Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chile - Easter Island and More

Saludos desde Chile
(Greetings From Chile)

Chile un pais de contrastes.

This is postmarked in 2009 with a 'preserve the polar regions and Glaciers' stamp from Chile.

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The sender writes, that the images are of Easter Island, a residence with a volcano in the background (typical view in the south of Chile) and an old church, probably in the north part of Chile.

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Easter Island is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. It is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park.

Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. The nearest inhabited land (50 residents) is Pitcairn Island 2,075 kilometres (1,289 mi) away, and the nearest continental point lies in central Chile, 3,512 kilometres (2,182 mi) away.
Easter Island is a special territory of Chile that was annexed in 1888.
Chile stamp 2009
Preservar las Regiones Polares y los Glaciares 
(Preserve the Polar Regions and Glaciers)
$ 470

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Titanic and Olympic - Surpassing the Greatest Buildings

Surpassing the Greatest Buildings and Memorials of Earth
The White Star Line's New Triple-screw Steamers

"Olympic" "Titanic"
Largest and Finest in the World
(See Over)

the back reads:

Interesting Comparisons
read from left to right

1. Bunker Hill Monument, Boston - - 221 Feet High
2. Public Buildings, Philadelphia  - - 534 Feet High
3.  Washington Monument, Washington - - 555 Feet High
4. Metropolitan Tower, New York - - 700 Feet High
5. New Woolworth Bldg, New York - - 750 Feet High
6. White Star Line's Triple Screw Steamers Olympic and Titanic - - 882 1/2 Feet Long
7. Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany - - 516 Feet High
8. Grand Pyramid, Gizeh, Africa - - 451 Feet High
9. St. Peter's Church, Rome, Italy - - 448 Feet High

This postcard is a pre-sinking Advertising Titanic / Olympic postcard

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Milk Mustache on Sarah Michelle Gellar

Revealing outfits and the undead.
What else can't most young guys get enough of? Calcium.  But there is a mouth-watering solution.  Milk.  It can help provide the calcium growing bones need to stay strong.  A real must.  Especially if you plan on sticking your neck out.

Where's your mustache?

Sarah Michelle Gellar 1998 National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board

This is an unused Go Card.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003.   The series narrative follows Buffy Summers (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar (born April 14, 1977)), the latest in a line of young women known as Slayers. In the story, slayers are chosen by fate to battle against vampires, demons, and other forces of darkness. 

Origin of the show:
Writer Joss Whedon says, "just the idea of some woman who seems to be completely insignificant who turns out to be extraordinary." This idea evolved into Buffy, which Whedon developed to invert the Hollywood formula of "the little blonde girl who goes into a dark alley and gets killed in every horror movie." Whedon wanted "to subvert that idea and create someone who was a hero."  He explained, "The very first mission statement of the show was the joy of female power: having it, using it, sharing it."

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Pocitos Beach in Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo  -  R. O. Del
Playa (beach) Pocitos

This postcard is postmarked in 1964.

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Pocitos is an upscale beach neighborhood  in Uruguay's capital city, Montevideo.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

EuroDisney, Espace Information Center 1992


Espace EuroDisney
Centre d'information
"12 Avril 1992"

translation from French:
EuroDisney space
Information Center
"12 April 1992" (the day the information center closed because the theme park opened)

unused postcard featuring Mickey Mouse

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Construction for the new Disneyland Paris (Euro Disney)  began in August 1988, and in December 1990, an information centre named "Espace Euro Disney" was opened to show the public what was being constructed.  Here, visitors were able to marvel at beautiful concept drawings for the new Resort as well as take a good look at tiny scale models of various attractions.  There was also shopping, food and a movie theater inside.

to read much more about this fascinating place check this out...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Jesus, The Fisher of Men

Fisher of Men
Jesus describes the one that got away.

This card was printed in 1996 by The American Postcard Co.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Denmark Multiview Postcard

Danmark (Denmark)

This postcard is postmarked in 2013 with two Denmark stamps.

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Denmark has a population of around 5.6 million people and the national language, Danish, is closely related to and mutually intelligible with Swedish and Norwegian.
Denmark (Danmark) stamp 2012
Visit Denmark
Street Performers 12.00
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Denmark (Danmark) stamp 2010
Wavy Lines and Crown, Green, 200

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mail-Order Fashion Hunks

Image courtesy of the Advertising Archives, London from "Catalog Man:Mail-Order Fashion Hunks", published by Chronicle Books
The purple (cotton longlook Slimline fitting) shirt, has a matching suede belt with flower buckle.
You gatta love the 70's!

This postcard is postmarked in 2007 from Canada.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Navajo Indians, Sacred Sand Paintings, and a Hogan

Sacred Sand Painting of the Navajo Indian

Desert Medicine
Beautiful with symbolic figures and design these sand paintings are sacred to the Navajo.  They are a part of the elaborate rituals of their "Sings," or ceremonial chants and must be traditionally perfect.  Made with desert sands and minerals of different colors these sacred paintings are prepared under the directions of the Navajo Shamans or Medicine Men.  The work on them is begun shortly after sunrise and they are destroyed before sunset.

"From the Land of Enchantment"
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Here is a postcard of a painting in progress .....

Navajo Sand Painters
Using many colors of fine sand, these artistic Indians paint intricate and beautiful designs believed to heal the sick and afflicted members of their tribe.

A western ways color photograph by Ray Manley
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Navajo Mother and Child
An excellent Mother and Child study by the nationally known photographer H. Armstrong Roberts.  The Navajo Indians are extremely kind to children.  Their infants are strapped to the traditional cradle board at birth and when the mothers tires of carrying the baby in her arms -  she just fastens the cradle board to her back.  These Navajo babies are kept in cradles until they are large enough to creep and are usually happy and smiling.
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Navajo Indians and Their Hogan
The colorful nomadic Navajo Indians are located in extensive reservations in northern Arizona and and New Mexico.  Famous for their artistic Navajo rugs and silver jewelry, they live in primitive circular hogans and depend on sheep and cattle raising for their livelihood.

Kodachrome by Mike Roberts
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All of these postcards are unused.

Monday, April 7, 2014

National Postcard Week - Teacup Fisherman

National Postcard Week
30th Year
May 5-11, 2013

"Teacup Fishermen"
Stamp credits:
100 proof Press (children)
CMR (digital NPCW Cancellation Mark)
Sumac Designs (all others)

from Celine (my guess is she designed this using rubber stamps.  I think it is Wonderful!
limited edition 6 of 150

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Ostrava, Czech Republic

Greetings from Ostrava

Ostrava, Moravskoslezska metropole (Silesian metropolis)
Czech republic
Foto: Pavel Kopec

This postcard is unused and from 2013.

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Ostrava is the third largest city in the Czech Republic and is located close to the Polish border.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Mastiff Dog in a Fireman in Hook and Ladder Toy Car

Restaurant St-Maurice
Tabagie "Soda Fountain" Souvenirs 

The Third Alarm
Photo by Three Lions, Inc. 

This is a 'Dexter Press' postcard and is postmarked in 1962 from Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada. 
Canada Stamp 1954
Queen Elizabeth 4c

Friday, April 4, 2014

Moldovita Monastery, Church in Romania - UNESCO

Biserica Manastirii Moldovita (1532)

This card is postmarked in 2013 with a Romanian goat stamp.

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Stephen the Great, the King (in Romanian Domnitor) of Moldavia from 1457 until his death in 1504, fought 36 battles against the Ottoman Empire, winning 34 of them. He was very religious and built churches after many victories. Stephen's illegitimate son, Petru Rareș, who ruled Moldavia from 1527 to 1538 and again from 1541 to 1546, promoted a new vision for Bukovina churches. He commissioned artists to cover the interiors and exteriors with elaborate frescoes (portraits of saints and prophets, scenes from the life of Jesus).

The best preserved are the monasteries in the towns of Sucevița, Moldovița, Voroneț, Humor, Suceava, Pătrăuți, Arbore and Probota. These eight monasteries, including the Monastery of Moldovița in the postcard above, were placed on UNESCO World Heritage list in 1993.
Romania stamp 2012
Mountain Fauna
Emisiune comuna Romania - Spania 
Joint Issue With Spain
Ibex, Wild Goat 3.10

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Zealand Puzzle Postcard featuring a Kiwi and a Sheep


They're a friendly lot in
New Zealand

unused puzzle postcard featuring a Kiwi and a Sheep
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More about Kiwi's...

New Zealand
Great Spotted Kiwi, Brown Kiwi, Anomalopteryx didiformis, a small slender moa (Extinct)

Kiwi Facts:
- The only bird that has external nostrils - which are located at the end of the beak
- Built for strength not flight it has marrow in it's bones and strong muscular legs
- A kiwi's large egg is 20% of the females weight
- All over the world New Zealanders are known as "kiwi's"
- The kiwi is a flightless, nocturnal bird that nests in a burrow in the ground

Kiwi: New Zealand's endangered national symbol is around the size of a chicken and is the smallest of the living 'ratites'.  Flightless, shy, and mostly nocturnal the kiwi consists of five recognised species.  They are omnivorous, mate for life, nesting in burrows, hollow logs, or holes.   

Designed by Rosie Louise and terry Moyle, 2007
(I love the map that shows where you can find the different types of kiwis)

unused, bought in New Zealand for $2.50

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Madre India Statue in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Sud America (South America)

Madre India
Santa Cruz
Foto: Federico Arispe R.

This statue / monument is to represent the courage and beauty of indigenous Bolivia.
It is unused and from 2013.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dude-A-Bunga, Cows! HAHAHA - They are Mootant

Tender-Aged Mootant Hybrid
Dude-A-Bunga, COWS!

This is postmarked in 1993 with 19 cent balloon stamp.

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Few Postcards of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Brasil
Cristo Redentor 

The sender writes:

Here we are in Rio - Seems a long way from home.  Rosa Page Welch is singing her way into the hearts of the people.  We san together on the plane yesterday, something to pass the hours away.  We were on the plane all night.  We visited this statue of Christ the Redeemer on a mountain yesterday.  It is very hot here.  Wish you were along.  

This is a real photo postcard is is postmarked in 1956 from Brazil. 

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Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world. It is 30 metres (98 ft) tall, not including its 8 metres (26 ft) pedestal, and the arms stretch 28 metres (92 ft) wide. It is located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. The statue is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1922 and 1931.
Brazil (Brasil) stamp 1953
IV Centenario de Sao Paulo 1554 - 1954
The 400th Anniversary of Sao Paulo
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Here are a few more postcards of the statue. They are all unused and from 1987 (9teen87) :D

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Free Chicago Cubs Tickets during World War II

 We believe that many people who would like to enjoy the great American game of baseball, have, for one reason or another, never had the opportunity to get out to the ball park.  Therefore, we would like to send you two FREE tickets to Wrigley Filed at our expense.  If you are interested, simply fill out the attached return card and drop it in the mail.
- Chicago Cubs

The reply card (the bottom 'tear off' half of the two postcards shown) is pre-addressed to the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois with a one cent Martha Washington printed stamp.

This was postmarked on May 25, 1942 from Chicago, Illinois with a prepaid one cent Washington stamp.

Below is the other side of these two postcards....
Top Postcard:

An Invitation from
Chicago Cubs

Bottom Postcard: (A questionnaire on a reply postal card that tears off to be returned to the Cubs)

1. About how many major league games have you seen in the last three years?
2. Have you seen any night baseball games
3.  Do you prefer day or night baseball
4. Now and then, can you get away on a week-day afternoon to relax and enjoy yourself?
5. If you were going to a Cub game, what would be the most convent time for the game to start? 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 or 5:00 PM
6. If the Cubs played "Twilight" ball, what time would you want it tot start? 6:00 or 7:00 PM
7. As far as you are concerned, what is the best time for Cub Saturday afternoon games to start? 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 or 5:00 PM

After you have answered the above questions, fill in your name and address below.  You Will Be Mailed 2 Free Tickets for a Cub Game at Wrigley Field.

This card is void unless mailed by May 26, 1942.

**Please note, the day it was sent to them was May 25! So they had to fill this out by the next day to get their free tickets. Also, this is five months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Major League Baseball during World War II:

The onset of World War II created a significant shortage of professional baseball players, as more than 500 men left MLB teams to serve in the military.  Also, wartime blackout restrictions, designed to keep outdoor lighting at low levels, caused another problem for baseball. These rules limited traveling and night games to the point that the 1942 season nearly had to be cancelled. On January 14, 1942, MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis wrote a letter to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and pleaded for the continuation of baseball during the war in hopes for a start of a new major league season. President Roosevelt responded, "I honestly feel that it would be best for the country to keep baseball going. There will be fewer people unemployed and everybody will work longer hours and harder than ever before. And that means that they ought to have a chance for recreation and for taking their minds off their work even more than before."  So with the approval of President Roosevelt, spring training began in 1942. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
Tucson is a growing metropolis that keeps getting better and better.  The city's geography is a picturesque image of cactus forests, rolling hills and awe-inspiring mountains.

Photo by Mike Jones

This postcard is postmarked in 2013 with a USA flag stamp.
USA stamp 2013
From the series: A Flag for All Seasons
Forever a first class stamp

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Television Show: Our Gang, Little Rascals

Our Gang

Shown is:
William Thomas as Buckwheat
and I think the other child is
Eugene Gordon Lee as Porky
I'm not sure which show had a monkey in it.

On a side note:
Porky originated the catchphrase "O-tay!", though it is commonly attributed to Buckwheat.

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Our Gang (also known as The Little Rascals) is a series of American comedy short films about a group of poor neighborhood children and their adventures.

Starting in 1922, the Our Gang series includes 220 shorts and one feature film, General Spanky, featuring over forty-one child actors.