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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Facts about St. Paul, Minnesota


St. Paul Minnesota

...did you know?

The original name of the settlement that became St. Paul was Pig's Eye. Named for the French-Canadian whiskey trader, Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant.

During the winter of 1888, residents of St. Paul built an ice palace 14 stories high covering more than an acre of land.

From a small sandpaper making factor (factory) on the east side, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, 3M, has grown to be one (of) the most respected companies in the world.

From prohibition era "gangster" tours to narrative Mississippi riverboat cruises, St. Paul offers a variety of sightseeing excursions that are sure to entertain and inform.

Author F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul in 1896. The city features prominently in many of his stories.

XCEL Energy Center will be home to the Republican National Convention in 2008

According to Sports Illustrated, St. Paul is the NEW HOCKYTOWN, U.S.A.

postmarked in 2009 with a 28 cent stamp

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The card looks like it is scanned crocked, but that is the way the card was made. Also, the two words in parentheses above are errors! I love it when I get a card with those.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Celeste River, Costa Rica


Costa Rica

Rio Celeste, Parque nacional Tenorio
Celeste river, Tenorio National Park

Photo by Sergio Pucci

postmarked with Costa Rica "Frutos Indigenas Silvestres", 155 colones stamp in 2008

Wouldn't you love to go and sit here for a while! It looks so peaceful.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Crosley Field, Ohio


Crosley Field, Cincinnati

Major League Baseball night games debuted at this Cincinnati park in 1935, with FDR switching on the lights from the White House. One of the game's smallest, most intimate stadiums, players had to run uphill to the outfield fence.

This postcard is from the set:
'Baseball's Legendary Playing Fields, The U.S. Postal Service Ready-to-Mail Postal Stamped Cards'
From 'Cooperstown Collection'

It has the matching 21 cent stamp imprinted on the back. - unused but from 2001

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Texas Longhorn Cow


Texas Longhorn

The Texas Longhorn is a tough Spanish breed brought to the New World by Columbus. These cattle survived well on the hot, arid plains of South Texas and could endure the 1000 mile trail to market in Kansas. Over the years the longhorn has been bred with other breeds to improve the beef quality but an original herd is protected at the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Range in Oklahoma.

postmarked in 2009 with a 28 cent polar bear stamp

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Rome Italy - with bubbles

Rome, Italy

Magica Roma

Navona Square

postmarked in 2009 with a Italy 0,85 stamp

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I love the pictures in the bubbles blown from the fountain - cute idea

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ariel Motorcycle, Robert Opie Collection


Ariel
The Modern Motor Cycle

Motorcycle Series
Founded by Charles Sangster, Ariel built bicycles before beginning the manufacture of motorcycles in 1902.
1920's Advertisment

from the Robert Opie Collection

unused, 2005

Sunday, July 19, 2009

John Bull Magazine, Robert Opie


Week ending July 1, 1933
Every Wednesday Fourpence
John Bull

A Woman's World Series
In the early 1950's, men were usually portrayed as being in charge,
women as decorative or domestic.
1950's Magazine Cover.

from the Robert Opie Collection
unused, 2005

Friday, July 17, 2009

Staircase - Familia Sagrada


Gaudi Barcelona
Temple de la Sagrada Familia

Bought in Barcelona Spain, 2009
unused

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I've walked down these very tight circular stairs. There are a few hundred of them, with little places to walk out and take pictures and see the city. This is an amazing place
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Here is a postcard of the whole church...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Amazing 'Cell' postcard from Taiwan - Taipei 101


I don't usually post what the people write, but here I had no choice. This is the front of the card, the other side has my address and the stamps.

This is the first Screen Postcard I've ever scene, and I LOVE IT!!! The photo of Taipei 101 is on a cell, like for movies and is glued inside the cardboard to make the postcard. It made it from Taiwan to the USA with with only a few minor bends and scratches.

2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Torre Agbar (Agbar Tower) in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona
Torre Agbar, 2005
Jean Nouvel

Bought in Barcelona Spain, 2009 - unused

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The Torre Agbar, or Agbar Tower, is a 21st-century skyscraper at Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It opened in June 2005 and was inaugurated officially by the King of Spain on 16 September 2005.

According to Jean Nouvel, the shape of the Torre Agbar was inspired by Montserrat, a mountain near Barcelona. As a result of its unusual shape, the building is known by several nicknames, such as "el supositori" (the suppository) and "l'obús" (the shell).

The Agbar Tower measures 144.4 m (473.75 ft) in height and consists of 38 storeys, including four underground levels.

A defining feature of the building is its nocturnal illumination. It has 4,500 LED luminous devices that allow generation of luminous images in the façade. In addition, it has temperature sensors in the outside of the tower that regulate the opening and closing of the window blinds of the façade of the building, reducing the consumption of energy for air conditioning. It houses the head office of the Aigües de Barcelona Group, the water supply company of Barcelona.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Lambretta 150 cc Scooter


Why the Lambretta 150cc is the finest machine of its kind in the world

Comfortable sitting position for driver and pillion passenger.
Increased power means faster acceleration and outstanding climbing abilities.
All spare parts readily available.
Centrally mounted engine; torsion bar and rear damper suspension gives perfect balance, comfort and complete safety.
Side light is now incorporated into the headlamp.
The most reliable scooter on the road!
Road-holding 400 X 8 lyres for safety and comfort.
Unique tubular steel frame - strong and long-lasting.
Running costs under 1/2d. per mild - over 100 miles to the gallon!

Scooters & Bikes Series
Lambretta Scooters, made by Innocenti of Milan,
were launched c 1947

from the Robert Opie collection
unused, 2005

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Parliament Buildings in Barbados


The Parliament Buildings in Barbados - Photography by Randall Banfield

This postcard is postmarked with a Barbados Orchid Tree $1.40 stamp in 2007.

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The Barbados Parliament was established in 1639 and is the third oldest Parliament in the entire Commonwealth.

In 2006 the West Wing of Parliament underwent refurbishment. The refurbished building now houses the National Heroes Gallery and Museum of Parliament.

In 2011 both buildings were designated as UNESCO protected properties within the World Heritage Site of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison area.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Amalfi, Italy - Puzzle Postcard


I bought this 'puzzle post-card' in Amalfi, Itlay.
You can write on them and send them in the mail. This one however, when I got back to our room and opened it, is just a puzzle you write on the back and send in an envelope. There is no way to send it as a postcard even though you can see the title.... 'puzzle post-card'.

unused, bought in 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Australia - Brisbane Lookout, Day and Night View

Brisbane Lookout

This is postmarked in 2009 with an Australia, 'Russell Falls, Tasmania' stamp.

I love the two views, one at night, and one during the day.

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Brisbane Lookout, on Mount Coot-tha,  includes the Kuta Cafe, Summit Restaurant, and Gift Shop. The lookout, restaurant and cafe allow for panoramic views of the City.


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!


This 'Postcard Factory' postcard features the Disney characters in front the the United States flag.

postmarked with a 42 cent USA Olympics 2008 stamp

Friday, July 3, 2009

Hotel Cleveland and New Terminal Tower


Hotel Cleveland is located on Public Square occupying the same site on which was built Cleveland's first tavern (Mowry's). Adjoining Hotel Cleveland is the New Terminal Tower building. The tower rises 52 stories 708 feet from the street. Hotel Cleveland contains 1000 rooms with bath.

postmarked in 1931 with 1 cent Franklin stamp

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Sleeping Giant, Canada


The Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Legend has it that Nanna Bijou the giant of the Ojibwas took his people to the farthest corner of the great inland sea to escape the white man. Years later the white man came again and Nanna Bijou, too old to protect his people called on the Great Spirit for help. The great god Manitoo created a storm which drove the invaders away and when the storm cleared the Giant was stretched on top of his rock in his last long sleep.
Photo: H.R. Oakman

This postcard was bought in 1975, and postmarked in 1995.