Thursday, March 5, 2015

John Belushi as Samurai Futaba

Samurai Futaba
Saturday Night

This unused postcard was printed in 2013.

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In the early years of Saturday Night Live, John Belushi (January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982) portrayed an archetypal samurai—he had a dedicated concept of honor, spoke only (mock) Japanese, and wielded a Japanese sword. Each sketch had him located in a different place and time that was typically inappropriate for a samurai, yet he performed his tasks perfectly, despite scaring his clients quite a few times.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mindelo, Island of S. Vicente, Cape Verde

Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)
Mindelo, Iha de S Vicente
Mindelo, Island of Vicente

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with two Cape Verde stamps. 

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Mindelo is a port city in the northern part of the island of São Vicente in Cape Verde.  The city is home to 93% of the entire island's population. The town is known for its colourful and animated carnival celebrations.

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Cape Verde, officially the Republic of Cabo Verde,  is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. It is located 570 kilometres (350 miles) off the coast of Western Africa.
Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) stamp 2012
Compositores E Interpretes 
(composers and performers)
Music Legends
Ildo Lobo, 1953-2004
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Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) stamp 2012
Compositores E Interpretes 
(composers and performers)
Music Legends
Manuel d’Novas, 1938-2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Blumenau, Brazil and the Itajai-Acu River

Santa Catarina - Brasil

Vista Aerea  (Aerial View)
Centro prefeitura (City Hall Center)

This is postmarked in 2009 with three stamps from Brazil.

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I think the name of the river is Itajaí-Açu.  I wonder if it is really is that color??

Blumenau is a city in Vale do Itajaí, state of Santa Catarina, in southern Brazil.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Huck Finn Rafts in Frontierland, Disneyland

Walt Disney Productions
The Magic Kingdom

Huck Finn Rafts - Frontierland
Fun-seeking youngsters of all ages ferry across the Rivers of America in Disneyland's Frontierland to arrive on Tom Sawyer Island.  A real fort, an Indian cave, an old flour mill and a landing for catching real fish are just a few of the things to be found on this island made for exploring.

This unused postcard is from around 1956 / 57.

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I read on-line that in the early years of the park that you could bring a fishing pole and fish at Catfish Cove, however, most of the fish ended up in the garbage can, so they stopped it.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Polar Bear in Greenland

Polar Bear at Mestersvig, NE Greenland.
Photo by Tomas Thormann.

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with 9 stamps from Denmark.

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Mestersvig is a military outpost located in Scoresby Land, on the southern shore of the King Oscar Fjord in Northeast Greenland National Park.

and six of these...

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Providence Canyon in Georgia, USA at Sunset

Providence Canyon is near Columbus, Georgia.  For a canyon that is approximately 100 years old, the progressive pace of erosion is remarkable. Beautiful colors make up the layers of soil of its 200 foot walls.  Providence Canyon encompasses more than 3,000 acres.

Photo by Steve Yost

This unused postcard was bought in 2010.

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I thought the one hundred year old written on the card was an error, but check this out....

Providence Canyon State Park is a state park located in west central Georgia. The park contains Providence Canyon, which is sometimes called Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon".
Providence Canyon actually is not a purely natural feature — the massive gullies (the deepest being 150 feet) were caused by erosion due to poor farming in the 1800s. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Machu Picchu in Peru - Multiview

Machu Picchu.

Intihautana, Templo de la Luna, Palacio de la Nusta y Templo del Sol, Piramide del Intihuatana y cima del Intihuatana.

Intihuatana, Temple of the Moon, Nusta Palace and Temple of the Sun,
Intihuatana pyramid and Intihuatana summit.


Photos: Jose Miguel Helfer Arguedas

This postcard is unused and from 2010.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Monument to Space Conquerors in Russia

The Monument to "Space Conquerors" was erected in 1964 in honor of The first artificial Earth satellite launching.  The monument is situated on the Alley of Space Heroes.
The architects M. Barsch and A. Kolchin,
sculptor A. Faidysh-Krandievskiy.

State institution of culture of Moscow

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with two Russia stamps.  One of them is about space!

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The monument is 110 meters (360.9 feet) tall, has 77° incline, and is made of titanium. The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is located inside the base of the monument.
Russia stamp 2009
Space, Astronomy, 9.00
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Russia stamp 2014
Musical Instruments and Dance, 18 P.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Flag and Fun Facts about the State of Georgia, USA

Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation

Georgia Fun Facts

Capital .... Atlanta
Area .... 58,060 square miles
Statehood .... Jan. 2, 1788 (4th state admitted)
Mottos ... Wisdom, Justice and Moderation
Song ... "Georgia on My Mind"
Sate Bird ... Brown Thrasher
State Tree ... Live Oak
State Flower ...Cherokee Rose

This unused postcard is from 2010.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Spain - San Sebastian - The Beach of La Concha

San Sebastian

Vista general desde el Monte Iguerldo.
Vue generale du Mont Igueldo.
Gerneral view from Igueldo Mountain

This unused postcard is from 2006.

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San Sebastián is a coastal city and municipality located in Spain. It lies on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, 20 km (12 miles) from the French border.

Shown is The Beach of La Concha, one of the most famous urban beaches in Europe.
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Here is one more postcard..
San Sebastian

Hotel de Londres y playa de la Concha.
Hotel du Londres et plage de la Concha.
London Hotel and La Concha Beach.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Satellite (Moon) Diameters Compared

Satellite Diameters Compared

Ganymede (Jupiter) - 5,270 KM (3,275 MI)
Callisto (Jupiter) - 5,000 KM (3,107 MI)
Titan (Saturn) - 4,850 KM (3,014 MI)
Io (Jupiter) - 3,636 KM (2,259 MI)
Moon (Earth) - 3,475 KM (2,159 MI)
Europa (Jupiter) - 2,980 KM (1,852 MI)
Mercury - 2,440 KM (1,156 MI)

Photo by NASA

This postcard is  unused. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Figueira Da Foz, Portugal

Figueira Da Foz
Vista panoramica (panoramic view)

This postcard is postmarked in 2009 with a Portugal Transportation stamp.

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According to the legend the place’s name is due to a fig tree, which stood at the quay of Salmanha, where the fishermen used to tie up their boats. The historian Nelson Borges said, however, that Figueira comes from the word "fagaria", which means "opening, huge mouth". Foz comes from the Latin word "fouces" = "mouth of a river", and Mondego comes from the pre-romanic expressions "mond" = "mouth" and "aec"= "river". That means, Figueira da Foz would be "the river’s mouth opening".
Portugal stamp 2008
From the Series: City Transport 
Carro Electrico - Coimbra (Electric Car)
1911 - Entrada ao servico (entered service in 1911)
Servicos Municipalizados de Coimbra
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Muppets Most Wanted

Tour the Globe

Most Wanted

This postcard is postmarked in 2014.

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Muppets Most Wanted is a 2014 American musical comedy caper film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films, and the eighth theatrical film featuring the Muppets.  The film is a sequel to 2011's The Muppets and stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey as well as Muppet performers Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, and Peter Linz. 

In the film, the Muppets find themselves unwittingly involved in an international crime caper while on tour in Europe. 
USA stamp 2014
Postcard Rate 34 Cents

Friday, February 20, 2015

Picking Oranges in Winter VS Throwing Snow Balls

I'll eat Oranges for you. While you throw Snow Balls for me.
Winter in California - Winter in the East.

The small letters look (via magnifying glass) like the artist is: M Peiser. It is produced by The Williamson-Haffner Co. Denver.

This postcard is postmarked from Whittier, California in 1911 with a one cent stamp.
USA stamp 1908
Benjamin Franklin
One Cent stamp

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mud House in Unayzah, Saudi Arabia

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Mud House with Gallery, Unayzah

This postcard is postmarked in 2014.

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Unaizah is a Saudi Arabian city in the Al Qassim Province. 

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I can not find any information on the web about this mud house.  
If you know of a link, please share it.  
Saudi Arabia stamp 2002
Saudi Ports - Yanbu
1 SR
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Yanbu' al Bahr, also known simply as Yanbu, is a major Red Sea port in the Al Madinah province of western Saudi Arabia. 
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Saudi Arabia stamp 2000
Saudi Ports - Jizan
2 SR
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Jizan is a port city and the capital of Jizan Region, which lies in the southwest corner of Saudi Arabia and directly north of the border with Yemen. It is situated on the coast of the Red Sea.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Bulldog Puppy on the Scale - God is With You

God is with you ... through thick and thin.

Let us hold fast the confession of our faith without wavering, for he who promsied (promised) is faithful.
Hebrews 10: 23

The bulldog puppy looks like he weighs 9 pounds 7 ounces on the scale.

This is a Keith Kimberlin postcard that is postmarked in 2014.
USA stamp 2010
Sunday Funnies (Comics)
Calvin and Hobbes - 44 cents

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Jupiter Inlet Light, Lighthouse in Florida

Jupiter Lighthouse, Jupiter, Florida
Photo by Wm. Taylor

This postcard is unused. 

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The Jupiter Inlet Light is located on the north side of the Jupiter Inlet. The site for the lighthouse was chosen in 1853.  The work was interrupted from 1856 to 1858 by the Third Seminole War but it was completed in 1860 at a cost of more than $60,000.

Today the Loxahatchee River Historical Society today operates the Lighthouse and the Museum located on the same property.  Visitors can climb the lighthouse tower. (Which I have done. There is a beautiful view from the top of the very steep winding stairs.)
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Jupiter, Florida

The historic Jupiter lighthouse.
Photo by Martin Gordash

This postcard is postmarked in 2010 with two vintage USA stamps.

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The sender used a Brown Pelican stamp and wrote the following:
Brown Pelicans are permanent residents in Jupiter, and they can be seen around the Marina by the lighthouse.
USA stamp 1972
Wildlife Conservation
Brown Pelican, 8 cents
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USA stamp 1982
Ponce de Leon 20 cents
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Juan Ponce de León(1474 – July 1521)  was a Spanish explorer and conquistador. He became the first Governor of Puerto Rico by appointment of the Spanish crown. He led the first European expedition to Florida, which he named. He is associated with the legend of the Fountain of Youth, reputed to be in Florida.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Presidents of the United States from Washington to Obama

U.S. Presidents
Washington D.C.

The Presidents of the United States of America, depicted in order of service in office.

(Left to right)  George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William H. Harrison, John Tyler, James Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert C. Hoover, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald Ford, James Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, William Clinton, George W. Bush & Barack Obama

This unused postcard was bought in 2011.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Typical Shop Window Storefront in Djibouti


Etalages typiques

Translated from Afrikkaans:
Shop windows typiques

Translated from Dutch:
Storefronts typiques

Translated from French:
Typical displays

This postcard is unused. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day, Embossed Postcard with Two Children 1912

To My Valentine

The flowers and children are embossed

Series 796 (There is a publishers mark on the back of SB inside a circle)
Printed in Germany

postmarked in 1912 with a one cent stamp