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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Maori Warriors from New Zealand with their Tongues Sticking Out

Kia Ora (Hello) from New Zealand

Maori Warriors in a traditional challenging stance.  Haka is an integral part of formal and official welcome ceremonies for distinguished visitors, serving to impart a sense of importance to the occasion.

This postcard is postmarked in 2012 with a New Zealand stamp.

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A haka is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand.

Various actions are used in the course of a performance, including facial contortions such as showing the whites of the eyes and sticking out the tongue. The hands, arms, legs, feet, voice, eyes, tongue and the body as a whole combine to express courage, annoyance, joy or other feelings relevant to the purpose of the occasion.
New Zealand stamp 2011
Universal Mail
Bay of Islands, Postcard Only
international Mail Only 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Snorkeling off a Beach in Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 from Barbados.

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Saint Lucia is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea. It is part of the Lesser Antilles.

Saint Lucia was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, the island's first European settlers.
Barbados stamp 2013
Lighthouses
Needham's Point Lighthouse 1.80

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Don't Let the Dog Out, Hanging Postcard


 Please ...
Don't Let The Dog Out ...
.. no matter what it tells you!
Thank You

This is an oversized Hanging Post Card
The Post Card They Keep

There is a hole at the top to put this on a door handle.  There is even a place on the back to cut if you have a Pull Door.

This postcard is unused and from 2005.

Here is the back of the postcard.....


See the matching 'Don't let the Cat out' HERE.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Caye Caulker Island, Belize

Caye Caulker

Belize, land of adventure ...
Caye Caulker: island living at its best.

Photograph by Jimmie C. Smith

This unused postcard is from 2014.

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Caye Caulker is a small limestone coral island off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea measuring about 5 miles (8.0 km) (north to south) by less than 1 mile (1.6 km) (east to west).

Caye Caulker is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) north-northeast of Belize City, and is accessible by high-speed water taxi or small plane.  There are over 30 tiny hotels, and a number of restaurants and shops.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Dalmatian with Shoes for Spots, Stuart Weitzman

Stuart's dog.
Stuart Weitzman
A little obsessed with shoes

This Dalmatian dog with shoes for spots is an unused 'Go Card' advertising postcard.

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Stuart A. Weitzman (born in 1942) is the designer of the international, high-end shoe company, Stuart Weitzman.  His shoes are sold in over 70 countries.

Monday, October 20, 2014

State House (Capitol Building) in Providence, Rhode Island

Rhode Island State House
Providence, R.I.

Constructed of white Georgia marble, the State House, also called the State Capitol, rises 235 ft. to the statue of "The Independent Man" at the top. The unsupported marble dome is one of only four of this design in the world.  The massive marble structure was designed by Charles Follen McKim of New York.  More that 13 hundred tons of iron floor beams and 15 million bricks were used in its construction.

The Independent man, sculpted by George Brewster, cast by Gorham and lifted in place on Dec. 18, 1899.

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a 34 cent hummingbird stamp.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Four Postcard of Matterhorn Mountain in Disneyland

Disneyland
The magic Kingdom

Matterhorn Mountain
The mighty Matterhorn rises above Tomorrowland, where unique new transportation systems offer an exciting preview of the future.

This postcard is postmarked in 1971.

The sender writes:
I had so much fun at Disneyland.  We rode all the rides we could or wanted to ride then we went and saw the free things like "America the Beautiful".  It's a tour of America in a panoramic view.   The people that did this film took 9 cameras and put them on a platform so you can see where you're going and also where you had been.  It was really fascinating.  I will write some more soon.

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When Disneyland first opened you paid a fee of $1.00 to get in, but if you wanted to go on a ride, you needed to purchase a ticket for the price of that ride.
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Disneyland
The Magic Kingdom - California

Matterhorn Mountain
A Disneyland landmark, the "snow-capped" Matterhorn mountain, towers majestically over all of the Magic Kingdom.  HIgh-speed bobsled runs carry guests down its slopes and through a Glacier Grotto inside the mountain.
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Disneyland
The Magic Kingdom
California

Matterhorn Mountain
A Disney landmark, the "Snow-capped" Matterhorn Mountain towers majestically over all of the Magic Kingdom.  High-speed bobsled runs carry guests down its slopes and through a Glacier Grotto inside the mountain.

This is postmarked in 1965.
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Disneyland
The Magic Kingdom, California

Bobsled Run
A bobsled finds a watery surprise in a glacial lake after twisting and careening down the icy matterhorn mountain.


1965/69 is written on the back of this postcard.

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The Matterhorn Bobsleds is an attraction composed of two intertwining steel roller coasters, which opened in 1959 at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It is modeled after the Matterhorn, a mountain in the Swiss Alps. It is the first tubular steel continuous track roller coaster ever constructed and thus an ACE (American Coaster Enthusiasts) Coaster Landmark.

Located on the border between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, it employs forced perspective to seem more impressively large. Throughout the day, climbers dressed in Swiss mountain-climbing garb may be seen scaling the peak, often accompanied by Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse and Goofy.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Goldfish Happy Birthday from Lithuania

Net labai atidziai
! tave ziurint,
nematyti jokiy
senejimo pozymiy

Su Gimimo Diena!

translation:
Even if I look at you very closely, 
I can not see any signs of aging.
Happy Birthday! 

postmarked in 2009 with 4 Lithuania stamps (there are two of the 5ct stamps)

               


Friday, October 17, 2014

Valasska Polanka in the Czech Republic

Valasska Polanka

Kostel sv. Jana Krtitele, udoli reky Senice, paseky u "Zrniku"
(Church of St. John the Baptist, valley of Senica, clearings u "Zrník")

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a Ceska Republika flower stamp.

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Valašská Polanka is a village and municipality in the Zlín Region of the Czech Republic.

The municipality covers an area of 12.36 square kilometres (4.77 sq mi), and has a population of 1,328.
Czech Republic stamp 2010
The Beauty of Flowers
Tulpan, Tulip Flower 30 Kc

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Movie: An American Tail, Fievel Goes West

An American Tail
Fievel Goes West

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An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is a 1991 American animated western film produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio and released by Universal Pictures. It is the sequel to An American Tail.

The film follows the story of a family of Jewish-Russian mice who emigrate to the Wild West. In the film, Fievel Mousekewitz is separated from his family (again) as the train approaches the American Old West; the film chronicles Fievel and Sheriff Wylie Burp (voiced by James Stewart in his final film) teaching Tiger how to act like a dog.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cesky Kras, Czech Republic

Czech Republic
Cesky Kras

Bubuvicke Vodopady
Udoli Berounky
Opusteny Lom
Opusteny Velkolom - Zvany velka America
Srbsko
Axamitova Brana
Konepruske Jeskyne

the back reads:
Karlstejnsko - Cesky Kras

The sender writes that in these landscapes are several caves and old mines and that she had many adventures in the one called 'Big America' (center picture) when she was young.

This is postmarked in 2009 with two Czech Republic stamps.
Czech Republic (Ceska Republika) stamp 1995
Pravcicka Brana - Hrensko - Kc 9
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Czech Republic (Ceska Republika) stamp 2003
Orel nejmensi - Hieraaetus pennatus  (Booted Eagle) 9 Kc

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Two Marmots from Austria

"Guten Morgen, Liebe Sonne"
("Good morning, lovely sun")

2 Murmeltiere in der Morgensonne
(Two marmots in the morning sun)

This is postmarked in 2007 from Austria.

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Marmots are large squirrels in the genus Marmota. They mostly live in mountainous areas

The groundhog of North America is a lowland marmot.

Marmots typically live in burrows (often within rock piles), and hibernate there through the winter.

Most marmots are highly social and use loud whistles to communicate with one another, especially when alarmed.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

This is postmarked in 2009  from Hungary.

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Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary. In 2011 Budapest had a population of 1.74 million people with the Metropolitan Area home to 3.3 million people.  The city covers an area of 525 square kilometres (202.7 sq mi) within the city limits.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Squeaker Postcard of a Cow with Googly Eyes

A Cow with Googly Eyes and a Bird

Souvenir Post Card
Printed in Japan.

This vintage postcard is unused.

A 'Squeaker' postcard is a card that has two pieced that have been sealed together at the edges.  Inside there is a squeaker, just like then ones you find in small dog toys. There is also a small hole in the back of the postcard to let air in and out of the squeaker.   When you pinch the postcard, it makes a squeaking noise!

Here is a video I made showing some squeaker postcards...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83KYqQ41YwA

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Toronto Subway Map

Toronto Subway map

This is postmarked in 2009 with two Canadian 2009 stamps featuring the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

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The rapid transit system in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, consists of underground and elevated railway lines, operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). It was Canada's first completed subway system: the first line was built under Yonge Street, which opened in 1954 with 12 stations.

Since then, the system has expanded to become Canada's largest (in terms of stations) and second busiest rapid transit rail network with an average of 1,084,600 passenger trips each weekday (as of 2014), after the Montreal Metro.
 

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Cheetah and the Cheetah Hunt Ride from Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens
Cheetah Up Close

This is postmarked in 2014 with a Primrose Flower stamp.
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Cheetah Hunt
Busch Gardens

The sender writes:
I love cheetahs! They are such beautiful, amazing cats.
Cheetah Hunt is an AWESOME roller coaster! So fast and fun!
Love you!

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a USA 'Aster' flower stamp.

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Cheetah Hunt is an Intamin launched steel roller coaster. Guests board one of five, 16 passenger trains.  The ride begins with a 30-mile-per-hour (48 km/h) launch out of the station and around a wide left turn followed by a gradual dip before approaching the second launch. This launch accelerates riders to their top speed of 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) before climbing an 102-foot (31 m) hill. A figure 8 element is located at the top of this hill where riders weave through a series of helixes before dropping 130 feet (40 m) into a trench. Riders then proceed over a directional changing airtime hill before completing the ride's only inversion, a Heartline roll. Upon exiting the barrel-roll and its subsequent brake run (the only one on the ride), the ride remains low to the ground and goes through a series of short banked turns through a rock fixture simulating several "near misses". This leads the ride into its third and final launch which accelerates riders to a speed of 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) to navigate its way back to the station. During the journey back there is airtime and directionally changing hills, before entering the final brake run.
 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Weerribben in the Province of Overijssel in the Netherlands

Weerribben

This is postmarked from the Netherlands in 2007.

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The Weerribben is a 35 km ² nature reserve in the province of Overijssel in the Netherlands . It forms part of the Weerribben-Wieden National Park.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

UFFDA! You Betcha!

UFFDA!
You Betcha!

This funny Viking postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a USA flag stamp.

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Uff da (sometimes also spelled huffda, uff-da, uffda, uff-dah, oofda, ufda, ufdah, oofta, uf daa, or ufta) is an expression of Norwegian origin adopted by Scandinavian-Americans in the 19th century. It is an exclamation that is relatively common in the Upper Midwestern states of the United States. (This postcard was bought in northern Wisconsin and mailed from Duluth Minnesota).

In Norwegian, uff or huff is an interjection used when something is unpleasant, uncomfortable, hurtful, annoying, sad, or irritating.

I grew up also using it as a slang for "DANG!"
USA stamp 2013
A Flag for All Seasons
Spring
Forever a first class stamp 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

University of Minnesota

Williams Arena - Home of the Golden Gopher Men's Basketball
Mariucci Arena - Home of the Golden Gopher Men's Hockey

Photos by David J. Nordgren
This is postmarked in 2007 with a 26 cent Panther stamp.

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The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minnesota, U of M) is a public research university located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, United States, with the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses being approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) apart.

The university is broadly organized into 19 colleges and schools, and it has sister campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester.

Minnesota's athletic teams are known collectively as the Minnesota Golden Gophers and compete in the NCAA's Division I as members of the Big Ten Conference.

Monday, October 6, 2014

International Postcard Week - Buffalo National River, Arkansas


Celebrating the first International Postcard Week
October 6-12, 2013
at the
Buffalo National River, Arkansas, USA

Demaris Elrod Swint

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The Buffalo River, located in northern Arkansas, was the first National River to be designated in the United States and is slightly more than 150 miles (240 km) long.

The Buffalo National River was established by an Act of Congress on March 1, 1972, ending the recurring plans of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct one or more dams on the river. The National River designation protects natural rivers from industrial uses, impoundments and other obstructions that may change the natural character of the river or disrupt the natural habitat for the flora and fauna that live in or near the river.