Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Movie Posters for the First Six Star Wars Movies


Star Wars

Shown are movies:
IV: A New Hope (1977)
V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

This postcard is unused.

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Star Wars is an American epic space sci-fi franchise consisting of a film series created by George Lucas.

The first film in the series was originally released on May 25, 1977, under the title Star Wars, by 20th Century Fox, and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, followed by two sequels, released at three-year intervals. Sixteen years after the release of the trilogy's final film, the first in a new prequel trilogy of films was released. The three prequel films were also released at three-year intervals, with the final film of that particular series released on May 19, 2005. In October 2012, The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Duttatraya (Dattatreya) Square at Bhaktapur in Nepal



Bhaktapur
Duttatraya Square at Bhaktapur. (I think this should be Dattatreya)

Photo: Udyog r. Singh

This is postmarked in 2015 with two stamps from Nepal. 

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Shown on the postcard is the Dattatreya Temple which dates back to 1427.   It is guarded by two wrestler stone statues. 

Bhaktapur is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks. 
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Durbar Square Area, Hanumandhoka
Gaddhi Baithak
Hanumandhoka, 35 Rs
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Nepal stamp 2015
Cultural Heritage
Kaliyadaman
Sundara Chowk, Hanumandhoka
(Hanuman Dhoka) 
5 Rs
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Kaliyadaman (suppression of a demon Kaliya)  
It is carved from a single piece of a large boulder.

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Syrena Car from Poland

 Centrum Promocji Motoryzacji

Jesienia 1954 r. zapadla decyzja o budowie prototypow samochodu Syrena, bedacych konstrukcyjnym rozwinieciem przedprototypu w wersji I. Do marca 1955 roku wykonano piec jednakowych pojazdow. Jeden z nich wystawiono na XXIV Miedzynarodowych Targach Poznanskich, gdzie wzbudzil ogromne zainteresowanie zwiedzajacych.  W prototypie zastosowano nowy silnik, ktory zostal opracowany w Wytworni Sprzetu Mechanicznego w Bielsku-Bialej (pozniejszy FAP). W stosunku do przedprototypow sylwetka samochodu nie ulegla wiekszym zmianom, natomiast dolna czesc nadwozia wykonano z blachy stalowej, a dach mial szkielet drewniany. W lipcu 1955 roku podjeto decyzje o uruchomieniu seryjnej produkcji Syreny w FSO w Warszawie, z zalozeniem docelowej rocznej produkcji 10 000 szt.

This is from an on-line translator:
Promotion Center of Automotive Industry

In the autumn of 1954. The decision was made to build prototypes of the car Syrena, which are structural unfolding pre-prototype version I. March 1955, we performed the same furnace vehicles. One of them exposed to the XXIV International Fair in Poznan, where he aroused great interest of visitors. The prototype uses a new engine, which was developed in Mechanical Production Plant in Bielsko-Biala (the later FAP). In relation to przedprototypow silhouette of the car has not changed much, while the lower part of the body is made of steel and the roof had a wooden skeleton. In July 1955 it was decided to launch serial production of sirens in the FSO in Warsaw, presuming the target annual production of 10 000 pieces.

Fot: (photo) Adam Nopart

The sender writes:
The Syrena was a Polish automobile model first exhibited at the Poznań Trade Fair in 1955 and manufactured from 1957 to 1972 by the Fabryka Samochodów Osobowych (FSO) in Warsaw and from 1972 to 1983 by Fabryka Samochodów Małolitrażowych (FSM) in Bielsko-Biała.
A Siren is a mermaid, who according to the legend, protects the river Wisla and the Polish capital city - Warsaw.  She is features on the city's coat of arms.
Also a diminutive name Syrenka (Little Siren) is commonly used for the car in Poland.

This postcard is postmarked in 2015.
Polish Cities
Sieradz 20GR 
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Poland (Polska) stamp 2015
Roza, Rose Flower, 5

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Table Mountain, South Africa, 1947

A view of Table Mountain - Capetown, South Africa

The sender writes:
Many thanks for your card of the late President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, April 12th.  We are all well at home, with kindly greetings, love ...

This is postmarked in 1947, two years after FDR's death in 1945.

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Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain and a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top.
Suid-Afrika
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Impala, Antelope, 1/2 d
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I believe these were first printed in 1926.  But they were printed in many different years.  

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Dog Retriever Puppies on a Coaster Postcard

A heart filled with love
Always has love to give.

These retriever puppies are on a plastic postcard.  When you peel the address label off the back it becomes a drink coaster!

This unused card was made by Russ Berrie and Company in 1984. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Swan Restaurant in The Shakespeare's Globe, London

Swan
Bar - Restaurant - Events
Shakespeare's Globe

The sender writes:

We had an amazing high tea in this restaurant after the Globe tour.  After that we walked to the Barbican and saw David Tennant in Richard II.  (My reply was ... You saw David Tennant!  I am so jealous!)

This postcard is postmarked in 2016 from England.

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Shakespeare's Globe is the complex housing a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse in the London Borough of Southwark, on the south bank of the River Thames that was originally built in 1599, destroyed by fire in 1613, rebuilt in 1614, and then demolished in 1644.

The modern Globe Theatre reconstruction is considered quite realistic, though contemporary safety requirements mean that it accommodates only 1400 spectators compared to the original theatre’s 3000.
Universal Mail (they produce tourist  related stamps)
Blenheim Palace, XT 500

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Seven Butterfly Postcards from Butterfly World, Florida

Blue Morpho Butterfly
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Lacewing Butterfly
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Madeira (Madeira) Butterfly 
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Tree Nymph Butterflies
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Piano Key Butterfly
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Birdwing Butterfly
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Ulysses Butterfly

Butterfly World
Coconut Creek, Florida

These unused postcards are all from 2016.

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This is from their website:
Our Story
Butterfly World is the result of one man’s hobby gone wild.

Born of Dutch immigrants, Ronald Boender grew up in Illinois and had always had a fascination with butterflies, beginning with the cabbage whites, black swallowtails and silk moths he found while growing up on his father’s farm.
He moved to Florida in 1968, and after retiring from a successful career as an electrical engineer, he decided to actively pursue his interest in butterflies, beginning by raising local butterflies and butterfly food plants in small numbers at his home.

When he learned there was a market for “farmed” butterflies for sale to Universities and Zoos, Boender established MetaScience Co., a commercial butterfly farm, in 1984. The staff at MetaScience produced up to 1000 butterfly pupa per week, and established methods of butterfly rearing that are still in use at Butterfly World.

During this time, Boender also learned of attractions called “butterfly houses” springing up overseas, particularly in the United Kingdom. Intrigued by the possibilities, He went to England in 1985, and met Clive Farrell, founder and owner of the London Butterfly House. They became friends, and soon partners in the venture that became Butterfly World, the first butterfly house in the United States, and the largest in the world.

Opening day was March 28, 1988, with Butterfly World encompassing 3 acres of butterfly aviaries, botanical gardens and the working butterfly farm and research center that Boender had worked years to establish. In the years that have followed, the park has expanded to include the 2 additional aviaries for a rainbow of birds and hummingbirds, an interactive lorikeet encounter, as well as a skilled aviculture care and research staff to support these endeavors.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Old Spanish Lighthouses in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico
Old Spanish Lighthouses

Some of the old Spanish lighthouses that surround the entire island of Puerto Rico.

Cabo Rojo (Los Morillos, 1882)
Vieques (Punta Mulas, 1896)
Maunabo (Punta Tuna, 1892)
Arecibo (Punta Morillo, 1898)
Fajardo (Cabo San Juan, 1880)
Pincon (Punta Higuero 1922)
San Juan (El Morro, 1908)

This is postmarked in 2009 with a 44 cent Purple Heart stamp.
Purple Heart, 44 cents

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

To My Friend

 To My Friend

I will always be here
for you, 24 hours a day,
365 days a year, no matter what,
I will drop everything,
I'll do anything, through
rain, snow or sleet,
I'll be here, your friend, your
confidant, your deepest, most treasured,
most adoring friend.

Unless, of course, I have a date.

This 'Cathy' postcard was printed in 1992 and postmarked in 2016.
USA stamp 2015
Coastal Birds
Frigatebird
Postcard Rate

Monday, May 16, 2016

Louisiana State Capitol Buildings

Louisiana State Capitol at Baton Rouge
The Louisiana State Capitol, conceived and built by the late U.S. Senator Huey Pl Long, is the tallest building in the South, 34 floors, height to top of beacon light, 450 feet, located on the site of the old State University Campus on University Lake.

This postcard is postmarked in 1941.

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This U.S. Capitol building was dedicated on May 16, 1932.  However, now it is only the tallest building in Baton Rouge and the seventh tallest building in Louisiana.  It is the tallest capitol in the United States.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982.
George Washington 1789-1797
1 cent
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Before 1932, this was the State Capitol Building.....
Louisiana 
Old State Capitol, Baton Rouge

This postcard is from 2007.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Alodaw Pyai Pagoda in Bagan, Myanmar

Beautiful Myanmar
Alodaw Pyai Pagoda, Bagan

Mingalarbar
Alodawpyai Pagoda

This postmarked in postmarked in 2015.

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Began is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar.

During the hight of the kingdom, between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which of over 2,200 temples and pagodas still remain.
Myanmar stamp 2013
The 27th South East Asian Games - Myanmar
Official Mascots (Owls) Shwe Yoe & Ma Moe
500 k

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Book Illustration of a Cat from Artist Yuri Vasnetsov

The sender writes:

This cat is an illustration of a children's book.  The artist Yuri Vasnetsov is a famous Russian illustrator.

The postcard was sent in 2016 from Russia.  

The 125th Birth Anniversary 
of P.P.Bazhov, 4.00 
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Russia (Rossija) stamp 2004
The 125th Birth Anniversary 
of P.P.Bazhov, 6.00
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Pavel Petrovich Bazhov was a Russian writer best known for his collection of fairy tales.
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Russia stamp 2015
Paintings / Art
The 200th Anniversary of the Birth of 
Pavel Andreyevich Fedotov, 1815-1852
25 p

Friday, May 13, 2016

Mujeres Callahuayas (Kallawaya Women) in Bolivia

Mujeres Callahuayas
(Kallawaya Women)
Bolivia

Foto: Oscar Ruiz

This unused postcard is from 2013.

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The Kallawaya are an itinerant group of traditional healers living in the Andes of Bolivia. According to the UNESCO Safeguarding Project, the Kallawaya can be traced to the pre-Inca period. The Kallawaya performed brain surgery as early as 700 CE and knew how to effectively prevent and treat malaria with quinine before the Europeans.

Kallawaya doctors (médicos Kallawaya), are known as the naturopathic healers of Inca kings, and as keepers of science knowledge, principally the pharmaceutical properties of vegetables, animals and minerals. Most Kallawaya healers understand how to use 300 herbs, while specialists are familiar with 600 herbs. Kallawaya women are often midwives, treat gynecological disorders, and pediatric patients.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Adler Planetarium and Astronomical Museum in Chicago, Illinois

Adler Planetarium and Astronomical Museum
Chicago Park District

Demonstration of the Planetarium instrument.  It projects into the dome a miniature universe.  So perfectly is this portrayed that one has the feeling of looking into the true heaven.  Here one can see the celestial host in its daily journey across the sky, can see the Sun, Moon and planets threading their ways among the stars, and can see the changing aspect of the sky due to change of position on the Earth or due to precessional motion.  The day, the year, and the precessional cycle can be shortened into minutes or even seconds.

This vintage postcard is unused.

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The Adler Planetarium opened to the public on May 12, 1930. It is America's first planetarium and part of Chicago's Museum Campus, which includes the John G. Shedd Aquarium and The Field Museum. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A Map of Uganda

"The land of warm hospitality"

The map features where in Africa Uganda is and:
Semuliki National Park, Mt. Rwenzori, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the flag and some people of Uganda.

The sender writes:
Mukama aku wa omulasa - translation: May God bless you (in Lugandan) 

Photos and Design by Byekaso Blasio 

This postcard is postmarked in 2016.
Pope Francis' visit to Uganda
November 2015, 1,900

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Three Letterpress Postcards from Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kaukauna anymore...

Land of OZ kosh 
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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Oshkosh Wisconsin
Home of WINNIE
Lake Winnebago Sea Creature
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Lake Fly (Chironomidae Annoyus)
Official Bird of Oshkosh Wisconsin

All three of these Letter-Press postcards were made by Rauhaus Design and were bought in 2016.

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Oshkosh is known for OshKosh B'Gosh, a manufacturer of overalls and children's clothing founded in Oshkosh in 1895. Originally a small-town manufacturer of adult work clothing, it became best known for its children's lines.

Despite the name, OshKosh B'Gosh overalls are no longer made in Oshkosh, though the company maintains corporate offices there.

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Letterpress started to become largely out-of-date in the 1980s because of the rise of computers and new self-publishing print and publish methods.

Contemporary letterpress is considered a craft as it involves using a skill and is made by hand.

Today, some small letterpress shops survive by printing fine editions of books or by printing upscale invitations and stationery. These methods often use presses that require the press operator to feed paper one sheet at a time by hand.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Playa Del Carmen in Mexico

Playa Del Carmen
Caribbean Paradise

Photo: Xavier Duran

This postcard is postmarked in 2015.

The sender writes:
We are on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas and because of bad weather we could not stop at Coco Cay and instead we are stopping in Mexico.  :D
Mexico stamp 2010 
Creacion popular
Cesto corita seri (Basket)
Punta Chueca
Sonora
$ 11.50