Monday, February 18, 2019

The Tropical Colors of Mauritius

Ile Maurice - Mauritius

The sender writes:
This card shows the tropical colors of my country.

This postcard was postmarked in 2017.
Mauritius  stamp 2013
Sites and Monuments
Prison de Belle Mare
Rs 5 
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Mauritius stamp 2016
Freshwater Flora
Ludwigia octovalvis 
Mexican primrose-willow
Flower, 13

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day

An Emblem of Love
To My Valentine

The sender writes:
Thanks for your super letter - will answer when we get settled.
P.S. Do you want a bunch of postcards?  They are from when I won the birthday draw, motels and such. They are boxed and all ready to go, maybe 100 or so.  - let me know soon if yes.

This was postmarked in 2005.
USA stamp 2002
George Washington, 1732-1799 
23 cents

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Desert Tortoise

Desert Tortoise
(Gopherus agassizi)
A rare species found in Southern and Western Arizona into Sonar, Mexico.   The desert tortoise feeds mainly on grasses and herbs and burrows into the ground during periods of extreme heat or cold.

Photo by Paul Berquist.

This postcard is unused.
(I am guessing this card is from the 1980's.) 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Filling Up (With Beer, not Gas) in Ireland

Murphy's Irish Stout
Lady's Well Brewery
Cork - Ireland

Filling up in Ireland.

Photo: Liam Blake

This funny postcard was postmarked in 2018 with four stamps and features a gas pump filled with beer!  I know so many people who would love one of these.  
Great Britain stamp 1996
The 50th Anniversary of the Wildfowl 
and Wetlands Trust
Botaurus stellaris
Eurasian bittern, 35 P 
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Great Britain stamp 1989
The 100th Anniversary of RSPB
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Birds, Northern Gannet, 
Morus bassanus
Sula bassana, 35  
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Great Britain stamp 1989
Food and Farming Year, 35 P
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Great Britain stamp 1981
Medieval Mummers
December, 25 P
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A medieval mummer was a medieval entertainer who was an amateur actor. He performed at different plays in the villages that were held at the harvest time or on some religious occasion such as Christmas.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Three Advertising 'Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in Porcelain' Postcards


Beautifully detailed animation art sculptures from Walt Disney's 1953 film classic, Peter Pan.  
Peter Pan "Nobody Calls Pan A Coward!" 7 1/2"
Captain Hook "I've Got you This Time!" 8"
Crocodile "Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock" 6 1/4"

This set was released in 1994. 
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Walt Disney

You Can Fly!
Tinker Bell 
Special Event Piece
Available One
Weekend Only!

Walt Disney once said, "All the characters Peter Pan are touched with magic."  This is particularly true of Tinker Bell, Peter''s feisty but ever-loyal pixie.  Now, the Walt Disney Classics Collection introduces Tinker Bell in beautifully hand-detailed porcelain, captured in a perfect moment of loutishness (brought on by Wendy, no doubt).  Her wings are plussed with opalescent points that seem to sparkle as if in flight.  Tinker Bell was one of Walt's favorites and is sure to be one of yours too!

This exquisite time-limited piece is only available during the Walt Disney Classics Collection Open House weekend.
May 4th and 5th, 1996.
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A Splash of Spring
Premier Event
May 4-6, 2012

Tinker Bell: 7 1/2"
Numbered Limited Edition 1500
Designed by Disney Master Artist David Pacheco
Sculpted by Jacqueline Perrault-Gonzales

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All three of these advertising postcards are unused.

The Disney Peter Pan movie was released on February 5, 1953.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

An Advertising Postcard from the Island of Grenada

Pure Grenada
The Spice of the Caribbean

Visit Grand Anse Beach on your next visit to Pure Grenada!

The sender writes:
We had a wonderful time here!  We toured a spice plantation and a chocolate factory. This was a free postcard at the tourist information desk!

This postcard was postmarked in 2018. 
Grenada stamp 2013
Birds, Parrots
Blue-Winged Macaw
Primolius Maracana, $ 1

Thursday, January 31, 2019

One More Payment . . .

One More Payment ...
And it's ours!

Photo by Jim Doane

haha!  I actively look for shacks, ruined buildings, etc postcards like this.  This one was postmarked from South Carolina in 2013.
USA stamp 2013
Rosa Parks
Forever a first class Rate

Monday, January 28, 2019

A Divi-divi Tree in Aruba


1. Historic "Alto Vista" Chapel
2. Cultural Center
3. Divi-divi tree
4. The Old Dutch Mill.

This 'H.S. Crocker' postcard is unused.

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A Divi-divi tree (Libidibia coriaria) is native to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and northern South America.

They rarely reach their maximum height of 9 m (30 ft) because the growth is twisted and bent out of shape by the trade winds that batter the coastal sites where it often grows. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Finnish Nightmares

Finnish Nightmares

When a stranger looks you in the eyes
and smiles

This postcard is unused.
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Finnish Nightmares

Someone sits next to you in public transport
And then they start speaking to you.

The sender writes:  It is true, while you walk down the street no one looks at each other! 

These funny postcards were designed by Karolina Korhonen. 
This one was postmarked from Finland in 2017.

Finland stamp 2016 
Food, Gastronomy
Karelian Pasty, 1
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The most familiar and common recipe for Karelian pasties are made from a thin rye crust with a filling of rice. Butter, often mixed with boiled egg (egg butter or munavoi), is spread over the hot pasties before eating.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

German Author, Karl May

Erlebnisrundgang mit Karl May  >> Damals, als ich Old Shatterhand war... 
jedes Wochenende (Apr - Okt), Karl -May-Museum, Radebeul 

Translation from German:
Adventure Tour with Karl May >> Back when I was Old Shatterhand ...
every weekend (Apr - Oct),  Karl May Museum, Radebeul

This postcard was postmarked from Germany in 2018. 

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German author Karl May (1842–1912), wrote many books about the American frontier and Native Americans featuring the fictional characters Winnetou (a Mescalero-Apache Chief) and Old Shatterhand (a white European settler). 

The Karl May Museum is located in Radebeul, Germany.  It containing artifacts from May's life as well as from life on the American frontier and Native American life of that era.
Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2017
Menschliches Haar 
(Human Hair)
Microworld, 70 c
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Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2017
Flowers, Common Bluebell, 20 

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Piasa Bird in Illinois

The Piasa Bird (pronounced PIE-A-Saw) is a local legend.   Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet on their journey down the Mississippi in 1673, described the bird like monster which is painted on the bluffs.  The Illini Indians name it "The Piasa", meaning a bird that devours men.

Photo by Tom Wright.

The sender writes:
Hello!  This isn't too far from where I live in Illinois.  There's nothing in the picture to give it size perspective, but it's actually quite large.

This postcard was postmarked in 2013 with two bird stamps... One that could have devoured people!

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The legend:

This creature attacked and devoured people in a nearby Indian villages shortly after the corpses of a war gave it a taste for human flesh. The legend claims that a local Indian chief, named Chief Ouatoga, managed to slay the monster using a plan that came to him in a dream. The chief ordered his bravest warriors to hide near the entrance of the Piasa Bird's cave. Ouatoga then acted as bait to lure the creature out into the open. As the monster flew down toward the Indian chief, his warriors slew it with a volley of poisoned arrows.
USA stamp 1989
Prehistoric Animals
Pteranodon, 25
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USA stamp 1988
Boreal Owl, 25 c

Friday, January 18, 2019

Andes Mountains in Chile

Cordillera de los Andes (Andes Mountains)

Cordillera Sarmiento.
Ubicada en la Region de Aysen en el limite con la Ripublica Argentia.  llamada asi en honor a don D. Faustino Sarmiento quien fuera el creador de la Escuela de Preceptores y gran impulsor de la amistad entre ambas naciones.

I put this into an on-line translator....

Cordillera Sarmiento.
Located in the Region of Aysen on the border with the Ripublica Argentia. so called in honor of Don Faustino Sarmiento who was the creator of the School of Preceptors and great promoter of friendship between both nations.

This postcard was given to me in 2018.  

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Saturn's Moons, Enceladus and Tethys

Enceladus and Tethys
Two of Saturn's moons were lined up when Cassini captured this image with its narrow-angle camera, which was aimed at the unlit side of Saturn's rings. Enceladus, in the foreground, is roughly 313 miles (504 kilometers) across, while Tethys is 660 miles (1,062 kilometers) across.

This was postmarked in 2018 with two stamps.

The sender of this card has a goal of sending 1,000 postcards.  This is card number 322.  I am so happy he sent it to me!
USA stamp 2007
Tiffany Lamp, 1 cent 
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USA stamp 2014
Illustrator: Nancy Stahl
Issue Date: February 7, 2014
Postcard Rate 34 Cents

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A Cow with an Unfriendly Cat

Photo: Iwago Mitsuaki

The sender writes:

I am a big cat lover and have a 17 year old male tabby cat named Tora.  I want him to live forever!

This postcard is postmarked in 2016 from Japan with a 'cat food' stamp, ummm, I mean, a bird stamp.

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As for me personally, I would rather have a cow as a pet.
(They taste better than cats.  (hahaha))

Japan (Nippon) stamp 2016
 Natural Monuments, Kamikochi
Bird, 82

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I have well over 100 postcards of domestic cats.  Click HERE if you want to see them. 
To be fair, I also have MANY Cow cards.... Click HERE to see those.  

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Pai, Mae Hang Son, Thailand

Pai Maehongson

I like the rose on his hat.  ;-)

This postcard was postmarked in 2009.

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Pai is a small town in northern Thailand's Mae Hong Son Province, near the Myanmar border.   As of 2006, it has a population of 2,284.
Thailand stamp 2007
Tourist Spots - Seaside
Khao Tapoo or James Bond Island

Friday, January 11, 2019

Old Key Lime House, Florida, Flower Seeds, plant me

Old Key Lime House

plant me

This handmade paper contains flower seeds.  Plant paper under a light layer of soil in a sunny place.  Water well and keep moist until sprouted.

This unique novelty postcard is postmarked in 2017.

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Old Key Lime House is Florida's oldest waterfront restaurant.  It is located in Lantana, Palm Beach County, Florida.
USA stamp 2015
Coastal Birds
King Eider 
Postcard Rate

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Quay House, Smallest House in Great Britain

The Smallest House in Great Britain

This vintage postcard is unused.

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The Smallest House in Great Britain, also known as the Quay House, is a tourist attraction on the quay in Conwy, Wales.

The tiny home was created in the 16th century and remained in use until 1900, when the tenant was a 6-foot-3-inch (1.91 m) fisherman named Robert Jones. The rooms were too small for him to stand up in fully and he was eventually forced to move out when the council declared the house unfit for human habitation. The house is still owned by his descendants.

The house has a floor area of 3.05 by 1.8 metres (10.0 by 5.9 ft). The ground floor is devoted to the living area with room for coal and an open fire, and a water tap tucked behind the stairs. The upstairs holds the cramped bedroom, which also comes with a small space for storage.