Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Typical Architecture in Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Typical Architecture from the South,
Khamis Mushayt

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 with two stamps from Saudi Arabia. 

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Khamis Mushayt is a city in south-west Saudi Arabia. 

The house you see is made of clay mud with each layer resting on stone. The slates are to make the rain fall away from the dried clay when it rains.  
Mosques, 1 SR
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Saudi Arabia stamp 1998
Holy Kaaba, 2 SR

Monday, July 6, 2015

A Lucky Luck Postcard Featuring the Dalton Brothers

Leblon-Delienne (Name of the manufacturer)
Pieces de passion et de collection Paris

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 with two 'Lucky Luke' stamps from Belgium

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Lucky Luke is a Belgium comic book series. 
Shown are The Dalton Brothers. 
Title of the piece: Leapfrog. 
This porcelain artwork piece was a Limited Edition of 2000 copies that was made in 1996.  It also came with a certificate of authenticity.
From the series: Lucky Luke
On of the Dalton Brothers - 1
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Belgium (Belgique - Belgie) stamp 2015
From the series: Lucky Luke
Rantanplan The Dog - 1

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hook Lighthouse in Wexford, Ireland

Hook Lighthouse, Wexford

Hook Head:  This long narrow rock-bound peninsula is situated to the south-west of  Fethard and is noted for the beauty of the corals found in the carboniferous limestone.  The Hook Head Lighthouse guards the approach to Waterford harbour.  There are some interesting remains of castles and churches in the district.  The rocky promontory of Baginbun was the scene of the Anglo-Norman landing which preceded the main invasion force of 1170 when they came for the conquest of Ireland.

Photography: I. O'Driscoll

This is postmarked in 2009 with an Ireland flower stamp.
Luibh bhleine
Sea aster 82 c

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle

Father and I went down to camp. A-long with Captain Goddwin
And there we saw the men and boys As thick as hast-ly pud-ding
Yan-kee doo-dle keep it up.  Yan-kee doo-dle dan-dy.
Mind the mu-sic and the step. And with the girls be handy.

This patriotic sheet music postcard is embossed and is postmarked in 1913 with a one cent stamp.

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"Yankee Doodle" is a well-known American song, the origin of which dates back to the Seven Years' War in the mid 1700’s.

The first verse is also a children’s nursery rhyme:
Yankee Doodle went to town
Riding on a pony;
He stuck a feather in his hat,
And called it *‘macaroni’

*A macaroni in mid-18th century England, was a fashionable fellow who dressed and even spoke in outlandish ways, so much so as to lose his look of masculinity. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Wroclaw, Poland - Panoramic View at Dusk

Fot. Piotr Syryca

Panorama z Kosciola Marii Magdaleny
View from Maria Magdalena Church
Die Aussicht aus der Kirche Maria Magdalena

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 with two stamp from Poland.

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The Old Town Hall is the building on the left and the church is the building on the right.  Both buildings were established in the 13th century.
Europa, Children's Books, 3 ZL
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Poland (Polska) stamp 2005 
60. rocznica utworzenia ONZ
The 60th Anniversary of the 
United Nations Organization
2.20 zt

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Brunswick Stew Recipe from St. Simon Isle, Georgia

Brunswick, Georgia
This is the original pot the first Brunswick Stew was made in.  It is a popular Southern recipe that originated on St. Simons Island, Georgia, on July 2, 1898.

Brunswick Stew

1 1/2 pounds chicken cut into bite size pieces
1/2 pound pork cut into bite size pieces
Paprika to taste
1/4 cup butter
2 medium size onions sliced
1 medium size green pepper, diced
3 cups water, 2 cups canned tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups whole kernel corn
1 (10 ounce) package frozen lima bans
6 tablespoons flour

Sprinkle chicken and pork with paprika.  Heat butter in a large saucepan; add chicken and pork and brown on all sides.  Add onion and green pepper and cook until onion is transparent.  Add water, tomatoes, parsley, and sauces.  Bring to a boil; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.  Add corn and lima beans; cook 20 minutes longer.  Blend flour with a little cold water and gradually stir into stew; cook 10 minutes longer.  Serves 4 to 6

Photo: Ronald Monteleon

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 with a USA 'Amish Quilt' stamp. 
USA stamp 2001
Amish Quilt
Sunshine and Shadow
34 cents

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle

The Hawaiian Green Seat Turtle, or honu, is listed as an endangered species.
Photo by Peter French.

This unused postcard was bought in 2012.

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Like other sea turtles, green sea turtles migrate long distances between feeding grounds and hatching beaches. Many islands worldwide are known as Turtle Island due to green sea turtles nesting on their beaches. Females crawl out on beaches, dig nests and lay eggs during the night. Later, hatchlings emerge and scramble into the water. Those that reach maturity may live to eighty years in the wild.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tallangatta, Australia - The Town that Moved 5 Miles

Greetings from Tallangatta
A Tallangatta Heritage Postcard

The township of Tallangatta was relocated 9ks west to allow the espnasion of the Hume Reservoir thus giving greater storage of water for the irrigators downstream. This was carried out in the early 1950's and made Tallangatta a unique town, being the only town in Australia to be moved in its entirity.

This postcard has a few spelling errors on it and is from 2015. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Covered Bridges in Pennsylvania

"All Seasons"
Covered bridges are scattered all throughout Pennsylvania.  Often they are referred to as the kissing bridge.

Photo by Steve Witmer

This postcard is unused.

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Pennsylvania has around 200 covered bridges. Many of them are over 150 years old.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Postcard with a T-Shirt Inside from Universal Studios

Ride the Movies
Universal Studios Florida

Wash it and Wear it
Postcard T-Shirt

Greetings from Universal Studios,
I thought you would like a T-shirt!

This package contains a 100% cotton T-shirt.  It will be wrinkled upon opening.  Normal washing will remove the wrinkles. 

Recommended $2.00 postage here.  - Patent Pending

I bought this postcard in 2009 for $14.95. 

Here are a few side views...

I have another T-shirt postcard on my blog from Stone Mountain Georgia. It is posted HERE

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hilton Head Island in South Carolina

Hyatt on Hilton Head Island
South Carolina
Entrance to the oceanfront resort within Palmetto Dunes.

This postcard is postmarked in 1986.

The sender writes:
Amy and I spent the Christmas holiday here in Hilton Head.  Weather was clear but real chilly and the Island was missing people which made it nice to get around and do things.  Sure a pretty place also full of golf courses.
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Here is one more ...
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Scenic views of popular locations.
Photo 1993 by Werner J. Bertsch and William Cornelia

Friday, June 26, 2015

An Astronaut Space Suite, Shuttle Extravehicular Mobility Unit

Shuttle Extravehicular Mobility Unit - EMU

Liquid Cooling and Ventilation Garment
Hard Upper Torso
Arm Assembly
Helmet / Extravehicular Visor Assembly
Communications Carrier Assembly
Display and Control Module
Airlock Adapter Plate
Primary Life Support Subsystem
Secondary Oxygen Pack
Contaminant Control Cartridge
Service and Cooling Umbilical
Insuit Drink Bag
Urine Collection Device
Lower Torso Assembly
EMU Electrical Harness

Photo by NASA
This postcard is unused.

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The Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) is an independent  spacesuit that provides environmental protection, mobility, life support, and communications for astronauts performing extra-vehicular activity (EVA) in Earth's orbit. It is currently one of two EVA spacesuits used by crew members on the International Space Station, the other being the Russian Orlan space suit. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lutsk, Ukraine: Lubart's Castle

Overhead castle in spring florescence. 

This is postmarked in 2013 with a Ukraine stamp.

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Lutsk is a city on the Styr River in northwestern Ukraine with a population around 206,000. 

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History of Lutsk High Castle, (also known as Lubart's Castle) 

The Kievan town of Luchesk had a wooden wall as early as 1075, when Boleslaw the Brave laid siege to it for six months. 

Yury Dolgoruky failed to take Lutsk after a six-weeks siege in 1149. In 1255, the walls of Lutsk were stormed by Jochi's grandson Kuremsa.

The current castle, towering over the Styr River, was built mostly in the 1340s, although some parts of the earlier walls were used. 
Definitive Issue
A quill and ink well bottle

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Zayed Mosque

This is postmarked in 2015 with a United Arab Emirates stamp. 

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was initiated by the late president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who wanted to establish a structure which unites the cultural diversity of Islamic world, the historical and modern values of architecture and art.  

The mosque was constructed from 1996 to 2007.

It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. 

The carpet in the main prayer hall (shown in the bottom picture of this postcard) is considered to be the world's largest carpet. It measures 5,627 m2 (60,570 sq ft), and was made by around 1,200-1,300 carpet knotters. The weight of this carpet is 35 tons. There are 2,268,000,000 knots within the carpet and it took approximately two years to complete.
Expo 2020 Dubai, 3 AED

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Solar Cell on a See-Through Postcard

Solar Energy 
Technical University of Denmark


Order your own solar cell for free at plasticphotovoltaics (dot) org

This is a see-through postcard that is a solar cell.  If you contact the energy company listed above they will send you a fee postcard with your own cell.  This one is postmarked in 2015 from Denmark.  

Below is the side of the postcard where they attached the address and postage.  

To learn more about PhotoVoltaics Solar Cells, click this link.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Suur Munamagi in Haanja, Estonia

Suur Munamagi

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with two Estonia stamps.

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Suur Munamägi (translation: "Big Egg Mountain") is the highest peak in Estonia, reaching 318 metres (1,043 ft) above sea level. It is located near the village of Haanja, in Estonia, close to the borders of both Latvia and Russia. 

The observation tower, built in 1939, is also a museum with a glass elevator and cafe.
Christmas Bulb and Pinecone, 1.20
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Estonia (Eesti) stamp 2014
Posthorn, Green Horn, 0,10

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Summer! Watch out for Sunburns :D

 Careful, last time you got sunburned you couldn't sit down for a week!

This funny ostrich postcard is postmarked in 1960 with a 3 cent 'Liberty' stamp.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Weirs Beach in New Hampshire

 Weirs Beach, NH
Greetings from Weirs Beach, New Hampshire.
Photos - William Roy

This is postmarked in 2014 with a USA 34 cent Porky Pig stamp.

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Weirs Beach is an unincorporated community within the city of Laconia in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. It is located on the southern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee.

It is a popular destination of bikers during Motorcycle Week every June.
Porky Pig
That's All Folks! 34 cents

Friday, June 19, 2015

A Hedgehog from Denmark


Foto: Robert Trojaborg

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 with four Denmark stamps.

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A defense that all species of hedgehogs possess is the ability to roll into a tight ball, causing all of the spines to point outwards.
The 100th Anniversary of the Birth 
of Halfdan Rasmussen, 1915-2002
Benny’s Trousers Burned, 7.00

Bennys bukser braendte.
Borge rabte, ah!
Borge havde nemlig
Bennys bukser pa. 

Loose translation:

Benny's pants are on fire.
Børge cried, oh!
Børge had on Benny's pants.
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Denmark (Danmark) stamp 2015
The 100th Anniversary of the Birth 
of Halfdan Rasmussen, 1915-2002
 Cannon King Knold, 7.00

Kanonkongen Knold
der var gal som en trold
kobte kugler og krudt
for en krone,
kom en maegtig portion
i sin store kanon
og skod hoved og hat
ar sin kone.  

Loose translation:

Kanonkongen Tuber
who was mad as a troll
bought bullets and gunpowder
for a penny,
came a mighty portion
in his big gun
and shot head and hat
Scars his wife.
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and two of these...
Denmark (Danmark) stamp 2010
Wavy Lines and Crown
Brown, 50 Ore

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Waterloo with Napoleon Bonaparte


This postcard is postmarked in 2013 from Belgium and features a scene from the war with soldiers on horses.

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The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. A French army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by the armies of the Seventh Coalition.

Upon Napoleon's return to power in March 1815, many states that had opposed him formed the Seventh Coalition and began to mobilise armies. Two large forces assembled close to the north-eastern border of France. Napoleon chose to attack in the hope of destroying them before they could join in a coordinated invasion of France with other members of the coalition. Waterloo was the decisive engagement of the Waterloo Campaign and Napoleon's last. 

The defeat at Waterloo ended Napoleon's rule as Emperor of the French.
150th Anniversary of the International Red Cross 1863 - 2013 
(Joint issue with Spain)