Friday, September 4, 2015

The Hubble Telescope

The sender writes...
This is the Hubble Telescope.  I absolutely love the amazing pictures it has taken!

This postcard is postmarked in 2014.

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The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990, and still remains in operation. It is named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble.
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Here are two postcards with pictures taken by Hubble....
Mars
(photo by Hubble Space Telescope)
This is postmarked in 2008.
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Space views from the Hubble Telescope
Core of Galaxy NGC 4261
Located 45 million light-years away and estimated to be 300 light-years across, the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 4261 is one of the twelve brightest galaxies in the Virgo cluster.

The sender writes, " 300 light-years across = approx 1,76354994 X 10 (with a little 18 to the right of the 10) miles across!  WOW! that's 3 times larger than our own galaxy."

This postcard is postmarked in 2007.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Grunberg in Hesse, Germany

Grunberg
Marktplatz (Marketplace) 

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 with two stamps from Germany.

The sender writes:
Grunberg is a small town with an historic town hall and many half-timbered houses.

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The first building on the left of this postcard is the Town Hall.

Grunberg is located in the state of Hesse. 
Tierkinder Fuchs (Baby Animals, Fox) 60
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'Tagetes' (African Marigold flower) 20

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Planet Unanus, Georgium Sidus Lake Rest Area

Georgium Sidus Lake
Rest area and refueling station

URANUS
Last stop for 16,276,480,000 km
Follow the Herschel Mountains until you reach Maskalyne Falls then hang a left.
Swimming . Fishing . Boating . Hover-Skiing

Art by Steve Thomas

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 with a 'Bumble' stamp.  Within just a few days, two different people sent me space related Steve Thomas postcards.  They are wonderful!  He sells them on Zazzle.

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Uranus was discovered by Sir William Herschel and he wanted to name it Georgium Sidus (George's Star) in honour of his new patron, King George III. However the name Uranus (ancient Greek deity of the sky) won.
USA stamp 2014
Christmas 
Bumble from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
Forever a first class stamp
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Here is the other card that was sent ... 
"Fly' Through the Asteroid Belt
Rocket Propelled 
Zip Line Tours
Art by Steve Thomas

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Art by R.L. Mullins for International Postcard Week

International Postcard Week
October 5 - 11, 2014

Mountainberry Hideaway
by R.L. Mullins

The sender writes:
A love drawing from my husband, after our first camping trip together at Indian Creek Campground on the Cherokee Reservation at the southernmost edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Click this link if you would like to sign up for the International Postcard Week swap. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania

Fallingwater

Fallingwater, famed architectural masterpiece of Frank Lloyd Wright, located at Bear Run near Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania.  Built for Edgar J. Kaufman in 1936, this mountain home is a cantilevered structure, perched on a rock ledge above a 30-foot waterfall.  The house is now owned by Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Color Photo by Richard C. Miller

This postcard is unused.  

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunset at Sandy Cove on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland

Sunset at Sandy Cove
Morning Cheer Bible Conference at Sandy Cove, located four miles below North East, Maryland on the beautiful Chesapeake bay.

Kodachrome by Kalbach

This postcard is postmarked in 1957 with two 1 cent stamps.

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From their website:
Since 1946, Sandy Cove Ministries has provided life-changing experiences through camps and conferences. In addition to hosting hundreds of church groups each year, Sandy Cove provides innovative programs for families, adults and children in two locations.
Washington 1 cent

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Old Havana in Cuba - UNESCO site

Habana Vieja (Old Havana)

Ciudad de la Habana Cuba. (City of Havana, Cuba)
Plaza de la Catedral, La Bodeguita del Medio y Habaneras 

This is postmarked in 2015 from Cuba.

The sender writes:
We spent most of the day with the youth of the church visiting museums.  These kids are amazing!  And they are ALL gorgeous, their faces just light up!! 

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Plaza de la Catedral (English: Cathedral Square) is one of the five main squares in Old Havana and the site of the Cathedral of Havana from which it takes its name. Originally it was a swamp, then later it was drained and used as a naval dockyard. Following the construction of the Cathedral in 1727, it became the site of some of the city's grandest mansions. 

Since 1982 Old Havana has been an UNESCO World Heritage site. 
Cubania en Mariposas III
Butterflies of Cuba
Holguinia holguin, 65

Friday, August 28, 2015

Shania Twain: Still the One

Shania
Still the One

This postcard is postmarked from Las Vegas in 2014 with a USA Flower stamp.

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Shania: Still the One is a show by Canadian singer-songwriter Shania Twain (born: August 28, 1965), performed at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show began on 1 December 2012, and will conclude on 13 December 2014, with Twain performing a total of 105 shows.
USA stamp 2014
Winter Flowers - Cyclamen 
Forever a first class rate

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Kauai's Waimea Canyon in Hawaii

Kauai's Waimea canyon from the interior looking out
Photo: Douglas Peebles

This postcard is postmarked in 2015 from Hawaii.

The senders writes:
Hi from the Island of Kauai.  A Long bus ride again today to see the canyon on the other side of the card.  When we got up there we were in the clouds so we didn't get to see much.  Tomorrow we get to watch them dig up the pig from a fire pit under ground for a luau tomorrow night.

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Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, is a large canyon, approximately ten miles (16 km) long and up to 3,000 feet (900 m) deep.
USA stamp 2014
Postcard Rate 34 Cents

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Three Postcard of the Seattle Space Needle in Washington

Space Needle

Nestled in the Seattle Center, a 74-acre city park that was built for the 1962 Century 21 Exposition, is the Space Needle, the result of a vision shared by Jim Douglas, of the Westin Hotel, and Eddie Carlson, the World's Fair chairman.  Inspired by a television tower seen in Stuttgart, Germany, the 605 foot Space Needle has become the symbol of Seattle.

A 43-second elevator ride takes visitors to the observation platform at the 520 foot level for a spectacular view of the city, Puget Sound, the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges, as well as Mount Rainier, 60 miles to the southeast.

Dine at "the Needle's," revolving restaurant found at the 500 foot level, where diners not only enjoy the many Northwest delights fond on the menu, but also take in the panoramic view as the restaurant slowly turns 360 degrees each and every hour.

Seattle, Washington

Photo by Gary Greene
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Seattle, Washington
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Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter in Seattle, Washington

The Four Seasons

All three postcards are from 2010. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Kiowa Chief Satanta, Made with a Tractor by Stan Herd

Satanta
Stan Herd created this earth-sculpture of Kiowa chief Satanta on a quarter-section of land using a tractor and disc-harrow.  The portrait was produced near Jetmore, Kansas, 16 miles north of Dodge City.  Satanta, a signer of the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty in 1867, was known as the "Orator of the Plains."

Photograph by Tim Wenzl, 1981.

This postcard is unused. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Acores (Azores) Portugal

Acores (Azores)

Arquipelago dos Acores
Archipelago of the Azores

This map postcard is postmarked in 2014 from Portugal.

Shown are:
Flores, Corvo, Sao Jorge, Graciosa, Terceira, Faial, Pico, Sao Miguel,  and Santa Maria

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The Azores is one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal, composed of nine volcanic islands situated in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Mount Pico, on the island of Pico, is the highest point in Portugal, at 2,351 m (7,713 ft).
Meuselo 
Football, Soccer
Fej Sa, 5
1.20 g

Sunday, August 23, 2015

WARNING!

WARNING!
This is a postcard.
Do NOT attempt to open.

Design: Brenda Perez

This funny postcard is unused and was purchased HERE in 2015. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Bosworth Battlefield Country Park in England

Standard of Richard III
Standard of Henry Tudor
Standard of Lord thomas Stanley

Bosworth Battlefield Country Park

This is postmarked from England with two Great Britain stamps.

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The Battle of Bosworth was the penultimate battle of the Wars of the Roses, the civil war between the House of Lancaster and the House of York that raged across England in the latter half of the 15th century. Fought on 22 August 1485, the battle was won by the Lancastrians. Their leader Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, became the first English monarch of the Tudor dynasty by his victory and subsequent marriage to a Yorkist princess. His opponent Richard III, the last king of the House of York, was killed in the battle. Historians consider Bosworth Field to mark the end of the Plantagenet dynasty, making it one of the defining moments of English history.
Blue - 2nd

Friday, August 21, 2015

Traditional Cloths in Holland, The Netherlands

Holland
Edam

This postcard of Traditional Clothing, including wooden shoes, is postmarked in 2015 with two Netherlands stamps.

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Edam is a city in the province of North Holland.  It is famous as the original source of the cheese with the same name.
Dutch Icons, Cow, 1
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Netherlands (Nederland) stamp 2014
Dutch Icons, Tulip Flower, 1

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Soldiers from the Navy or Coast Guard, The Great White Fleet?

There is no description on this real photo postcard. The stamp box reads: 'Velox, Place Stamp here'.  This style of stamp box was used from 1907 to 1917.

I asked a friend of mine who is in the Navy what she thought, here is her reply...

Definitely Navy.... Sometimes when they worked they would modify the uniform.. The "hat" is called a dixie cup and in this picture some have it flipped up like Popeye and others have it flipped down like a safari hat...

Also, a few of them tucked their bellbottom pants into their socks and boots to make it easier to work...

It looks like they may be in Australia with the origin natives... Aborigines... Im guessing on that one..

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On December 16, 1907 Teddy Roosevelt dispatched sixteen U.S. Navy battleships of the Atlantic Fleet on a worldwide voyage that lasted until February 22, 1909.  These ships would later come to be known as the Great White Fleet. On August 20, 1908 they landed in Australia.  I wonder if this postcard is from then????
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Here is a close up of one of the rifle in case anyone knows about these.  Maybe that can tell what year this was.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Stuttgart, Germany, Calendar Postcard from 2012

Stuttgart 2012

Schone GruBe aus Stuttgart 
(Greetings from Stuttgart)

This calendar postcard is postmarked in 2014 with three stamps from Germany.

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Stuttgart is the capital of the state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg in southwest Germany. The greater Stuttgart Metropolitan Region has a population of 5.3 million (2008).

After the month of April on this card is The 'Old Castle', which dates to 950.
Leuchtturme (Lighthouses)
Buk lighthouse, 45
(This was built in 1878.)
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'Tagetes' (African Marigold flower) 20
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Germany (Deutschland) stamp 2005
Flowers - Tulpe (tulip flower) - 10