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!! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Four Walt Disney 'Passholder Gift' Postcards

Awaken Summer

Disney's Hollywood Studios
Discover galaxies far, far way with all-new Star Wars experiences this summer at Disney's Hollywood Studios!  
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Awaken Summer

Magic Kingdom Park
Enjoy the new musical adventure Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire, featuring Characters from Tangled, The Princess and the Frog and Frozen, this summer at Magic Kingdom Park! 
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Awaken Summer

Disney's Animal Kingdom Park.
Disney's Animal Kingdom Park is alive with magic with all-new  nighttime experiences. 
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Awaken Summer

Set sail for Arendelle this summer with brand-new Frozen additions to the Norway Pavilion in Epcot! 

This set of four unused postcards is from 2016.  The information printed on the packaging reads:

A Gift For Our Passholders!
Enjoy these commemorative 'Awaken Summer' postcards! 
Tear 'em out, frame 'em or even mail 'em to friends.
And don't forget to experience Awaken Summer
only at Walt Disney Worlds Resort! 

Saturday, November 24, 2018

A Little "Dear" with a "Bare" Behind

A Little "Dear" with a "Bare Behind.

haha - It is a white-tailed deer with a bear behind it.

This Curt Tech postcard is postmarked in 1943.

USA stamp, 1943 
Freedom of Speech 1 cent

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Map and Fun Facts of Kentucky

Fun Facts & Figures

- State Capitol if Frankfort
- admitted to the Union June 1,1792 and is considered the 15th State
- was never a territory, but was part of Virginia until statehood
-is home to Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, D.W. Griffith, Bill Monroe, Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gale, Diane Sawyer, Hunter S. Thompson and Muhammad Ali
- state flower is the Goldenrod
- geographic center is Marion County, 3 miles north west of Lebanon
- highest point is Black Mtn.; 4145 feet, 27 in.
-state song is My Old Kentucky Home by Stephen Foster
- is home to the world's most famous horse race, The Kentucky Derby, first run in 1875

The back of the postcard reads:
Hi Y'all from the population of 4,020,000!

This is postmarked in 2009.
USA stamp 2008
The American Flag
With the Moon
42 cents

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Tower of London Poppies in England for the Soldiers Lost in WWI

Tower of London Poppies

"The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red"
An extract from the poem by an unknown soldier, inspired the artist Paul Cummings MBE and designer Tom Piper MBE to display 888,246 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London.  One for every British and Commonwealth Soldier killed in the Great War.
"We will remember them".

Photographers: Geoff & Margaret Grist and Tony & Bronwyn Moore

The sender writes:  I visited this awesome installation last year and stood and stared at it along with 100's of other people from many countries.  The artist came up with an amazing idea I think.

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 from England.

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World War I began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918 when Germany had formally surrendered and all nations had agreed to stop fighting while the terms of peace were negotiated.

200th Anniversary The Battle of Waterloo
Waterloo - The French cavalry's assault 
on Allied defensive squares - 1.00

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Loreley Statue by St. Goarshausen, Germany

The Loreley
by Heinrich Heine

I wonder why I am so weary,
What's making me so depressed,
It must be the tale old and dreary,
That's keeping my mind quite obsessed.

The air is cool, night is sinking,
And quietly's flowing the Rhine,
The tops of the mountains are blinking,
In purple-red sun-setting shine.

There's siting high up in the light
A maiden so beautiful, fair
Her jewels are glistening bright
She combs her gold shimmering hair.

Her comb is of most precious gold,
She's combing and singing so sweet
Bewitching young fishers and old
Their hearts start to quiver and beat.

There's a man in his boat on the river,
He cannot but listen and stare,
A longing is making him shiver,
Look out, the rocks' ledge, oh beware!

I fear there's a crash, the boat sinking,
The man will be swallowed and gone,
And that with melodious singing
The Loreley will have done.

The Rhine - The Loreley near St. Goarshausen

Der Mittelrhein erstreckt sich zwischen Bingen/Rüdesheim und Bonn.  Seit 2002 ist das obere Mitteiheintal von Bingen/Rüdesheim bis Koblenz UNESCO-Welterbe.

The Middle Rhine extends between Bingen / Rüdesheim and Bonn.  Since 2002, the upper Mitteiheintal from Bingen / Rüdesheim to Koblenz is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This postcard was postmarked from Germany in 2017 with the signatures of 10 members of Postcrossing from a meet-up.

Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2017
Classic Cars
Opel Manta A, 1970-75

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton's
The Nightmare Before Christmas

This postcard is unused.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas, released on October 29, 1993, is a stop-motion animated dark fantasy musical film directed by Henry Selick, and produced and conceived by Tim Burton. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, a resident from "Halloween Town" who stumbles through a portal to "Christmas Town" and decides to celebrate the holiday, with some dastardly and comical consequences.

Danny Elfman wrote the songs and score, and provided the singing voice of Jack. 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

A Dear Doctor Postcard from Taranaki, New Zealand

Mt. Egmont and the pasture lands of Taranaki

Dear Doctor:
From makers of the PENTOTHAL family of intravenous anesthetics, Holiday Greetings! We've chosen this New Zealand stamp depicting Rembrandt's "Adoration of the Shepherds" as especially appropriate to the Christmas Season.

This "Dear Doctor" postcard is postmarked in 1961.

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Mount Taranaki, or Mount Egmont, is an active volcano in the Taranaki region on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island.
New Zealand stamp 1960
Rembrandt Nativity, 2 D 
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New Zealand stamp 1960 - 1963
Local Motifs 
Corynocarpus laevigatus
Karaka Flowers, 1 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Cartoon Icebreaker Ships from Finland

Ja Iloa!

and Joy!)

This postcard features three icebreaker ships and a snowmobile.  It is postmarked from Finlandia 2017 with two stamps.

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In 2016 Finland developed the first icebreaker in the world (named Polaris) to feature environmentally friendly dual-fuel engines capable of using both low-sulfur marine diesel oil and liquefied natural gas.
Finland stamp 2017
Birds, Arktika
Clangula hyemalis
Long-tailed duck
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Finland stamp 2017
The Face of Finland, 1.20

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Posti (Finland's Postal System) 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.


On a side note, I was in Finland for Finlandia 100 in Tampere.  I was staying with a friend (Kati) and we found one of these stamps with her face on it!  Everyone was very excited for her.  

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Paddington Bear

Please Look after this Bear
Thank You.

Paddington Bear
Paddington and Company 1994

This postcard is unused.

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Paddington Bear is a fictional character in children's literature. He first appeared on October 13, 1958 and has been featured in more than twenty books written by Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum and other artists.

Paddington is a friendly bear from deepest, darkest Peru. He has an old hat, battered suitcase (complete with a secret compartment, enabling it to hold more items than it would at first appear), duffel coat and a love of marmalade.

Paddington books have been translated into 30 languages across 70 titles and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Apollo 7 - Launched 50 Year Ago Today . . .

John F. Kennedy Space Center
The Apollo 7 spacecraft, atop a Saturn IB rocket, lifts off from Complex 34.  The spacecraft achieved orbit to begin an 11-day mission.   The flight is intended to qualify Apollo for a manned flight to the moon.

This unused postcard is from 1968. (The launch was on October 11, 1968.)
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Here is another postcard...
John F. Kennedy Space Center
Saturn IB space vehicle carrying Apollo 7 Astronauts Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Donn F. Eisele and Walter Cunningham lifts off from Launch Complex 34.  Camera captures rocket clearing its 240-foot-high umbilical tower.

This postcard is unused. 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

A Painted Apple for International Postcard Week

International Postcard Week
October 1-7, 2017

Hello from Deborah Ashley and Happy International Postcard Week!

This is a first for me on multiple accounts:  my first time participating in International Postcard Week and my first time sharing my art!  I painted the apple on this post card just weeks ago and now declare myself an artist sharing my art with the world!

Thank you for sharing both of these firsts with me!

All the best, indeed!

Deborah Ashley
Limited edition # 11 of 100

This is postmarked in 2017 with a shell stamp.

Thank you Deborah for sharing your beautiful apple!  For sure you are a true artist.
USA stamp 2017
Zebra Nerite
Postcard rate

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Le Grand Marche (Market), Ganhi, in Dahomey (Benin)

Republique du Dahomey
Le Grand Marche Ganhi

This vintage postcard is unused.

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Cotonou is the largest city and economic centre of Benin.
The name "Cotonou" means "by the river of death" in the Fon language.

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The Republic of Dahomey was established on December 11, 1958, as a self-governing colony within the French Community.  On August 1, 1960, it attained full independence from France.  In 1975, the country was renamed Benin.