Thursday, January 31, 2019

One More Payment . . .

One More Payment ...
And it's ours!

Photo by Jim Doane

haha!  I actively look for shacks, ruined buildings, etc postcards like this.  This one was postmarked from South Carolina in 2013.
USA stamp 2013
Rosa Parks
Forever a first class Rate

Monday, January 28, 2019

A Divi-divi Tree in Aruba


1. Historic "Alto Vista" Chapel
2. Cultural Center
3. Divi-divi tree
4. The Old Dutch Mill.

This 'H.S. Crocker' postcard is unused.

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A Divi-divi tree (Libidibia coriaria) is native to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and northern South America.

They rarely reach their maximum height of 9 m (30 ft) because the growth is twisted and bent out of shape by the trade winds that batter the coastal sites where it often grows. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Finnish Nightmares

Finnish Nightmares

When a stranger looks you in the eyes
and smiles

This postcard is unused.
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Finnish Nightmares

Someone sits next to you in public transport
And then they start speaking to you.

The sender writes:  It is true, while you walk down the street no one looks at each other! 

These funny postcards were designed by Karolina Korhonen. 
This one was postmarked from Finland in 2017.

Finland stamp 2016 
Food, Gastronomy
Karelian Pasty, 1
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The most familiar and common recipe for Karelian pasties are made from a thin rye crust with a filling of rice. Butter, often mixed with boiled egg (egg butter or munavoi), is spread over the hot pasties before eating.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

German Author, Karl May

Erlebnisrundgang mit Karl May  >> Damals, als ich Old Shatterhand war... 
jedes Wochenende (Apr - Okt), Karl -May-Museum, Radebeul 

Translation from German:
Adventure Tour with Karl May >> Back when I was Old Shatterhand ...
every weekend (Apr - Oct),  Karl May Museum, Radebeul

This postcard was postmarked from Germany in 2018. 

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German author Karl May (1842–1912), wrote many books about the American frontier and Native Americans featuring the fictional characters Winnetou (a Mescalero-Apache Chief) and Old Shatterhand (a white European settler). 

The Karl May Museum is located in Radebeul, Germany.  It containing artifacts from May's life as well as from life on the American frontier and Native American life of that era.
Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2017
Menschliches Haar 
(Human Hair)
Microworld, 70 c
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Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2017
Flowers, Common Bluebell, 20 

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Piasa Bird in Illinois

The Piasa Bird (pronounced PIE-A-Saw) is a local legend.   Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet on their journey down the Mississippi in 1673, described the bird like monster which is painted on the bluffs.  The Illini Indians name it "The Piasa", meaning a bird that devours men.

Photo by Tom Wright.

The sender writes:
Hello!  This isn't too far from where I live in Illinois.  There's nothing in the picture to give it size perspective, but it's actually quite large.

This postcard was postmarked in 2013 with two bird stamps... One that could have devoured people!

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The legend:

This creature attacked and devoured people in a nearby Indian villages shortly after the corpses of a war gave it a taste for human flesh. The legend claims that a local Indian chief, named Chief Ouatoga, managed to slay the monster using a plan that came to him in a dream. The chief ordered his bravest warriors to hide near the entrance of the Piasa Bird's cave. Ouatoga then acted as bait to lure the creature out into the open. As the monster flew down toward the Indian chief, his warriors slew it with a volley of poisoned arrows.
USA stamp 1989
Prehistoric Animals
Pteranodon, 25
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USA stamp 1988
Boreal Owl, 25 c

Friday, January 18, 2019

Andes Mountains in Chile

Cordillera de los Andes (Andes Mountains)

Cordillera Sarmiento.
Ubicada en la Region de Aysen en el limite con la Ripublica Argentia.  llamada asi en honor a don D. Faustino Sarmiento quien fuera el creador de la Escuela de Preceptores y gran impulsor de la amistad entre ambas naciones.

I put this into an on-line translator....

Cordillera Sarmiento.
Located in the Region of Aysen on the border with the Ripublica Argentia. so called in honor of Don Faustino Sarmiento who was the creator of the School of Preceptors and great promoter of friendship between both nations.

This postcard was given to me in 2018.  

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Saturn's Moons, Enceladus and Tethys

Enceladus and Tethys
Two of Saturn's moons were lined up when Cassini captured this image with its narrow-angle camera, which was aimed at the unlit side of Saturn's rings. Enceladus, in the foreground, is roughly 313 miles (504 kilometers) across, while Tethys is 660 miles (1,062 kilometers) across.

This was postmarked in 2018 with two stamps.

The sender of this card has a goal of sending 1,000 postcards.  This is card number 322.  I am so happy he sent it to me!
USA stamp 2007
Tiffany Lamp, 1 cent 
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USA stamp 2014
Illustrator: Nancy Stahl
Issue Date: February 7, 2014
Postcard Rate 34 Cents

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A Cow with an Unfriendly Cat

Photo: Iwago Mitsuaki

The sender writes:

I am a big cat lover and have a 17 year old male tabby cat named Tora.  I want him to live forever!

This postcard is postmarked in 2016 from Japan with a 'cat food' stamp, ummm, I mean, a bird stamp.

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As for me personally, I would rather have a cow as a pet.
(They taste better than cats.  (hahaha))

Japan (Nippon) stamp 2016
 Natural Monuments, Kamikochi
Bird, 82

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I have well over 100 postcards of domestic cats.  Click HERE if you want to see them. 
To be fair, I also have MANY Cow cards.... Click HERE to see those.  

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Pai, Mae Hang Son, Thailand

Pai Maehongson

I like the rose on his hat.  ;-)

This postcard was postmarked in 2009.

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Pai is a small town in northern Thailand's Mae Hong Son Province, near the Myanmar border.   As of 2006, it has a population of 2,284.
Thailand stamp 2007
Tourist Spots - Seaside
Khao Tapoo or James Bond Island

Friday, January 11, 2019

Old Key Lime House, Florida, Flower Seeds, plant me

Old Key Lime House

plant me

This handmade paper contains flower seeds.  Plant paper under a light layer of soil in a sunny place.  Water well and keep moist until sprouted.

This unique novelty postcard is postmarked in 2017.

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Old Key Lime House is Florida's oldest waterfront restaurant.  It is located in Lantana, Palm Beach County, Florida.
USA stamp 2015
Coastal Birds
King Eider 
Postcard Rate

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Quay House, Smallest House in Great Britain

The Smallest House in Great Britain

This vintage postcard is unused.

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The Smallest House in Great Britain, also known as the Quay House, is a tourist attraction on the quay in Conwy, Wales.

The tiny home was created in the 16th century and remained in use until 1900, when the tenant was a 6-foot-3-inch (1.91 m) fisherman named Robert Jones. The rooms were too small for him to stand up in fully and he was eventually forced to move out when the council declared the house unfit for human habitation. The house is still owned by his descendants.

The house has a floor area of 3.05 by 1.8 metres (10.0 by 5.9 ft). The ground floor is devoted to the living area with room for coal and an open fire, and a water tap tucked behind the stairs. The upstairs holds the cramped bedroom, which also comes with a small space for storage.

Monday, January 7, 2019

XL Motel in Sheridan, Wyoming

While here, we stopped at the X. L. Motel in Down-town Sheridan, Wyoming, and found the height of modern comfort in the heart of the Old West.  Located at the foot of the beautiful Big Horn Mountains, it's within easy driving distance of the historic Custer Battlefield and Crow Indian reservation.  Recommend by Duncan Hines.

This vintage postcard is unused. 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Toulouse, France

Cite des violates (City of Violets)

Toulouse (Haute-Garonne)
Capitale de Midi-Pyrenees.

The sender writes that the building is City Hall, called, 'le Capitale')

This was postmarked in 2009 from France.

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The Capitole (French for "capitol") is the heart of the municipal administration of the French city of Toulouse.

The construction of the original building started in 1190.

Today the Capitole houses the city hall, as well as the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse opera company and the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse.
France stamp 2008 
The 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic 
Connections with Israel 
Joint Issue with Israel

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A Hold-to-Light Happy New Year Postcard from 1934

Bonne Annee
(Happy New Year)

This is a 'hold to light' postcard that features a windmill in winter.  When you hold it to the light, the windows and sunset 'glow'.  Below is a better view of the effect.  

This is postmarked in 1934 from Belgium

New Daily Stamp
A Woman, 10 c