Friday, October 9, 2015

Azay-Le-Rideau Chateau in France


Le chateau du XVI siecle, cote cour d'honneur, et I'lndre.
(The castle of the XVI century courtyard of honor, and I'lndre.)

This postcard was mailed from France to the USA in 2015 and is postmarked with a 0,01 stamp only.  (I think someone got away with cheating the French Postal Service.)

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The Château d'Azay-le-Rideau was built between 1518 and 1527 and is considered one of the foremost examples of early French renaissance architecture.

The château is now one of many national monuments under the protection of the Centre des monuments nationaux, and also forms part of the Loire valley UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Indre-et-Loire is a department in west-central France named after the Indre and the Loire rivers.
France stamp 2013
Marianne in Yellow, 0.01

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Cuba and The USA Opening Up Relations, International Postcard Week

International Postcard Week
October 4-10, 2015

Hello and Happy International Postcard Week 2015!

This postcard celebrates the re-establishing of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.  For the first time since 1961, embassies have been established in each other's capital.

My husband and I had the great pleasure of visiting Cuba during these historic times.  The people there are beautiful on the outside and the inside.  In old Havana many of the buildings are being refurbished or rebuilt, and it looks amazing!

The picture on the front of this postcard was done by the renowned artist Rick Geary and symbolizes the renewed bridge between these two countries which are only 90 miles apart.
Happy Collecting,

This postcard is postmarked on October, 5th, 2015.
USA stamp 2015
Gifts of Friendship
Joint Issue with Japan
Clock Tower outside the 
Diet Building in Japan
Forever a first class rate

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Kansas Sunflowers for International Postcard Week

Greetings from Kansas!

International Postcard Week
October 5 - 11, 2014

Photo by Dana Nicole Moyer

The sender writes,
I thought this photo best represented the region that I live in.  Kansas is known as the "Sunflower State", and it is not uncommon to see sunflower fields like this one in our area.

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Oh sunflower! The queen of all flowers,
No other with you can compare,
The roadside and fields are made golden
Because of your bright presence there.
"An Ode to the Kansas Sunflower," Ed Blair, 1901

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The World's Largest Walleye in Ray, Minnesota

The World's Largest Walleye at the Entrance to Lake Kabetogama, Ray, Minnesota 

Photo-Chrome by W.A. Fisher Co., Virginia, Minnesota

This is an unused real photo postcard of a woman riding a walleye fish statue like a horse.  She even has her cowboy hat up in the air!

I have seen other images of people riding this statue, but none with floral reins. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet

This postcard is unused.

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Kate Elizabeth Winslet, CBE (CBE: Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) (born 5 October 1975), is an English actress and singer. She was the youngest person to accrue six Academy Award nominations, and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Reader (2008).

She has been included as a vocalist on some soundtracks of works she has performed in, and the single "What If" from the soundtrack for Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001) was a hit single in several European countries. Winslet has a mezzo-soprano singing voice.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Flag of Belgium for International Postcard Week

Hello from Belgium!

Happy International Postcard Week
October 5 - 11, 2014

The sender writes:

My country has many beautiful places with lots of history (Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels...)

We are also famous for our delicious food (chocolates, waffles, beers, and French Fries (originally from Belgium))

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On a side note, I have been there and toured a chocolate factory.  Their chocolates are Amazing!  Later we had a waffle with chocolate topping.  Yes, it was delicious.  :D

Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Florida Postcard Mailed to East Germany in 1988

 This postcard is postmarked in 1988 and mailed to EAST Germany.

The sender writes in German, here is a translation ...

My dear princes (this is a pun on their last name), Warmest greetings from Miami, Florida, Yours Lilo and Josef.

It's good that we have come here in April since next month the hight of summer will be here, then the heat is said to be unbearable for us Europeans.  The fight from Amsterdam, Holland to Miami took 9 1/2 hours.  By for now, Your Bochumer (people from Bochum)
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Here is the front of the card.

This is a sunset beach scene, large letter postcard.

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The German reunification was the process in 1990 in which the German Democratic Republic (GDR/East Germany) joined the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG/West Germany) to form the reunited nation of Germany. The end of the unification process is celebrated on 3 October (German Unity Day).

Friday, October 2, 2015

An Octopus from the Birch Aquarium in California

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
UC San Diego

This postcard is postmarked in 2015.

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public outreach center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.  Birch Aquarium features more than 3,000 animals representing 380 species.
USA stamp 2015
Coastal Birds
King Eider 
Postcard Rate

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Focus On The Family, Serving Families of Christian Martyrs in Egypt

Focus on the Family Egypt
serving the families of the Christian martyrs

Above: The wife and son of martyr Malak in their new house.
Right: The outside of their home in progress
Concrete base of house for family of Hany Abd

The sender writes:
Helping build homes for His glory!

This is postmarked in 2015.

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Focus on the Family is a Christian ministry with a main goal of strengthening marriages and families.

USA stamp 2015
Coastal Birds
Postcard Rate

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Doctor Who, The Impossible Astronaut

The Impossible Astronaut
BBC Doctor Who

This postcard is postmarked in 2015.

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"The Impossible Astronaut" is the first episode of the sixth series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who.  It was first broadcast on 23 April 2011 in the United Kingdom, as well as the United States and Canada.

In the episode, Amy Pond, Rory and River Song are summoned to Utah, USA, by the Eleventh Doctor, who is killed by a mysterious figure in a space suit. The dead Doctor is revealed to be an older self, after his younger version returns. They try to understand what the future Doctor said and are sent to Washington D.C. The team deals with the Silence, a race of aliens with the ability to make people forget their encounter with them when they look away.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Map and Fun Facts from Ohio

The Buckeye State

- Named from Iroquois world Ohi-yo, meaning great river
- 17th state to join the Union in 1803
- State Capitol: Columbus
- Birthplace of aviation
- 8 U.S. presidents were from Ohio
- World's largest Amish community
- 312 miles of coastline
- Home to 24 astronauts
- 7th most populous state

State Bird: Cardinal
State Flower: Scarlet Carnation
State Mammal: White-tailed Deer
State Tree: Buckeye
State Fruit: Tomato
State Motto: With God, all things are possible

This postcard is unused and was bought in 2015. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Prairie Flacon

North American Wildlife

Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)
The prairie falcon's range consists of the arid and semi-arid plains of western North America, Baja and northern Mexico.  It is sandy brown in color, with a light streaked underside and averages between 17 and 20 inches in length.  Although it feeds on a variety of prey, including insects, small reptiles, squirrels and prairie dogs, it prefers to dine on other birds; especially those found on or near the ground.

Photographer - Erwin & Peggy Bauer

This unused postcard was bought in 2011.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

An Arizona Sunset Postcard with the Sun Cut-Out.

Arizona Sunset
Photo: Richard Strange

The sender writes:
Land of dirt and cacti.  I actually like it here though...for an hour at least.  Then it gets mundane and hot.  We took photos with dinosaurs though!
I thought you would like the sun cut out on this postcard.

(She was right - I do like it :)

This postcard is postmarked in 2015.
USA stamp 2014
Star Spangled Banner
Flag and Fireworks
Forever a first class rate

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Garfield the Cat and Aliens, Greetings

Hello, Earthling.
We are from the planet Greet


Jim Davis
Garfield: 1978

This alien postcard is unused. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Gilpin's Falls Covered Bridge in Maryland

Gilpin's Falls Covered Bridge
Bay View, Maryland

Of Maryland's seven remaining covered bridges, this is the largest with a span of 119 feet supported by bowstring arches.  Built about 1860, it was restored in 1959 by the Historical Society of Cecil County and the State roads Commission.  Located a few feet from Route 272, it no longer carries vehicular traffic, but is easily accessible on foot.

This postcard is postmarked 1980 with a 15 cent windmill stamp.

The sender writes:
Hi, Finally got here. The fishing is so-so.  it's awfully hot.
Yellow Paper 
Virginia 1720, 15 cents

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Map of Groningen, The Netherlands


Shown is Lauwersoog, Pieterburen, Zoutkamp, Uithuizen, Appingedam, Delfzijl, Schildmeer, Winschoten, Slochteren, Groningen, Leek, Haren, Hoogezand-Sappemeer, Stadskanaal, Bourtange and Sellingen.

This map postcard is postmarked in 2007.

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Groningen is the northeasternmost province of the Netherlands.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Red Hair Swimming Crab

Red Hair Swimming Crab
The Bahamas
Photo by Shane Pinder

This unused postcard is from 2011.

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Red swimming crabs are among the most globally commercially available species of crab for crabmeat.  (yum)