Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April 1st (Fools Day) - French Hand Tint Postcard

1er Avril
s'il vous fait plaisir vous me le direz
Qui le reçoit a droit a un baiser


April 1st
if it makes you happy you will tell me
Who is entitled to receive a kiss

Fabricattion Francaise

This is a 'French Tint' postcard that is unused, but there is a lot of writing on the back. The year on the card is 1919.

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April Fools' Day is celebrated every year on the first day of April.  It is celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other.

In some parts of the world, April 1 tradition is often known as "April fish" (poissons d'avril in French or pesce d'aprile in Italian). This includes attempting to attach a paper fish to the victim's back without being noticed. Such fish are featured on many late 19th- to early 20th-century French April Fools' Day postcards.

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To hand tint a postcard, they would take a black-and-white image and then they would use watercolor paints and stencils to tint it.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bearded Fireworm

bearded fireworm
Coconut Tree Divers, West End, Roatan, Honduras

Photo by Viv Weber-Pagel

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 from Honduras. 

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The bearded fireworm, Hermodice carunculata, is a type of marine bristle worm.  They are usually between 5–10 centimetres (1.9–3.9 in) in length, but can reach up to 35 centimetres (13.8 in). They have a group of venomous white bristles on each side, which are flared out when the worm is disturbed.
Honduras stamp 2005
Pope John Paul II - L 15.00

Monday, March 30, 2015

Canary Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park

Canary Springs is part of the main terrace in Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park.  It is named for its yellow algae and its deep blue pool.

Photo by Fred Plughoft

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a winter cardinal stamp.

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Mammoth Hot Springs is a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine in Yellowstone National Park. It was created over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium carbonate (over two tons flow into Mammoth each day in a solution).

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Humuhumunukunukuapua'a - Reef triggerfish

... You can call me Humu for short

Hawai'i's State Fish
Humuhumunukunukuapua'a (Rhinecanthus rectangulus) is also known as a Picasso Triggerfish for the geometric markings on its body.
Photo by Larry Winnik

This unused postcard is from 2012.

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This triggerfish, also known by its Hawaiian name, humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa  meaning "triggerfish with a snout like a pig" is one of several species of triggerfish.  It is often asserted that the Hawaiian name is one of the longest words in the Hawaiian language and that "the name is longer than the fish."

Saturday, March 28, 2015

City Center in Warsaw, Poland

City Center -
Dmowski Roundabout. John Paul II Avenue. City Center.  Dmowski Roundabout. De Gaulle'a Roundabout, UNO Roundabout. Westin Hotel.

fot. Christian Parma

This postcard is postmarked in 2009 with two Poland stamps.

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Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. It is located on the Vistula River, in east-central Poland.
Poland (Polska) stamp 2005
Sopot 2,20
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Poland (Polska) stamp 1999
Dwor w. Krzeslawicach k. Krakowa - 1
(Jan Matejko’s Manor House in Krzesławice (Cracow))

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Woman with Real Hair on the Postcard

P-C Paris
Made in France

The hair on this woman is made with real hair!

This unused postcard is from 1928.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mount Batok, Bromo and Semeru in Indonesia

Mount Batok, Bromo and Semeru from Pananjakan. East Java

Photo: Agus Leonardus

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 from Indonesia.

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Mount Batok is the only peak that is no longer an active volcano.

Mount Bromo is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 metres (7,641 ft) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well known. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.

Mount Semeru also known as Mahameru ("Great Mountain"), is one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes.
Indonesia stamp 2013
Postal Service, Express 5000

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Benque Viejo del Carmen in Belize

Benque Viejo

Belize, land of adventure ...
Benque Viejo, the Western town where history and nature meet.

Photograph: Subrata Basu

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 from Honduras.

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Benque Viejo del Carmen is a town in the Cayo District in the country of Belize.  It is the furthest west sizable (population of around 5,800) settlement in Belize, located about 130 km (81 mi) west of Belize City.  The northern edge of the town lies along the Mopan River which also forms the border with Guatemala.
Honduras stamp 2009
Football (Soccer) 
World Cup South Africa L. 25.00

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Office

The Office

Shown are:
B. J. Novak
Jenna Fischer
Ed Helms
John Krasinski
Craig Robinson
Rainn Wilson

This unused postcard was printed in 2012.

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The Office is an American television comedy series that originally aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name.

The series depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. To simulate the look of an actual documentary, it is filmed in a single-camera setup, without a studio audience or a laugh track. The show ran for nine seasons, and 201 episodes. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Real Photo Postcard of a Young Girl with Birthday Flowers

"Accept My Pretty Birthday Blossoms."
EA5 (or maybe EAS (E.A. Seemann of Saxony)
Printed in Germany

This real photo postcard is unused but has writing on the back with the date March 23rd, 1914. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

An Advertising Postcard Filled with Chili Pepper Seeds

Mainospussit ovat mainio postitettava jakotuote, joka ilahduttaa saajaansa.
Kotimainen tuote!
Saatavana mm. erilaisilla siemenilla, mausteilla, makeisilla, ksylitolipurukumeila jne.
Pussien koot 6X50 ...
Pyyda tarjous!

Translation from Finnish:
Advertisement bags are a great division posted a product that delights the recipient.
Domestic product!
Available in mm. various seed spices, sweets, xylitol chewing gum etc.
Bags sizes 6x50 ...
Request a quote!

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This Finland advertising postcard is filled with chili pepper seeds.  It is from 2014.

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Chilipaprika (The paprika is) Cayenne Long Slim (Cayenne Pepper)

Here is the back of the postcard...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Heerenveen Town Hall in Friesland, The Netherlands

Netherlands Groeten uit Heerenveen
(Greetings from Heerenveen)
New card of the old town hall north of the Netherlands

This is mailed in 2006 from the Netherlands.

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Heerenveen is a town and municipality in the province of Friesland (Fryslan), in the north of the Netherlands.  It was established in 1551 by three lords as a location for the purpose of digging peat which was used for fuel, hence the name (heer is "lord", veen is "peat").

Friday, March 20, 2015

Shakespeare's Henry IV with Antony Sher and Alex Hassell: RSC

Royal Shakespeare Company

Sir John Faistaff: Anthony Sher
Prince Hal: Alex Hassell
Henry IV Part I by William Shakespeare
Photographer Kwame Lestrade.

This first performance of this production took place on 18 March 2014 at the Royal Shakespeare Theater, Stratford-upon-Avon.

There is a stamp on the back also featuring Anthony Sher and the RSC on the back of this postcard along with four queen stamps. It is postmarked in 2014.

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The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is a major British theatre company, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England.  It was formally established on 20 March 1961.  The company now employs 700 staff and produces around 20 productions a year from its home in Stratford-upon-Avon and plays regularly in London, Newcastle upon Tyne and on tour across the UK and internationally.

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Sir Antony Sher, (born 14 June 1949) is a South African-born British actor, writer and theatre director.
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Alex Hassell is a British actor born September 17, 1980 in Southend. He is a co-founder of The Factory Theatre Company whose patrons include Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, Mark Rylance and Emma Thompson.
Great Britain stamp 2011,
The 50th Anniversary of the Royal Shakespeare Company
The Tempest - The Beast Shall Tremble at thy Din 
Antony Sher - 66

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Royal Ontario Museum Celebrates 100 Years

Royal Ontario Museum
Musee Royal De L'Ontario
1914 - 2014

The sender writes:
I had the privilege of going to the ROM in Toronto.  It reminded my of the Smithsonian, and I enjoyed it very much.  The special exhibit was called "The Forbidden City Collection" - it was stunning.  I am quite sure that I will never again see such rare pieces, but I have my memory and that will have to suffice.  If you ever have the chance, I highly recommend a visit to the museum.

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a pre-printed stamp from Canada.  I don't know why, but it was bumped by the post office, 'Return to Sender'.  Luckily the sender is a friend of mine, so the next time we got together, she handed it to me.

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The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is a museum of world culture and natural history based in Toronto, Canada. It is one of the largest museums in North America, attracting over one million visitors every year.  It was established on 16 April 1912 and opened on 19 March 1914.

With more than six million items and forty galleries, the museum's diverse collections of world culture and natural history are part of the reason for its international reputation. The museum contains notable collections of dinosaurs, minerals and meteorites, Near Eastern and African art, Art of East Asia, European history, and Canadian history. It also houses the world's largest collection of fossils from the Burgess Shale with more than 150,000 specimens. The museum also contains an extensive collection of design and fine arts, including clothing, interior, and product design, especially Art Deco.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dancing Potolos on the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia

Baile Potolos (Dancing Potolos)
Foto: Federico Arispe R.

This postcard is unused and from 2013.

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Potolo is a village in the department of Chuquisaca in the South American Andes State of Bolivia.

Salar de Uyuni  is the world's largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi). It is located in the Potosí and Oruro departments in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Two Irish Songs for Saint Patrick's Day

The Maid of Erin


Come back to Erin, Mavourneen, Mavourneen,
Come back, Aroon, to the land of my birth;
Come with the shamrocks and spring-time, Mavourneen,
And its Killarney shall ring with our mirth.
Sure, when we lent you to beautiful England,
Little we thought of the lone winter days.
Little we thought of the hush of the star shine
Over the mountains, the bluffs And the brays.

Come back to Erin, Mavourneen, Mavourneen,
Come back again to the land of my birth;
Come back to Erin, Mavourneen, Mavourneen,
And its Killarney shall ring with our mirth.

Erin Go Bragh
Ser N 801

This is postmarked in 1909 with a one cent stamp.

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 The Maid of Erin


Kathleen, mavourneen, the grey dawn is breaking,
The horn of the hunter is heard on the hill.
The lark from her light wing the bright dew is shaking,
Kathleen, mavourneen, what! Slumbering still?

Oh, hast thou forgotten how soon we must sever?
Oh, hast thou forgotten this day we must part?
It may be for years, and it may be forever,
Then why art thou silent, thou voice of my heart?
It may be for years and it may be forever,
Then why art thou silent, Kathleen, mavourneen?

Erin Go Bragh
Ser N 801

This unused postcard is from 1908.

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"Kathleen Mavourneen" is a song, written in 1837, composed by Frederick Crouch with lyrics by Marion Crawford. It was popular during the American Civil War. "Mavourneen" is a term of endearment derived from the Irish Gaelic mo mhuirnín, meaning "my beloved."

Several silent films were titled "Kathleen Mavourneen" with the first such drama being produced in 1906 starring Kitty O'Neil, Walter Griswoll and H.L. Bascomb. Other such silent film titles were produced in 1911, 1913, and 1919. This last one starred Theda Bara. Two other films with this title, but using sound, were produced in 1930 and 1937.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Frank Herbert's: Children of Dune

Children of Dune

Born to rule and empire, destined to tear it apart.

Staring Susan Sarandon, Alec Newman and Daniela Amavia.

Sci Fi Channel presents the continuing sage of Frank Herbert’s Dune in its new miniseries, Frank Herbert’s children of Dune, based on the second and third books in his popular series.  After gaining control of the desert planet Dune and bending an empire to his will, Paul Maud’dib now faces a conspiracy that aims to take his life and reclaim control of the Spice.  Paul’s fate, and that of all of humanity, rests in the hands of his son, Leto.  Restless and idealistic, Leto can’t resist his destiny and he must risk himself to save those he loves and those who would destroy him.

This postcard is unused.

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Children of Dune is a three-part miniseries written by John Harrison and directed by Greg Yaitanes. It was first broadcast in the United States on March 16, 2003.
In 2003, the critically acclaimed miniseries won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Snorkeling in Cozumel, Mexico from Princess Cruise Line

Cozumel, Mexico

For the experienced and inexperienced, snorkeling is an activity not to be missed in Cozumel.

Photo by : Bruce Herman
Princess Cruises

This beautiful lagoon is postmarked in 2014 from Mexico.
Mexico stamp 2012
Pear - Handicrafts 13.50

Guaje de plata (Guaje silver)
Distrito Federal (Federal District) 
Colección Museo de Arre Popular (Folk Art Museum Collection)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Medellin, Colombia in 1973

Medellin - Colombia

Panoramica Nocturna de la ciudad.
(Panoramic night view of the city)

This is postmarked in 1973 with a Colombia 1969 stamp.

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Medellín is the second-largest city in Colombia and the capital of the department of Antioquia. It is located in the Aburrá Valley, a central region of the Andes Mountains in South America.
Colombia stamp - Airmail
Bogota 1969
XIII Congreso Latindamericano de Neurocirugia
(The 13th Latin-American Neurological Congress, Bogota)
70 c

Friday, March 13, 2015

Sabertoothed Cat Skeleton, La Brea Tar Pits

Page Museum
La Brea Tar Pits

Saber-toothed Cat Skeleton
Smilodon fatalis
The saber-toothed cat was a powerful and efficient hunter.  It used its powerful forelimbs to pull down its prey, such as bison and camels.  The saber-toothed cat probably bit into the unprotected, softer undersides of its prey so that its long slender canines wouldn't be broken by their bones.

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

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The La Brea Tar Pits are a group of tar pits in urban Los Angeles, California. Natural asphalt (also called pitch or tar—brea in Spanish) has seeped up from the ground in this area for thousands of years. The tar is often covered with dust, leaves, or water. Over many centuries, the bones of animals that were trapped in the tar were preserved. The George C. Page Museum is dedicated to researching the tar pits and displaying specimens from the animals that died there. The La Brea Tar Pits are a registered National Natural Landmark.

USA stamp 1973
Postal Service Employees, 8 cents
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USA stamp 1997
American Holly 32 cents