Friday, April 29, 2016

A Ladybug from Ohio

Ohio State Insect

In 1975, the Ohio government selected the ladybug beetle as Ohio's official insect.  Ladybird beetles exist in all of Ohio's eighty-eight counties.

This unused postcard is from 2015. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Nakla nad Notecia, Poland

Pozdrowienia z Nakla nad Notecia

Pomnik Wdziecznosci Wojsku Polskiemu
Ulica Bydgoska
Jesien na ulicy Bydgoskiej
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From an on-line translator:
Greetings from Nakła over Notecia

Monument of Gratitude to the Polish Army
Street Bydgoszcz
Fall on the street Bydgoszcz
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Toto: Jacek Tomasz

This postcard is unused and from 2015.

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Nakło nad Notecią is a town in northern Poland on the river Noteć.  I checked the population and found everything from 16,000 to 32,000. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Basketball Street Art in George Town, Malaysia

"Kids Playing Basketball" Mural
Gat Lebuh Chulia, George Town, Penang
Street Art

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 from Malaysia

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I read on-line that there is another mural opposite of this one of children playing on the swing.
Garden Flowers
Bunga Teratai
Lotus Flower
30 sen
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Malaysia stamp 2005 
Spotted Dove
Streptopelia hinensis
20 sen

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

National Postcard Week 1998, Giblet People (Playing With Your Food)

National Postcard Week 1998
Giblet People

Laurel Kane:
Beef Liver and Tripe, Turkey Gizzards, Liver and Neck, Eyes and Ribbon

Ralph Muscarella:
Beef Sweetbreads and Tripe, Chicken Gizzards, Heart, Liver, Turkey Neck

Photo by Donna Muscarella

This very unique food card goes to prove that you can find just about ANYTHING on a postcard!  It is postmarked in 1998 with a 20 cent ballooning stamp.
USA stamp 1983
Hot Air Ballooning 20 c

Monday, April 25, 2016

Bora Bora in French Polynesia

Bora Bora, perle du Pacifique.
Bora Bora, The South Pacific Pearl.

The is postmarked in 2012 with a French Polynesia 'pearl' stamp.
50e Anniversaire de Perle de Tahiti 
(50th Anniversary of Pearl of Tahiti) 
Photo: Frederic Payet - 140 f

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Harley-Davidson Motorcycle on a Metal Calendar Postcard

750 Flathead

This unused metal postcard is a calendar.  You move the little metal rings from month to month and date to date.  I bought it in Europe in 2014  for 3.95 euros.

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The flathead engine saw service in Harley-Davidson motorcycles beginning with the Model W's flat-twin, produced from 1919 to 1923.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Shakespeare's Hamlet: To Be or Not To Be, In A Skull *Read under the Stamp!

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

 To be, or not to be, that is the question: 
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer 1750
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune 
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, 
And by opposing end them. To die- to sleep- 
No more; and by a sleep to say we end 
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks 
That flesh is heir to. 'Tis a consummation 
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die- to sleep. 
To sleep- perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub! 
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come 
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There's the respect 
That makes calamity of so long life.

This brilliant postcard features a quote from Hamlet and the worlds are written to make the shape of a skull.  It is postmarked in 2015 with a 'matching' stamp from the Royal Shakespeare Company in England. On the stamp Hamlet is played by David Tennant in 2008. (He also played the 10th Dr. in the Doctor Who television series) 

The scene with the monolog is from Act III and the scene with the skull is in act V.  The reason they are usually shown together is they are the two most iconic parts of the play.  
Royal Shakespeare Company
RSC 50 Years
To Be or Not to Be
That is the question, 1st

*The skull he is holding is of pianist André Tchaikowsky who in his will he left his body to medical research, and donated his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company, asking that it be used as a prop on stage.

Friday, April 22, 2016

A Snow Skier in Greenland

Post Greenland
Photo: Erwin Reinthaler

This is postmarked in 2015.

The sender writes that they wish they were the snow skier on this postcard instead of that person.  ;-)
Greenlandic Mining, 
Nalunaq goldmine
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Greenland (Gronland) stamp 2015
SEPAC - Pearls of Europe, 11.00

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Three Stooges, Opening Credits

Columbia Pictures Corporation
The Three Stooges

Moe  Larry  Curly

This unused postcard was printed in 2010.  The image is the scene from the opening credits of their television show (1960–1972).

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The Three Stooges act began as part of a mid-1920s vaudeville comedy act, billed as Ted Healy and his Stooges, consisting of Healy, Moe Howard, his brother Shemp Howard, and Larry Fine. The four made one feature film, Soup to Nuts, before Shemp left to pursue a solo career. He was replaced by his younger brother, Jerome (Curly Howard), in 1932. Two years later, the trio left Healy and signed on to appear in their own short subjects for Columbia, now billed as "The Three Stooges".

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Planeview, The Miracle City, Kansas

National Postcard Week
May 3 - 9, 2015

The Miracle City, Kansas
Established 1943

During World War II, housing for those who came to Wichita to work at the airplane plants became critical, and government housing was built for the duration of the war.  This postcard documents Planeview, built in 1943, southeast of Hillside and Pawnee for Boeing employees.  On east Harry and Oliver the Hilltop Manor housing was constructed, and on east Douglas between Rock Road and Webb, the Beechwood area was also developed.

The art for this card was done by Rick Geary.  It is number 168 in a limited edition of 500 and is signed by Hal Ottaway. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Cheburashka / Topple

This postcard is of Cheburashka, also known as Topple.  It is postmarked in 2015 from Russia

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Cheburashka, also known as Topple in earlier English translations, is a character in children's literature, from a 1966 story by Soviet writer Eduard Uspensky. He is also the main character of the stop-motion animated films by Roman Kachanov, the first film of which was made in 1969.
Russia stamp 2013
Wild Goats
Capra caucasica
(West Caucasian tur)
 15 p. 
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Russia stamp 2013
Wild Goats
Capra aegagrus, 15 p.

Monday, April 18, 2016

US Mail Stage Coach Circa 1915 on the Oregon Coast

US Mail Stage at High Tide on the Oregon Coast, circa 1915

The Mail must get thought, circa 1915
These brave and persistent mail carriers from the past race the surging tide to make their appointed rounds.  Up until the early 1930's the road systems along the Oregon Coast consisted of Indian trails and a few very muddy roads.  So the vast stretches of sandy beach along the Oregon Coast served as roads for all manner of transpiration north and south.

This reproduction postcard is postmarked 100 years later in 2015.

The sender writes:
We drove all over the Oregon Coast today!  I saw elk, sea lions, ate Dungeness Crab and fish.  What a day!
USA stamp 2015
Coastal Birds
Red Knot
Postcard Rate

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Psalm 18:2 - In good times and In Bad, Jesus is My Rock.

In good times and in bad, Jesus is my Rock.

Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Photo: Brenda Perez

This unused postcard is from 2015 and was bought HERE

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Southampton, England


Southampton, Hampshire
City Walls - Bargate - Tudor House
Ocean Village - Maritime Museum

This is postmarked in 2014 from England.

The sender writes:
We leave tomorrow on a cruise to Belgium and Paris, France!

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In 1912, the RMS Titanic sailed from Southampton. Four in five of the crew on board the vessel were from the Southampton area, with about a third of those who perished in the tragedy being from the city.
Universal Mail (they produce tourist  related stamps)
Hampton Court Palace, XT 500

Friday, April 15, 2016

Titanic Among the Icebergs

Among the Icebergs
the Most Appalling Disaster in Maritime History.
The White Star Liner "Titanic," sunk on her maiden voyage, off Cape Race, 15 April, 1912

The Titanic, The Largest and most complete passenger vessel ever built, had a tonage of 46,382.

Principal dimensions as follows -
Length over all - - - - 882 ft. 6 in.
Breadth over all - - - -92 ft. 6 in.
Breadth over boat deck - - - 94 ft. 0 in.
Height from bottom of keep to boat deck - - 97 ft. 4 in.
Height from bottom of keel to top of Captain's house - - 105 ft. 7 in.
Height of funnels above casing - -  72 ft. 0 in.
Height of funnels above boat deck - - - 87 ft. 6 in.
Distance from top of funnel to keel - - 175 ft. 0 in.
Number of steel decks - - - 11
Number of watertight bulkheads - -15  **(Five of these were opened by the iceberg)**

This unused 1912 postcard was printed in Great Britain. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Amsterdam Skyline in North Holland

A view of Amsterdam

This postcard is postmarked in 2016.

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Amsterdam's name derives from Amstelredamme, from the city's origin as a dam of the river Amstel. 

Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age (17th century), a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading center for finance and diamonds. 

The oldest stock exchange in the world, The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, is located in the city center. 
Netherlands (Nederland) stamp 2016
Fishing Communities
Volendam, 1
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Volendam is a town in North Holland in the Netherlands.
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Fishing Communities, Urk, 1
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Urk is a municipality and a town in the Flevoland province in the central Netherlands.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A Cat and Mouse in Love

O amor compreende todas as linguas....

The sender writes:
The cover translates: "Love understands all languages."

This unused postcard is from Lisboa, Portugal and features a cat and a mouse.