Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A Giant Hermit Crab

Giant Hermit Crab
The Bahamas
Photo by Shane Pinder

This unused postcard is from 2011.

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This species of crab lives in the Caribbean Sea, and often inhabits conch shells.  It is large enough that it can attack and eat a conch, thus obtaining a meal and a shell. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

STS-8 Astronauts, Beat Army, Fly Navy

Beat Army - Fly Navy

STS-8 Onboard Scene
Following a precedent set early two decades ago during the Gemini program, three members of the STS-8 astronaut crew aboard the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Challenger reveal their military backgrounds and loyalties.  Astronauts (left to right) Dale A. Gardner, Richard H. Truly and Daniel C. Brandenstein leave no mystery as to their alma mater and grid-iron sentimentalities as they display U.S. Navy stickers.  The trio was photographed by Astronaut Guion S. Bluford on the flight deck.  Truly is crew commander; Brandenstein, Pilot; and Gardner and Bluford, along with Dr. William E. Thornton are all mission specialists for this six-day flight.

Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

Official NASA Photograph

This postcard is unused.

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STS-8 launched on August 30, 1983.

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Andromeda Galaxy (M31)

The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) as seen by the 200-inch optical telescope at the Palomar Observatory.  Like the Milky Way, Andromeda is a spiral galaxy orbited by Two companion galaxies, seen as bright spots above and below the Andromeda.  Andromeda is approximately 20,000 light years across, and about 2 million light years away.  (One light year is 9.5 trillion miles.)  It is the nearest spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way.

Official NASA Photograph

This vintage space postcard is unused. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Broadmoor Resort Complex in Colorado Springs

An aerial view of the magnificent Broadmoor Resort Complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Builtin 1918, The Broadmoor has retained its original majesty and charm while adding to its complex the facilities which make it unique in the world.

Photo by Don Stotts
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An aerial view of the magnificent Broadmoor Resort Complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Builtin 1918, The Broadmoor has retained its original majesty and charm while adding to its complex the facilities which make it unique in the world.

Both of these postcard are postmarked in 2016.

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The Broadmoor is a hotel and resort that is a member of Historic Hotels of America of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Turtle from Bay Islands, Honduras

Bay Islands, Honduras

El fantastico mundo submarino de Islas de la Bahia, Honduras.
Underwater scene of Bay Islands, Honduras.

Foto: Anthony's Key

This sea turtle postcard is postmarked in 2014 from Honduras.

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The Bay Islands consist of eight islands and 53 small cays lying some ten to forty miles off the northern coast of Honduras. These islands have been administered as a departamento of the Republic of Honduras since 1872. 
Pope John Paul II - L 15.00

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Cross of Christ, Jumonville Methodist Center, Pennsylvania

Jumonville
The Cross of Christ erected in 1950 on Dunbar's Knob at the Jumonville United Methodist Training Center, 3 miles north of U.S. Rt. 40, east of Uniontown, Pennsylvania.  The 60-foot steel cross is visible from 7 counties and 3 states within a 50-mile radius on a clear day.

Color Photo by Bron Miller.

This unused postcard was printed in 1988.

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Thousands of Sunday School children contributed dimes to help build the cross, and their names are sealed in the 183-ton concrete foundation. It was fabricated by Moore Metal Works of Greensburg, and erected on August 26, 1950.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Torun, Poland

Torun, Poland

Torun - Filus - dog statue, Town Hall, Panorama of Old Town from the Vistula river.

This is postmarked in 2015.

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Toruń is one of the oldest cities in Poland. In 1997 the medieval part of the city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

National Geographic Polska rated the old town market and the Gothic town hall as one of the "30 Most Beautiful Places in the World."

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The dog's name is Filus.  He starred in a famous long-running Polish comic strip.
The 200th Anniversary of the 
Death of Jan Potocki, 1761-1815
5 ZL 
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and two of these...
Poland (Polska) stamp 2015
Grzybienie, Water Lily, 10 GR

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New Jersey - The Garden State

New Jersey
The Garden State

This 'Postcard Factory' postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a Janis Joplin stamp.  Although it went through the mail, you would never know it.  There are no postmarks of any kind!

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This is from the State of New Jersey's web site:

Abraham Browning of Camden is given credit for giving New Jersey the nickname the Garden State. According to Alfred Heston's 1926 two-volume book Jersey Waggon Jaunts, Browning called New Jersey the Garden State while speaking at the Philadelphia Centennial exhibition on New Jersey Day (August 24, 1876).
Browning said that our Garden State is an immense barrel, filled with good things to eat and open at both ends, with Pennsylvanians grabbing from one end and New Yorkers from the other. The name stuck ever since.
However, Benjamin Franklin is credited with a similar comparison of New Jersey to a barrel tapped at both ends. Some have used that to discredit Browning with naming the Garden State.
In 1954, the state legislature passed a bill to have "The Garden State" added to license plates. Before signing the bill into law, Governor Robert Meyner investigated the origins of the nickname and found "no official recognition of the slogan Garden State as an identification of the state of New Jersey." He added, "I do not believe that the average citizen of New Jersey regards his state as more peculiarly identifiable with gardening for farming than any of its other industries or occupations." Governor Meyner vetoed the bill, but the legislature overrode the veto. The slogan was added to license plates soon after.
USA stamp 2014
Janis Joplin
Forever a First Class Rate

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Wild Bird Called a Shelduck . . .

The Shelduck is a genus of wild duck, the British representative being distinguished by its red bill, dark-green head and white collar.  The Shelduck is a surface feeder and has a variety of calls - whistles, quacks and ringing calls.

This postcard is unused.  

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sailboats and Yachts in Marigot, Saint Martin

St. Martin / St. Maarten
Marigot

Antilles Francaises
Netherlands Antilles

This postcard is postmarked in 2015.

The sender writes:

Two things we want to do the next time we visit this island.

1) Go to Orient Beach
2) Go to see The Yoda Guy movie shop, whose owner Nick Maley assembled Yoda in Star Wars

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Cow as a SUV from Ohio

Ohio SUV

This cow features: a horn, seating, insect removal, gas release, refreshment bar, 4 wheel drive and fuel intake.

Greetings from Ohio

This postcard is unused and was bought in 2015. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Broadway Street in Nashville, Tennessee

Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee
Lower Broadway is home to many of Nashville's country music Honky Tonks.  These clubs are where many of the Country Music Greats get their starts.

This unused postcard is from 2009.

Some of the Honky Tonks shown are:
Bluegrass Inn
Robert's Western World
Jack's Bar-B-Que
The State
and
Global Cafe

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Elusive Moomaid

The fantastically rare, elusive Moomaid . . .

I think the artist is Rick London.

The sender writes:

Cow puns are moo-sic to my ears! They are udderly ridiculous!

This funny postcard is postmarked in 2016.
USA stamp 2015
Coastal Birds
King Eider 
Postcard Rate

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Domdechanei in Fulda, Germany

Barockstadt Fulda
Domdechanei

In der sudlich direkt neben dem Dom gelegenen baocken Domdechanei befindet sich das Dommuseum mit seinen prachtvollen sakralen Kunstwerken.

Loose translation:
Baroque city of Fulda
Domdechanei
In the south located right next to the Dom baocken Domdechanei the Cathedral Museum is rich with glorious sacred artworks.

The sender writes:
This was a magnificent building.  

This postcard is postmarked from Germany in 2016. 
100 Jahre Mohnetalsperre
The 100th Anniversary of the Möhnetalsperre Dam
90

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Jeepney from the Philippines

Philippines
Jeepney, public utility vehicle in the Philippines.

The sender writes:
Hello from Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines.

This is postmarked in 2016. 

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Jeepneys are known for their crowded seating and kitsch decorations and have become a symbol of Philippine culture and art.  They were originally made from U.S. military jeeps left over from World War II.
Popular Fruits of the Philippines 
Avocado, 40

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Westport, Massachusetts

Greetings from Peter Meggison

Westport, Massachusetts
National Postcard Week 2015
May 3 - 9, 2015

Westport, the westernmost port in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was settled in 1670 and borders the State of Rhode Island.  The town is known as a "right-to-farm" community, with the Macomb turnip, sunflowers, corn, and pumpkins being among the most popular corps.  With 33 miles of shoreline, recreational activities abound especially at Horseneck Beach, a popular summer destination.

Photos by Peter Meggison

This large letter postcard is unused. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Orion Nebula

The sender writes:

This is the Orion Nebula.  The Nebulas are so beautiful!  They remind me of Collisions 1: 16 - 17:
"For by Him all things were created ... and He is before all things and in him all things are held together."
I am so glad He made you!  You are such a joy.

This is postmarked in 2015.
USA stamp 2012
Aloha Shirt
Black with Surfboards
32 cents
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and two of these...
USA stamp 2007
Tiffany Lamp, 1 cent

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Old Market Square and Statues in Poznan, Poland

Poznan
Stary Rynek (Old Market Square)

(First row down)
Apollo Fountain; Bamberg women; Goats; Proserpine Fountain; 

(Center Picture)
Old Market Square and the renaissance Town Hall, erected  in 16th c.; 

(Last row down)
Mars Fountain; Pillory; Statue of St. John Nepomuk; Neptune Fountain

fot. (photo) Dariusz Krakowiak

This postcard is postmarked in 2016 from Poland
Polish Cities
Sieradz 20GR
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Poland (Polska) stamp 1996
Signs of the Zodiac 
Koziorozec (Capricorn) 
5 ZL
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Here is one more card... 
Poznan
Fot: (photo):  Piotr Syryca 

This postcard features statues and monuments of Poznan and is from 2015.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Wild Bunch with Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

"The Wild Bunch"
On August 13, 1896, Butch Cassidy and his gang held up the Montpelier Idaho Bank for $7,165.00.  This was the first robbery credited to Butch Cassidy and "The Wild Bunch".  This photo was taken in Fort Worth, Texas after robbing a Winnemucca, Nevada bank.

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a Harry Potter stamp.

Their names are not listed on the card, but they are:

Front row left to right:
Harry A. Longabaugh, alias the Sundance Kid, Ben Kilpatrick, alias the Tall Texan, Robert Leroy Parker, alias Butch Cassidy;
Standing:
Will Carver & Harvey Logan, alias Kid Curry
The picture was taken in 1900.

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Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch was one of the loosely organized outlaw gangs operating out of the Hole-in-the-Wall in Wyoming during the Old West era in the United States. It was popularized by the 1969 movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
USA stamp 2013
Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger 
(Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson)
Forever Rate

Friday, August 12, 2016

Konstanz and Lake Constance in Germany

Postcrossing Meet-Up
Lake Constance
7th May 2016
Konstanz, Germany

This postcard is postmarked in 2016 from Germany with the signatures of 19 Postcrossing members.

I have never not had a great time at a meet-up, so I am sure all these people had a blast!

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Lake Constance is situated in Germany, Switzerland and Austria near the Alps. (The map outline on the postcard is of the lake.)

Konstanz (English: Constance) is a university city located at the western end of Lake Constance.
Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2013
100 Jahre Mohnetalsperre
The 100th Anniversary of the Möhnetalsperre Dam
90

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Smurfs

Smurfy
1989
Hanna-Barbera
Shown on this postcard are Smurfs and their dog named 'Puppy'.

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Smurfy
1989
Hanna-Barbera

Shown on this postcard are Smurfs, their dog named 'Puppy' Gargamel and his cat Azrael. 

The back of both of these cards are written in Polish and they are postmarked from Poland.

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The Smurfs is a Belgian comic and television franchise centred on a group of Smurfs: small blue fictional creatures that live in mushrooms. The Smurfs were first created and introduced as a series of comic characters by the Belgian comics artist Peyo (pen name of Pierre Culliford) in 1958. 

There are more than one hundred Smurfs, whose names are based on adjectives that emphasize their characteristics, example: "Jokey Smurf", who likes to play practical jokes on his fellow smurfs, "Clumsy Smurf", who has a habit of creating havoc unintentionally, and "Smurfette"—the first female Smurf to be introduced in the series. 
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Here is a postcard of the Smurfs in their 2011 movie.

 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Two postcards from Utsjoki, Finland

Utsjoen kirkko ja kirkkotuvat
(Utsjoki Church)

The sender writes:
Utsjoki
Greetings from the northernmost Finnish Post Box. 

This is postmarked from Finland in 2016 with two stamps that features mailboxes.  :D 
 

Here is one more postcard from Utsjoki . . .
Tunturissa nahda ja kokea monenlaista voi!
uuvana - sielikko

Uuvana, Diapensia lapponica, Fjellpyrd, Fjallgrona
Maisemaa tunturista.
Sielikko, Loiseleuria procumbens,
Greplyng, Krypljung, Duolbadanas

I think this translates to something like:
You may see and experience a variety of Tundra!
diapensia - Kalmia procumbens (alpine azalea)
The second part might be the names of flowers??  Or perhaps the name of these two flowers in different languages??

The sender writes:
Greetings from Utsjoki.  This summer we have mostly admired flowers!

This postcard is postmarked in 2016 from Finland. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Sending smiles across the miles!

The Paradise Pier Hotel is the most intimate hotel at the Disneyland Resort.  It celebrates the sunny and carefree spirit of the Southern California beach culture.  Here, Guests enjoy an atmosphere reminiscent of seaside resort hotels.

This unused postcard is from 2015. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

El Christo de La Habana (The Christ of Havana) in Cuba

Cristo de La Habana / Christ of Havana
Obra monumental de la escultora cubana Jilma Madera, elaborado en marmol de Carrara e inauguarado el 24 de diciembre de 1958.  Ubicado sobre las alturas dominantes de la ciudad, en la orilla este de la Bahia de La Habana. 

Monumental piece of the Cuban sculptures Jilma Madera, created in Carrara marble and inaugurated on December 24th, 1958.  Located on the dominant heights of the city, at the east shore of Havana Bay. 

This unused postcard has raised images.  I bought it in Havana, Cuba in 2016. 

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This statue of Jesus is about 20 metres (66 ft) high including a 3-metre (10 ft) base and it weighs approximately 320 tons. 
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Here is one more postcard . . . 
El Cristo de La Habana
La Habana

(The Christ of Havana)
(Havana)

This is postmarked in 2016 from Cuba. 
A Mailman on a Bicycle
Aniversario 260 de la Creacion del Primer
Servicio Oficial de Correos en Cuba
The 260th Anniversary of Postal Delivery in Cuba
85

Sunday, August 7, 2016

A Native Whaling Boat in Alaska

Alaska

Native Whaling Boat
Inupiaq subsistence whalers paddle their umiak, or bearded seal skin boat, to find passing bowhead whales traveling though the open lead, during spring whaling season, Chukchi Sea, offshore from Barrow, Arctic coast of Alaska.

Photo: Steven J. Kazlowski

This unused postcard is from 2016.

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The Iñupiat (or Inupiaq) are an Inuit, Alaska Native people, whose traditional territory spans Norton Sound on the Bering Sea to the Canada–United States border.  (The old word for Inupiat is Eskimo.)

Barrow is a city that is located above the Arctic Circle in Northern Alaska.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Hoffman Covered Bridge in Oregon for International Postcard Week

International Postcard Week
October 4 - 10, 2015

Covered Bridge
Albany, Oregon
Limited Edition Postcard # 3 of 50.

This is unused and signed by Chris Carney.

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The Hoffman Bridge is a covered bridge near Crabtree in the U.S. state of Oregon.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 9teen87.   :D

Constructed in 1936, the bridge was named after its builder, Lee Hoffman. The creek and the nearby community were named after John Crabtree, who settled here in 1845.