Monday, February 8, 2016

A Land Iguana from The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Islas Galapagos

Iguana de Tierra - Isla Espanola
Land Iguana - Espanola Island

This postcard is unused and from 2015.

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The Galapagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) is a species of lizard that is only found in the Galápagos Islands.  They grow to a length of three to five feet with a body weight of up to twenty-five pounds.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Moskva - 4 Camera from Russia

MockBa - 4
Moskva - 4
Media format rangefinder camera Moskva 4

Ink and gouache on paper, 21 x 30 cm.
Illustrated by Bychkov Aleksey Leonidovich, Russia, Krasnoyarsk, 2015.

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 from Russia.

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Bychkov Aleksey Leonidovich is a Russian artist who prefers to  paint machinery such as cars, motorcycles, aviation and so on.

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The Moskva-4 is a folding camera produced between 1955-58.
Nizhegorodskiy region
Nizhegorodsky District
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Russia stamp 2015
FIFA Football (Soccer) World Cup 2018
21 R

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Two Postcards of Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth, 1948
Photograph by Nat Fein

This unused postcard was bought in 1997.

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George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr. (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948) was an American baseball player whose Major League career spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935.

He established many records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164).

He was one of the first five inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.
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Here is a postcard of The Great Bambino in Arkansas . .
This is the place, Babe!
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Baseball great Babe Ruth at Hot Springs in the 1920s.  He's only one of millions who have come for the lakes, forests, thermal baths, natural beauty - and now even more family attractions like Magic Springs / Crystal Falls theme park and Garvan Woodland Gardens, plus the region's best, most modern and most complete convention facilities.

This advertising postcard is postmarked in 2014. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Glass Art by Chihuly at The Citadel, Tower of David, in Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem, the Citadel by night
Photography by S. Mendrea

Jerusalem, Glass sculptures by the famous artist Chihuly at the Citadel Museum.

This is postmarked in 2015 from Israel.

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The Jerusalem Citadel, (also known as The Tower of David) is an ancient citadel located near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

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The Museum mentioned on the postcard is of the History of Jerusalem.  It was opened in 1989 by the Jerusalem Foundation and is located in a series of chambers in the original citadel.  It also includes a courtyard which contains archeological ruins dating back 2,700 years.
The Cyrus Declaration, 8.30
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The Cyrus Cylinder is an ancient clay cylinder, now broken into several fragments.

The text on the Cylinder praises Cyrus, sets out his genealogy and portrays him as a king from a line of kings. The Babylonian king Nabonidus, who was defeated and deposed by Cyrus, is denounced as a wicked oppressor of the people of Babylonia and his low-born origins are contrasted to Cyrus's kingly heritage. 

The Cylinder's text has traditionally been seen by biblical scholars as corroborative evidence of Cyrus' policy of the repatriation of the Jewish people following their Babylonian captivity (an act that the Book of Ezra attributes to Cyrus).

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Cadiz, Spain

Catedral de Cadiz y malecon
(Cadiz Cathedral and Malecon)

Fotografia: Pablo Bucero

This unused postcard is from 2015.

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Cádiz is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest in western Europe.

Cádiz Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church that was built between 1722 and 1838. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Star Wars, Wicket the Ewok

Star Wars Postcard
Return of the Jedi

Wicket the Ewok

This is postmarked in 2008 with a 41 cent 'Millennium Falcon' stamp.

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Wicket is played by Warwick Ashley Davis (born 3 February 1970). He was originally cast as an extra Ewok, but when Kenny Baker, who was originally going to be Wicket, fell ill, George Lucas picked Warwick to be the new Wicket after seeing how he carried himself as an Ewok. Davis based his Ewok movements on his dog, who would tilt his head from side to side whenever he saw something strange.

(from Star Wars Wiki)

Wicket Wystri Warrick was an Ewok scout, warrior, and later ruler of Bright Tree Village on the forest moon of Endor. The great-grandson of Erpham Warrick, Wicket was the third son of Deej and Shodu Warrick, following Weechee and Willy, and was the older brother of Winda.

Wicket played an instrumental role in helping the Rebel Alliance defeat the Galactic Empire during the Battle of Endor.
After the death of Chief Chirpa, Wicket Warrick and his bride Kneesaa together ruled over Bright Tree Village.
Star Wars
Millennium Falcon
41 cents

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Stone Chariot in Hampi, India - UNESCO

Stone Chariot
Hampi - India

Photo V B Anand

This postcard is postmarked in 2015.

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Hampi (Hampe) is a village in northern Karnataka, India.  It is located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, and was one of the richest and largest cities in the world during its prime.

The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
10th World Hindi Conference
Peacock and Globe, 5.00 
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India stamp 2015
Woman Empowerment
Women and an Elephant, 5.00 
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and two of these stamps...
India stamp 2009 (might be a 2008 issue)
Mahatma Gandhi, 1.00

Monday, February 1, 2016

Sunset on the Beach, We will Rejoice in Thy Love

We will be glad and rejoice in thee,
we will remember thy love.
Song of Solomon 1:4

This beautiful sunset on the beach postcard is postmarked in 2015 from the Bahamas.
40th Anniversary of Bahamas Independence 
1st Prime Minister, Sir Lynden Pindling 50 c

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Color Language - A Set of 10 Postcards

Red, Purple, Orange, Brown, Yellow, Black, Green, White, Blue and Pink

This unused postcard set features different colors in many languages and is from 2015.
Each card can be bought separately HERE

Saturday, January 30, 2016

San Pedro Sula, Honduras, The World's Most Dangerous City

San Pedro Sula

Parque Central de San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Central Park of San Pedro Sula, Honduras
(The statue shown is of a girl washing cloths on a rock)

Fotos: Juan Bedeck

The sender writes:
Hola Brenda from The Worlds Most Dangerous City.

This postcards is postmarked in 2015.

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I checked out what he wrote and found this...

The city's growing role as a hub for cocaine trafficking has led to a surge in homicides in recent years....  

San Pedro Sula topped the list of violent cities a second time, with an average of more than three homicides a day.
Mundialista (World Cup)
Sudafrica (South Africa) 2010

Friday, January 29, 2016

Humphead Maori wrasse - Chain Round Robin Postcard

Sydney Aquarium, Australia 
Humphead Maori wrasse

Photography by Darren Jew

This postcard was used in a Chain Round Robin and was mailed from The United States, Russia, Taiwan,  China, Germany and Japan. It started its journey in September 2015 and I received it back in January 2016.   Below is a scan of the back of the postcard.  

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The humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) is also known as the Māori wrasse, Napoleon wrasse, Napoleon fish and Napoleonfish.  They are known for their long life spans. The females are known to live for around 50 years, whereas males live for around 45 years. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Greetings From Hungary

Udvozlet Magyarorszagrol!
Greetings from Hungary!
GruBe aus Ungarn!

The cities shown are:
Hajduszoboszlo, Debrecen, Sopron, Budapest, Pecs, Szekesfehervar, and Tihany.

This is postmarked in 2009 with an arctic fox stamp.
Fauna of the Polar Regions
alopex lagopus  (Arctic Fox)
260 ft

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Three Exaggeration Postcards from William H. Martin

Colo. (Colorado) is the place we grow large cabbage.
Photograph 1908 by W. H. Martin C. 

This is a real photo, exaggeration postcard.

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William H. Martin was a photographer and successful postcard manufacturer in the early 1900s. In 1894, Martin took over a studio in Ottawa, Kansas. He used photocomposited trick photography and, in 1908, produced wildly exaggerated postcards for commercial trade. His range of cards were so popular that he went into the postcard business exclusively. Within a few years, his trick photos made him wealthy.

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Here are two more of his postcards....
Island of Big Corn

Copyright 1909 by Martin Post Card Co.  (WIlliam H. Martin)
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So easy. Put salt on their tails.
Photograph 1909 by WIlliam H. Martin

This rabbit postcard was published by The North American Post Card Co., Kansas city, U.S.A.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bielefeld, Germany

Ostwestfalische Metropole
(East Westphalian metropolis)

Shone GruBe as (Greetings from) Bielefeld

This postcard is postmarked from Germany in 2015 with the signatures of around 47 or 48 members at a Postcrossing meet-up.  There are so many signatures it is hard to count! 
Weihnachten, Merry Christmas
Peter Paul Rubens, 45 + 20
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Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2006
Flowers, Dahlie, Dahlia, 35
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Here is one more postcard from the same meet-up....
6th International Postcrossing 
Meeting in Bielefeld 2015

This postcard features stacks of postcards that have been signed on the back (like the border you see on this card) from members of Postcrossing.  The card also has so many signatures on the back it is hard to count them.  I will guess around 43 or 44 autographs.  It is postmarked in 2015 from Germany. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Two Postcards of Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner
Both of these postcards are unused

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Ava Lavinia Gardner (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990) was an American actress. She was signed to a contract by MGM Studios in 1941 and appeared mainly in small roles until she drew attention with her performance in The Killers (1946).

Ava appeared in several high-profile films from the 1950s to 1970s, including The Hucksters (1947), Show Boat (1951), The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952), Mogambo (1953), The Barefoot Contessa (1954), Bhowani Junction (1956), On the Beach (1959), Seven Days in May (1964), The Night of the Iguana (1964), The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), Earthquake (1974), and The Cassandra Crossing (1976). She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Mogambo.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Marcus Orelius Arch in Tripoli, Libya

marcus orelius arch
Tripoli - Libya

This postcard is postmarked in 2010 with a set of two Libyan architecture stamps.

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The Arch of Marcus Aurelius is a Roman triumphal arch in the city of Oea, modern Tripoli, where it is found near the northeastern entrance to the Medina (old town).

The Arch was erected (entirely in marble) by Gaius Calpurnius Celsus, to commemorate the victories of Lucius Verus (junior colleague and adoptive brother of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius) over the Parthians in the Roman–Parthian War of 161–66.

The monument was erected in 165 AD, and cannot be dated later, because the Emperor is referred to with the title Armenicus, but not with the titles of Medicus and Parthicus, which were conferred on him in 166 AD.
The Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Libya's Islamic Leadership in the Country - 100
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Here is one more postcard of the arch...
Arch of Marcus Aurelius
Tripoli - Libya
This one is postmarked in 2009.
Libya stamp 1998
The Great Socialist People's 
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Chateau de la Rochepot in Bourgogne, France

En Bourgogne

Although the postcard does not say it, The castle shown in the back is Château de la Rochepot.

Photo: Jean-Luc Petit

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 from France with a stamp featuring the tango.

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Burgundy is an administrative and historical region of east-central France. Burgundy comprises the following four departments: Côte-d'Or, Saône-et-Loire, Yonne and Nièvre.

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The Château de la Rochepot is a 13th-century castle, later converted into a château, in Côte d'Or département in Burgundy.

The castle was built in the 13th century on an outcrop of limestone to the north of the village of La Rochepot. As with many castles, it fell into ruin and it was only restored in the 19th century.

France stamp 2015
Fete du Timbre
Stamp Festival
Le Tango Dance, 0,68