Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Men's Room in Washington D.C. are Responsible for Leaks

Men's Room .  Senate Chambers . U.S.Capitol
Responsible for High Level Leaks in Washington since 1873.

Foggy Bottom Ale
Washington D.C.'s Hometown Beer

This funny 'Go Card' advertising postcard is unused. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Red Wing's World's Largest Boot Located in Minnesota

The Largest Workboot ever witnessed by the civilized public!

The World's Largest Boot

Redwing Shoes
A Fantastic Modern Engineering Wonder of Human Invention!

A bewildering 2,300 pounds of sheer gargantuan bulk!
At 20 feet long and 16 feet tall it's a colossal curiosity
Fit for a 12 Story Human Giant!

In 2005, as part of Red Wing Shoe Company's Centennial.
The World's Largest Boot was created to celebrate generations of shoe-making craftsmen whose labor and dedication built the company and its world-wide reputation for quality.

This postcard is postmarked in 2015.

The sender writes:
I am in Minnesota today and stopped to see the giant red wing boot AGAIN.  Because, once is never enough. :D
USA stamp 2015
Coastal Birds
Postcard Rate

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Black Diamond Peacock

Exotic Wildlife

Black Diamond Peacock (Pavo cristatus).
The male peacock will court a female by spreading his fanlike train, which is more colorful than the female's.

Photographer - Ron Kimball

This unused postcard is from 2011.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador

Cotopaxi 5.897 m

Refugio Jose F. Rivas 4800 m

Foto Estudio Bodo Wuth / Esabel de Wuth

This unused postcard is from 2015.

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Cotopaxi is an active volcano in the Andes Mountains, located northeast of the city of Latacunga, Ecuador, in South America.  It is the second highest summit in Ecuador, reaching a height of 5,897 m (19,347 ft). It is one of the world's highest volcanoes.

Since 1738, Cotopaxi has erupted more than 50 times. The last eruption lasted from August 2015 to January 2016.

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In the late 20th century, summiting Cotopaxi became a major tourist draw. The José F. Ribas Refuge (Refugio José Félix Ribas) was built in 1971 at an elevation of 4800 m and enlarged in 2005. A tragedy occurred here on Easter Sunday 1996 when an avalanche partially buried the Refuge and dozens of tourists.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

A Snowman with a Gas Problem from Eating Beans

I told you not to eat Beans

This snowman with a gas problem postcard is postmarked in 2016.
USA stamp 2015
Coastal Birds
Postcard Rate

Friday, November 25, 2016

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Cocoa Beach

Fun in the sun at the pier in Cocoa Beach.
Photo by Dan McKinley

This is postmarked in 2015 with a Batman stamp.

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Cocoa Beach was the setting for the 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, although no episodes were actually filmed there, and star Barbara Eden only made two visits during the show's production — both in 1969, for publicity.
USA stamp 2014
Forever a 1st class stamp

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A Happy Thanksgiving with Pumpkin Pies

A Happy Thanksgiving

Oh sing a song of Pumpkin Pies:
And turkies roasted brown:
thanksgiving Day is here again.
And come this year to crown.
Oh pray receive my wholesome wishes,
For well prepared Thanksgiving Dishes

The back reads:
1) a. act of giving thanks b. an expression of this; esp., a formal often public expression of thanks to God in the form of prayer.

2) An annual U.S. holiday observed on the fourth Thursday of November as a day of giving thanks and feasting; it commemorates the Pilgrims celebrating of the good harvest, in 1621.

This is a reproduction postcard that is postmarked in 2014 with a hummingbird stamp.
USA stamp 2014
Illustrator Nancy Stahl
Issue Date: February 7, 2014
Postcard Rate 34 Cents

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

3D Squirrels and Birds for my Brother Greg

This 3D postcard features birds and squirrels and was sent from a very young me to my even younger brother Greg. 

I wrote:

Dear Gregory, 
Would you believe I miss you?  I do.  I am having fun.  I hope you are too.  I had 4 teeth filled by the dentist

Good bye, Brenda

(I'm not sure why having four teeth filled was fun, but whatever.)

This was postmarked in 1972 but the stamp has gone missing.  

Here is the back with my lovely 7 year old handwriting... 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Astronaut Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr., Ph.D.

Lt. Colonel Guion S. Bluford, Jr. of the USAF was named in May 1982 to be the first black American astronaut.  He is to fly aboard a July 1983 flight of space shuttle Challenger.

NASA Photo

This postcard is unused.

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Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr., Ph.D. (born November 22, 1942),  ended up participating in four Space Shuttle flights between 1983 and 1992. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

A Drawing of a Wahoo Fish


It's National Postcard Week
May 3-9, 2015

Original 54" X 24 "
Acrylic on Masonite panel
by Denise Daly,
Rotonda West, Florida

This postcard is number 73 in a limited edition of 100.

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Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) is a scombrid fish found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas. It is best known to sports fishermen, as its speed and high-quality flesh make it a prize game fish. With the taste is similar to mackerel, there is some demand for the wahoo as a premium-priced commercial food fish.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Monument to the Revolution in Mexico City

Monument de la Revolution (Monument to the Revolution)
Vista Panoramic (Panoramic View)
Mexico, D.F.  (see below)

This vintage postcard is unused.

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The Monument to the Revolution is a landmark and monument commemorating the Mexican Revolution. It is located in Plaza de la República  in downtown Mexico City. It is considered the tallest triumphal arch in the world, it stands 67 metres (220 ft) in height.

The structure also functions as a mausoleum for the heroes of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, Francisco "Pancho" Villa, Francisco I. Madero, Plutarco Elías Calles, Venustiano Carranza, and Lázaro Cárdenas. Revolutionary general Emiliano Zapata is not buried in the monument, but in Cuautla, Morelos.

Mexican Revolution Day is celebrated on November 20th.

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Mexico City is officially known as México, D. F. or simply D. F. Distrito Federal (Federal District).

Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Chopper Bicycle

Hi my name is Denise.  I would like to send you this postcard of my chopper bicycle.

This is a handmade postcard.  The picture was printed and then attached to a paper postcard.  Then it was all laminated together.  It is mailed from Great Britain in 2016 with two queen stamps.

I do not know the person that sent this wonderful card.  If you read this, thank you!!

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A chopper bicycle is a highly customized bicycle whose design, construction and style is similar to that of a chopper-style motorcycle.
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Here is the other side of the card. . .

Friday, November 18, 2016

Turtle Soup Recipe from the Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands
Tropical Paradise

Beauty, warmth and fun for all the Cayman Islands.

There is a recipe on the back for Green Turtle Stew...

Green Turtle Stew

2 pounds turtle meat
4 onions, chopped
6 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 can (16 ounces) peeled tomatoes
4 sprigs chives, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup red wine
1/2 hot pepper, seeded and chopped
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoon browning
dash freshly ground petter
dash salt
vegetable oil
4 medium limes, juiced

Wash turtle meat with lime juice and water.  Season with onion, tomato, chives, garlic and wine.  Marinate overnight in refrigerator.  In a large pot, add a little oil.  Remove chives, garlic and onions and fry them in a pot.  Add the turtle meat and fry for about 15 minutes.  Add browning and hot pepper.  Simmer for about 2 hours.  Add pepper and salt to taste.  Serve hot over white rice. 

This postcard is unused, but has three Cayman Islands stamps attached to the back.  The card was made in 2004, but bought in 2015. 
The XX Commonwealth Games
Glasgow, Scotland
Swimming, 25 c
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Cayman Islands stamp 2014
South Sound United Church
Christmas, 25 c
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Cayman Islands stamp 2012
The 60th Anniversary of the 
Accesion of Queen Elizabeth II
Diamond Jubilee, 80 c

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Aerial View of Monrovia, Liberia

City of Monrovia, Liberia

Photo: E. Ludwig, John Hinde Studios

Monrovia: View of part of the Liberian capital, Monrovia, idyllically situated on the Atlantic seaboard.  In the foreground is the Mesurado bridge.

This postcard is unused.

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Monrovia is the capital city of the West African country of Liberia. It is named in honor of U.S. President James Monroe, a prominent supporter of the colonization of Liberia.

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I read on the internet that The Mesurado Bridge, (also known as the Old Bridge) collapsed in 2006 and has since then been rebuilt.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe, Stanford University, 1988
Photograph by Margo Davis

This postcard is postmarked in 2016.

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Chinua Achebe, born Albert Chinualumogu Achebe; (16 November 1930 – 21 March 2013) was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. His first novel Things Fall Apart (1958) was considered his magnum opus, and is one of the most widely read books in modern African literature.
USA stamp 2014
Winter Fun
Building a Snowman
Forever a first rate stamp

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Masked (Blue-Faced) Booby from The Galapagos

Islas Galapagos

Piquero Enmascarado - Isla Espanola
Masked Boobie - Espanola Island

This unused postcard is from 2015.

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The masked booby (Sula dactylatra) is a large sea-bird of the booby family, Sulidae.  It is also called the masked gannet or the blue-faced booby.

Masked boobies are spectacular divers, plunging diagonally into the ocean at high speed. They mainly eat small fish, including flying fish.

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Amalfi Coast in Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy
UNESCO World heritage

Photos: Brenda Perez

This unused postcard was bought HERE and is from 2015. 

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The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Salerno Gulf in the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy. It is a popular tourist destination for the region and Italy as a whole, attracting thousands of tourists annually.

In 1997, the Amalfi Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Birthday Cake Mishap, Artist: Alfred Mainzer

Alfred Mainzer
# 4906

This unused postcard features anthropomorphic cats having a birthday party, only problem is, one of them dropped the birthday cake. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Vals, Switzerland

Das Bergdorf (The Mountain Village)

The sender writes that this is a unique beautiful spot with space to relax.

This postcard is postmarked in 2016 with two matching stamps. 

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Vals is a village and a municipality in Switzerland.  Located in the Valser valley, it is known for its thermal baths (Therme Vals).
Flowering Plants
Cucurbits pepo - 
(Field Pumpkin), 85

Friday, November 11, 2016

A US Flag Made from Saluting Soldiers in WWI

This is a Real Photo postcard of soldiers making a United States Flag.

The sender writes:
All leaves have been stopped so I'll probably not be home until it's all over.
This is a nice place and we're treaded fine, also plenty to eat.
There is a fellow named Carin in our company, he's another nut from Castle Shannon (in Pennsylvania).  Do we have fun!
Give my regards to the gang.

This postcard was mailed from Geo. T. McBride in Great Lakes, Illinois to Miss Marguerite Cain in McKeesport, Pennsylvania in 1942 with a 1 cent stamp.
George Washington 1789-1797
1 cent

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Cavtat, Croatia

Bookmark, Marque-Page,  Segnalibro, Lesezeichen, Marcapagina

Bookmark for your reading
Adriatic, Croatia

This postcard is postmarked in 2016.

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Cavtat is a town in Croatia that is located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.  It is a popular tourist destination with many hotels and private households that rent rooms and apartments. The seafront is filled with shops and restaurants. A ferry boat connects the town to neighbouring Mlini and Dubrovnik. There are often many private luxury ships and yachts along the strand.
Croatians Undersea World
Vladika arbanaska, 
(Thalassoma Pavo)
(Ornate wrasse fish) - 5,80

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Berati, Albania - UNESCO


Lagjja Mangalem Naten 
Mangled Quarter by Night

This postcard is postmarked in 2016 from Albania with two matching stamps.

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Berat is a city and a municipality located in south-central Albania, and one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. In July 2008, the old town (Mangalem district) was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 
Albania (Shqiperia) stamp 2015
Tourism, National Parks
Parqet Kombetare 
Shebenik-Jabllanice National Park
50 Leke

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A Frog from Oregon for International Postcard Week

International Postcard Week 2016

Oregon City, Oregon
This is my favorite picture of my backyard garden pond.  My pond is full of frogs and goldfish.  It is a very peaceful and relaxing place.  The sounds of the waterfall and frogs is so wonderful. Hope you enjoy this card!
From Dianna

This postcard is unused. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Last Spike, Railway, Craigellachie, Canada

British Columbia
The Last Spike

Here was driven the "Last Spike" of the Canadian Pacific Railway, connecting the rails from east to west, on November 7, 1885.

Photo by Mel Basaraba

This unused postcard is from 2016.

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Craigellachie is a locality in British Columbia, located several kilometres to the west of the Eagle Pass summit between Sicamous and Revelstoke.

It was named after the village of Craigellachie on the River Spey in Moray, Scotland, the ancestral home of Sir George Stephen, the first president of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). At a critical time in the railway's development, Stephen travelled to Britain to raise desperately needed capital funding; when he succeeded, he telegraphed his associates in Canada quoting the familiar motto of Clan Grant: "Stand fast, Craigellachie!"

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Florida Orange Meringue Pie (With Confusing Directions)

Florida Orange Meringue Pie

1 Cup Orange Juice
1 Cup Orange sections, cut in pieces
2 Tablespoons grated, Orange rind
1 Cup sugar
5 Tablespoons cornstarch
3 Egg yolks, beaten
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine

Famous Florida Dessert
Combine orange juice, sections, grated rind, sugar and cornstarch.  Cook on low heat until clear.  Add a little hot mixture to beaten egg yolks.  Return to hot mixture and cook about 5 minutes longer.  Remove from heat.  Blend in lemon juice, butter or margarine.  Pour into baked pie shell.  Be sure filling and shell are both hot or both cold.  Cover filling with meringue.  Bake in 350 degree oven until lightly browned.

Photo by Cypress Gardens

This is postmarked in 1978 with a 13 cent stamp.

*These are some confusing directions! How much is a little? Cover filling with meringue? What meringue? If you make this, please let me know how it turned out.  :D
Americana Issue
Proclaim Liberty Throughout All The Land
Liberty Bell 13 c
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Incase you really wanted to make this pie - I found another postcard....
Florida Orange Meringue Pie

1 1/2 cup orange juice
1 1/4 cup sugar
6 Tablespoons cornstarch
Dash of salt
4 eggs, separated
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
3 Tablespoons grated orange rind
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 1/2 cup orange sections
1 9-inch  pie shell, backed
Meringue, recipe follows

Eating Well in Florida

Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in 1 1/2 quart saucepan.  Stir in orange and lemon juices gradually.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and bubbles.   Stir in orange sections and boil for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly.  Mix 1/4 of hot orange with slightly beaten egg yolks then blend all back into orange mixture in saucepan.  Continue to boil and stir for 3-4 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in orange and lemon rind.  Pour into hot baked pie shell. Spoon meringue on hot filling, sealing to edge of crust.  Bake at 375 degrees until delicate brown - about 7 - 10 minutes.  Cool away from draft.

Meringue: Beat 4 egg whites and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar until foamy.  Beat in 1/2 cup sugar 1 tablespoon at a time.  Beat until still and glossy.  Beat in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Photo by Rindy Nyberg

This postcard is unused and from 2007. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Cayo Largo del Sur in Cuba

Cayo Largo
La Isla que usted merece
(The island you deserve)

Cayo Largo
Visitarlo es transportarse a un pasado tranquilo, sereno y virgen con abundante sol y un inmenso mar azul, es sentirse dueno de un autentico paraiso, donde el ruido mayor es el golpear de las olas o el arrullo del viento fresco.

Cayo Largo
To visit this place is like going into the past.  It is a wonderful place to rest because it is calm and almost unexplored with abundant sunshine and a great sea.  Its like feel the owner of an authentic paradise where the biggest sound you can hear is the beat of the waves and the whispering of the fresh wind.
(There is no typing errors here, that is how it is written.)

This unused postcard has a raised map and images of animals.  It was bought in Cuba in 2015.

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Cayo Largo del Sur  is a small resort island in Cuba, off the south coast of the northwestern part of the main island in the Caribbean Sea. The cay is about 25 kilometers (16 mi) long and 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) wide and is the second largest island in the Canarreos Archipelago. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Micky and Minnie Mouse Get Married in a Fairy Tale Wedding

The Art of Disney

Disney Fairy Tale Wedding
by Randy Souders

This unused postcard features the wedding of Mickey and Minnie Mouse with Pluto, Goofy and Donald Duck. Cinderella’s Castle is in the background. It was purchased in 2011.  

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Milwaukee Wisconsin Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum

Designed by architect Santiago Calatrava of Spain, the museum structure is known for its "Burke Brise Soleil", or sunshade which greatly and silently rolls up against the backdrop of Lake Michigan

Photos by: William H. Jacobs

This unused postcard is from 2016.

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This art museum is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and houses more than 35,000 works of art housed on four floors, with works from antiquity to the present.

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Brise soleil is an architectural feature of a building that reduces heat gain within that building by deflecting sunlight.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Song: You Are My Sunshine - On a Wooden Postcard

You are my sunshine my only sunshine
You make me Happy when skies are gray

This wood postcard is postmarked in 2016 with two stamps featuring planets.

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"You Are My Sunshine" is a popular song recorded by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell and first recorded in 1939. It has been declared one of the state songs of Louisiana because of its association with Davis, a country music singer and former governor of the state.

The 1940 version by Davis has been added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress on March 21, 2013 for long-term preservation.

Here are the lyrics . . .

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are grey
You never know, dear, how much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away

The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping
I dreamt I held you in my arms
When I awoke, dear, I was mistaken
So I hung my head, and I cried

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are grey
You never know, dear, how much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away

I'll always love you and make you happy
If you will only say the same
But if you leave me to love another,
You'll regret it all one day

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are grey
You never know, dear, how much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away

Please don't take my sunshine away
USA stamp 2016
Views of Our Planets
Forever a first class stamp 
USA stamp 2016
Views of Our Planets
Forever a first class stamp

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A Metallic Postcard of Helsinki, Finland with the SkyWheel

 Helsinki, Finland

- Finland declared independence 1917
- Population about 5,4 million
- Capital City: Helsinki (Population about 600.000)
- Area 338.000 sq. kilometers (131.000 sq. miles) of which 10% water - 188.000 lakes-forests cover 68%

This amazing metallic postcard features the SkyWheel and is postmarked from Finland in 2016 with three stamps. 
one of these...
Changes in Everyday Life
Hexagon Images, 1

and two of these...
Suomi Finland stamp 2008 
Water & Archipelago - 0,05