Friday, October 24, 2014

Day Two Hundred Thirty-Eight

Russia RU-555046 received 09-19-2011

Sent by: scheee
From: Krasnogosk, Russia
ID number: RU-555046
Notes: The little yellow ball smiling at the bear is Kolobok.  Kolobok is a pastry who became animated and ran away from his parents (or possibly grandparents).  Along the way, he encountered a bear, a rabbit, and a wolf who all wanted to eat him, but he outsmarted all of them and sang about it.  He finally encountered a fox, who praised Kolobok's singing, distracting Kolobok and allowing the fox to catch and eat him.  Not a very pleasant fairy tale, but then again, not many of them are!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day Two Hundred Thirty-Seven

Taiwan TW-66940 received 07-15-2009

Sent by: blueleaves
From: Taiwan
ID number: TW-66940
Notes: The caption on the back of this card says "Taipei residents are inspired and touched by various art performances."  So obviously this mask is part of an art performance.  Other than that, I have no other information.

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.