Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Big Greetings

USA US-755289 received 07-16-2010

Sent by: jenwaters
From: Seattle, Washington, USA
ID number: US-755289
Notes: As you can see, this card is from SEATTLE.  Sorry, got overzealous there because of the big letters.  Each letter has a different Seattle location in it. I can identify three of them.  The first E is Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners.  It is where Jen, the sender, met her fiance (although this is from 2010, so they are probably married by now).  She tell me the story of how they met though, which is too bad, as I'm a bit curious.  Anyway, the first T shows the famous Space Needle, built for the 1962 World's Fair.  Finally, the second e is the Pike Place Market, one of the oldest continuously operating farmer's markets in the country.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Zee All the Churches

Netherlands NL-1323514 received 07-18-2012

Sent by: remie
From: 's-Gravenpolder, Netherlands
ID number: NL-1323514
Notes: These churches are all in Zeeland, the southwestern-most province of the Netherlands. Goes is the largest city shown here, with 27,000 residents.  The others are quite a bit smaller, including the sender's hometown of 's-Gravenpolder, which has just over 4,000 residents.  I'm not sure exactly how that town is pronounced.  I wonder if the "s" is pronounced separately, or more as part of the word.  Sometimes Wikipedia has an audio file with the pronounciation, but unfortunately, it doesn't for 's-Gravenpolder.  

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cityscape and Cathedral

USA US-1024890 received 03-04-2011

Sent by: intern4tional
From: Seattle, Washington, USA
ID number: US-1024890
Notes: Bellevue is a city of 122,000 people, located across Lake Washington from Seattle.  It was officially incorporated in 1953, but remained relatively small until several bridges opened up across Lake Washington, giving residents much easier access to Seattle. In 2014, Bellevue was ranked as the 2nd best place to live in the U.S. by USA Today.  If you're curious, number one was Newton, Massachusetts, near Boston.

USA US-1146640 received 06-11-2011

Sent by: Cfamily
From: Olympia, Washington, USA
ID number: US-1146640
Notes: The University of Washington in Seattle was founded in 1861, and today has a student body of over 45,000.  It occupies over 500 buildings, including this one, the University's Cathedral.  Oddly, I was unable to find any information on the cathedral, even on the university's website.  I only know what it is from the caption on the back of the card.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Basilica and Bottles

Netherlands NL-1074379 received 03-05-2012

Sent by: Inge-k
From: Tilburg, Netherlands
ID number: NL-1074379
Notes: Tilburg is a city of 210,000 people in southern Netherlands.  In the 1700s, it became a hub for the wool industry, and by 1881, the city had 145 woolen mills.  It was known as the Wool Capital of the Netherlands until the 1960s, when the industry collapsed.  The city is also where Vincent van Gogh learned to paint, at the King Willem II School.  This postcard shows the Heikense Kerk, also known as the Saint Denis Church.

Netherlands NL-1340835 received 09-30-2012

Sent by: Eva-G
From: Nijmegen, Netherlands
ID number: NL-1340835
Notes: I really have no idea explanation for this photo.  Is this guy a drunk or a hoarder?  Or both?  Eva, the sender, didn't even mention the photo in her message.  She did say that she is also a Star Trek fan, and a few months before she sent this card, she named one of her cat's kittens 'Spock' because of the pointy ears.  

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fun Run is an Oxymoron

USA US-1017261 received 02-28-2011

Sent by: jsferguson81
From: Spokane, Washington, USA
ID number: US-1017261
Notes: These people are participating in the Lilac Bloomsday Run, which has been held annually on the first Sunday in May since 1977.  It is 7.46 miles (12.01 km) long, which is a really odd distance.  According to Don Kardong, the race's founder, James Joyce's Ulysses was the inspiration for the name of the race, which has had over 40,000 participants every year since 1986.  The caption on the back of the card describes it as a "fun run", which I just don't get.  There is NOTHING fun about running!!  When I was in school, I loathed the days when we had to run for gym class.