Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Two 'Connect the Dots' Postcards with Moomin

Moomin Charaters

Yhdista pisteet - Connect the Dots

Putinki Oy
Helsinki, Finland
Moomin Charaters

Yhdista pisteet - Connect the Dots

Putinki Oy
Helsinki, Finland

Both of these unused postcards were purchased in  2017. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Fort George, Grenada

Isle of Spice
West Indies

Fort George
St. George, Grenada W.I.

This postcard was mailed from Grenada in 2018.

The sender writes:
We walked in-front of this fort.  We Loved Grenada!

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Fort George is located on the promontory to the west of the harbor.  It was built in 1705 by the French.  As of now many of the buildings are used by the police. 

Much of the fort is still intact and open to visitors. However, the buildings are very dilapidated, from a combination of Hurricane damage and neglect.
Grenada stamp 2013
Birds, Parrots
Blue-Winged Macaw
Primolius Maracana, $ 1

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July!

Independence Bell 1776

This embossed patriotic postcard was designed by C. Chapman.  
Printed in Germany # 51668

It was postmarked in 1909.  

The sender writes:

Dear cousin Emma,
Have not heard from you for quite a while; hope you are all well and wish you a pleasant "Fourth'.
Love to all,
Elizabeth Page
July 4th, 1909
USA stamp 1908
Benjamin Franklin
1 cent

Friday, June 21, 2019

Happy Summer from Gyro Gearloose

Glad Sommar (Swedish for Happy Summer)

Walt Disney Productions

This postcard features Gyro Gearloose from DuckTales.  It was postmarked from Sweden with a stamp from 1992.

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Gyro is a fictional character, an anthropomorphic chicken that is Duckburg's most famous inventor.  He was created by Carl Barks for The Walt Disney Company.
Sweden (Sverige) stamp 1992
European Football (Soccer) Championship
2.80 kr

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day!

To Dear Dad

The sender writes:
Dear Papa, I am well, hope you all are the same.  Besure and write.  I will answer mothers letter soon.
With best regards to all,
I remain your Daughter, Anna.

This postcard is embossed and was postmarked in 1909.
USA stamp 1902 
United States of America
Presidents & Other Famous People 
Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 1790
1 cent 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Suurhusen Steeple in Germany


Kirche aus dem fruhen 13.  Jahrhundert mit dem "schiefsten" Turm der Welt.
Der Uberhang betragt 2 Meter und 47 Zentimeter.

The sender wrote:
The Steeple of the Suurhusen Church, inclined at an angle of 5.19 degrees (or 2.47 metre) at a  height of 27.37 metres and is the most leaning tower in the world.  The settlement was first mention in the downments from 1255 (early 13th century).

This was postmarked from Germany in 2009 .
Germany (Deutschland) stamp  2008
Klosterinsel Reichenau
(Monastic Island of Reichenau)
Weltkulturerbe Unesco  45
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Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2008
The 200th Anniversary of the Birth of 
Carl Spitzweg 1808 - 1885

Friday, June 7, 2019

Aland Islands Postcrossing Meet-up with Artist Autograph

Aland Islands
7-9 &10 June 2017

Greetings from Postcrossing meetup!

Illustration: Ammi Krogius
(The artist also designed the stamp and autographed the front of this postcard!)

This postcard was signed by 18 members of the meeting and has a Postcrossing stamp from Aland on the front and on the back of the card.
Aland stamp 2017
Postcrossing mote pa Aland
(Postcrossing on Aland)
Seagulls with Postcards and a lighthouse
Artist: Ammi Krogius

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Three Different Postcards of Bambi...

Here are three different postcards of Bambi with the butterfly on his tail.  Bambi is in the same pose for all three postcards, yet the scene around him is different in all three.  I have not seen this movie in YEARS.  I am going to have to find a way to watch it to see if all three of these scenes take place while Bambi just stands there. 

Grafiche (Italian for: Graphics) Biondetti

This postcard of Bambi and Thumper was postmarked in 2017 from Finland. 

The sender writes:
My mum can't watch Bambi without crying.  
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Walt Disney Classics
This postcard is unused. 
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Bambi and Thumper in 3-D

The back of this unused postcard says 'printed in Japan'.

Friday, May 10, 2019

A Punny Postcard for National Postcard Week

Happy National Postcard Week!
May 5-11, 2019

I hope you like this GRATE postcard!

Hello and Happy National Postcard Week from Clearwater, Florida!  I hope you're a little like me and appreciate a postcard with a pun on it. 
Take care,
Brenda Cole

This funny postcard was postmarked in 2019. 
USA stamp 2019
Black Heritage
Gregory Hines
Forever a first class stamp

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Just Married! A Honeymoon Cruise Postcard

Just Married!

Jack Cole and Brenda Perez were married!  This postcard is from our honeymoon where we are cruising from Puerto Rico to the US Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Martinique, Barbados, and Grenada.

With al our love,
Jack and Brenda
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Cole
April 28, 2018

Thank you to Reyna for your artwork!  We love it!

This postcard was postmarked from Barbados in 2018.
Barbados stamp 2014
Gardens of Barbados
Glendale, 1.80

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Greetings with a Vintage Postcard from 1909

Easter Greetings

Post Card - Postkarte - Carte Postale 
Made in Germany

This fabulous Easter postcard features Jesus being taken down from the cross.  It has metallic detailing and was postmarked in 1909.  
USA stamp 1902 
United States of America
Presidents & Other Famous People 
Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 1790
1 cent 

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Brief Career of the Titanic

Brief Career of the Titanic

May, 1911 - Titanic, world's largest vessel, launched at Belfast, Ire.: cost more than $10,000,000; 882 feet 6 inches in length; displacement, 66 tons.  Wed., April 10 - Sailed from Southampton on maiden trip; carried 330 first cabin, 320 second class, 750 third class passengers, officers and crew of 940, total, 2340 persons.  Sun., April 14 - Struck iceberg at 10;25 p.m. in 41:46 N. latitude, 50:14 W. longitude. Mon., April 15 - Sunk at 2:20 a.m. Of 2340 persons aboard more than 1500 were lost.

Smith and Sale, Printers, Portland, Me.

This vintage postcard is unused. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tasmania, Australia's Island State

Australia's Island State

There is no description on the back, however, I found out that the church is: Uniting Church, located in Ross, and the bridge is The Ross Bridge.

This unused postcard is from 2008. 

Friday, April 5, 2019

Princesses Postcards from a Princess Cruise in Finland

This funny, black and white postcard was mailed from Finland in 2017.

The sender writes:
Greetings from the Princess' cruise to Sweden.  
Thanks for your part in this amazing adventure. 

This postcard was sent to me by my cruise buddies from our 'Princess Cruise'.  We all wore tiaras and carried scepters.  It was a short cruise from Finland to Sweden, but we sure did have fun!!
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Originalli: Suvi Eckstein

Suvi Cards
Original: Suvi Eckstein

The sender writes:
Hi from the Princess cruise to Sweden.  Once there were 3 princess' who were lucky enough to go on a cruise to Sweden.  They all wore their tiara's and carried their magic wands.  Their fairy godmother put them in a beautiful suite because they were such good princesses.  

This is postmarked form a Viking Line cruise ship in Finland in 2017. 
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Here is a postcard of the ship...

M/S Mariella

Delivered in 1985, 37,860 GT, Length 177 m, Ice class 1 A Super, 2,500 passengers, 430 cards, 2,500 berths, Finnish flag. 

This postcard is postmarked in 2017 with a 'Sweden-Aland-Finland Viking Line M/S Mariella' postmark.  
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Finland stamp 2017
Birds, Arktika
Clangula hyemalis
Long-tailed duck
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Finland stamp 2011
Shaped like a small cross with a leaf on it 0,20
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Finland stamp 2017
The Face of Finland, 1.20

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Posti ran a campaign in fall 2016 to collect photos of faces from the public for a special stamp publication to mark Finland's centenary of independence. The thousands of photos come together like a mosaic to form different stamps, which are positioned on the sheet in the form of the map of Finland. Each stamp and booklet will be unique.

"These stamps are worth a close look, as receivers and senders might spot their own face or the faces of acquaintances on them," says Tommi Kantola, Design Manager at Posti.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Oiso, Tora-ga Ame

Oiso "Tora-ga Ame

Oiso being the site of the tragic love between Soga Juro, the elder of the Soga brothers famous for their vendetta, and the courtesan, Tora Gozen, the rain which falls around the time when the Soga brothers successfully avenged their father's death was called "Toraga ame, or Tora's rain, after the tears shed by Tora Gozen was parting from Juro.   Depicted in this picture is the highway just outside Oiso post town. Drenched by the heavy rain, a man and his horse plod their way with heavy steps.  Beyond a paddy field with its stacks of straw, there is an attractive view of pine trees along the seashore.  The sea sparkling white shows Hiroshige's rich sensitivity.

This postcard was postmarked in 2018 and is from Mali who has  the hopes of sending #1000Postcards on one year.  This is card number 369.  She writes that she wishes she could go back to Japan and mail it form Hiroshima where she bought it in 1984.  - As for me, I am happy to receive it wherever it was mailed from!
USA stamp 2017 
Total Solar Eclipse
With Thermochromic Ink
Forever a first class stamp

The moon is solid black until you 
put heat on it by holding your finger on it, then the moon is revealed. 

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Mud Huts in Asmara, Eritrea

Asmara - Tukul nel villaggio indigeno
Translation: Asmara - Tukul (mud huts) in the indigenous village

C.A.O. - Massaua (Italian for Massawa)

This unused postcard is from 1936.  The photographer is: Cesare Capello-Milano

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Originally, according to Eritrean Tigrinya oral traditional history, there were four clans living in the Asmara area in Africa.  These towns were frequently attacked by clans from the low land, until the women of each clan decided that to defeat their common enemy and preserve peace the four clans must unite. The men accepted, hence the name 'Asmara' which means "they [feminine, thus referring to the women] made them unite". 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Port in Massawa, Eritrea

Massaua - Il porto
Translation: Massaua - The port

C.A.O. - Massaua (Italian for Massawa)

This unused postcard is from 1936.  The photographer is: Cesare Capello-Milano

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Massawa is a city on the Red Sea coast of Eritrea in Africa.  It was the capital of Eritrea until Asmara became the capital in 1897.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

A Shoe Seller in Asmara, Eritrea

Asmara - Mercato indigeno - Venditore di scarpe.
Translation:  Asmara - Indigenous Market - Shoe Seller.

C.A.O. - Massaua (Italian for Massawa)

This unused postcard is from 1936.  The photographer is: Cesare Capello-Milano

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Massawa is a city in the African country of Eritrea. Massawa was the capital of the Italian Colony of Eritrea until it was moved to Asmara in 1897.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Viking Laws


Be direct
Grab all opportunities
Use varying methods of attack
Be versatile and agile
Attack on target at a time
Don't plan everything in detail
Use top quality weapons

Keep weapons in good condition
Keep in shape
Find good battle comrades
Agree on important points
Choose one chief

Find out what the market needs
Do not promise what you can't keep
Do not demand overpayment
Arrange things so that you can return

Keep things tidy and organized
Arrange enjoyable activities which strengthen the group
Make sure everybody does useful work
Consult all member of the group for advice

This unused postcard is from Norway, The Wisdom of the Vikings.  Design and Idea: Amber
I received it in 2017.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Manchester High School Central in New Hampshire

Central Classical High School Building, Manchester, N. H.

This unused, vintage linen postcard was published by The Amoskeag News Company.
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Manchester High School Central is the oldest public high school in the state of New Hampshire.  The name was changed from Manchester High School in 1922 when Manchester West High School opened.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This cute postcard was postmarked in 2019.  It features two little green ponies by a wishing well.  I thought maybe it was one of the 'My Little Ponies', but there are no markings of the artist on the back.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

A Funny Exaggeration Postcard about Fishing

The scenery's grand here
And the fishing is swell,

We're up before dawn
And are busy as h....

This Exaggeration postcard was postmarked in 1940.  I love that the sender wrote in the word 'heaven' on the poem.
USA stamp 1940
Famous Americans - Scientists 
John Audubon, 1 c

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Mount Sněžka, Czech Republic

Snežna, královna našich hor
(From a translator:
Snow, queen of our mountains) 

There is a lot of small writing printed on the back of this postcard.  I put it into a translator and got this.... 

-25 C. Poradny vitr. Misty skoro 2m snehu. Nekdy nebylo videt ani na krok. Tak vypadal zacatek brezna r.  2018 na hrebenu Krkonos.  Byla to ma vubec prvni zimni horska solo vyprava, naslapal jsem za nekolik dni desitky km s cca 20 kg batohem.  Asi me nejnarocnejsi foceni.   Krkosose jsem do te doby temer neznal. Z lavinovych oblasti jsem mel respekt, nekdy vsak bylo nutne pro dobry zaber trochu zariskovat -jako treba v tomto pripade.  Nastesti jsem si krom lehcich omrzlin v obliceji privezl dumu nejen zazitky, ale i nekolik slusnych fotografi.  Ty najdete i na mem facebookovem profilu.  

-25 C. Poradny vitr. Misty almost 2m of snow. Sometimes it was not even a step. That was the beginning of March 2018 on the ridge of Krkonoše. It was the first winter horska solo carriage, I trampled in a few days a dozen km with about 20 kg of a backpack. Probably my most intimate picture. I did not know Krkosose until now. I had respect from the avalanche areas, but sometimes it was necessary for me to take a bit of a risk - as is the case in this case. I grew up beside the light frostbite in my face bringing the house not only to the sounds, but also to some sophisticated photographers. You can also find them on my facebook profile.

Ladislav Renner 

This postcard was postmarked from the Czech Republic in 2019. 
Czech Republic (Ceska Republika) stamp 2012
Kamil Lhoták: (1912 - 1990)
A long-haired girl
Divka S Dlouhymi Vlasy 1951
26 kc
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Czech Republic (Ceska Republika) stamp 1993
Cesky Krumlov UNESCO, 3 kc
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Czech Republic (Ceska Republika) stamp 2012
Folk Architecture, Village of Vidim
6 kc

Saturday, March 9, 2019

A Sailor and A Merman from Finland

Come to Finland
Travel poster, 2016
Wombat Combat

I think this is my first postcard with a merman on it!  I love the tattoos on him.  However, if you are only looking at that, you will miss the weird butterflies in the top left corner!

This very odd postcard is from 2016.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Pointe des Chateaux, Castle Point, Guadeloupe

Pointe des Chateaux

This was mailed from Guadeloupe with a France stamp in 2019.

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Pointe des Chateaux is a peninsula located at the eastern end of the island of Grande-Terre , Guadeloupe.
France stamp 2018
Betula papyrifera, Paper Birch tree
La Poste, Lettre prioritaire 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

A Shrunken Head, Tzantza, from Ecuador

Tzantza (Shrunken Head)

Cabeza reducida
Shrunken head

Foto: Bodo Wuth

This postcard was postmarked in 2015 with three of the same stamps from Ecuador

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If you have a weak stomach... do not read any more... 

A shrunken head is a severed and specially prepared human head that is used for trophy, ritual, or trade purposes.

The only tribes known to have shrunken human heads are of the Jivaroan tribes. These include the Shuar, Achuar, Huambisa and Aguaruna tribes, found in Ecuador and Peru. The Shuar call a shrunken head a tsantsa, or tzantza. Many tribe leaders would show off their heads to scare enemies

How it is Done:
The process of creating a shrunken head begins with removing the skull from the neck. An incision is made on the back of the ear and all the skin and flesh is removed from the cranium. Seeds are placed underneath the nostrils and the lips are sewn shut. The mouth is held together with three palm pins. Fat from the flesh of the head is removed. Then a wooden ball is placed under the flesh in order to keep the form. The flesh is then boiled in water that has been saturated with a number of herbs containing tannins. The head is then dried with hot rocks and sand, while molding it to retain its human features. The skin is then rubbed down with charcoal ash. Decorative beads may be added to the head.

In the head shrinking tradition, it is believed that coating the skin in ash keeps the muisak, or avenging soul, from seeping out.
Ecuador stamp 2014
25 Anos
Caida del Muro De Berlin
The 25th Anniversary of 
The Fall of the Berlin Wall
0.75 US