Thursday, December 18, 2014

Day Two Hundred Ninety-Three

California - City Hall, Pasadena

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 4
Notes: I don't really think you'll be surprised when I tell you that this is the City Hall in Pasadena, California.  It was built in 1927, and retrofitted between 2004 and 2007 so that it would comply with earthquake building codes.  Pasadena is a city of about 137,000 people just north of Los Angeles.  It is probably most famous for hosting both the Rose Bowl football game and the Tournament of Roses Parade (love that!) that take place every New Year's Day.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Day Two Hundred Ninety-Two

China CN-390736 received 06-18-2011

Sent by: ericshepherd
From: China
ID number CN-390736
Notes: This is the USA Pavilion from Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China.  It was the first World Expo since 1992, and the theme was Better City - Better Life.  According to the caption on the back of the card, the building is supposed to symbolize an eagle ready to spread its wings.  Ummm, yeah, suuuuuuure.

China CN-433949 received 09-06-2011

Sent by: lovegreen
From: China
ID number: CN-433949
Notes: Hmm, this card looks familiar!!  I usually only post one card on weekdays, but since this is the same card anyway, I thought I'd post both.  I received the two cards several months apart.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Day Two Hundred Ninety-One

California - Gold Country

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 1
Notes: As this card was in an envelope that had gone to a number of different people, each of whom swapped out cards in the envelope with some of their own, I cannot give credit to one particular person for sending this to me.  The man pictured is, of course, not an actual gold prospector from the California Gold Rush in the late 1840s.  He is a historical re-enactor and living history performer name Tennessee Hughes.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Day Two Hundred Ninety

China CN-99528 received 08-15-2009

Sent by: Welkin
From: China
ID number: CN-99528
Notes: The only caption on the back of this card that is in English says "People's Republic of China", so I can't  verify with 100% certainty the sender's claim that this is a postcard of Mount Everest.  It does *look* like some photos of the north face of Mount Everest that I was able to find through a search, so Welkin is likely correct. I always thought Everest was entirely in Nepal, but apparently the international border between Nepal and China runs through its precise summit point.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Day Two Hundred Eighty-Nine

California - Oakland Coliseum, Oakland

Sent by: Jassy-50
From: Alameda, California, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: The Oakland Coliseum is a multi-purpose stadium, home to both Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics and the NFL's Oakland Raiders.  It is the only stadium in the U.S. to serve as a full-time home to both a MLB and a NFL team.  As pictured, the stadium is set up for a Raiders game (you probably knew that as it says RAIDERS in one of the end zones).  The standard seating capacity for baseball games is 35,067, while for football games the seating goes up to 56,057. 

California - Yosemite National Park

Sent by: Green Tortuga
From: Seattle, Washington, USA
Notes: This is Yosemite National Park, one of the more famous national parks in the U.S.  This is another card Ryan sent to me while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, as the trail goes right through the park  He pointed out that this photo shows no snow on the mountains, which is apparently quite different from when he hiked through the area.  Hiking through deep snow certainly doesn't sound like very much fun to me!