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.