Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day Two Hundred Thirty-Six

Knick Knack

Sent by: Goofy Girl
From: Oklahoma, USA
Notes: Do you want to a snowman?  In 1989, six years before the release of Toy Story, that's exactly what Pixar was doing.  It was Pixar's fifth short film, and featured a snowman figurine struggling to get out of his snowglobe in order to be able to interact with the other knick knacks on the shelf.  It's just over three minutes long, and can be watched here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day Two Hundred Thirty-Five

Taiwan TW-78460 received 09-12-2009

Sent by: ChiaoruShiu
From: Taiwan
ID number: TW-78460
Notes: The sender told me that An-Ping is a small town in Tainan county in the south of Taiwan, but didn't tell me specifically what this site is.  When I looked up An-Ping (or Anping, as it appears on Wikipedia), I found that is a fort there.  It was originally called Fort Zeelandia, but is now called Anping Fort.  I'd bet that the cannons shown here are at that fort, which was built between 1624 and 1634 by the Dutch East India Company.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Day Two Hundred Thirty-Four

China CN-253360 received 09-16-2010

Sent by: tacitus
From: China
ID number: CN-253360
Notes: Peking or Beijing opera is a traditional form of Chinese theater.  It not only involves singing, but also mime, dance and acrobatics.  It arose as an art form in the late 18th century, and was fully developed as an art form by the mid 19th century.  In recent years, audience numbers have declined, which has led to some reforms such as performing new and original plays.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day Two Hundred Thirty-Three

Taiwan TW-75381 received 08-20-2009

Sent by: chequer543
From: Taipei, Taiwan
ID number: TW-75381
Notes:  Well, the only thing in English on this card says "Welcome to Kinmen", so I'm not sure what this specific location is (some sort of fort?), but I do know it is part of the Kinmen archipelago.  Because it is so close to mainland China, Kinmen's major industry is tourism.  Fishing and the production of Kaoliang liquor are also big industries.  

Taiwan TW-76301 received 08-18-2009

Sent by: russiaanxylo
From: Taipei, Taiwan
ID number: TW-76301
Notes: This is the National Palace Museum in Taipei. It has a collection of nearly 700,000 ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, which were originally housed in the Palace Museum in Beijing's Forbidden City.  However, advancements by the Japanese in WWII prompted the Chinese to move the artifacts out of Beijing.  After the Japanese surrendered, the Chinese Civil War resumed, prompting Chiang Kai-shek to evacuate the artifacts to Taiwan.  Today, the museum has 4.5 million visitors annually, ranking it the 7th most visited art museum in the world.  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Day Two Hundred Thirty-Two

USA US-775212 received 08-07-2010

Sent by: hypostomus
From: Bridgeport, CT, USA
ID number: US-775212
Notes: I don't know about you, but it looks to me like that guy and his dog might be in a bit of trouble!  The sender picked this card for me because she didn't have any cards that matched my request list, but one of my requests is cards from aquariums, and what do you see in aquariums?  No, not dogs.  Fish!

USA US-1202973 received 07-22-2011

Sent by: postcardsss
From: Martinsburg, WV, USA
ID number: US-1202973
Notes: I'm sure you know that I geek a lot of things.  If you didn't know that, there are plenty of hints all over this blog.  I also like to read, and this card is an ad for, so I think it all ties together rather well.