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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Prince and Princess of Wales with Prince William


T.R.H.
The Prince and Princess of Wales with Prince William, photographed in their home in Kensington Palace.

Photograph by Tim Graham

postmarked in 1983 with two Great Britain queen stamps

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Prince Charles - born: November 14, 1948
Princess Diana - born: July 1, 1961 - death: August 31,1997
Prince William - born: June 21, 1982

Monday, August 30, 2010

Hog Wash


Hog Wash

Photographer - Ron Kimball

unused, from 2009

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If somebody says something which is patently false or untrue, you're liable to to say that it's hogwash. The term comes from the fact that what a pig does that resembles washing doesn't actually leave them very clean. The simple fact is that Pigs are not particularly clean animals.

Also, they don't sweat. When they want to cool off they use mud to lay down in - not particularly sanitary by our standards, but certainly effective. If you were to give a hog a bath, he would just go and roll in the mud some more.
Hench the term "hogwash" for anything which isn't true.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

'Beervana' - Portland, Oregon, Coaster Postcard!


Oregon
Greetings from ...
The Big Beers
of the Great Northwest

Beervana

From the brewers of the Great Northwest, a bountiful region recognized as the cradle of the craft-brewing revival, come the biggest, boldest beers in the world!

Then at the bottom of the postcard it reads:

P.S. The weather is beautiful, wish you were beer!

This postcard is an actual coaster, like the kind you find at restaurants! (I don't drink alcohol, so I would use it for a soda :)

Graphic art/design by Craig Todd / Excalibur Graphics

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Here is another card with more information about 'Beervana'

Beervana:
The City of Beer
Portland, Oregon

What coffee is to nearby Seattle, beer is to Portland Oregon. Portland has more breweries within its city limits than any other city in the world. And while it can't be proven - there must be an ordinance against "bad" beer - because Portland's beer is some of the best beer you'll ever drink!

unused, bought in 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Powell's Book Store, Advertising Postcard


Powell's
The legendary independent bookstore. Since 1971

Welcome to the City of Books
Born in a derelict storefront in 1971, Powell's Books is today the largest independent bookstore in the world. With six stores in Portland, Oregon, and one award-winning website, Powell's offers four million used, new, rare, and out-of-print books. Shop our entire inventory at Powells . com.

has writing and addressed, but no stamp and not mailed - dated 2010

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Powell's Books is a chain of bookstores in the Portland metropolitan area. It is located in the Pearl District on the edge of downtown, and occupies a full city block. It contains over 68,000 square feet (6,300 m2), about 1.6 acres of retail floor space. They buy around 3000 used books a day.

Friday, August 27, 2010

China Pavilion, Expo 2010, Shanghai


China Pavilion

China Pavilion's main color is the traditional, steady "Chinese Red", expressing the spirit of Chinese culture and temperament. Its shape reflects a design concept of "Oriental Crown, Splendid China, Ample Barn, and Rich People". It is the most eye-catching pavilion of all.

One Boulevard and Four Pavilions - Expo Village
Expo 2010 Shanghai China

postmarked in 2010 with two China Panda Bear Stamps

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Expo 2010, officially Expo 2010 Shanghai China is being held on both banks of the Huangpu River in the city of Shanghai, China, from May 1 to October 31, 2010. It is a World Expo in the tradition of international fairs and expositions. The theme of the exposition is "Better City – Better Life" and signifies Shanghai's new status in the 21st century as the "next great world city".

It is the most expensive Expo in the history of the world's fairs. The Shanghai World Expo is also the largest World's Fair site ever at 5.28 square km. More than 190 countries and more than 50 international organizations have registered to participate in the Shanghai World Expo.



Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sherbrooke Village, Nova Scotia, Canada


Village scene

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Logs waiting in the millpond at Nova Scotia's only up-and-down sawmill

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The Tailor Shop

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all three are postmarked in 2010 with a Canada flower stamp

Sherbrooke Village depicts a typical Nova Scotian village from 1860 to pre-WW1. With approximately 80 buildings, over 25 of those open to the public, it is the largest Nova Scotia Museum site. Visit the woodturner shop, blacksmith, pottery shop, and printery. During your visit, enjoy a light meal at the What Cheer Tea Room located within the Village. Built on an economy of ship building, lumbering and gold mining, Sherbrooke Village reflects Nova Scotia as it was during its industrial boom in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bellagio Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada


Bellagio's world-famous fountains are gracefully choreographed to flirt and entice the whimsical spirits of its audience.

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Bellagio's breathtaking Conservatory & Botanical Gardens celebrates the return of spring.

Photographer: Russell MacMasters

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Bellagio's pools and private cabanas capture the romance of the Old World in the classical setting of a mediterranean villa.

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all three are unused and bought inside the Bellagio in 2010

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The Bellagio is a luxury, AAA Five Diamond award winning hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, USA and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. It is owned by MGM Resorts International and was built on the site of the demolished Dunes hotel and casino.

Inspired by the Lake Como resort of Bellagio in Italy, Bellagio is famed for its elegance. One of its most notable features is an 8-acre (3.2 ha) lake between the building and the Strip, which houses the Fountains of Bellagio, a large dancing water fountain synchronized to music.

Inside Bellagio, Dale Chihuly's Fiori di Como, composed of over 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers, covers 2,000 sq ft (190 m2) of the lobby ceiling. It is home to Cirque du Soleil's aquatic production "O".

Bellagio had an original construction cost of US$1.6 billion.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, Alaska, Canada


White Pass and Yukon Route Railway
Skagway, Alaska

The White Pass & Yukon Route train descends the narrow gauge track back to Skagway, Alaska.

Postmarked in 2010 with a 28 cent stamp

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The White Pass and Yukon Route is a Canadian and U.S. Class II narrow gauge railroad linking the port of Skagway, Alaska with Whitehorse, the capital of Yukon, Canada. An isolated system, it has no direct connection to any other railroad.

The line was born of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897. The most popular route taken by prospectors to the gold fields in Dawson City was a treacherous route from the nearest port in Skagway or nearby Dyea, Alaska across the mountains to the Canadian border at the summit of the Chilkoot Pass or the White Pass. There, the prospectors would not be allowed across by the Canadian authorities unless they had a full ton of supplies with them, which for most required several trips up and down the passes before entry to Canada could be obtained. There was a need for a better transportation scheme than the pack horses used over the White Pass or people's backs over the Chilkoot Pass. This need generated numerous railroad schemes. In 1897, the Canadian government received 32 proposals for Yukon railroads, most of which were never realized, however construction started on this line in May 1898.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Burma (Myanmar), Paradise Inle Resort


Burma (Myanmar)
Passers-by infront of Paradise Inle Resort

Serene Inle Lake, Southern Shan State, Myanmar

postmarked in 2004 with a 'Union of Myanmar 'Shan Pot Drum' stamp

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The British called the country Burma, presumably after the majority race the Bamar, but the name Myanmar was the official name of the country since at least the time of Marco Polo. Myanmar again became the official name in 1989 although some still use the colonial name Burma.

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Paradise Inle Resort consists of bungalows built on stilts right on the lake. Made of local wood and bamboo all bungalows have private balconies overlooking the lake which make for a perfectly relaxing setting in which to enjoy your time in this part of the world.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Wood Postcard from Finland


Aito Suomalainen koivukortti
Pure Finnish birch

postmarked in 2010 with a Finland Aurora borealis stamp

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This postcard is amazing! It is made out of a very thin piece of birch wood. The picture looks like it was added with a laser. It bends and everything! On the back you can clearly see the wood grain.

The sender writes that she bought this card at 'Siida' a museum in Northern Finland.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Wildflower Seed Packet Postcards from Oregon



Postcard Series
Wild Flowers of Oregon
Foret-Me-Not and Golden Lupine

These are actual postcards you mail, however, they are also seed packages with wildflower seeds packaged for 2010. On the back there are directions for planting and a place to write the address, a message and put a first class stamp.

Unused, bought in 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Footprints


Footprints

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only on set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it. "LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why, when I needed you most, you would leave me."

The LORD replied, "My son, My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

The feet in the upper right corner are cut out of the postcard ;-)

postmarked in 2008 with a 27 cent 'Kiwi' stamp

Thursday, August 19, 2010

History of the Manned Space Programs, NASA


History of Manned Space Programs

Mercury 1958 - 1963
Gemini 1965 - 1966
Apollo 1968 - 1972
Skylab 1973 - 1974
Shuttle 1981 - Present

Photos courtesy - NASA

unused, bought at Kennedy Space Center in 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Waw an Namus, Libya


Libya
Waw Anamus

postmarked in 2010 with two Libya 100 Stamps, one with a teddy bear and one with a clock

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Waw an Namus is a volcanic field, cone and caldera in the southern region of Libya, in the near-geographic center of the Sahara Desert. The inside of the caldera houses rich foliage and three small salt lakes of variable color which are the reason for the volcano's name.

Its vast size allows it to be easily seen from space. Waw an Namus is an increasingly popular local tourist attraction.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I Love Lucy, Lucy and Harpo Marx


I Love Lucy

unused, bought in 2010

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I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951 to May 6, 1957 on CBS.

I Love Lucy was the most-watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons, and was the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings (an accomplishment later matched by The Andy Griffith Show and Seinfeld). I Love Lucy is still syndicated in dozens of languages across the world.

The show in this postcard (called 'Lucy and Harpo Marx') originally aired on May 9th, 1955 (Season 4, Episode 27)

Plot:
The gang meets Harpo Marx and Lucy does the famous 'mirror' routine with him.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Kunst Formen Natur: Ernst Haeckel


Kunst Formen Natur
Ernst Haeckel

postmarked in 2010 with a Taiwan bird stamp

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Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel (February 16, 1834 – August 9, 1919), was an eminent German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor and artist who discovered, described and named thousands of new species, mapped a genealogical tree relating all life forms, and coined many terms in biology, including anthropogeny, ecology, phylum, phylogeny, and the kingdom Protista.

The published artwork of Haeckel includes over 100 detailed, multi-colour illustrations of animals and sea creatures called: Kunstformen der Natur, ("Artforms of Nature").



Sunday, August 15, 2010

Yelloweyed Rockfish


You Rock!

You Rock My World!

Photo: Steven Astillero

unused, bought in 2010

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The Yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) is a rockfish of the genus Sebastes, and one of the biggest members of the genus. Its name derieves from its coloration. It is also known as the "red snapper. The Yelloweye is one of the world's longest-lived fish species, and is cited to live to a maximum of 114 to 120 years of age. As they grow older, they change in color, from reddish in youngness, to bright orange in adulthood, to pale yellow in old age.

Yelloweye rockfish are prized for their meat, and were declared overfished in 2002, at which time a survey determined that their population, which had been in decline since the 1980s, was just 7-13% of numbers before commercial fishing of the species began. Because of the slow reproductive age of the species, recovery of the species is difficult, and liable to last decades, even with the harshest restrictions. It is currently under consideration for listing under Threatened or Endangered status.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Superior Water-Logged Lumber - Wisconsin



Superior Water-Logged Lumber Co., Inc. is involved in the recovery and processing of high quality northern hardwoods which sank to the bottom of Lake Superior. The logs, lost during the logging era around the turn of the century, produce beautiful, fine grained, environmentally sound lumber.

Superior Water-Logged Lumber Co., Inc.
2200 E. Lake Shore Drive
Ashland, Wisconsin 54806

postmarked in 2010 with a 32 cent stamp

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Superior Water-Logged Lumber Co. is the leading supplier of old growth northern hardwood lumber from logs resting on the bottom of the Great Lakes. These logs sank while being moved across waterways to sawmills in the 1800s and have remained preserved by the icy cold temperatures and low oxygen content of the lakes. Many logs are over 400 years old. Superior Water Logged is the pioneer in recovering this lost resource and is providing furniture and instrument makers with antique quality wood that has not been available for almost a century. Superior Water-Logged Lumber achieves this without cutting down a single tree.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Wood Map Postcard of New Zealand


New Zealand Map Postcard made from wood!

North Island and South Island

Population 4,400,000
Land Area: 263,676 Km2
Position: Lat. 40 Lon. 176

unused, bought in 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tiger and Cubs


Tigre et ses petits
Tiger and it's cubs

postmarked in 2010 with a France, 0,87 stamp

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1. Tigers are the largest naturally occurring specie of cats.

2. Of tiger subspecies, the Siberian Tiger is the biggest cat that can weigh well up to eight hundred pounds.

3. Tigers are very beautiful and their striped coat makes for ideal camouflage.

4. A tiger's stripes are like fingerprints - no two are alike. In fact the stripes' pattern is often used to identify individual tigers in the wild.

5. Tigers are highly ferocious and unlike the laid back male lion, it's never wise to turn your back to a tiger even in captivity. Even seasoned zoo keepers report tigers assume a stalking position and prepare to strike when they turn their back to them in the cage.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Blue Mountains, Australia by Peter Lik

Blue Mountains
Australia

The glowing sentinels of the Three Sisters are majestically above the Jamison Valley. Situated 65 km inland from Sydney, the Blue Mountains are a natural paradise with magnificent vistas, cliffs, gorges and scenic waterfalls, surrounded by lush rainforest.

Peter Lik Publishing

unused, from 2010

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Peter Lik is about to start his own reality series on NBC! (I can't wait!):

World famous and award-winning photographer Peter Lik has signed with NBC’s Peacock Productions to star in an action/adventure reality series currently in development.

“It’s not as much about photography as it is about Peter, the characters he meets and his incredible adventures to the far reaches of the earth to get the shot,” said Scott.

“To be able to document and share my journeys in real time from both sides of the lens is an incredible opportunity,” said Lik. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with Peacock on the series and ready to rock and roll.”

Lik’s quest for the perfect shot is unending. He travels the globe, driven by a vigorous determination to capture the beauty that he sees and his profound respect for nature. He is recognized for his signature panoramic images and is one of the most awarded and most collected fine art photographers in history.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Checkered House by Anna (Grandma) Moses


Anna (Grandma) Moses. b Greenwich, NY (USA), 1860; d Hoosick Falls, NY (USA), 1961.
Checkered House, 1943.
Oil on canvas
h91.4 x w 114.c cm; h36 x 45 in.

Horses and carriages travel up and down a street in a New England village. In the background, the rolling hills fade into the blue sky. The buildings, people and animals appear to be flat, though a convincing sense of space has been achieved by reducing the scale and tone of the houses and haystacks in the background. 'Grandma' Moses did not begin painting until she was in her seventies. Completely untutored, she was 'discovered' by a New York collector in 1938 and by the mid-1940s her paintings had become so popular that they were being used for Christmas cards. A 'naive' or 'primitive' artist, she made paintings which have a highly decorative quality because of the lack of realistic perspective. Painting from memory, she recorded the life of her native New England as it had been in the late nineteenth century. The childlike innocence and clarity which suffuse her paintings made them popular both to art-world sophisticates in search of an authentic vision and to a wide range of art-lovers.

From the 20th Century Art Book 2001 Phaidon Press Limited

this postcard is unused

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sea-Tac International Airport, Washington


Sea-Tac International Global Airport
Sea-Tac, Washington

Sea-Tac International Airport as seen on Inauguration Day, July 1949, and now. This is the largest and busiest airport in the Pacific Northwest, serving as the terminus for Alaska, the Pacific Rim, Hawaii, as well as all corners of the Globe.

Photos by Kyle S. Smith

postmarked in 2010 with two USA Stamps

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Blue Glacier, Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska


Tracy Arm, Alaska
Blue Ice Fjord

Images of Alaska
Located a the end of the Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska, the Sawyer Glaciers are the sorce of this blue glacier ice.

postmarked in 2010 with three USA stamps

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Tracy Arm is a fjord in Alaska near Juneau. It is named after a Civil War general named Benjamin Franklin Tracy. It is located about 45 miles (72 km) south of Juneau. Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness was designated as a wilderness area by the United States Congress in 1980.

The Tracy Arm area covers 653,179 acres (2,643.32 km2). During the summer, the fjord has considerable floating ice ranging from the size of a three-story building to hand-size pieces.

The twin Sawyer Glaciers, North Sawyer and South Sawyer, are located at the end of Tracy Arm. The wildlife in the area includes black and brown bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, and a variety of birds, such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots.


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Fairy and Unicorn Art by Amy Brown


Art by Amy Brown 2000 - the back of the card reads 2004, I think that is when the card was made, but she drew it in 2000.

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Amy Brown (born 1972, in Bellingham, Washington) is a popular fantasy and fairy artist. Her career began in the 1990s, and today her watercolor designs appear on t-shirts, calendars, and buttons; and people have been using her images for tattoos.

Two books of her artwork have been published, The Art of Amy Brown and The Art of Amy Brown II.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Puzzle Postcard from Wisconsin Dells


Puzzle Gram
Postcard Puzzle

With a puzzle inside of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Stand Rock

postmarked in 2010 with three Liberty Bell 'Forever' stamps

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Wisconsin Dells is a city in south-central Wisconsin, with a population of 2,418 as of the 2000 census.

The city takes its name from the dells of the Wisconsin River, a scenic glacially-formed gorge that features striking sandstone formations along the banks of the Wisconsin River. Together with nearby Lake Delton, the city forms an area known as "the Dells", a popular Midwestern tourist destination. The Dells area has an estimated five million annual visitors.