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 geekthelibrary.org, so I think it all ties together rather well.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Day Two Hundred Thirty-One

Taiwan TW-76551 received 09-03-2009

Sent by: shiya
From: Taiwan
ID number: TW-76551
Notes: I tried to see if those faint words at the bottom of the card had anything to do with the name of this temple, but I wasn't able to connect them.  The sender simply said that it is a Taiwanese temple, so that doesn't help me much either.  I'm sure that there are quite a few temples in Taiwan.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Day Two Hundred Thirty

Lithuania LT-105701 received 01-31-2011

Sent by: jtu
From: Lithuania
ID number: LT-105701
Notes: Winter is coming.  Yeah, this card has nothing to do with Game of Thrones but everything to do with the season.  Fortunately, we have not yet had any snow around here, although it has been known to happen in October.  I just hope that this coming winter isn't quite as snowy as last winter.  

The snowflakes falling from the sky and the snow along the fence on this card are both glittery.  Unfortunately, that doesn't show up very well here.