Thursday, May 5, 2016

Astronaut Alan B. Shepard and the Mercury Spacecraft Freedom 7

U.S. Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr.
U.S. Navy Commander Alan B. Shepard, Jr. was born November 18, 1923 in East Derry, New Hampshire

On May 5, 1961, Shepard piloted the Mercury-Redstone 3 "Freedom 7" spacecraft on the first manned space flight of the United Sates.  Mr-3 was a suborbital flight following a ballistic trajectory.  The flight attained an altitude of approximately 116 statue miles and the space-craft traveled about 254 statue miles down the Atlantic Missile Range.

This Curteich postcard is unused.
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Original Mercury Spacecraft Freedom 7, in which Alan B. Shepard, Jr., made the first United States manned-flight into space, May 5, 1961.  This sub-orbital flight blazed the trail for the earth-orbiting flights which were to follow.
Air an Space Building, Smithsonian Institution.

This postcard is unused. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

SunFest in West Palm Beach Florida

Having a great time at SunFest 2015
From The 2015 Ford Experience Tour.

This is a picture taken at SunFest and turned into a postcard.  Of course any decent Florida postcard would have a large pink flamingo on it!  It is postmarked on May 4th, 2015 with a 'From Me to You' USPS stamp.

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SunFest is a music and art festival held annually in the first week of May in West Palm Beach, Florida. It is the state's largest waterfront music and art festival and attracts more than 275,000 visitors.
USA stamp 2015
From Me to You
Forever a first class stamp

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Baseball Pun Card for National Postcard Week

National Postcard Week
May 4-10, 2014

I couldn’t figure out why the baseball was getting bigger.
Then it hit me.

Baseball on a cloudy day is all about who hit and who mist.
Hello and Happy National Postcard Week 2014!

Have a blessed day,

limited edition of 100

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a 33 cent baseball stamp (The Shot Heard Round the World) and a 1 cent tiffany lamp stamp.

Monday, May 2, 2016

A Recipe for Cucumber Water - National Postcard Week

Celebrate National Postcard Week
May 3-9, 2015
With a cool refreshing drink of
Cucumber Water

1 cucumber,  peeled cut in pieces
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced thinly
1 gallon of water
3 mint springs
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup lime juice
Ice cubes

In a blender, mix 2 cups of water, cucumber, mint, sugar and lime juice.  Refrigerate one day for best flavor.  Strain through fine sieve.  Add remaining water.  Serve in a glass with ice cube and 3 to 5 thinly sliced cucumbers.

This unused postcard is a limited edition of 250 and was made by Demaris Swint. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Celebrating National Postcard Week with Demaris Swint!

National Postcard Week: May 3- May 9, 2015
Demaris Swint!
Keeper of all things NPCW!
Thank you for all you do!

Demaris Swint has been a huge influence on NPCW.  She inherited boxes of cards from every year since the beginning.  She gathers the list of participants every year to help keep NPCW alive.  She built a website just for the hobby, where there are cards from this year and back to day one.  And now she publishes the annual directory.  That's just a small part of all that she does for us.  I thought she deserved a little recognition.

This postcard is from Jane Hepner and is a limited edition # 94 of 100.

The little 'made with love' attachment is made of metal.

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The only thing I do not like about this postcard is that I didn't' think of doing it first!  Every word written on this card about Demaris is true.  It is amazing all the work she does.  Her website is:

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Old City of Quito in Ecuador

Ecuador - Quito

View of the Old City beneath Panecillo.

This is postmarked in 2009 with two Ecuador stamps.

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Quito is the capital city of Ecuador, and at an elevation of 9,350 feet (2,800 meters above sea level), it is the highest official capital city in the world.

Quito, along with Kraków, were the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978.

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.