Monday, July 27, 2015

Who are You Calling a Blimp?

USA DE-1998935 received 03-11-2013

Sent by: Buddylino
From: Tettnang, Germany
ID number: DE-1998935
Notes: This is LZ 127 (LZ = Luftschiff Zeppelin) Graf Zeppelin, a rigid hydrogen-filled airship that operated commercially between 1928 and 1937.  Its first intercontinental flight was from Friedrichshafen, Germany to Lakehurst, New Jersey in October of 1928.  In 1929, William Randolph Hurst commissioned the Graf Zeppelin to make a round-the-world flight.  This photo of the airship flying over San Francisco may have been taken on that flight, as it passed over San Francisco on its way from Tokyo to Los Angeles.  In 1931, the Graf Zeppelin was part of a groundbreaking research flight to the Arctic, and it 1933, it made a stop at the Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago.   It was decommissioned after the disaster involving its sister ship LZ 129 Hindenburg in May of 1937, and in 1940 it was scrapped so that its parts could be reused to build airplanes for use in World War II. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Random Cards, Random Thoughts

Finland FI-653217 received 10-31-2009

Sent by: mettev
From: Salo, Finland
ID number: FI-653217
Notes: I was looking through the oldest cards that I had yet to blog, and I found a couple of them in the basket of extra-large cards.  This card shows the Finnish flag on a lake, one of the thousands of lakes in Finland.  At first I was wondering if this flag was stuck in the middle of the lake, or if it was on the shore.  Then I noticed the wake in water, so I guess that it's on the back of a boat.  How boring.

Taiwan TW-68329 received 07-19-2009

Sent by: peishian
From: Taipei, Taiwan
ID number: TW-68329
Notes: This is Jade Mountain, aka Mount Yu or Yushan, the tallest mountain in Taiwan at 12,966 ft (3,952 m). It is also the fourth highest peak on an island, after Puncak Jaya on New Guinea, Mauna Kea on Hawaii and Mount Kinabalu on Borneo.  It is located in Yushan National Park, one of nine national parks in Taiwan.  There are over 30 peaks with elevations over 3,000 m in the park.  While Taiwan was under Japanese rule in 1900, two Japanese anthropologists made the first recorded climb of Jade Mountain, which they called Niitakayama.  The name Niitakayama was also used as the secret code word to signal the Imperial Japanese Navy to begin their attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.  Bad mountain.  BAD!!  Although...I guess that probably wasn't the mountain's fault.  

Saturday, July 25, 2015

California Dreamin'...or Not

USA US-1589890 received 04-30-2012

Sent by: lucedelsole
From: Los Angeles, California, USA
ID number: US-1589890
Notes: The Santa Monica pier opened in 1909 as Municipal Pier.  Its primary function was to carry sewer pipes beyond the breakers.  The adjoining pier, Newcomb or Pleasure Pier, was built in 1916 as an amusement pier.  However, during the Great Depression in the 1930s, the amusement attractions closed and the pier was used primarily as a ferry landing.  In the 1970s, the city of Santa Monica had plans to raze the pier, but citizens protested and the city eventually gave up the plans.  The pier was severely damaged by storms in 1983, and the city created the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation to handle the rebuilding.  Today, the pier has restaurants, shops, and amusement rides, and it has been featured in an impressive number of films and TV shows.

California - Monterey Otter

Sent by: wassamatta u
From: San Jose, California, USA
Notes: This extremely classy card was sent to me by my extremely classy friend Mark, who thinks puns and whoopie cushions are the epitome of humor.  Monterey is located in central California, along the Pacific coast.  The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is home to about 1,200 California sea otters, like the one seen here.  They are unfortunately an endangered species, as they were hunted for their fur up until the early 20th century.  I'm fairly certain, however, that passing gas will not harm them, despite the look on this otter's face.

Friday, July 24, 2015


The Big Bang Theory Quotes

Sent by: TravelWithMe
From: Lamar, Colorado, USA
For: US to US Alphabetical Tag
Notes: For the US to US Alphabetical Tag, the first person sent a card that had something to do with the letter A. The person receiving that card had to then send a card that has something to do with the letter B, and so on through the alphabet.  You might think that this card was sent for the letter B, but actually it was sent for O, as in "Ooh, snap!"  Random, I know, but it is completely up to sender.  I have no idea what I sent for P, so perhaps it was something just as odd.

The card is from Cafe Press, and is not an officially licensed The Big Bang Theory product, as you can probably tell by the lack of the official show logo.  That doesn't bother me as much as the fact that "Knock. Knock. Knock. Penny." is only on here twice.  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Bridge To Somewhere

USA US-2726765 received 04-08-2014

Sent by: dakohler1315
From: Martinez, California, USA
ID number: US-2726765
Notes: This is another one of those incredibly annoying postcards with no caption on it.  Seriously, postcard manufacturers, how hard is it to write a freaking caption so we know what the heck we are looking at????  Obviously, this is a bridge in California, but I don't know for sure which one.  I am 99% sure it is NOT the Golden Gate Bridge, based on what I can see of the support tower.  It might be the Bay Bridge, connecting San Francisco with Oakland, but without a better view of the shapes in that support tower, I can't say for certain.  The lighting, while very pretty, is also a hindrance, as it doesn't allow me to see the color of the bridge either.