Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Fun Grannies on a Swing Ride, Inge Look

Design: Inge Look / 52

Inge Look is at it again with her fun grannies on a swing ride at the fair.  I want to be one of the ladies when I get that age!

This is postmarked in 2017 with the signatures of  10 members of an Orlando, Florida Postcrossing meet-up.  It is also autographed by Inge Look!
USA stamp 2016
Forever a first class rate

Monday, February 27, 2017

A Vintage Boston, Massachusetts Postcard . . .

Faneuil Hall, City Hall, and Government Center, Boston

Modernistic buildings illustrating Boston's faith in the future contrast dramatically with colonial Faneuil Hall.  In the City Hall, the J.F.K. Federal Building public servants work to preserve the "new" ideas of freedom introduced in Faneuil Hall long before the American Revolution.

This vintage 'Plastichrome' postcard is unused. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Crab Nebula Taken by The Hubble Telescope

The sender writes:

This is a composite photograph produced from 24 individual images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and is the most detailed image of the Crab Nebula that has been produced to date.

The postcard was mailed in 2014 with one Aloha stamp and two Tiffany Lamp stamps.

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 The Crab nebula lies in the Perseus Arm of the Milky Way galaxy, at a distance of about 2.0 kiloparsecs (6,500 ly) from Earth.
USA stamp 2012
Aloha Shirt, 32 cents 
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USA stamp 2007
Tiffany Lamp, 1 cent

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Old Mostar Bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Stari most
old bridge
alte Brucke
vieux pont
ponte vecchio

This is a 1954 postcard from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who in the medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva. The Old Bridge (An UNESCO site) was built by the Ottomans in the 16th century and is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Panmungak, Joint Security Area in North Korea

Panmungak, The Administrative Headquarters for the North Korean security force in the Joint Security Area, Panmunjom.

This postcard is unused.

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The Joint Security Area is the only portion of the Korean Demilitarized Zone where North and South Korean forces stand face-to-face.

The Joint Security Area is used by the two Koreas for diplomatic engagements. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Young and Modern Magazine with Leonardo DiCaprio

Young and Modern
Everything leo
his best-kept secrets revealed

This unused postcard features Leonardo DiCaprio and is of the cover of the magazine that was published in May of 1998.

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YM was an American teen magazine that began in 1932. The magazine ceased publication in 2004.

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If this was a magazine for teens, why did it have articles like on the cover?  Most of these are adult content! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Three Disney 3D and Magnetic Postcards

Pixie Spirit
Disney Fairies
Greetings from Tinker Bell
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Secret Princess

Disney Princess
A Moment of Magic
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Every Moment is a Magic
Disney Princess

This postcard features Belle from Beauty and the Beast.  On the back of the card the statement above is written correctly.... 'Every Moment is Magic'.

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All three of these unused 3D and Magnetic postcards were bought in 2017 for $1.99 each. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Tirta Empul Temple in Bali, Indonesia

Tirta Empul, temple of the source of sacred water

Photo by Liem Men Sang

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

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Tirta Empul temple is a Hindu Balinese water temple. The temple compound consists of a bathing structure, famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification.

Tirta Empul means Holy Spring in Balinese.
Postal Service, Express 5000

Monday, February 20, 2017

Astronaut John F. Glenn - Friendship 7

Lieutenant Colonel John F. Glenn in his space helmet prior to entering Friendship 7 for his historic orbit around the earth.

Color by NASA

This 'Plastichrome' postcard is unused.

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Mercury-Atlas 6 (MA-6) was the third human spaceflight for the U.S. and part of Project Mercury. Conducted by NASA on February 20, 1962, the mission was piloted by astronaut John Glenn, who performed three orbits of the Earth, making him the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Two Postcards of Fish by Artist Nadine Lahti

"Feed Me" 
By Nadine Lahti
(This painting is of a tarpon fish.)

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Here is one more of hers...
"Mahi On The Prowl"
By Nadine Lahti
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Both of these unused postcard were bought in 2015 at a fun place called Robbie's in the Florida Keys. There are little shops to buy local artists work and you can walk out on the dock (for a small fee) and feed the tarpon fish!   They are wild tarpon, in the ocean.  There are no pens or nets keeping them there, I like that.  :D
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The art of Nadine Lahti features tropical, nautical, and colorful island style original oil and acrylic paintings and prints of seascapes, local island landscapes, tropical birds and fish, and landmarks of the Florida Keys. Her style is unique and it is featured in galleries throughout the Florida Keys.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tunnels of La Massana in Andorra

Valls D'Andorra Alt, 1250 m.
Tunels de la Massana
Tuneles de la Massana
Tunnels de la Massana
Massana Tunnels

This vintage postcard is unused. 

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The Dos Valires Tunnel is a major road tunnel in Andorra linking the two upper Andorran parishes of La Massana and Encamp. It is 2.922 kilometres (1.816 mi) long.

The construction of the tunnel was started in 2005 but was halted in 2009 after one of the viaducts at the La Massana entrance collapsed and killed 5 Portuguese construction workers.

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Fisherman, His Wife and A Sinking Boat

Here, hold these!  I have to go back for my wife!

Tundra "Go Back For My Wife"
by Popular Northwestern Cartoonist, Chad Carpenter in 1999.

This postcard is unused. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Glaciers in Kyrgyzstan

Postcard Book
The Earth From the Air
Yann Arthus-Bertrand

A glacier near Mount It-Tish, Ysyk-Kol area, Kyrgystan (Kyrgyzstan)

Glaciers in Kyrgystan are so numerous (about 3,000 of them) and cover so much space (6,500 km2) that some of them remain nameless.  Their slow descent forms the valleys of the Tien-Shan mountain range, second only to the Himalayas for its numerous peaks.  The highest one, Pobedy Peak, is 7,439 m high.  At the heart of Central Asia, surrounded by Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, Kasakhstan, the Kygys territory is thus perched at an average height of over 3,000 m.   High mountains cover close to 95% of the area, leaving very little space for sedentary agriculture.  In fact, the whole country remains attached to its nomadic tradition, which is still very much alive today.

This postcard is unused. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Different Types of Coffee from Starbucks

Coffee Press
Caffe Americano
Coffee of the Day

This postcard was printed in 2016 by the Starbucks Coffee Company in Taiwan.  It is postmarked in January of 2017 from Malaysia.

Tempal Beribadat (Places of Worship)
Antarabangsa (International)
RM 2

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines Day, Little Girl and Mailman

From your Valentine

Handle with care this poor little heart
So cruelly pierced by Dan Cupids dart,
Tis bleeding and tender, but faithful and true,
And every faint throb is a message to you.

C. Licht, Postcard, circa 1912

This is a reproduction postcard and is postmarked in 2014 with a USA flag stamp.
USA stamp 2013
From the series: A Flag for All Seasons
Forever a first class stamp

Monday, February 13, 2017

Fishing Boats on the Mesurado River in Liberia

Fishing Boats on the Mesurado River, Monrovia, Liberia
Photo: E. Ludwig, John Hinde Studios

Monrovia: In front of the silhouette of Monrovia, Liberian fishermen are going to the Mesurado to fish.  In the background stands the True Whig Party building.

This postcard is unused. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Spinning Yarn in Otavalo, Ecuador

Otavalo - Hiladora

Foto: Bodo Wuth

This unused postcard is from 2015.

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Otavalo, capital of Otavalo Canton, is a largely indigenous town in the Imbabura Province of Ecuador. The town is surrounded by the peaks of Imbabura (4,630 metres (15,190 ft)), Cotacachi (4,995 metres (16,388 ft)), and Mojanda volcanoes.

 The Hiladora is also known as the spinning jenny.  It is a multi-spindle spinning frame invented in 1764 by James Hargreaves to produce yarn.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Mahabalipuram, The Shore Temple in India


This postcard is unused.

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 In 1969, Madras State was renamed to Tamil Nadu, meaning "Tamil country".

Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, is a town in Kancheepuram district in the state of Tamil Nadu in India.

The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Monument of the Discoveries in Portugal, A 'Dear Doctor' Postcard

Monument of the Discoveries in Belem, outside Lisbon, commemorates the 500th anniversary of Prince Henry the Navigator pioneer of maritime discovery.

This is a medical advertising postmarked mailed in 1961 to a doctor in West Virginia, USA.

On the back of the card these words are printed:

Dear Doctor:
Here in Portugal, our special stamp commemorates the life, 5 centuries ago, of Prince Henry the Navigator.  Today PENTOTHAL too has charted new worlds of progress.  You'll like its dependable, easily controlled intravenous anesthesia.  Use it soon.
Infante Dom Henrique  
The 500th Anniversary of the 
Death of Heinrich the Sailor
Designed byJosé Pedro Roque, 1959
1 Esc. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Dancer at Night from Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso (Haute Volta)

Lena, pres de BOBO-DIOULASSO,
Danse nocturne ou le masque,
dans sa dimension cosmique,
reactive les puissances de vie.

I put this in google translate and this is what it read:
Night dance or mask,
In its cosmic dimension,
Reactivates the powers of life.

Photo Diavolta

This postcard is postmarked in 1981.

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Bobo-Dioulasso is the second largest city in Burkina Faso.

The name means "home of the Bobo-Doula". It was likely coined by French colonists to reflect the languages of the two major groups in the population.
Haute-Volta (Upper Volta) stamp 1977
Definitive Issues
Statue of a man with a pot
65 F

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Two Postcards of La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

This postcard is postmarked in 2016 with a King Eider bird stamp.

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La Jolla is a hilly seaside community within the city of San Diego, California, occupying 7 miles (11 km) of curving coastline along the Pacific Ocean.
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La Jolla, California
View orf La Jolla, California with San Diego skyline in background.
Photo: James Blank

The typo of 'orf' above is on the postcard!

This postcard is postmarked in 2011.
USA stamp 2015
Coastal Birds
King Eider 
Postcard Rate
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USA stamp 2011
Herbs Series
Sage 29 Cents

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

On the River in Surinam, A 'Dear Doctor' Postcard

VI - Paramaribo, Surinam
Natives on Surinam River

Arrived safely . . . . . . .
"Marazine' saved the day as the trip was rough.  Beautiful country!  In 1667 the Dutch traded what is now New York City to England for the sovereignty over Surinam.  Thanks to "Methedrine' I've traded obesity for normal weight.
'B.W. and CO.'

Unfortunately this ends our present trip.  If you enjoyed our cards we hope you will drop us a note.  'Methedrine' literature or samples are available on request. 

This is a "Dear Doctor" advertising postcard.  It was mailed in 1953 to a medical doctor in Elkhart, Indiana, USA with two matching stamps. 
Suriname stamp 1953
Local Motives, 5 c

Monday, February 6, 2017

Trinidad, Cuba - UNESCO World Heritage Site


This postcard is postmarked in 2015 from Cuba.

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Trinidad is a town in the province of Sancti Spíritus, central Cuba. Together with the nearby Valle de los Ingenios, it has been one of UNESCOs World Heritage sites since 1988.
Cubania en Mariposas III
Butterflies of Cuba
Holguinia holguin, 65

Sunday, February 5, 2017

A Map of the Best Scuba Diving Sights in Cozumel, Mexico

Map of the best dive sites in Cozumel and the diversity of species you can encounter in each of them.

Mapa de todos los mejores sitios de buceo en Cozumel y la gran variedad de especies marinas que te puedes encontrar en cada uno.  

Photo by Luis Gomez 

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 from Mexico

Some of the fish listed are:
Parrotfish, Grouper, Hogfish, Angelfish, Snapper, Rays, Stingrays, Porcupinefish, Parrotfish, Sailfish, Sharks, Triggerfish and Turtles.
Creacion popular
Cesto corita seri (Basket)
Punta Chueca
$ 11.50

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Alkmaar Cheese Market in Holland

Edam Cheese Market

Photo by Jurjen Drench

The sender writes:
I hope you like this card of the cheese market in Alkmaar.  They put up a whole show for tourists.

This is postmarked in 2009.
Environmental Protection
Globe in the shape of a heart - 95

Friday, February 3, 2017

Space Shuttle Challenger, Mission 41-B

Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Space Shuttle Challenger, Mission 41-B, on pad prior to launch

Color Photo by NASA

This is an unused postcard.

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STS-41-B was the tenth NASA Space Shuttle mission and the fourth flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger. It launched on February 3, 1984, and landed on February 11 after deploying two communications satellites. It was also notable for including the first untethered spacewalk.
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Here is a postcard of the shuttle landing after this mission...
Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Commander Vance Brand and Pilot Robert Gibson guide Challenger to the first-ever landing of a returning spaceship at Kennedy space Center.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

School Kids on The Ogooué River in Gabon, Africa

Sur L'Ogooue - Ecolieres en pirogue
(On Ogooué - Schoolgirls in dugout)

This unused vintage postcard is form the Societe des Missions Evangeliques - (Evangelical Missionary Society)

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The Ogooué River (or Ogowe), some 1,200 kilometres (700 mi) long, is the principal river of Gabon in west central Africa.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Two Postcards of The White House, Washington D.C.

The White House
Washington D.C.

The White House was designed by James Hoban and sits on beautifully landscaped grounds.  This house has been the home of every President since John Adams.  The President and his family live on the second floor.  The West Wing is used for daily political and national business.  The east wing is where the First Lady meets guests.

Photo: D. O'Clair

This unused postcard is from 2015.

The White House, Washington D.C.

From the time of John Adams to the present, the White House has been the home of the presidents.  The cornerstone was laid in 1792, and it was constructed of Virginia freestone.  During the war of 1812 it was set afire by the British and only the walls were left standing; when restored, the exterior was painted white to hide the scars of the fire.

This postcard is postmarked in 1947.
George Washington 1789-1797
1 cent