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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Westminster Abbey in London, England

Westminster Abbey
West Front
Te Nave from the quire screen
The Lantern Roof
The Lady Chapel

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

The sender writes:
Today we went to church in Westminster Abbey! The choir sounded beautiful.  We sang along when we were told to, the music and words were in the church program.  So now we can say we sang with the choir in London's Westminster Abbey.  :D
Great Britain stamp 2014
Queen Elizabeth II
Purple 97 p

Friday, May 22, 2015

Lace Making in Brugge, Belgium

Brugge
Spellenkussen
Coussin de dentelliere
Lake-Maker Cushion
Spitzenklopplerin-Kissen

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 from Belgium.  

The sender writes:
There are lace stores all over Brugge! (Chocolate stores too :D )
There are some beautiful pieces here.  I bought a little Christmas ornament, but it wasn't hand made.
Belgium (Belgique - Belgie) stamp 2013
Butterfly, Red Admiral 
1 - A Prior

Here is a short video of someone making lace...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah

Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah

Within the walls of the world-famous Temple Square, in the heart of Salt Lake City, stands the spired "Mormon" Temple which required forty years of pioneer labor to build, and the domed Tabernacle, seating capacity 8,000 and housing the world-renowned Tabernacle organ.  Temple Square is open to the public daily and free guided tours are provided.
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The Salt Lake Temple
The famous Mormon Temple (requiring 40 years to complete) with one of the many beautiful flower gardens found on Temple Square.

Color photo by Hubert A. Lowman

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Three Postcards of The Quantum of the Seas Cruise Ship

 Quantum of the Seas
Inaugural Season
Royal Caribbean

This is a magnet postcard that is almost solid glitter inside the card.  It was mailed in May of 2014 with a boat stamp.
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 Quantum of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International

Registry - Nassau, Bahamas
GRT: 167,800
Length: 1,141 Feet (382 meters)
Width: 136 Feet (41 meters)
Draft: 28 feet (8.5 meters)
Cruising Speed: 22 Knots

This is postmarked in November, 2014 with a USA Ship stamp.  The sender wrote:

We were on the maiden voyage, the transatlantic from Southampton, England.  To tell you how good it was, we both got a free 'future cruise' certificate worth $563.00.  Even though the ship wasn't ready, we still had a good time.
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Quantum of the Seas
Royal Caribbean

These words are written on the back:
This is a gift from the book on the Maiden Voyage (transatlantic) 2014.

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This is The North Star on Quantum.  It rises more than 300 feet above the sea for a 360-degree view.
USA stamp 2011
Ships of the Merchant Marine
Liberty Ship
Forever a first class stamp
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USA stamp 2011
Ships of the Merchant Marine
Clipper Ship
Forever a first class stamp

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Farm in South Dakota

South Dakota
Photo by Chad Coppess

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with two vintage USA stamps.

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Although other industries have expanded rapidly in recent decades, agricultural production is still very important to the state's economy, especially in rural areas. The five most valuable agricultural products in South Dakota are cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat, and hogs.
USA stamp 1988
Special Occasion
Thinking of You
Flowers, 25 cents
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USA stamp 1986 -1991 
Great Americans
Red Cloud, 10
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Red Cloud (1822 – December 10, 1909) was a 
war leader and a chief of the Oglala Lakota. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Great British Breakfast, Sausage, Bacon, Eggs and Tomatoes

Great British Breakfast

This oval shaped postcard is postmarked in 2014 from England.

The sender writes:
We are staying at The Corinthia Hotel in London.  This morning we went to eat breakfast at the hotel restaurant and just said, "We'll have the buffet.".  They said ok, but to hurry and that they were closing soon.  Of course we did (It is us after all)  People came in after us too - so there was nothing to worry about.  When we were done they gave us the bill... almost $150.00!  Yes!  150. U.S. dollars! OUCH!!  It was good, but not that good.

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a purple 97 Queen Elizabeth II stamp.
Great Britain stamp 2014
Queen Elizabeth II
Purple 97 p

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The City of Maastricht in Limburg, The Netherlands

Maastricht

the sender writes:
Here you see two of the most beautiful places of my city, Maastricht.  You see Vrythot three times, one as it is now from the front, one aerial view, and one with the Maas River.  This is the river that gave our city its name.  The fourth picture is one of the Bonnefanten Museum with its bullet-shaped tower.  It contains mostly modern art.

This is postmarked from The Netherlands with a machine stamp in 2008.

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Maastricht is a town and a municipality in the Netherlands. It is the capital city in the province of Limburg.

The churches in the upper right hand corner are St. John's (left) and St. Servatius at Vrijthof Square (right). 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Using an Outhouse at Night While Camping

There's a ghost around here
And you better shoo it -
I've got something to do
But I'm scared to do it!

I have been to many camp grounds growing up, but I've never seen a single use Ladies outhouse.  ;-)

This poor woman in her high heels and pajamas is scared of the owl.  And there is G-George skulking in the window on the camper not offering any help.  Maybe that is why she has the Male Help Wanted at the bottom of this postcard!

This is a Genuine Curteich card that is postmarked in 1942 with 'free - US Army' written in the stamp box.  

Friday, May 15, 2015

Postcrossing Meet-up Postcard from Koln, (Cologne) Germany

Koln
14 - 3 - 2015
Postcrossing Meeting
Cologne

This postcard is signed by many  people from the meet-up.  The sender (Isa) knows I am not a fan of stickers on postcards.  They turn the paper brown over time and ruin the cards.  So she put a pull tab sticky note on the back saying "Bitte Keine Sticker"  (Please, no stickers).  The only thing is, she forgot to remove it before she sent it.  It made it all the way to the states with the sticky still on it!

Isa saw a scan of the back and said that the sticky note actually was long and covered up the address.  So someone in the post office must have cut the bottom off but put the words part of the sticky back on the card.  How wonderful that they did not just throw the whole note away!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

An Ugly (senders words) Blurry Postcard

 The Sender Writes:
I hope the cute teddy bear stamp softens the fact that I'm sending you the ugliest card I have ever seen!

hahaha!
This very blurry woman postcard is postmarked in 2014 from Finland.  The card was printed in Portugal.  And yes, The stamp is adorable....
Finland stamp 2014
Teddy Bears 
Winter Scene 
Sledding with the mail
1 LK KL

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Castillo San Cristobal in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico
San Juan National Historic Site
Castillo San Cristobal

Castillo San Cristobal was built to guard enemy approaches by land to the walled city of Old San Juan.  Construction on San Cristobal began in 1634 and finished in 1790, although modifications were made well into the 18th century.  Covering 27 acres, San Cristobal is the largest Spanish fortification built in the New World, and from a perch 150 feet above the Atlantic shoreline, it provides panoramic views of the coast from Old San Juan to Condado and beyond.

Photo: J. Scott Graham

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 from San Juan Puerto Rico.
USA stamp 2013
Global
Christmas Evergreen Wreath
Forever an International Rate stamp

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Dutch Boy Rescuing a Cat from a Well

Art by W. Romijn

The sender writes:
A card from Holland.  The picture is from 75 / 100 years ago.  No modern things and material things.  Life was simple but also hard and difficult.  Was it better or not than nowadays?

This 'boy with wooden shoes rescuing his cat from the well' is postmarked in 2015 from the Netherlands.  The stamp has a bicycle on it so it kind of matches the postcard.  :D
Netherlands (Nederland) stamp 2014
Dutch Icons, Bicycle, 1

Monday, May 11, 2015

A 1952 Dodge in Havana, Cuba

Dodge 1952.
Havanna, 2008. marcius 4.
(Havana, March 4th, 2008)

Foto: ifj. Kovach Laszlo
(Photo: jr. Laszlo Kovach)

This postcard is unused.  The original language is Hungarian. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mothers Day - A Panda Bear Mom Hugging Her Cub in 3D

Giant Panda - cub in mother's lap (China)
BroBer Panda - Mutter und Junges (China)
Panda gigante- Madre y cria (China)
Panda géant - Femelle et jeune (Chine)

Photo: Steve Bloom

This 3D postcard is unused and was bought in 2014. 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Closing Niagara Falls in 1969 - This Card is for International Postcard Week

International Postcard Week
October 5 - 11, 2014

This postcard feats the artwork of Rick Geary and shows the Canadian and the USA side of the Niagara Falls.  The US side was turned off in 1969.

The back of the card reads:
For six months in 1969 Niagara's American Falls were turned off by the Army Corps of Engineers.  Part of that time workers cleaned the former river-bottom of unwanted mosses, drilled test-cores in search of instabilities and a temporary walkway was built twenty feet from the edge of the dry falls.  Tourists were able to explore the landscape.

This card is postmarked in 2014 with a USA Hummingbird stamp.

The sender of this card is Demaris.  She is the person who organizes National Postcard Week. If you would like more information on that the web site is: www.NationalPostcardWeek.com

Click this link if you would like more information on International Postcard Week.  

Friday, May 8, 2015

WWI Hospitals in Germany, Real Photo Postcards


1914
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postmarked in 1915
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Erinnerung an (Memory of)
Nurnberg (Nuremberg) 
Bismarkschule
1914-1916 
Ziner 39 ?? (I can't make out these letters for sure on the sign.)
This one is postmarked in 1916. 
This postcard is postmarked in 1917.  

Please note the man in the front, sitting second, is wearing an Iron Cross 1st Class Medal. 

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Iron Cross Medal - If the cross uses a pin or screw posts on the back of the medal instead of a ribbon, and is worn on the left side of the uniform it is an Iron Cross 1st Class. You had to already have the 2nd Class medal in order to receive the 1st Class.

The medal was awarded to recognise acts of heroism, bravery and leadership.  In spite of its evident prestige it was a widely issued medal: almost six million were awarded during wartime, although by far the majority of these (5,500,000) were awarded to the lowest of three classes of the medal, the Iron Cross (Second Class).  Above this the Iron Cross (First Class) was issued to approximately 220,000 men.

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If anyone can translate any of the writing on these real photo, WWI postcards, please send me a message or leave a comment below.  Thank you!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Lusitania

The Cunard Liner
Lusitania

Davidson Bros.' Real Photographic Series
London & New York.  (Printed in England)

This is postmarked in 1908 with a one cent stamp.
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The Cunard Liner
Lusitania

Davidson Bros.' Real Photographic Series
London & New York.  (Printed in England)

This postcard is unused and from 1908.
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R.M.S. "Lusitania."
Sunk by German Submarine off Old Head of Kinsale, 7th May 1915.

This one is postmarked on May 19, 1915 only 12 days after it sunk.

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RMS Lusitania was a British ocean liner built by John Brown and Company of Clydebank, Scotland. The ship entered passenger service with the Cunard Line on 26 August 1907. It was named after the ancient Roman province of Lusitania, which is part of present day Portugal. During the First World War, as Germany waged submarine warfare against Britain, the ship was identified and torpedoed by the German U-boat U-20 on 7 May 1915 and sank in eighteen minutes. The vessel went down eleven miles (18 km) off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland, killing 1,198 of the 1,959 people aboard, leaving 761 survivors. The sinking turned public opinion in many countries against Germany, contributed to the American entry into World War I and became an iconic symbol in military recruiting campaigns of why the war was being fought.
                                    

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Preston Premocar from Birmingham Alabama

National Post Card Week
May 4-10, 2014

The Premocar was manufactured in Birmingham, Alabama from 1918-1923.  It started production as the Preston, but ran into financial difficulties, reorganized as the Preston Motors Corporation and renamed the automobile the Premocar. Models including Touring Car, Roadster, Sedan Coupe, California Top, Preston Truck, and even a race car called the Premocar Magic Six.  A special model was built for President Harding's visit to Birmingham in 1921 for their bi-centennial celebration.  It was solid white, with white leather interior.  A complete history of the Premocar can be found in the book, Premocar Made in Birmingham.

This postcard is number 36 in a limited edition of 100. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

National Postcard Week 2013, Courier Nurse with Santa Fe Railroad


National Postcard Week
May 5-11, 2013

Elizabeth Widen
Courier-Nurse on The El Captain and The Chief trains with the Santa Few Railroad.

The Courier Nurse was equivalent of the early airline stewardess.  They were registered nurses, young, attractive and wore colorful uniforms.  The Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad used them on the two most heavily traveled chair car trains, the El Capitan and the San Francisco Chief.  The role of the nurse was to help with passengers who became sick en route, elderly passengers needs and mothers with babies and small children.  With over 400 passengers on the El Cap during the peak periods, the Courier Nurse was kept busy.

Out of 4,000 candidates, a select few were chosen to be Courier Nurses.  On May 5, 1940, my mother Elizabeth (Betty) Widen (Shumway) made her first run on the Santa Fe Railroad between Chicago and Los Angeles.  She worked as a Courier Nurse for two years on the Scout, and economy train and the El Capitan.  Once she helped deliver a baby.  Her last trip was in September of 1942

card by Karin Gilbert

Monday, May 4, 2015

National Postcard Week Founders John H. McClintock and Dee Dee Parker

National Postcard Week 1997
In honor of the two co-founders
John H. McClintock and Dee Dee Parker

In 1983-1984, John McClintock and Dee Dee Parker combined their ideas to create and to promote the celebration for the First National Post Card Week.

It was held the first full week of May 1984.

This postcard was commissioned and produced by Stanley R. Hopkins.