Wednesday, January 3, 2024

A 'Dear Doctor' Postcard from Alaska

Close to Juneau, Capital City of Alaska, is famed Mendenhall Glacier and equally scenic Auke Lake.

Dear Doctor:
Clinicians in Alaska, newest State in the Union, have long been acquainted with PENTOTHAL.  Here as elsewhere, it is used both as a primary and a supplementary agent.  25 years of use and the exhaustive published articles, now numbering over 3000, provide an unsurpassed clinical background


Pentothal Sodium
(Thiopental Sodium for Injection, Abbott)  

This advertising postcard was postmarked in 1959.

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Alaska was admitted as the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959.  This postcard was postmarked in January 15, 1959. 
USA stamp 1958
Mackinac Bridge, Connecting the
Peninsulas of Michigan, 3 c

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Monday, October 23, 2023

Happy Smurf Floating in the Pool, with Two Smurf Stamps

Happy Smurf

This cartoon postcard was postmarked in 2018 from Belgium.   It has two Belgium 60th Anniversary Smurf stamps and a special Smurf postmark too!

Belgium (Belgique Belgie) stamp
The 60th Anniversary of the Smurfs, 1 

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

The Butler County Courthouse in Greenville, Alabama. International Postcard Week 2023

Happy International Postcard Week 2023

The Butler County Courthouse, Greenville, Alabama

There have been four Butler County courthouses at this location.  The first one was built in the 1820's and lasted for more than 25 years before it was destroyed by fire on April 12, 1853. 

The second was another wood structure that cost around $6,000 to complete.  It was in use until 1870 when it became apparent that it needed extensive repairs and it was recommended by a committee to replace it with a larger building.  

By 1871 work started on the third building, this time it would be made of brick.  This one would last for 30 years before the county realized it was too small for their needs and was torn down to make room for a larger building.

The final courthouse was finished in 1903 and it was wired for electricity.  Considering the size f the town, this is quite remarkable!  There have been changes to the structure over the years, air conditioning was added 50 years later, the dome was replaced in 1977, but this building has lasted.  Personally, I hope it lasts for many years to come.

I wish you all the best and may your mailbox be filled with wonderful postcards,                                        Brenda Cole 

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

When Johnny Comes Marching Home!

When Johnny Comes marching Home!

The men will cheer, the boys will shout.
The ladies they will all turn out
And we'll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home.

This vintage postcard is unused.

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The lyrics to "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" were written by Patrick Gilmore during the American Civil War. Its first sheet music publication was deposited in the Library of Congress on September 26, 1863, with words and music credited to Louis Lambert.  

Gilmore is said to have written the song for his sister Annie as she prayed for the safe return of her fiancĂ©, Union Light Artillery Captain John O'Rourke, from the Civil War.  (As a side note, he did return safely.)

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Tortas - A Postcard from Mexico

This Yummy Yummy postcard was sent in 2023 to me from Mexico!  

It is an official Postcrossing Postcard.  I added a copy of the back incase anyone wanted to see the recipe... 

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Mae West, Two Postcards

Mae West, Hollywood 1969
Photograph by Roddy Mcdowell

This unused postcard was printed in 1980.

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Mary Jane "Mae" West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian, and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades.  The American Film Institute named her 15th among the greatest female stars of classic American cinema.

West often used a husky low voice and was one of the more controversial movie stars of her day; she encountered many problems, especially censorship. She once quipped, "I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it."
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When I'm good, I'm very good, but when i'm bad, I'm better. ~Mae West

This postcard features probably the most well known quote of hers and was postmarked in 2011 from Germany.
Germany (Deutschland)  stamp 2005
'Tagetes' (African Marigold flower) 20
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Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2011
In Deutschland Zu Hause Einfallsreichtum Deutsche Erfindungen - 55
(At home in Germany, German ingenuity inventions)

Gramophone by Emile Berliner in 1887
Tape by Fritz Pfleumer 1928
mp3 from the Fraunhofer Institute in 1987

Thursday, July 27, 2023

History of the Pentagon

 History of the Pentagon

The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense.  Located in Arlington, Virginia it sits on 34 acres of land including the five acre center court.

Construction began on September 11, 1941 and was completed on January 15, 1943.

The sender writes: Greetings from inside the Pentagon!  Some of the highlights of today were  seeing the 9/11 memorial chapel, the chiefs of staff offices and standing inside one of the offices that took a direct hit on 9/11 and was re-built.  What an amazing experience it was!

This was postmarked in 2023.  

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

A Map Postcard of West Virginia

Greetings From
West Virginia

Mountain State
Capitol: Charleston
Area: 24,181 square miles
Population: 1,860,421 *
Motto: Montani Semper Libera-dendron. **
Flower: Rosebay Rhododendron
Bird: Cardinal
Tree: Sugar Maple
Animal: Black Bear
35th state admitted to the Union ***

* This was the population in the mid-1970's when this postcard was probably printed.  It has actually gone down a bit and is now 1,815,857

** Montani Semper Liberi is Latin for "Mountaineers are Always Free"

*** It was admitted on June 20, 1863.

This is an unused 'Dexter Press' postcard.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

A Map Postcard of South Carolina

South Carolina Fun Facts

Capital: Columbia
Area: 30,207 square miles
Statehood: May 23, 1788 (8th state admitted)
Mottos: Animis opibusque parate (Prepared in mind and resources), and Dum spiro  spero    (While I breathe, I hope)
Song: "South Carolina on My Mind"
State Bird: Carolina Wren
State Tree: Palmetto
State Flower: Yellow Jessamine

This unused postcard was bought in 2009.