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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mendoza, Argentina

Ciudad de Mendoza, junto a la Cordillera de los Andes.
(City of Mendoza, near the Andes.)

Plaza Independencia y Peatonal Sarmiento
(Independencia Plaza and Sarmiento Pedestrian Street)

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a machine stamp from Argentina.

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Mendoza is the capital city of Mendoza Province, in Argentina. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Hunger Games

I Survived The Reaping
Hunger Games
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Hunger Games
May the odds be ever in your favor.

These postcards are unused and were purchased in 2012. 

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The Hunger Games is a multimedia franchise created by Suzanne Collins. 

The novels in the trilogy are titled The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

The Hunger Games universe is set in "Panem", a country consisting of the wealthy Capitol and twelve districts in varying states of poverty. Every year, children are chosen (from The Reaping) to participate in a compulsory annual televised death match called The Hunger Games.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Church of the Ascension, UNESCO Site in Moscow, Russia

Unesco World Heritage Site

Moscow. The Church of the Ascension in Kolomenskoye

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with three Russian stamps.

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The Church of the Ascension was built in 1532 on the imperial estate of Kolomenskoye, near Moscow, to celebrate the birth of the prince who was to become Tsar Ivan IV ('the Terrible').  It is one of the earliest examples of a traditional wooden tent-roofed church on a stone and brick substructure.
Russia stamp 2012
Traditional Costumes
15 p. 
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Russia stamp 2012
The 1150th Anniversary of the Russian Statehood
10 p. 
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Russia stamp 2004
The 125th Birth Anniversary of P.P.Bazhov
2.00

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Two Skunks from Elk Neck, Maryland

Hello from Elk Neck, Maryland, Land of Pleasant living 
The Anchorage

This postcard features one skunk saying to another skunk, "I suppose you think yours smells like perfume!"

It is a vintage card with a vintage snoopy stamp, however it is postmarked in 2014.  

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The only thing I could find on "THE ANCHORAGE" is this...

A brick and frame farmhouse on Augustine Herman Highway [Rt. 213] one and one-half miles north of Cecilton. The original part was built in 1735 by the Lusby family. The house was the home of Commodore Jacob Jones (1768-1850), who married Miss Ruth Lusby.

(Elk, Neck and Cecilton are very close to each other in Maryland). 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay, California

Alcatraz Island
San Francisco Bay

Western Shore, US Penitentiary Alcatraz, ca. 1950
During the island's years as a federal prison (1934 - 1963), many escapees headed for its rocky western shoreline, from which they would launch themselves toward the glittering lights of San Francisco, and freedom.  

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 and has an ink stamp on the back from Alcatraz featuring a pelican with the words, 'Alcatraz is Spanish for "pelican".  (see the photo below)
Here are a few more postcards....
San Francisco, California
Alcatraz Island showing San Francisco in the background 
Photo: Steve August

This one is postmarked in 1999.
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Alcatraz Island San Francisco Bay
California

Once a federal prison for notorious criminals, the island is now part of the National Park System, and can be visited on tours leaving from Fisherman's Wharf. 
Photos by Ken Glaser, Jr. in 1988 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bab Al Bahrain Gate and A Minaret of Al Khamis Mosque in Bahrain

Bab Al Bahrain Gate and A Minaret of one of the oldest mosques in Bahrain, Al Khamis Mosque.

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 from a soldier in the USA Navy, so there is no stamp.

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Bab Al Bahrain (literally: Gateway of Bahrain) is a historical building located in the Customs Square in Manama. It marks the main entrance to the Manama Souq, (the old bazaar). It was designed by Sir Charles Belgrave, adviser to the Emir and completed in 1945.

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A Minaret is a tall slender tower, typically part of a mosque, with a balcony from which a muezzin calls Muslims to prayer.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Lion Head Door Knocker Pun

The person who invented the door knocker
won the No-Bell Prize.
Photo: Brenda Perez

This postcard is unused and from 2014.

It was purchased here...
http://www.zazzle.com/9teen87

Saturday, November 15, 2014

50 Years of Minnesota Twins Baseball

50 Years of Minnesota Baseball
With the arrival of the Minnesota Twins in 1961, the area achieved Major League status.  The club played at Metropolitan Stadium through 1981.  They moved inside the confines of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in 1982 and stayed through 2009.  Target Field represents a move back to the outdoor elements.

Photos:
Met: NMN
Dome: R.A. Young
Target Field: D.J. Nordgren

This postcard is unused. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sugar Cakes Recipe

Sugar Cakes

3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup thick milk

Mix eggs and butter well.  Then add milk and baking soda.  Mix in enough flour to make a soft dough, just so you can roll it.  Cut into any shapes you wish.  Sprinkle with granulated sugar.  Bake in a moderately heated oven.

This postcard is unused and from 2009.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Old Libyan Central Bank in Libya

The Old Libyan Central Bank
Tripoli - Libya

This is postmarked in 2010 with a 200 stamp from Libya.

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The Libyan economy depends primarily upon revenues from the oil sector. Apart from petroleum, the other natural resources are natural gas and gypsum.

The World Bank defines Libya as an 'Upper Middle Income Economy', along with only seven other African countries.
(Only the stamp on the left)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Cowboy's Prayer



O Lord, I’ve never lived where churches grow;
I’ve loved creation better as it stood
That day you finished it, so long ago,
And looked upon your work and called it good.

Just let me live my life as I’ve begun!
And give me work that’s open to the sky;
Make me a partner of the wind and sun,
And I won’t ask a life that’s soft and high.

Make me as big and open as the plains;
As honest as the horse between my knees;
Clean as the wind that blows behind the rains;
Free as the hawk that circles down the breeze.

Just keep an eye on all that’s done and said;
Just right me sometime when I turn aside;
And guide me on the long, dim trail ahead
That stretches upward towards the Great Divide.

Author Unknown  (although I found a website that said it was written by Badger Clark)

the back of the second card reads:
This little verse expresses the inarticulate feelings of the out-doors-man toward life and nature better than any other words could

both are unused

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Postcard Honoring Veterans

Honoring Veterans
Continuing to Serve

Tribute to Patriots!
One of the most recognized symbols of freedom in the world, the U.S. flag also symbolizes the patriotic service to the nation - in peach and war - of all U.S. veterans.

This postcard is from the United States Postal Service and is of the 34 cent stamp featuring a flag in 2001.

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Novelty Pop-up Postcard of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario Building

Legislative Assembly of Ontario
A Pop-Up Souvenir Card

Completed in 1893, the Legislative Building was praised for its modern design and mechanical innovation.  The architect, Richard A. Waite, was influenced by the Romanesque style of Northern Italy.  Characterized by walls of Credit Valley sandstone, semi-circular arches and ornate carvings and sculptures decorating the facade, the Legislative Building dominates the south-end of Queen's Park in the heart of downtown Toronto. 

This postcard is postmarked in 2014.  It has a USA Global stamp on it, however the *sender said she mailed it from Canada.  

Here is a video of how what this postcard looks like...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkvdk_DIgOo&index=1&list=UUb7YHgw_ptMiwoj0P_UteYQ
This is a picture of the postcard when it is opened.
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Here is the back of the card.  
*It was sent to me by my good friend and author Yvonne Rieckhoff.  

Sunday, November 9, 2014

President Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, A Real Photo Postcard

Ex President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge
Big Tree
Between Lake Mary - Longwood, Florida

This is an unused NOKO (1907 - 1929) Real Photo postcard.

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John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. was the 30th President of the United States (1923–1929).

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Thor - The Dark World

Thor 
The Dark World
11.8.13

Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins

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Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011's Thor and the eighth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Plot: Thor must team up with Loki to save the Nine Realms from the Dark Elves led by Malekith, who is out for revenge and intends to plunge the universe into darkness.
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
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Tom Hiddleston as Loki
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Natalie Portman as Jane Foster
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Anthony Hopkins as Odin
The names of his ravens are Huginn and Muninn.  
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Jamie Alexander as Sif
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 Idris Elbas as Heimdall
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Christopher Eccleston as Malekith

Friday, November 7, 2014

Cap Formentor, Mallorca Island in Spain

Cap Formentor
Mallorca

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with two stamps from Spain.

The sender writes: Yesterday we visited the place you see on the card; it was a spectacular ride next to dangerous cliffs.  The reward was truly amazing!

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Cap de Formentor forms the eastern end of Majorca's Formentor peninsula. The Majorcans also call the cape the Meeting point of the winds.

Majorca, or Mallorca is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea. It is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago, in Spain.
Spain (Espana) stamp 2014 
Turismo, Tourism 0,76
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Spain (Espana) stamp 2013
I Need Spain 0,75

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Kim II-Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang
Kim II-sung Stadium
WorldWide Stadiums

MAMM 2011

This postcard is unused.

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Kim Il-sung Stadium is the name of a large association football stadium located in Pyongyang, the capital city of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

It was built in 1926 and today the stadium is used as the home ground for the North Korea national football (soccer)l team, the North Korea women's national football (soccer) team and the Pyongyang City Sports Group.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Blue Persian Cat - Anti-Vivisection Society

The Blue Persian is a beautiful pet.  But even a beautiful pet can become a victim of vivisectors.  Join the fight to eliminate barbarous cruelties.
The National Anti-Vivisection  Society
542 North Dearborn Street, Chicago 10, Illinois

This postcard is postmarked in 1961.

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Vivisection: the practice of performing operations on live animals for the purpose of experimentation or scientific research.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Fountain of the Sirens in Square 1 Maggio, Cattolica, Italy

Cattolica

Riviera Adriatica
Square 1° Maggio
Piazzale Maggio - La Fontana delle Sierene
Maggio Square - The Fountain of the Sirens 

This is postmarked in 2014 with three wine vineyard stamps from Italy. 

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I found a couple of places on-line that suggests that the fountain was built in 1928 by Giuseppe Canalini of Forli. 
 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Lover's Lane Poem by Eugene Field

Lover's Lane, Saint Jo. By Eugene Field.

But the maples they should shield us
   From the gossips of the place,
Nor should the sun, except by pun
   profane the maiden's face.

This is postmarked in 1909.

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Eugene Field (September 2, 1850 - November 4, 1895) was an American writer, best known for poetry for children and for humorous essays.....Several of his poems were set to music with commercial success. Many of his works were accompanied by paintings from Maxfield Parrish.