Friday, March 31, 2017

The Tobago Cays, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines

The Tobago Cays
The Grenadines

Photo "Zenon" - N 107

This postcard is postmarked in 2017 with three stamps.

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The Tobago Cays are an archipelago located in the Southern Grenadines in the Caribbean comprising five small islands and extensive coral reefs. The cays - Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac and Jamesby - are all uninhabited and are a popular tourism destination.
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Two of these stamps are on the postcard...
St. Vincent and the Grenadines stamp 1996
Plants, Croton ebureum
50 c
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St. Vincent and the Grenadines stamp 1996
Plants, Croton volutum
60 c

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A 'Dirty' Postcard . . .

This should suit you!
It's a Dirty Postcard!

Published by Bamforth and Company
Comic Series No. 1965
Printed in England

This postcard is postmarked in 1964.
Great Britain stamp 1956
Postage Revenue 2 1/2 D

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Coracle Man in South Wales

Coracle Man, South Wales
One of the most ancient forms of water transport, known to be used in the primitive days of the Ancient Britons, the coracle is still employed on some waterways in Wales and Ireland.  These fragile-looking craft are easily carried on dry land and propelled on water by a single-bladed paddle.

Color Photograph by J.W. Tarrant, Esq.

This unused postcard is from 1927. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock with Jessica Tandy

Alfred Hitchcock's
"The Birds"

"It could be the most terrifying motion picture I have ever made!" -Alfred Hitchcock

Starring Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette and Introducing Tippi Hedren

This unused 'Radio Days' movie postcard was printed in 1985.

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Release Date: March 28, 1963

Movie Plot:
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Gulf of Porto, Corsica, France

Porto - Sperone

La Corse patrimoine mondial de l'Unesco
La roche rougeoyante de Porto au soleil couchant et le bleu turqoise de Sperone

From an on-line translator:
Corsica of Unesco World Heritage
The glowing rock of Porto at sunset and the turquoise blue of Sperone

Serge Gilbert

The sender writes:
Greetings from the Island of Corse. It is so beautiful here with very different landscapes, like rocks, forests, and beaches like in the Caribbean Sea.  The food is great as well of course.  

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with two matching stamps from France.

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I copied this from the UNESCO website:

Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve

The nature reserve, which is part of the Regional Natural Park of Corsica, occupies the Scandola peninsula, an impressive, porphyritic rock mass. The vegetation is an outstanding example of scrubland. Seagulls, cormorants and sea eagles can be found there. The clear waters, with their islets and inaccessible caves, host a rich marine life.
France stamp 2013
Marianne in Red
Lettre Prioritaire 
20 g

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

This unused postcard is from 1995.

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The Wind in the Willows is a children's novel by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. It focuses on four animals, a mole, a toad, a badger and an otter, with human characteristics in Edwardian England

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Three Postcards of Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Castillo San Cristobal
San Juan
National Historic Site

Castillo San Cristobal covers 27 acres and is the largest fortification ever built by the Spanish in the New World.  It's construction began in 1634, took approximately 150 years to complete, and was considered a masterpiece of 18th century military engineering.

Photo by J. Scott Graham
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Fort San Cristobal
San Jan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico

Projecting strength and power, Fort San Cristobal dates back to the early 17th century.  It defended San Jan from landward attacks and is the largest Spanish fortification in the New World

Photo: Richard Spenceley
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San Juan
National Historic Site

The troop quarters, finished in 1733, consisted of eight large vaulted rooms which housed soldiers stationed to guard Castillo San Cristobal.
Here, Spanish soldiers could rest and recreate with a game of dominos or cards after a hard day of work.  Just off the main plaza, one of these barracks has been refurbished to look as it did during the late 18th century, complete with beds, muskets, and uniforms.

Photo by J. Scott Graham
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All three of these postcards are from 2014.
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Castillo San Cristóbal, also known as Fort San Cristobal was built by Spain to protect against land based attacks on the city of San Juan. When it was finished in 1783, it covered about 27 acres of land and basically wrapped around the city of San Juan. Entry to the city was sealed by San Cristóbal's double gates. After close to one hundred years of relative peace in the area, part of the fortification (about a third) was demolished in 1897 to help ease the flow of traffic in and out of the walled city.

In 1983 This San Juan National Historic Site was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site by the United Nations.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Disney Cartoon Movie - The Jungle Book

Jelenet a Dzsungel konyvebol - (translation from Hungarian:  A scene from the book of the Jungle)
Jungle Book

This postcard features Baloo, Mowgli, Bagheera, and King Louie.  It is postmarked from Hungary in 1988.

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The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney Productions. It was the last film to be produced by Walt Disney, who died during its production.
Magyar Posta
Kormend, Batthyany - Kastely
4 Ft
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Hungary stamp 1988
Magyar Posta
Keszthely, Festetics - Chastely
10 Ft

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Budva, Montenegro

Greetings from Budva
Crna Gora (Croatian for Montenegro

This postcard is postmarked in 2013 with two matching stamps. 

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Buddha is a town on the Adriatic Sea with a population of around 14,000 people. 

The coastal area around Budva, called the Budva riviera, is known for its well-preserved medieval walled city, sandy beaches and diverse nightlife.
Montenegro stamp 2010
The 400th Anniversary of the 
Birth of St. V. Ostroski

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Insignia / Emblem for STS-3 Space Shuttle Columbia

STS-3 Crew Patch
This is the insignia for NASA's third flight of the space transportation system's (STS) Columbia, depicted in the middle of the blue sphere against the background of the sun.  The three prominent rays represent the third STS flight.   The surnames of Astronauts Jack R. Lousma, commander, and C. Gordon Fullerton, pilot, flank the vehicle and the name Columbia appears at the bottom.  The spacecraft's payload bay doors are open, and the remote manipulator system (RMS) arm is extended as it will be on several occasions during the actual flight.  The art work was accomplished by space artist Robert C. McCall of Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Photo by NASA

This postcard is unused.

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STS-3 launched on 22 March 1982.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Vistula River in Poland

The sender writes:
I am sending you this postcard which shows a pieces of the longest river in Poland, the Vistula.  The picture was taken in autumn and that is ideal because in my region autumn has already begun.  

This postcard is postmarked in 2016 from Poland. 

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The Vistula river is 1,047 kilometres (651 miles) long. 
Madonnas of the Eastern Borderlands
6 ZL

Monday, March 20, 2017

A Plant from Thailand

Photo by: Domeesit Thongsuk

The sender writes:
Hi Brenda
My name is Pilawan.  I live in Chaing rai province in north of Thailand.  I saw your postcard collection and I want this postcard to be part of your collection  :D

This gift postcard was send in 2017 from Thailand with a printed stamp. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Three Postcards of Giant Panda Bears

The sender writes that this was bought at the China Pavilion in Epcot Center, Walt Disney World.  It is postmarked in 2017.
USA stamp 2017
Lunar / Chinese New Year
Year of the Rooster
Forever a First Class Stamp
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Giant Pandas
Rare Animal of the World
Photo by: Shang Junyi

This is postmarked in 2010 with two stamps from China. 
China stamp 2001
Martes zibellina (Sable)
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China Stamp 2002
The Story of Dong Yong and the 
7th Daughter of the Jade Emperor
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Panda Bears
This is postmarked in 2009 from Germany. 
Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2008
100 Selma Lagerlof - 1858-1940
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While the dragon has often served as China's national symbol, internationally the giant panda appears at least as commonly.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Moffat Road in Colorado

The Greatest One Day Scenic Trip in the World

This unused vintage 'real photo' postcard has an AZO stamp box with four triangles which places it between the years of 1904 and 1918.

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Moffat Road History - (This information and more was found HERE.)

David Halliday Moffat, youngest of 9, born 1839 in Washingtonville, NY came to Denver March 18th, 1860. He operated Woolworth and Moffat Dry Goods Store, became Post Master, and was the Adjunct General of the Colorado Territories 1861.

In 1881 he became the president of the First National Bank, and then the President of the Denver Rio Grande Railroad. David Moffat built the narrow gauge "Denver and Pacific Railroad" that ran from Denver to Cheyenne, Wyoming. He owned over 100 gold and silver mines and the railroads that serviced them. He had more wealth than most, valued at 25 million dollars.
In 1904, he started building the "Denver Northwestern & Pacific Railroad" - the highest standard gauge railroad ever built in the United States.

The railroad went from Utah Junction (Denver) over Rollins Pass (11,660 feet above sea level) through the Grand Valley and terminated in Craig, Colorado. Moffat originally planned the railroad to go all the way to Salt Lake City, but when he died and the financing evaporated, the line ended up terminating at Craig.

The "Moffat Road" was intended to put Denver on a transcontinental railroad but that didn't happen until 1928 when the Moffat Tunnel (6.2 miles long - the third longest in the country) was finished. That was 17 years after David Moffat had died.

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Dragon by Peter E. Pracownik

Illustration by Peter E. Pracownik

This unused dragon postcard was printed in 2000.

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Peter Pracownik was born in Bristol, England but has lived much of his life in Glastonbury. He has been making his mark on the art scene since his first exhibition in Los Angeles in 1989. Since then he has sold over six million impressions of his art in art-card formats alone.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

New Mexico's Ice Age, Museum of Natural History and Science

New Mexico's Ice Age
Twelve thousand years ago, saber-toothed cats and dire wolves hunted bison and mammoths in a wetter, cooler southern New Mexico.  Glaciers sculpted mountain peaks as far south as Sierra Blanca (mural by Kent Pendleton).

New Mexico Museum of Natural History

This postcard is unused.

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The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was founded in 1986.

The Museum's permanent exhibit halls are as follows:

Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Jurassic Super Giants
New Mexico's Seacoast
Age of Volcanoes
Evolving Grasslands
Cave Experience
New Mexico's Ice Age

Other permanent exhibits include a planetarium and two floors of exhibit galleries dedicated to astronomy and space exploration. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Guardalvaca, Holguin, Cuba


This unused postcard is form 2017.

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Guardalavaca is a town in the Holguín Province of Cuba. It is a tourist location due to its white sandy beaches and warm waters.

"Guardalavaca" literally means "guard the cow" in Spanish. There are several accounts as to how this name may have originated; my favorite version is this one:

The name may have originated from pirates going after the cattle grazing in the area. As pirates were spotted, the local farmers would thus shout, "Guardalavaca" - guard the cow.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Congratulations! Gaston Comic Strip from Belgium

On Est Tous Avec Toi!

We are all with you!

Gaston Lagaffe

This postcard is postmarked in 2017 from Belgium with a Gaston stamp.

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Gaston is a gag-a-day comic strip created in 1957 by the Belgian cartoonist André Franquin. The series focuses on the everyday life of Gaston Lagaffe (whose surname means "the blunder"), a lazy and accident-prone office junior. 
The 60th Anniversary of the 
Gaston Comic Strip, 2

Monday, March 13, 2017

Two Postcards of the UFO Museum in Roswell, New Mexico

The International UFO Museum
Roswell, New Mexico

Many reports have been made about UFO crashes all over the world.  If you doubt that come to 400 N. Main, Roswell, New Mexico where one crashed into the corner of the building.

This postcard is unused.
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Roswell, New Mexico
Independence Day celebrations in 1947 were marked by events of cosmic magnitude.  On that infamous day, intense thunderstorms demonstrated the power of the heavens.  Amidst a blinding rain and an electric-filled sky, radar tracked an object fall towards Earth.  Rumors of debris-strewn fields and a military cover up suggested a UFO had crashed in the Roswell area.  The mystery of the "Roswell incident" attracts a host of visitors annually.  Is Earth the target of galactic probes or is New Mexico simply an out of this world place to vacation?  Discover Roswell!

Digital Imaging: Terrell Creative

This is postmarked in 2007 with a 41 cent, Star Wars, Yoda stamp.

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The International UFO Museum And Research Center is focused largely on the 1947 Roswell Crash and later supposed UFO incidents in the United States and elsewhere. It was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit educational organization. The museum contains an extensive library and exhibits all focused on the history of UFO encounters.
USA stamp 2007
41 cent Yoda

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Astronaut Walter M. Schirra, Jr. from Sigma 7

U. S. Astronaut Walter M. Schirra, Jr.

U.S. Navy Commander Walter M. Shirra, Jr. was born March 12, 1923 in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Schirra was the pilot of the Mercury Atlas 8 flight of "Sigma 7" on October 3, 1962.  Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, he completed a successful 6 orbit mission around the earth at an orbital velocity of approximately 17,560 miles an hour.

Schirra's "Sigma 7" Mercury spacecraft made nearly a pinpoint landing as planned, in the vicinity of Midway Island.  Time of the flight was 9 hours and 13 minutes.

This is an unused Curteich Color postcard. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Blackbeard's Castle in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Blackbeard's Castle
St. Thomas
U.S. Virgin Islands

Blackbeard's Castle, St. Thomas Skytsborg Tower (meaning sky tower), was built in 1679 by the Danes as a watchtower for the harbor of Charlotte Amalie.  It is located at the highest point on Skytsborg Tower Government Hill.  Danish Soldiers used Skytsborg as a vantage point to spot enemy ships and protect impressive Fort Christian from attacks.

Fort Christian is at sea level, which was ideal for warding off attackers with canon fire, but did not offer a good enough view of the incoming ships before they entered the harbor.  It is not known what year Skytsborg Tower took on the name of Blackbeard's Castle, but the infamous Edward Teach, commonly known as Blackbeard the Pirate, did sail the Caribbean waters in the early 1700s.

It has become part of the lore of the island that he used the Tower as a vantage point for his own treacherous purposes.  Blackbeard's Castle is one of four National Historic sites in the US Virgin Islands.

This postcard was postmarked in 2012.
USA stamp 2012
Aloha Shirt, 32 cents
Blue with Flowers

Friday, March 10, 2017

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman
Conductor of the Underground Railroad
Inspiration to freedom-seekers everywhere

David Fichter, pastel.  SCW 2015

Born into slavery in Maryland about 1820, Harriet Tubman escaped and became the most famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, leading over 300 enslaved people to freedom.

This postcard is postmarked in 2016.

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Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross; c. 1822 – March 10, 1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and, during the American Civil War, a Union spy.

Born into slavery, Tubman escaped in 1849 and escaped to Philadelphia, then immediately returned to Maryland to rescue her family. Slowly, one group at a time, she brought relatives with her out of the state, and eventually guided dozens of other slaves to freedom. Traveling by night and in extreme secrecy, Tubman (or "Moses", as she was called) "never lost a passenger". Her actions made slave owners anxious and angry, and they posted rewards for her capture.
USA stamp 2014
Winter Fun
Northern Cardinal Bird
Forever a first rate stamp

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A Postal Love Postcard from Warsaw, Poland

The 1st largest city of Poland
City Area: 517.24 KM2
City Rights: 1328 YR

Population 1,744,357 - Over 3,500 Postcrossing Members

Famous Monuments:
- Royal Castle
- Presidential Palace
- Palace on the Water
- Grand Theatre
- Warsaw Skyline
- Palace of Culture and Science

Famous People:
- Maria Sklodowska - Curie
- Fryderyk Chopin
- Stanislaw Moniusko
- Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski
- Andrzej Wajda
- Boleslaw Prus

The Capital of Poland
Warsaw Metro 1995 about 29 KM
9th Largest Capital Cities of the European Union

This is a 'Postal Love' postcard that was postmarked in 2017 from Poland.
UNESCO World Heritage
Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region. 
Joint Issue with Ukraine
Drewnaine Cerkwie
W Polskim I Ukrainskim
Regionie Karpat 
5 ZL

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Bichon Bolognese Dog Reading a Book

Photo by Jane Mustonen 2016

The sender writes:
The dog is Apollo and he is a Bichon Bolognese.

This book reading puppy was postmarked in 2017 from Finland.

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The Bolognese is a small breed of dog of the bichon type, originating in Italy. The name refers to the central Italian city of Bologna. They love attention, and make good house pets and have a strong bond with the person/s they spend time with most.
Finland stamp 2016
Wooden Pauper Tradition
Girl Doll, Soini

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Caves in Kras Slovenia, UNESCO


Kras Karst Slovenija

Predjamski grad in bogastvo kraskega sveta
The Predjama castle and the marvelous subterranean world of the Karst

Foto: Arne Hodalic, Mirko Bijuklic

This unused postcard was given to me in 2017.

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Škocjan Caves, found on the Karst Plateau, is a cave system in Slovenia. The area was entered on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites in 1986.

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Funny Bird - My Mating Dance is Mostly Seizures

My mating dance is mostly seizures.

The sender writes: Dance like no one is watching!

This funny postcard is from a set called 'Troubled Birds'. and was postmarked in 2016.
USA stamp 2016
Botanical Art, Flowers
Forever a first class stamp