Tuesday, May 4, 2021

A Postcard Made from a LEGO Star Wars Set Box Featuring General Grievous

LEGO
Set number 75199
General Grievous' Combat Speeder

This is a handmade postcard from a cut box of a LEGO set.  It features the minifigures of General Grievous and Mace Windu.

It was postmarked in 2020. 
USA stamp 2019
Healing PTSD
Forever a First-Class Stamp

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

After Marriage It is ME Who Speaks!

A Partir de Maintenant, C'est moi qui parle! 

The sender wrote the translation:
From now on, it is me who speaks!

He also wrote:
Dear Brenda and Jack,
I send you my best wishes of happiness for your union with this humorous postcard.  My wife and I just celebrated our 57th year of marriage!
Best regards,
Roland 

This funny postcard was made by 'les animaux de Barberousse' (Barbarossa's animals).  It was postmarked in 2018 from France.  
France (Republique Francaise) stamp 1982
Anti-racism Campaign, 2,30 Fr

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Vintage Coins from Finland

Vintage Coins from Finland

This is a Postcrossing Meet-up postcard signed by five members.  It is postmarked in 2017 from Finland with two stamps. 

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The markka. Markka banknotes and coins ceased to be legal tender on 28 February 2002. Finland's monetary unit was the markka from 1860 until the introduction of the euro. 

The markka was divided into 100 pennies (penniä).
Finland stamp 2017
Birds, Arktika
Clangula hyemalis
Long-tailed duck
0,10
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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.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Ames Research Center, VMS Flight Simulation

NASA - Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.  The VMS Flight Simulation Facility.

This vintage postcard is unused.

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This flight simulator has the greatest motion range of any flight simulator in the world. When the pilots are sitting inside they have 'Out-the-Window' Graphics that are computer-generated so it is very realistic. It has also been programed to generate various weather and light conditions.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

An Alien Surfing in Florida, A 3-D Postcard


Pensacola Beach
Florida

Alien Surfer by impact 3D Designs

This is truly a great 3-D postcard!  It was postmarked in 2020. 

USA stamp 2017
Marine Life, Sharks
Whale Shark
Forever a first class stamp

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Ни́жний Но́вгород 
(Nizhny Novgorod)

The sender writes:  On this postcard you can see The Cathedral of The Blessed Virgin.

This postcard was postmarked in 2017 from Russia

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Nizhny Novgorod is a city in Russia. From 1932 to 1990, it was known as Gorky after the writer Maxim Gorky, who was born there.

The city was founded in 4 February 1221 by Prince Yuri II of Vladimir. 
Russia stamp 2015
The 50th Anniversary of the 
First Spacewalk by Alexey Leonov
17 R 
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Russia stamp 2015
The 150th Anniversary of the Russian 
State Agricultural University - Moscow
17 R
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Russia stamp 2009
Kremlins
Pskov Kremlin
6.00

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Stone Carvings of Owls from Zimbabwe, Africa

Zimbabwe

Stone Carvings
Photo: D. Allen 

This postcard was postmarked in 1993 with two Zimbabwe stamps.  

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These African stone sculptures are known as Shona sculpture or Zimbabwe Shona sculpture because they are hand carved by the Shona of Zimbabwe. The Shona people of Zimbabwe have been hand sculpting stone into works of art for nearly a thousand years.

Zimbabwe stamp 1990
Wildlife
Black Rhinoceros, 9 c
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Zimbabwe stamp 1985
National Infrastructure
Mbira, A Musical Instrument
$ 1

 

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Batman Bridge, Tasmania

Batman Bridge, Tamar Valley - Tasmania

Batman Bridge spans the Tamar River in the Tamar Valley which is situated in northern Tasmania.  It was built between 1966 and 1968 and was the first cable-stayed bridge in Australia.  The main span is 206 metrers long and A-frame tower 91 metres high.

Photography by Shayne Howe Smith

This unused postcard was given to me in 2018.

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I was hoping the bridge got its amazing name from the Batman comics or something cool... however, it is named after John Batman, (21 January 1801 – 6 May 1839) an Australian farmer, entrepreneur and explorer. 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

A Big Heart and a Teddy Bear for Our Friendship

Vår Vänskap ar ingen småsak

The sender translated this from Swedish:
Our friendship is no small thing.  

This is a pre-printed stamped postcard that was mailed from Finland in 2017.  It was signed by four people. 

Friday, January 1, 2021

Mickey Kissing Minnie on New Years Eve

Dong Dong

Disney

The sender writes:
I found this great vintage Disney card.  I've never seen such a New Year Card.

This postcard features Mickey Mouse kissing Minnie Mouse at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve.  It was postmarked from Finland in 2017.
Finland stamp 2011
Mailboxes, 2 LK KL

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Aplomado Falcon

Aplomado Falcons (Falco femoralis)  were once common in open grasslands and deserts from southern Texas to southern Arizona, the northernmost boundary of their range.  Today they are listed as endangered and vary rare in the U.S. and northern Mexico, but efforts are underway to reintroduce them to Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. 

Photographer - Larry R. Ditto

This postcard was postmarked in 1995.  
USA stamp 1988
Great Americans
Mary Cassatt, 23 c
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Mary Stevenson Cassatt
(May 22, 1844 – June 14, 1926) 
was an American painter and printmaker.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Santa with a Fuzzy Beard - God Jul (Merry Christmas)

 God Jul (Merry Christmas)

This santa has a cotton type of material glued onto his hat and beard.  It looks like it make it through the mail safely though.  It was postmarked from Finland in 1964.
Finland (Suomi Finland) stamp 1963 -1975 
Coat of Arms - 
Thick White Circle Around Value
10 Mk
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There are two of these stamps on the postcard. 

Sunday, December 6, 2020

The Old Catholic Church in Inhambane, Mozambique

 Greetings from Inhambane

Mocambique
The old Catholic Church, Inhambane
A Igreja Catolica Velha, Inhambane

Photo by: Magma photography

The sender writes:
Oi (Hello) from Mozambique, the land of beaches.

This postcard was postmarked in 2018 with of the same stamps seen below.

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Inhambane, also known as Terra de Boa Gente (Land of Good People), is a city located in southern Mozambique, Africa.  It is known for being surrounded by a beautiful seaside and a combination of modern and rustic historic architecture, making it a popular place for tourists.
Mozambique (Mozambique) stamp 2015
Associacao Internacional das comunicacoes de 
expressao portuguesa - 25 anos 
This stamp commemorates the 25th anniversary of 
the International Association of Portuguese Speakers
92.00 MT