Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year - Sretna Nova Godina from Yugoslavia

 Sretna Nova Godina
(Translated from Croatian: Happy New Year)

This postcard is postmarked in 1976 from Yugoslavia.
Revolution Monuments
Architecture, 5,00 ptt

Thursday, December 28, 2017

President Woodrow Wilson and His Birthplace in Virginia

Woodrow Wilson's Birthplace
Staunton, Virginia
This house served as the Presbyterian Manse at the time of Wilson's birth and boyhood.  Now a national shrine and mecca for visitors from all over the world.

This postcard is unused.

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The Woodrow Wilson Birthplace is referred to as The Manse, which is the name of a Presbyterian minister's home. The Manse was constructed in 1846 by the Staunton First Presbyterian Church. It has twelve rooms with twelve fireplaces. The Wilson family moved into the house in 1855 and Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in what is now called the "birth room" on December 28, 1856. The Wilsons left The Manse in early 1858.

After the Wilsons moved out of The Manse it remained a Presybterian minister's home well into the 1920s. It was only after Woodrow Wilson's death that his widow, Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, returned to Staunton with plans of creating a memorial. The house was restored to its 1850s look over the next 80 years, which included removing bathrooms, changing light fixtures, and stripping paint. Recently The Manse was restored to its original red brick, having been painted white for almost a century.

It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

Shown on the postcard is also the Woodrow Wilson presidential car, a Pierce Arrow limousine.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas from the TV Show 'I Love Lucy'

What's Christmas  ... Without a few Flakes?
I Love Lucy

This postcard features Vivian Vance, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz and William Frawley dressed as santa claus .

This postcard is unused. 

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Ariane 5 Rocket in French Guiana

Guyane L'Espace

Decollage du lanceur Ariane 5 GS, vol 193, le 18 d├ęcembre 2009 depuis le Centre spatial guyanais.  Le lanceur a place en orbite la satellite militaire Helios 2B.

Loose Translation:

Guiana Space
Liftoff of the Ariane 5 GS launcher, vol 193, 18 December 2009 from the Guiana Space Center. The launcher placed in orbit military satellite Helios 2B.

CNES / ESA / Arianespace / Photo Service Optique Video CSG, 2009

This postcard is a gift card that was sent to me with three Italy stamps in 2015.    :D

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The Guiana Space Centre or, more commonly, Centre spatial guyanais (CSG) is a French and European spaceport near Kourou in French Guiana. Operational since 1968, it is particularly suitable as a location for a spaceport as it fulfills the two major geographical requirements of such a site:

-- it is quite close to the equator, so that the spinning earth can impart some extra velocity to the rockets for free when launched eastward, and
-- it has uninhabited territory (in this case, open sea) to the east, so that lower stages of rockets and debris from launch failures cannot fall on human habitations.

The European Space Agency (ESA), the French space agency CNES (National Centre for Space Studies), and the commercial Arianespace company conduct launches from Kourou.  Also, this is the spaceport used by the ESA to send supplies to the International Space Station.

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Italy (Italia) stamp 2013
Flying Mail Envelope, 0,70
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and two of these stamps ... 
Italy (Italia) stamp 2014
Flying Mail Envelope, 0,80

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Rogue One, A Star Wars Story

Rogue One
A Star Wars Story

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This was a flyer they were handing out at the movie theater on opening night.  I put a space related stamp of the planet Mercury on it and mailed it to myself to make it a postcard  :D

Below you can see the back of the flyer/postcard.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, released on December 16, 2016, is an American epic space film. It was produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the first installment of the Star Wars Anthology series, set immediately before the events of the original Star Wars film.

Rogue One follows a group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, the Galactic Empire's superweapon.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

God Jul, Merry Christmas from Norway

God Jul (Merry Christmas)

Anne Forlag AS

This is a Hallmark postcard that was mailed from Norway in 2016.
It features a gnome petting a cat.
Norway (Norge) stamp 2016
Santa on a Sleigh
A Innland
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Norway (Norge) stamp 2001
Norge, Postfrim. 1 KR
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and two of these. . .
Norway (Norge) - stamp 2005
3 kr