Sunday, November 28, 2021

Cincinnati Chili Recipe

Famous Cincinnati Chili

1 1/2 lean ground beef
1 (29 ounce can) tomato sauce
1 (14 1/2 ounce can) peeled whole tomatoes
small onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 toe garlic (one clove)
3 bay leaves

Brown meat - cook onions with meat - drain grease.
Place meat and onions in large pan or crock pot.  Add rest of ingredients.  Cook slowly 4-5 hours, covered.  Remove bay leaves and garlic before serving.  Serve on a bed of spaghetti and top with grated cheddar cheese.  Serves 6-8

This unused postcard is from 2019.
I have never been to Cincinnati, Ohio, but I do love their chili!! 

Sunday, October 3, 2021

International Postcard Week 2021, Greenville, Alabama


Happy International Postcard Week 2021 !!

This year I decided to highlight our local farmers market in Greenville, Alabama, USA.  My husband and I have been growing and making things to sell here three days a week.  We have met a lot of wonderful people including the lovely lady you see on the front of this postcard. If you have a local farmers market, I would like to encourage you to visit it and see all the wonderful things they have to offer.  You never know, you just might find your new favorite food!

Take care, 
Brenda Cole

Limited edition of 150

Monday, August 23, 2021

The Helsinki Cathedral in Finland

Helsinkin tuomiokirkko
Komkyrka i Helsingfors
Helsinki Cathedral
Der Dom zu Helsinki

Carl Ludvig Engel 1852

The sender writes:
The organ in this church is VERY impressive!

This postcard is postmarked from 'Finlandia 2017'.

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The cathedral is one of Helsinki's most popular tourist attractions. More than 350,000 people visit the church each year, some to attend religious events, but mostly as tourists.

Finland stamp 2016
WWF, Endangered Species
Pusa hispida siamensis
Ringed seal 
1 LK KL 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Two English Mastiff Dogs and Flat Stanley

This was a postcard from Costa Rica that my sister taped a picture of two of my English Mastiff dogs to that were posing with Flat Stanly.   When her daughter did Flat Stanly for school, she sent it to me to take on my trip to Costa Rica.  I sent Stanly back with many great pictures, and a bunch of bookmarks and coins from my trip for her classmates.  I am pretty sure I had more fun taking the pics and gathering the items than she had bringing them to her school!

This postcard was postmarked in 2019.
USA stamp 2018
The 100th Anniversary of the 
Beginning of Regular Airmail Service
Est. 1918
Forever a first class stamp

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Stockholm, Sweden

 Stockholm, Kaknastornet med (with) Djurgardsbrunnsviken.

The sender writes:
We had a wonderful time in Sweden!  The Vasa Museum was amazing.

This postcard was postmarked from Sweden in 2017.

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The Kaknäs tower (Swedish: Kaknästornet) is a TV tower in Gärdet in Stockholm, Sweden. The tower is a major hub of Swedish television, radio and satellite broadcasts. The tower height is 155 metres (509 ft), or 170 metres (560 ft) with the antenna included.

Djurgårdsbrunnsviken is a bay in central Stockholm, Sweden.  It was used for the diving, swimming, water polo and rowing competitions during the 1912 Summer Olympics, and during the Swedish championship 1930.
Sweden (Sverige) stamp 2017
Queen Silvia, 21 Kr

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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

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,

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
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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

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
Pskov Kremlin

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Stone Carvings of Owls from Zimbabwe, Africa


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
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.