) surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert. 

The name "Sossusvlei" is of mixed origin, and roughly means "dead end marsh".  Sossusvlei owes this name to the fact that it is an endorheic drainage basin (i.e., a drainage basin without outflows) for the ephemeral Tsauchab River.
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Namib Desert, Namibia 
From Earthsong by Bernhard Edmaier 

This is postmarked from Canada with three Canadian handcraft stamps and one gorgeous 'The Flood Gate by Homer Watson' stamp in 2007. 

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The Namib Desert is a desert in Namibia which forms part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park one of Africa's largest. The desert occupies an area of around 50 000 km², stretching some 1,000 miles (1,600 km) along the Atlantic Ocean coast of Namibia, which is named after this desert. Its east-west width varies from 30 to 100 miles (50-160 km). The Namib Desert also reaches into southwest Angola.

The area is considered to be the oldest desert in the world, having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for at least 80 million years.


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cevapi, 'Fast Food' in Bosnia and Herzegovina


The sender writes:

On this card you can see our traditional food. 
Name: Cevapi
It is Bosnian fast food.

The sender also wrote their e-mail for future swaps, But I can't read it.  :-(   I tried several different ways, but I never heard back from them.  It is a shame, I would love to have more cards from Bosnia and Herzegovina!

This is postmarked in 2016.

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Ćevapi is a grilled dish of minced meat, a type of skinless sausage.  They are usually served of 5–10 pieces on a plate or in a flatbread, often with chopped onions, sour cream, kajmak, ajvar, feta cheese, minced red pepper and salt.
Drinking Fountain in Tuzla, 1.50

Friday, June 10, 2016

Judy Garland

 Judy Garland

This reproduction postcard is unused and was bought in 2014.

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Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian.  She received a Juvenile Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award as well as Grammy Awards and a Special Tony Award.

She made more than two dozen films, including nine with Mickey Rooney, and one of my favorite movies... 1939's The Wizard of Oz.
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Here is a postcard of her in The Wizard of Oz . . .

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Night St. Isaac's Cathedral.

This postcard is postmarked in 2015. 

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Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city and the fourth largest (by the volume under the cupola) cathedral in the world. 

During World War II, the dome was painted over in gray to avoid attracting attention from enemy aircraft.
Russia stamp 2015
City of Nikolayevsk-on-Amur, 17
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I believe this is a statue of Gennady Ivanovich Nevelskoy.
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Fox  1.00
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Definitive Issue
Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin
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Russia stamp 2009
Novgorod Kremlin

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Cars Disney Movie - Released on June 8, 2006

Lightning McQueen
Lightning McQueen is a hotshot rookie race car, poised to become the youngest car ever to win the Piston Cup Championship.  He has just two things on his mind: winning and the perks that come with it.  It’s everything he’s dreamed of ... but that’s about to change.  When McQueen gets lost in the forgotten town of Radiator Springs, he’s introduced to a group of new friends that challenge him to reconsider the car he wants to be.

Fun Facts:
- #95 sponsored by Rust-eze Mediated Bumper Ointment
- Top speed: 200 mph, 0-60 in 4.5 seconds
- Favorite expression: “Ka-chow!”
- He considers his silver lightning bolt his lucky sticker
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Sally is a beautiful 2000 Porsche 911 from California who grew tired of life in the fast lane and made a new start in the small town of Radiator Springs.  Charming, intelligent and witty, she is the town attorney and the car most dedicated to preserving and reviving the town with the hopes that one day it will “get back on the map”.

Fun Facts:
- Owner of the Cozy Cone Motel in Radiator Springs
- Sports a pin-striped tattoo
- Her nickname for McQueen is “Stickers
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Doc Hudson
Doc Hudson is a 1951 Hudson Hornet, a seemingly quiet country doctor who runs the local “medical clinic’ (mechanic shop) in Radiator Springs.  Though he’s a car of few words, Doc is respected and admired by the townsfolk for the way he looks out for their health and tends to their aches and pains.  Doc ends up teaching McQueen lessons he can apply both on and off the track.

Fun Facts:
- Doc is not only the town doctor, but also the town judge
- He has a few surprises under his hood
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Master is a good ol’ boy with  a big heart and the only tow truck in Radiator Springs. Mater runs Tow-Mates (should read Tow-Maters) Towing and Salvage and manages the local impound lot.  Through (maybe another error? should be though) a little rusty, he has the quickest towrope in Carburetor County and is always the first to lend a helping hand.   Mater sees the bright side of any situation and is the first to befriend McQueen.

Fun Facts:
-  Lightning McQueen’s best friend
-  Self-proclaimed “World’s Best Backwards Driver”
-  His lifelong dream is to ride in a helicopter
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From the manufacturers of ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Finding Nemo
Disney Pixar
in Cinemas June 8 (although I think it might have actually come out on June 9th)

All four postcards are unused and from 2006.