Friday, September 19, 2014

A Russian Poster Against Hard Drinking from 1958

This is a reprint postcard of an old Soviet poster against hard drinking in 1958.

The pigs are saying, "and they say we are pigs"

It was reprinted in 2007 and postmarked in 2008 with 5 Rossija (Russia) stamps.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Road Trip Postcard, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas - Art by Rick Geary

National Postcard Week
May 4-10, 2014

Road Trip with Allison, Payton, Trey and Alexis
Postcard limited edition of 1000 by Demaris Swint.

This unused postcard features art by Rick Geary.

Shown on the map is:
Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, Meteor Crater, Petrified Forest, Mesa, Queen Creek, Tucson Saguaro National Park

New Mexico:
Taos Pueblo, Carrizozo, Roswell, Carlsbad Caverns

El Paso, Pecos, Ft. Stockton, Beeville, and The Alamo 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vogelpark (Weltvogelpark) Walsrode (Bird Park) in Germany

Vogelpark Walsrode (Walsrode Bird Park)

The sender writes that this bird park is one of the worlds largest with over 4,000 birds.

This sounds like a fun place to spend the afternoon  :-)

It is postmarked in 2008 with a machine stamp.

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Weltvogelpark Walsrode (The name changed in 2010) is the largest bird park in the world in terms of species as well as land area. It covers 24 hectares (59 acres) and houses some 4,200 birds of over 675 species from every continent and climatic zone in the world. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Libyan Desert

Libya 2008

This postcard is postmarked in 2010 with two reptile stamps.

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The Libyan Desert, also known as the Western Desert, forms the northern and eastern part of the Sahara Desert.  The desert extends approximately 1100 km from east to west, and 1,000 km from north to south, in about the shape of a rectangle. Like most of the Sahara, this desert is primarily sand and hamada or stony plain.
Libya stamp featuring Reptiles - 1996
The Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 

Monday, September 15, 2014

I Love Lucy - Chocolate Factory

I Love Lucy
Lucy’s Chocolate Factory

This is an unused reproduction postcard featuring Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball working in one of their most famous episodes fromSeason 2 Episode 1 -  Job Switching. It originally aired on September 15, 1952.

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Ricky wants Lucy to try working for a week, so she and Ethel get jobs at a candy factory, where they are totally inept, especially at wrapping chocolates due to a speeding conveyor belt that has them stuffing chocolates in their mouths, blouses, and hats.

- In 1996, TV Guide included this episode as part of its "100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History", ranking it # 2.

- In the 2013 Paley Center for Media television special TV's Funniest of the Funniest, the candy factory scene was ranked first among the 30 funniest moments in TV history, with only one moment eligible per TV series.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

An Historical View of Pinsk, Belarus


There is some writing on the back that looks like it might be Russian.  I tried to type the top sentence using an on-line translator keyboard and it looks something like this...

г. Пинск. Улица Т. Костіошко вид на костел св. Станислава. 30-е гг.

which translated as:  Pinsk. Street T. Kostіoshko view of the Church of St.. Stanislaus. 30s.

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 from Belarus.

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Pinsk is a city in Belarus, in the Polesia region south-west of Minsk. The population is about 130,000.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

National Star Spangled Banner Centennial in 1914

Don't Forget the Date

National Star Spangled Banner Centennial, Baltimore, Maryland
September 6, to 13, 1914.


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On Sept. 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key visited the British fleet in Chesapeake Bay to secure the release of Dr. William Beanes, who had been captured after the burning of Washington, DC. The release was secured, but Key was detained on ship overnight during the shelling of Fort McHenry, one of the forts defending Baltimore. In the morning, he was so delighted to see the American flag still flying over the fort that he began a poem to commemorate the occasion. First published under the title “Defense of Fort M'Henry,” the poem soon attained wide popularity as sung to the tune “To Anacreon in Heaven.” The origin of this tune is obscure, but it may have been written by John Stafford Smith, a British composer born in 1750. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was officially made the national anthem by Congress in 1931, although it already had been adopted as such by the army and the navy.

The Star-Spangled Banner
—Francis Scott Key, 1814
O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
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Here is a postcard from 1913 featuring the sheet music of the song .....

Friday, September 12, 2014

Three Blind Mice with Betty Boop

Three Blind Mice
Betty Boop

This postcard is unused and was printed in 2000.

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"Three Blind Mice" is an English nursery rhyme and a song that is sung as a musical round.

Three blind mice. Three blind mice.
See how they run. See how they run.
They all ran after the farmer's wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a sight in your life,
As three blind mice?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Grave of the Twin Towers in New York City

Postcards by Rick Geary

The Statue of Liberty, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building and the other great buildings in New York at the grave of the Twin Towers, 1973 - 2001.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas

The Bahamas
Paradise Island
Paradise Island contains some of the world's finest resorts and casinos, all surrounded by beautiful white-sand beaches and crystal-clear tropical waters! 

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 from the Bahamas. 

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The Atlantis Paradise Island is a resort and waterpark located on Paradise Island, The Bahamas. It officially opened in 1998.

Aquaventure Water Park:
Opened in 2007, the 141-acre (0.57 km2), 200-million-US-gallon (760,000 m3) Aquaventure combines slides, lazy rivers, and rapids into one large waterscape. The centerpiece of the attraction is the Power Tower which contains four waterslides. The slides include The Abyss, The Drop, The Falls and The Surge. Aquaventure also includes one of the Atlantis' most popular attractions, The Current which is a mile long, 3-million-US-gallon (11,000 m3) water ride complete with waves and artificial tidal surges.
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Here are a few more postcards from Atlantis...
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Royal Towers - Grand Opening celebration of the Royal Towers at Atlantis 1998.

I bought this one in 2008
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Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Wish you were here?!?  You could be!!

Enter today for a chance to win a stay in the Iconic Bridge Suite

This advertising card is postmarked in 2009. 

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Yes, I entered, and no, I didn't win.  Bummer, I sure would LOVE to stay in that suite!  I love Atlantis and would recommend it to everyone! 
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Paradise Island, Bahamas

Atlantis Casino - Linking the towers and spanning a seven-acre lagoon, the Atlantis casino is an innovation in casino design.  Brilliant glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly infuse the casino with a vibrant, colorful energy.

I bought this postcard at Atlantis for $2.50 in 2010.

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I tried scanning this postcard several times so you could see a little of both effects from the 3-D images.  When you tilt it, the blue glass sculpture turns to a fire red sculpture that looks like the sun with twisted rays jutting out everywhere.  Also the ceiling is square and the  circles in the carpet turn to starburst looking suns and all the blue you see on the wall is an orange-red color.  It really is a beautiful postcard! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Llama -nated (Laminated) Postcard :D

I had this postcard llama-nated for you.

This card is unused and from 2014.

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It was bought here...

Monday, September 8, 2014

Three Postcards from Arches National Park in Utah

Arches National Park

Delicate Arch, with an opening 32 feet wide and 46 feet high, provides a frame for the La Sal Mountains.  This dramatic free-standing arch is all that remains of a thin Entrada Sandstone fin sculpted by thousands of years of erosion. 

This is a Mailable Wood Postcard that is postmarked in 2013.
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Skyline Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

As are most arches, Skyline is the result of fracturing and erosion of an exposed sandstone "fin" or wall.  The fin itself was a product of erosion along fracture lines.  which in turn were caused by movement deep within the earth.  
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Double Arch
Arches National Park, Utah

The unusual Double Arch consists of two arches stemming from a common base.  the larger arch extends 165 feet from reef to base and towers 156 feet above the debris below.  It can be seen from the road in the Window's Section of the park. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Grandpa Eagle Postcard to Celebrate Grandparents Day

The Grandpa Eagle
by Brenda Perez
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My favorite bird
Is the grandpa eagle.

He stands so tall
And looks so regal.

The grandpa eagle is so-called,
Because his head, it is so bald.

This postcard is unused, from 2013 and for sale HERE.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

It is time to Sign up for International Postcard Week!! Scuba Divers in Egypt

International Postcard Week
October 6-12 2013

Kati, Smiley and Saara diving the Red Sea (18m, Ras Burg)
from 2013 with an Egypt stamp attached to the back

For more information on International Postcard Week please click HERE.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Baltimore Stadium, Aerial View in 1944

Air View, Baltimore Stadium, 33rd Street Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland.

This is postmarked in 1944 with a one cent stamp.

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Baltimore Municipal Stadium, was built in 1922 as a football stadium, but became the home to the baseball team The Orioles in Summer 1944.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Alabama Space and Rocket Center, Spaceship Lunar Odyssey

Alabama Space and Rocket Center
Huntsville, Alabama

World's Largest Space Museum
Tranquility Base

Passengers experience 'g' forces and a simulated form of weightlessness aboard Spaceship Lunar Odyssey, at the Alabama Space and Rocket Center.  The futuristic spacecraft flies 46 passengers on simulated flights to the moon everyday from the world's largest space exhibit, located in Huntsville, Alabama.

This postcard was made by Dexter Press and is unused. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Nishinomaru Garden and Osaka Castle in Japan

Nishinomaru Garden with Castle Tower in the distance.

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 from Japan.

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Osaka Castle is a Japanese castle in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan. The castle is one of Japan's most famous.
Japan stamp 2013
50th Anniversary of Japan - Kenya
Diplomatic Relationship 80

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Meet Your Navy - Radio Program

Hear "Meet Your Navy" Every Saturday Night Blue Network Coast to Coast

"Meet Your Navy," the famous all-Navy half-hour variety show of the air, is one of the nation's favorite servicemen's radio programs.  A total of 275 bluejackets, either fresh from the battlefronts or soon to go, make up the cast for each program.  There's the great "Meet Your Navy" choir of 200 voices, a splendid orchestra comprised of bluejacket instrumentalists from the best "name" bands of the country, as well as talented bluejacket soloists, actors and announcers.  "Meet Your Navy" is broadcast every Saturday night from the U.S. Naval training Center at Great Lakes, Illinois.  Tune in regularly!

The sender of the postcard writes, "I Have sung four times on the air so far, once on Blue on NBC which was a world wide broadcast. A week ago I had the solo in  'The King of Love my Shepherd is', it was truly a thrill as I had the full chorus and orchestra background."

The card is signed by Jack and he was in the Navy so there is no stamp, it is marked "free". - postmarked in 1945

Monday, September 1, 2014

Turin (Torino), Italy - Piazza Vittorio Veneto and The Mole

Torino (Turin)
Piazza Vittorio Veneto E Mole Antonelliana
(Piazza Vittorio Veneto And Mole)

This postcard is postmarked from Italy in 2014. 

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The Mole Antonelliana is a major landmark building in Turin, Italy. It is named for the architect who built it, Alessandro Antonelli. A mole is a building of monumental proportions. Construction began in 1863, soon after Italian unification, and was completed in 1889, after the architect's death. Originally conceived of as a synagogue, it now houses the Museo Nazionale del Cinema (National Museum of Cinema).

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Richard Gere

Richard Gere, San Bernadino, 1978.
Photography by Herb Ritts

postmarked in 2013 with a USA 'Building a Nation: mechanic' stamp

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Richard Tiffany Gere (Tiffany was his mothers maiden name) (born: August 31, 1949) is an American actor. He began acting in the 1970s, playing a supporting role in Looking for Mr. Goodbar, and a starring role in Days of Heaven. He came to prominence in 1980 for his role in the film American Gigolo, which established him as a leading man and a sex symbol. He went on to star in several hit films, including An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Primal Fear, Arbitrage, and Chicago, for which he won a Golden Globe Award as Best Actor, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the Best Cast.

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Herbert "Herb" Ritts (August 13, 1952 – December 26, 2002) was an American fashion photographer who concentrated on black-and-white photography and portraits, often in the style of classical Greek sculpture.

USA stamp 2013
from the series: Building a Nation
Powerhouse Mechanic
Forever a first class rate