Sunday, December 30, 2018

Struga, Macedonia

Struga, Macedonia

Aerial photo of Struga and its costlina - Strega, Macedonia

The sender writes:
Greetings from Macedonia!
I live in a small but beautiful city, Sruga, with around 20,000 inhabitants.  It is located on one of the biggest deepest and oldest lakes in Europe.  (Lake Ohrid).  As you can see the Black Drin River passes through the city center.  
I work as a tour guide in my country.  

This postcard was postmarked in 2018. 
Macedonia stamp 1999
New Daily Stamps
Guzman Sapkarev
4 D 
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Macedonia stamp 2013
The 150th Anniversary of the Death of 
Gjurchin Kokaleski, 1775-1863
18 MKD
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Macedonia stamp 2017
Vegetables, Zucchini
18 MKD

Friday, December 28, 2018

Children from Uganda

 ... with a smile from Uganda
  ... a land of true African hospitality

Photos and design by: Byekwaso Blasio

The sender writes:
This mission will change both of our lives forever! All the glory be to God.

This postcard is postmarked in 2016.
Uganda stamp 2015
Pope Francis' visit to Uganda
November 2015, 1,900

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Wishing You a Merry, Cozy Christmas

Wishing You a Merry, Cozy Christmas and a Bright and Happy New Year!

This is a folding card, with lots of glitter, that someone cut the top off of and made it into a postcard.

It is postmarked in 2016.
USA stamp 2016
Christmas Nativity
Forever First Class

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas Angels from 1910.

Christmas Greetings

The sender writes:
Let Christmas joys be ever bright for you, and a joyful New Year.

This embossed 'Raphael Tuck & Sons' postcard was postmarked in 1910.
USA stamp 1908
Benjamin Franklin
1 cent

Friday, December 21, 2018

Three Vintage Postcards of Apollo 8

John F. Kennedy Space Center

The prime crew for the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations Apollo 8 Moon Orbital flight posed by the Apollo mission simulator are astronauts (Left to Right) James A. Lovell, Jr., Command Module (CM) Pilot, William A. Anders, Lunar Module (LM) Pilot, and Frank Borman, Commander.
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Apollo 8
Lunar Vehicle

Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Launch of Apollo 8 Astronauts, Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders, in a successful orbit of the Moon. 
Color Photo by NASA
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Apollo 8 Moon View
This is a near vertical photograph of the lunar surface taken with a telephoto lens during the Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission.  The area covered by the photograph is approximately 20 miles on a side, and the photographed area is located at about 3 degrees south latitude and 160 degrees west longitude on the lunar farside.  The lunar surface probably has less pronounced color than indicated by this print. 

Color by NASA

All three postcards are unused. 

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Apollo 8, the second human spaceflight mission in the United States Apollo space program, was launched on December 21, 1968, and became the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth orbit, reach the Earth's Moon, orbit it and return safely to Earth. The three-astronaut crew became the first humans to travel beyond low Earth orbit, the first to see Earth as a whole planet, the first to directly see the far side of the Moon, and then the first to witness Earthrise. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Postcrossing Meet-up Postcard from Katowice, Poland

Postcrossing Meeting
15. 09. 2018

Tramwaj "Maja". fot. Alaksandra Stanosta

This meet-up postcard is signed by 18 members of the meeting.  It was postmarked in 2018 from Poland.

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Katowice is the capital and largest city of Silesian Voivodeship, Poland.

This postcard feature the public tram system and in the back is 'Spodek'.

Spode (which means saucer, like flying saucer, in Polish),  is a multipurpose arena complex in Katowice that opened in 1971. It hosts many cultural and business events and music concerts.  In the winter time Spodek is home to ice hockey clubs.
Poland (Polska) stamp 2018
Polish Regional Products
Liszki Sausage, 6

Monday, December 17, 2018

The Dallah Coffee Pot Monument & Tornado Tower in Doha, Qatar

Doha, Qatar

This unused postcard features The Dallah Coffee Pot Monument & Tornado Tower and was given to me in 2018.

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In the Arabic world a dallah is considered a welcoming gesture, so the Dallah Coffee Pot Monument is a symbol of hospitality.

The Tornado Tower stands at a height of 640 feet (195 m) tall with 52 floors.  Construction began in 2006 and it was completed in 2008.   Due to the hour glass shape of the building, the total rentable office space available on each floor varies from 13,560–25,800 square feet.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Andy's Delicatessen in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, 1963

St. Thomas
Virgin Islands
Art by Hans Bulow

Andy's Delicatessen
on back street where native New York food is served, in the island's largest wine cellar, stocked with Alexis Lichine selections.

The sender writes:
We're still not in jail.

This postcard was postmarked in 1963 with two Washington 1 c stamps and one 5c.
USA Stamp 1954
George Washington 
1 cent
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USA stamp 1963
George Washington
5 cents

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A Unicorn Power 'Pop Tarts' Postcard

Pop Tarts
Unicorn Power
Limited Edition
16 Toaster Pastries

The senders write: 
May the Unicorn power be with you ! ! ! ! 

This handmade postcard was mailed to me in 2018 from my nieces and nephews.  

USA stamp 2017
Boutonniere and Corsage 
Forever first class

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Rangamati Hanging Bridge in Bangladesh

The back of this postcard reads:
Karnaphuli Bridge

That is an error though, because this is a postcard of Rangamati Hanging Bridge in Rangamati, Bangladesh.

It was postmarked in 2014 with two flower stamps.
Bangladesh stamp 2014
Rhyncostylis Retusa (Orchid)
10 T
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Bangladesh stamp 2014
Dendrobium Aphyllum (Orchid)
10 T 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A Smurf Postcard with Smurf Stamps from Belgium

De Smurfen  (The Smurfs)

This is postmarked in 2014 with two Smurfs stamps from Belgium. 

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The Smurfs is a Belgian comic and television franchise that was first created and introduced as a series of comic characters by the Belgian 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 surfs, and "Clumsy Smurf", who has a habit of creating havoc unintentionally.
50th Anniversary of the Smurfs 1
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Belgium stamp 2008
50th Anniversary of the Smurfs 1

Saturday, December 1, 2018

An Amazing Novelty Postcard from Russia, A Separate Reality

You Leave (with augmented reality) by Alex Andreev
- downlad the app "A Separate Reality"
- point camera of your device at the postcard
- enjoy! 

The sender of this AMAZING postcard writes:
Greetings from Moscow Russia!  Some of your friends told me that  you love unusual cards.  Please follow the instructions and you will be surprised.   (The sender (Mikhail) also sent me his e-mail address incase I needed help.) He also wrote on the bottom that you can only find postcards like this in Russia. 

When you look at the postcard via the website, a train is going in front of the person with the umbrella!  It is soooo cool!!

This was postmarked from Russian in 2018. 
Russia stamp 2018
Football (Soccer)
FIFA World Cup
Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
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Here is a video of what it looks like!!