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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Re-creation of Inca's Ceremony Inti Raymi in Peru

Inti Raymi

Recreacion de ceremonia Inca del Inti Raymi el 24 de junio.
Re-creation of Inca's ceremony of Into Raymi on 24th June.

Cusco, Peru

photo: Jose Miguel Helfer

This postcard is unused and from 2010.

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The Inti Raymi ("Festival of the Sun") was a religious ceremony of the Inca Empire in honor of the god Inti. It really was the celebration of the Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year in terms of the time between sunrise and sunset.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Chain Round Robin - Punk Rock Dog

This Punk Rock Dalmatian dog postcard was postmarked in 2014.  It was used in a 'Chain Round Robin' type of swap and was sent to four countries. The countries it was sent to are: Russia, The United States, China and Singapore.  Each time it arrived at its destination, the address was covered up and then it was sent to the next country on the list.  

Here is a scan of the back of the postcard... 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Union Flag of Great Britain

Union Flag
Originated in 1606 (Union of England / Scotland)
Re-designed in 1801 (Union of Great Britain / Ireland)

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a Great Britain queen stamp.

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On 12 April 1606, a new flag to represent the union between England and Scotland was specified in a royal decree, according to which the flag of England (a red cross on a white background, known as St George's Cross), and the flag of Scotland (a white saltire on a blue background, known as the Saltire or St Andrew's Cross), would be joined together, forming the flag of England and Scotland for maritime purposes. 

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The design of the current Union Flag dates from a Royal Proclamation following the union of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801. It combines aspects of the flag mentioned above with the red saltire of St Patrick to represent Ireland. 

Wales, despite also being part of the Union, has never been represented on the flag.
Great Britain stamp 2014
Queen Elizabeth II
Purple 97 p

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Vrsar, Croatia with Smurfette as a Mermaid

Vrsar
Croatia

Strumpfovi (The Smurfs) 

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a Hrvatska (Croatia) stamp. 

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Vrsar is a village in Istria, Croatia.
Croatia (Hrvatska) stamp 2014
Croatian Undersea World
Flabellina affinis (Sea Slug) 5,80

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cat on window by Alexey Dolotov

Котик на окне. Alexey Dolotov
Cat on window.  Alexey Dolotov

Printed in Russia, 2014

This Cat serving tea to a mouse postcard is so full of details!  From the bird outside to the socks drying on the vent, this is a fun card to explore.  It is postmarked in 2014 with three stamps from Russia, one for 3.00 and two for 10 P.
 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Building a Space Station by Arthur C. Clarke

Building a Space Station
Drawing by R.A. Smith from "The Exploration of Space"
by A.C. Clarke, Temple Press, 1951

This postcard is unused and was published by the British Interplanetary Society in London.

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Sir Arthur Charles Clarke,  (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008) was a British science fiction writer, science writer, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host.

He is perhaps most famous for being co-writer of the screenplay for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, considered by the American Film Institute to be one of the most influential films of all time.  His other science fiction writings earned him a number of Hugo and Nebula awards, along with a large readership, making him into one of the most distinguished figures of the field.
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Here is a postcard of the International Space Station.
Kennedy Space Center
NASA
International Space Station

Led by the U.S., the International Space Station will be the largest, most complex international cooperative science and engineering program ever attempted.  Taking advantage of the technical expertise from participating countries, the International Space Station will bring together scientist, engineers and researchers from around the globe to assemble a premier research facility in orbit.

Photo courtesy: NASA
This postcard was bought in 2013.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Krasnoyarsk Stolby in Siberia, Russia

Krasnoyarsk Stolby in Siberia

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with two stamps form Russia. 

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Krasnoyarsk is a city and the administrative center of Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, located on the Yenisei River. It is the third largest city in Siberia. The city is notable for its nature landscapes.

The most popular place of attraction for tourists visiting Krasnoyarsk is the huge national nature reserve Stolby ("pillars"), which covers an area of 470 square kilometers (180 sq mi) with numerous giant granite rock formations up to 100 meters high, many have extraordinary shapes. Stolby is also a major rock climbing location. Many local climbers intentionally do not use any belaying equipment and call their extreme sport stolbizm, known elsewhere as solo climbing. 

This was nominated as an UNESCO site in 2007.  
Russia stamp 2014
Europa
Musical Instruments and Dance, 18 P.
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Russia stamp 2009
Definitive Issue. Kremlins -10 p.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Happy Holidays - Handmade Scratch-Off Postcard

Happy Holidays

Ana Campos and Paulo Magalhaes (creators of Postcrossing.com) are featured in this hand-made Christmas postcard.  The card has the words Happy Holidays and a silver bulb.  When you scratched the silver, it revealed the photos!

This very creative postcard was mailed from Germany in 2013.
Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2013
The 200th Anniversary of the Birth of 
Ludwig Leichhardt, 1813-1848
Joint Issue with Australia 
75

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Patio do Colegio in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Guilherme Gaensly (Photographer)
Patio do Colegio - Monumento a fundacao da cidade
Meados da decada de 1920
Acervo Instituto Moreira Salles

Translation:

William Gaensly (Photographer)
Patio do Colegio - Monument to the founding of the city
Mid-1920s
Instituto Moreira Salles collection

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with two Brasil stamps.

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Pátio do Colégio is the name given to the historical Jesuit church and school in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. The name is also used to refer to the square in front of the church. The Pátio do Colégio marks the site where the city was founded in 1554.

Brazil (Brasil) stamp 2012,
The 100th Anniversary of Bondinho do Pão de Açúcar
Rio de Janeiro cableway - 2.40
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Brazil (Brasil) stamp 2005 
Costureira (seamstress)
Hector Consani R$ 0,05

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Flag of Switzerland

Schweiz - Suisse - Svizzera - Swiss

This is postmarked in 2010 with a Switzerland owl stamp.

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The square shaped flag of Switzerland consists of a red flag with a white cross in the centre. It is one of only two square sovereign-state flags, the other being the flag of Vatican City.

The shade of red used in the flag is not defined by law. Swiss government bodies have used various shades throughout history.
Switzerland (Helvita) stamp 2007
Aegohus funereus  (Boreal owl)
Eva Ch. Weber - 180

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy Hooligan Moving Postcard 1906


The Hooligans Again

Moving Picture Comic Post Card Supplement of San Francisco Sunday Examiner
Copyrighted 1906 by the American-Journal-Examiner.

Fold on the doted lines and insert tabs A and B and then mail your postcard.

*see stamp box
If you wrote a message on the card, then it was considered 'mail' and you need to use a 2 cent stamp.  If there was only a signature, then it is considered a postcard and you only needed to add a 1 cent stamp.

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Happy Hooligan was a popular and influential early American comic strip, the first major strip by the already celebrated cartoonist Frederick Burr Opper. It debuted with a Sunday strip on March 11, 1900 in the William Randolph Hearst newspapers.

The strip told the adventures of a well-meaning hobo who encountered a lot of misfortune and bad luck, partly because of his looks and his low position in society, but who did not lose his smile over it.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Map and Information Postcard of Idaho

This Idaho postcard features a map, the State Seal, a few of its famous Potatoes, the state bird: Mountain Bluebird and the state flower: Syringa.

It is postmarked in 2014 with a USA 24 cent hummingbird stamp.

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Idaho is a state in the northwestern region of the United States. It is the 14th largest and the 7th least densely populated of the 50 United States. The state's largest city and capital is Boise. Residents are called "Idahoans". Idaho was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890, as the 43rd state.
USA stamp 2014
Hummingbird 
Postcard Rate 34 Cents

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Tropical Beach Paradise in Barbados

Barbados
Tropical paradise on the West Coast

Photography by Mike Toy

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a church stamp. 

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Barbados is a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles. It is 34 kilometres (21 mi) in length and up to 23 kilometres (14 mi) in width, covering an area of 432 square kilometres (167 sq mi). 

The origin of the name Barbados is either the Portuguese word Barbados or the Spanish equivalent los Barbados, both meaning "the bearded ones" It is unclear whether "bearded" refers to the long, hanging roots of the bearded fig-tree (Ficus citrifolia), indigenous to the island; or to the allegedly bearded Caribs once inhabiting the island.
Barbados stamp 2013
Places of Worship
St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church 1.80

Monday, December 8, 2014

Kellogg's Cereal City in Battle Creek, Michigan

Kellogg's Cereal City

Best to You Review
Discover the story of cereal through a multi-media presentation featuring famous cereal personalities.

Todd Rosenberg Photography 1998.

This postcard is unused and features Snap, Crackle and Pop from Rice Krispies and Tony The Tiger from Frosted Flakes.
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Kellogg's Cereal City

Production Line
Learn the steps of manufacturing corn flakes from corn grits to finished toasted flakes.

Todd Rosenberg Photography 1998.

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Kellogg's Cereal City USA was a tourist attraction and museum in the downtown area of the city of Battle Creek, Michigan (itself nicknamed "Cereal City"), open to visitors between 1998 and 2007. The attraction aimed to tell visitors the story of the Kellogg's brand, its products and contribution to the breakfast cereal industry in particular.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Guadeloupe in the Caribbean

L'isle de Gadeloupe
Grande Terre
Basse-Terre Island

Premier carte de la Guadeloupe (First Map of Guadeloupe)

This postcard has writing on the back, but was never mailed.

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Guadeloupe is a group of Caribbean islands located in the Leeward Islands, in the Lesser Antilles, with a land area of 1,628 square kilometres (629 sq. mi).  It is an overseas region of France.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Tree with No Needles from Germany

Frohes Fest
Der nadelt garantiert nicht, und sie können ihn problemlos nächstes Jahr wieder verwenden!

translation:
Merry Christmas
This one does not loose needles and you can easily use it again next year without problems! 

This funny Christmas Tree postcard is postmarked in 2013 from Germany. 



Friday, December 5, 2014

Lowicz Paper Cutting Folk Art from Poland

Happy Postcrossing from Poland!
Lowicz style paper cut-out (A type of Polish Folk Art)

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a machine stamp.

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Postcrossing is a free postcard exchange website.  There is no fee except the price of the postcard and the stamp. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, an UNESCO site in South Korea

Suwon Hwaseong

The sender writes:
The picture on the face of this postcard is of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. This fortress was built from 1794 to 1796 by King Jeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty to house and honor the remains of his father Prince Sado.  There is a tragic story about Prince Sado.  He had been murdered by being locked alive inside a rice chest by his own father King Yeongjo after failing to obey the command to commit suicide.  The Fortress includes King Jeongjo's Palace Haenggung.  The site was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with two stamps from South Korea. 
 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Tea Shop by Racey Helps

The Tea Shop by Racey Helps
Engraved and printed in Great Britain

This vintage postcard is unused.

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Angus Clifford Racey Helps (1913–1970) was an English children's author and illustrator. His books were written in a simple style and feature woodland creatures and birds, with illustrations by the author. He is known also for illustrating postcards, greeting cards, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards and wrapping paper.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Landmarks of Dubai in The United Arab Emirates

Dubai - Landmarks
By Nicole Luettecke

Although there is no description on the back of this postcard, I believe the scenes are:
1. Burj Khalifa
2. Camel
3. Burj Al Arab
4. Atlantis
5. Skyline
6. Burj Khalifa at dusk

This card is postmarked in 2014 with a United Arab Emirates stamp.
United Arab Emirates stamp 2014
Sharjah Islamic Culture Capital - 3 AED