Thursday, April 30, 2015

A View from Above

Pennsylvania - Philadelphia

Sent by: Amanda from Seattle
From: Seattle, Washington, USA
Notes: As her name says, Amanda lives in Seattle, but she gets around a bit because she's a flight attendant.  So while this card shows Philadelpha, the postmark says that she mailed it from Oakland, California.  Anyway, the card shows the Philadelpha skyline in the background, with the Schuylkill River running past it.  The building to the left of the river is the Philadelphia Museum, which was established in 1876 and is among the largest art museums in the United States.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

If It Ain't Baroque...Oh Wait, It Is

Germany DE-3175708 received 05-20-2014

Sent by: Graudrache
From: Kassel, Germany
ID number: DE-3175708
Notes: This is Schloss Arolsen, a baroque-style castle in Bad Arolsen, Germany.  It was built between 1713 and 1728 for the former ruling family of Waldeck and Pyrmont.  The castle is now a museum, but is also still inhabited by the Waldeck and Pyrmont family.  Wittekind Adolf Heinrich Georg-Wilhelm has been the Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont since his father's death in 1967.  His godfathers were Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler, which I'm sure is not a fact that he likes to advertise (it's on his Wikipedia page though).

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Squishy

USA US-1407833 received 12-01-2011

Sent by: fieryrogue
From: Portland, Oregon, USA
ID number: US-1407833
Notes: Here is a Polyorchis penicillatus, more commonly known as a red-eyed bell jellyfish.  The red "eyes", which are actually light-sensitive eyespots, are rather hard to see in this photo. This one lives at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Oregon.  The card I posted on March 24th was also from this aquarium.  fieryrogue sent me a card of a jellyfish because they are her favorite animal at the aquarium. I think Dory might agree...or maybe not.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Just Hanging Around

Germany DE-3315941 received 07-14-2014

Sent by: Peko
From: Wuppertal, Germany
ID number: DE-3315941
Notes: Wuppertal is a city of over 340,000 people in western Germany.  It is known for the Wuppertal Schwebebahn, or the Wuppertall Suspension Railway.  It's an elevated electric railway, but instead of the cars riding on tracks along the ground, the cars are suspended from the tracks.  It began operation in 1901, and now carries about 82,000 people a day.  This photo of the Schwebebahnstation at Werther Brücke was taken by the sender, Peko.  He sells his self-produced cards to tourist shops in Wuppertal.  Very cool!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fun with Flags...and Forts

South Carolina - State Flag

Sent by: 5 is Alive
From: Greenville, South Carolina, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: The crescent on the flag of South Carolina was designed by Colonel William Moultrie.  It matched the emblem worn on the hats of his troops.  The flag was first flown over Fort Johnson in 1775.  A palmetto tree was added to the flag in 1861 in reference to Moultrie's defense of Sullivan's Island, although a palmetto had been on the state seal since 1777.  In 2001, South Carolina's flag was named the 10th best designed state or provincial flag by the North American Vexillogical Association. Sounds like an organization that Sheldon Cooper might belong to.



USA US-526975 received 10-19-2009

Sent by: jbarbie23
From: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
ID number: US-526975
Notes: Fort Sumter, named after Revolutionary War hero General Thomas Sumter, was built following the War of 1812 to protect Charleston Harbor.  It is best known for the events of April 12, 1861, when Confederate troops fired on the Union troops occupying the fort.  This became the first shot of the Civil War.  The fort had a limited ammunition supply, and no fuses for their explosive shells, so the troops were rather ill-equipped to defend the fort.   After a 34 hour barrage by the Confederate batteries, the fort was surrendered and evacuated.  The fort is now a national monument, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Boats and a Big Cat

Germany DE-3026137 received 03-31-2014

Sent by: ostsee23730
From: Pelzerhaken, Germany
ID number: 3026137
Notes: The caption on the back of this card simply says "Nymphentümpel", which literally translates to nymph pond.  I don't know if that is the name of this pond, or if it is just a description.  The sender doesn't say.  I don't think I'd want to take a ride in either of those boats though.  They look leaky and that water is thoroughly unappealing.



Germany DE-3366822 received 08-02-2014

Sent by: Reisegern
From: Hanover, Germany
ID number: DE-3366800
Notes: Well, hello there, pretty kitty!  Seriously, that's a gorgeous face.  This card comes from the Hanover Zoo, which was established in May, 1865, making it the fifth oldest zoo in Germany.  It closed for a couple of years after World War I due to lack of funding, but was reopened due to public pressure. The zoo was severely damaged during World War II, but it was restored and reopened in 1950.

Reisegern, the sender, is a fellow letterboxer, and she stamped the image of her signature stamp on the back of the card.  Cool!  According to her Postcrossing profile, Reisegern means "likes to travel".  Letterboxing and Postcrossing are both excellent hobbies for people who like to travel.

Friday, April 24, 2015

There's Snow Place Creepier

Oregon - Timberline Lodge

Sent by: Green Tortuga
From: Seattle, Washington, USA
Notes: I know it is spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, and many of us are trying to forget about snow, but this was the next unblogged card in the USA box.  Sorry! 

Timberline Lodge is a ski lodge on the slopes of Mt. Hood in Oregon.  According to the back of the card, the lodge gets around 200 inches of snow in the winter, which seems like it practically buries the building.  The lodge was built in the 1930s, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is probably best known as the exterior location for The Shining, the creeptastic 1980 movie starring Jack Nicholson.  It does not, however, have a hedge maze - those scenes were filmed in a studio in England.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Space Place

French Guiana NL-2445227 received 04-23-2014

Sent by: Krissan
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-2445227
Notes: This is one of those cards that was sent from one country but shows another country.  So which country does it show?  I'd have you try to guess, but I would be willing to bet that no one would come up with it.  You would probably start guessing other European countries, but it is actually on a different continent altogether.  It is...*drumroll please*...French Guiana, one of the three smallest countries in South America.  Specifically, this is the Centre Spatial Guyanais in Kourou, French Guiana.  It is where the Ariane rockets are launched from following an agreement by France, Germany and the UK in 1973.  These rockets are 'expendable launch vehicles', meaning they are only meant to be used once.  Versions 1-5 of the Ariane rockets had 210 successful launches out of 221 attempts.  Ariane 6 is in development and is slated for launch in 2021-2022.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It's a Twister!

Oklahoma - Tornado

Sent by: Veeder
From: Texas, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: And here is one of the stars of films such as The Wizard of Oz and Twister.  It's....a tornado!  I have no desire to see one in person, but I do sometimes enjoy watching those tornado chasing shows.  Those people are c-ra-zy!!  The only tornado I want to get anywhere near is the one in the Science Storms exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.  It is three stories tall, and you can actually stand in it without fear of being blown away.  You can also get into a booth that simulates hurricane-force winds.  Every time I walk by them, either they are both occupied or I'm busy doing volunteer stuff, so I still have not been in them.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Take Me to Church

France - Nohant-Vic

Sent by: Bibiche
From: France
For: Private swap
Notes:  Nohant-Vic is a commune in central France, consisting of two villages, Nohant and Vic. I thought at first that this was the Church of Saint-Martin; however, after researching it a bit more, I realized that this church looks similar, but is not the same one as it is a bit smaller and the tower is shorter.  I'm not sure of the name of it, but I did find a photo on TripAdviser that says it is on the grounds of the Auberge de la Petite Fadette hotel.   

Nohant-Vic is probably most famous as the home of Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, the novelist better known by the pseudonym George Sand.  Bibiche wrote quite a bit about her on the back of the card. It sounds like she was a rather interesting and scandalous person. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Riddle Me This

USA US-1117768 received 05-13-2011

Sent by: karxoslu
From: Ohio, USA
ID number: US-1117768
Notes: I bet you can guess the answer to this riddle.  I mean, the answer is right there.  The back of the card claims that this is the state's favorite riddle.  I doubt that's really true.  In fact, I'm fairly certain that people from Ohio are actually pretty sick of it.  

Anyone have a better riddle?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

F is for...

Finland FI-2075254 received 04-21-2014

Sent by: Katalonia
From: Finland
ID number: FI-2075254
Notes: This lovely dome is inside the Uspenski (or Uspensky) Cathedral, an Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Helsinki, Finland. The name comes from the Old Church Slavonic (the first Slavic literary language) uspenie, which signifies the Dormition (death) of the Virgin Mary.  The cathedral was built between 1862 and 1868, and is dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary).  It is the largest orthodox church in Western Europe.




France - Eguisheim

Sent by: MILYA
From: France
For: North America Meets the World Round Robin - Group 608
Notes: To me, this town almost doesn't look real, but rather more like a movie set.  All those flowers are gorgeous!  This is the town of Eguisheim, located in the Alsace region of eastern France.  In May of 2013, it was voted the "Favorite French Village", a title that annually passes from town to town in France.  Alsace is a wine-producing region, and Eguisheim apparently produces a high quality Alsatian wine.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Browns and Balloons

USA US-999079 received 02-11-2011

Sent by: silencedogwood
From: Columbus, Ohio, USA
ID number: US-999079
Notes: This stadium was simply known as Cleveland Browns Stadium until 2013, when FirstEnergy purchased the naming rights.  It is now known, not surprisingly, as FirstEnergy Stadium.  It opened in 1999, and as I'm sure you've already guessed, it is home to the Cleveland Browns NFL team.  As of the 2014-15 season, it is one of only two stadiums in the NFL that has never hosted a playoff game or a Superbowl.  The other stadium is Levi's Stadium, the current home of the San Francisco 49ers, which just opened in July of 2014.  Since the Browns returned to Cleveland in 1999, they have only made the playoffs once (in 2002), and they lost in the first round to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh.



Ohio - Balloon Rally, Coshocton

Sent by: tdkeirns
From: Athens, Ohio, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: Every year, there is a hot air balloon rally at the Coshocton Fairgrounds in Coshocton, Ohio.  Coshocton is a city of over 11,00 people located in east central Ohio.  It is next to the former Ohio and Erie Canal, and features Roscoe Village, a restored town of the canal era that is now a tourist attraction.  There is also a horse-drawn boat that gives rides on the canal.

In case anyone is interested in going, this year's balloon rally will take place June 4-6.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Them Bones

Ethiopia ET-1124 received 06-30-2014

Sent by: anamedina
From: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ID number: ET-1124
Notes: Receiving a postcard from anywhere in Africa is a fairly rare event, so that makes this card pretty special.  The sender is originally from San Diego, but works as a teacher at an international school in Addis Ababa.  The card shows AL 288-1, more commonly known as Lucy.  It is a 40% complete skeleton of an Australopithecus afarensis female, who lived about 3.2 million years ago.  She was found in 1974 in the Awash Valley in Ethiopia, and is now preserved in the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Giving Peace a Chance Since 1932

North Dakota - International Peace Garden

Sent by: Miss McFace
From: Illinois, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: The International Peace Garden, established in 1932, is 3.65 sq. mile (9.46 sq. km.) park spanning the border between North Dakota, USA, and Manitoba, Canada.  Not surprisingly, it was established as a symbol of peace between the two countries.  In this photo, the tower on the left is in the USA, and the tower on the right is in Canada.  You can tell which country is which by the triangular-shaped flower gardens in the middle of the photo.  The park plants over 150,000 flowers every year. In addition, there is a floral clock, a 14-bell carillon tower, and some of the World Trade Center remains on display in the park.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Paradise Found?

Dominican Republic DO-675 received 04-19-2014

Sent by: AuryP
From: Dominican Republic
ID number: DO-675
Notes: The Dominican Republic occupies five-eighths of the island of Hispaniola, which is located in the Caribbean.  It is the second largest country in the Caribbean, after Cuba, and it has a population of almost 10 million people.  Tourism is a huge industry, as the Dominican Republic is the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean, probably because it is so pretty (or at least it look it).  Despite the population and the large number of tourists visiting the country, this is the only card I have from the Dominican Republic.  As you can see from the ID number, this is only the 675th official Postcrossing card sent from the country.  In the year since I received this card, the number of cards sent has grown to 1,091.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Stuck in the Middle

North Dakota - Geographic Center of North America, Rugby

Sent by: Miss McFace
From: Illinois, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: This card had a sticky note on the back with Miss McFace's name on it, so I know it was from her.  I think it was for a swap, but as I didn't write that down, I can't confirm that 100%.  I just stuck the sticky note on my cat Jedi's back.  He doesn't seem to have noticed. What a goober.

Anyway, Rugby is a town of about 2,900 people in northern North Dakota.  As the monument in this photo says, it is considered the geographical center of North America.  The monument was erected in 1931, and then moved to a slightly different location around 1971.  According the the US Geological Survey, Rugby is about 15 miles from the geographical center of North America.  Oops.

P.S.  The sticky note fell off of Jedi when he moved.  He still didn't notice.  *shaking head*

Monday, April 13, 2015

Cathedral in the Castle

Czech Republic CZ-469507 received 07-01-2014

Sent by: TerkaVojtechova
From: Třemošnice, Czech Republic
ID number: CZ-469507
Notes: This is the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert, commonly known as the St. Vitus Cathedral.  It is a Roman Catholic cathedral located entirely within the Prague Castle complex in Prague, Czech Republic.  It was founded in 1344, although there was an earlier church on the site dating from around 930.  The building of the cathedral was interrupted numerous times by both wars and lack of funding, and a fire in 1541 damaged it considerably.  Consequently, the cathedral wasn't completely finished until 1929, almost 600 years after construction began.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Races and Rockefeller Center

USA US-631120 received 03-08-2010

Sent by: marykat
From: Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA
ID number US-631120
Notes: These dirigibles are involved in a race on Long Island, New York in 1908.  Most dirigibles that I've seen are enclosed, but it looks to me like there is just a framework hanging from the top balloon with a guy sitting on it.  NO thank you!  I wasn't able to find any more information about this race or these dirigibles, but if you like this photo and are interested in a print of you, you can buy one from the New York Times for a mere $199.  I think I'll stick with the postcard.



New York - Rockefeller Center

Sent by: EvansCrew (aka churchguysNprincesses)
From: Massachusetts, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: The Prometheus Fountain outside 30 Rockefeller Center has been seen in numerous movies and TV shows, especially ones showing the ice skating rink, which is directly in front of the fountain.  30 Rock, as the building is known, is currently home to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and of course, Saturday Night Live.  The bronze statue of Prometheus was created in 1934 by Paul Manship.  It's 18 feet tall and weights 8 tons.  

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Plaits and Pillars

China CN-1227321 received 04-25-2014

Sent by: qingxin
From: China
ID number: CN-1227321
Notes: According to the sender, this photo was taken in 1890 (I'm assuming the color was added later).  There is a rather long caption on the back about hair braiding.  The Qing Dynasty came to power in 1644, and in 1645, an edict was issued that stated all men must shave the front of their hair and then braid the rest of it into a queue in the style worn by Manchu men.  Any man who did not comply would lose his head.  Yikes!  The men could go to shaving sheds, which I'm guessing were kind of like barber shops, or they could wait for a traveling shaver to visit them.  The last Qing emperor abdicated in 1912, putting an end to over 2,000 years of imperial rule in China.



China - Wulingyuan Scenery

Sent by: 96hsu
From: Shanghai, China
For: Send me a card from my album of favourites tag 2
Notes: Wulingyuan is a 64,000 acre (26,000 hectare) scenic and historic area in China's Hunan province.  It has more than 3,000 quartzite sandstone pillars, including the ones shown here, as well as ravines, waterfalls, over 40 caves and two natural bridges.  According to the caption, this is "Warrior training a horse".  I'm guessing the large pillar on the left is the warrior, because I kinda see the face.  I don't really see the horse though.  Wulingyuan has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Eccentric, Creative, Kinda Creepy

USA US-522343 received 10-16-2009

Sent by: ilydoll
From: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
ID number: US-522343
Notes: The collection of the Tinkertown Museum in Sandia Park, New Mexico (east of Albuquerque) started as a hobby for Ross J. Ward in 1962.  Over the next 40 years, he carved figures out of wood, first putting them on display at county fairs and carnvials in the 1960s and 1970s.  Today, his collection is housed in a 22-room museum with walls made of 50,000 glass bottles.  In addition to the scenes with the hand-carved figures like the one shown here, the museum has collections of wedding cake toppers, antique tools, bullet pencils and more.  As the sign in the lower right says, this scene is called "Dreamers in Paradise (Teachers on Vacation)". You can see photos of other exhibits on the museum's website.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Totem? I Barely Know 'Em!

Canada CA-455405 received 08-04-2014

Sent by: jocie
From: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
ID number: CA-455405
Notes: This is the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology.  Through the windows, you can see a collection of First Nations totem poles of various sizes.  There are apparently even more totem poles outside of the museum building.  The museum was founded in 1947, and moved to this building in 1976, which underwent a renovation and expansion project in 2010.  It houses 38,000 ethnographic objects and 535,000 archaeological artifacts, including items from the First Nations, the South Pacific, Asia and Africa.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Old State House in New Hampshire

USA US-634879 received 03-30-2010

Sent by: rickyrock101
From: New Hampshire, USA
ID number: US-634879
Notes: The New Hampshire State House (aka the Capitol) was built between 1816 and 1819, and was remodeled and enlarged in 1864.  According to an inscription on the side of the building, it is the nation's oldest state house in which the legislature occupies its original chambers.  The Senate Chamber houses the 24 members of the State Senate, while the House Chamber houses the largest state legislative body in the U.S., with 400 members.  Originally, the statue at the top of the dome was a war eagle, which looked to the left.  In 1957, it was replaced with a statue of a peace eagle, which faces right.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I'm Heading Straight to Alberta

Canada - Roadside Attractions, Alberta

Sent by: Quahtreenuh
From: Alberta, Canada
For: North America Meets the World Round Robin - Group 616
Notes: According to the back of the card, these are considered roadside attractions up in Alberta.  WOW!  Such exciting stuff!  I must go and see what other exciting things they have up there.

But seriously, I realize that the card is probably a little (or a lot) tongue-in-cheek.  Quahtreenuh admits that her province has a bit of a reputation for being rednecks and cowboys.  Clearly they embrace that and are maybe even a little proud of it.

Edit: Oops!  Apparently I scheduled today's post for 2:00 CDT instead of 5:00 CDT like my other weekday posts.  I wonder if anyone else noticed.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Send in the Clowns

Nevada - Circus Circus Hotel, Las Vegas

Notes: I have only been to Las Vegas once, 15 years ago.  We stayed here at Circus Circus.  Yes, it was exactly as cheesy as you would imagine it to be.  I didn't purchase this card while I was there, as that was before my obses...I mean hobby....started.  This, along with a number of postcards of other hotels, were purchased for me by my mom, who visited Vegas with my dad every year for about a decade (they had a timeshare).

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Finland FI-1069272 receieved 04-18-2011

Sent by: MillaMagia
From: Helsinki, Finland
ID number: FI-1069272
Notes: Cute, right? I just wish I could figure out how to get the metallic lettering and the glitter to show up on the scan.




Happy Easter - Eggs and Flowers

Sent by: Susa
From: Estonia
For: Happy Easter Tag
Notes: As a kid, I preferred my Easter baskets to be filled with candy.  Now, though, I'd definitely take a basket filled with purple flowers, especially because purple is my favorite color.




Netherlands NL-151355 received 03-31-2009

Sent by: Blynn
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-151355
Notes: This is actually not a postcard - it's a greeting card.  The entire front of the card is covered in glitter, and the chick is on a spring so that it stands out from the front of the card.  I had to hold the scanner lid down as I scanned it so that it would lay flat.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Eggcentric

Finland FI-538776 received 05-09-2009

Sent by: annet10
From: Jyväskylä, Finland
ID number: FI-538776
Notes: This card has me wondering two things.  1.  Is that a really big egg, or are the bunnies really small?  2. Why does the bunny in the blue overalls have a pussy willow sticking out of his pocket?  For some reason I felt the need to look up pussy willows, and I believe that the one on this card is Salix cinerea, also known as the grey willow, which is native to Europe and Western Asia.  (American pussy willows are Salix discolor.)  And in case you are wondering, Happy Easter in Finnish is Hyvää Pääsiäistä.  I know this because the back of the card says so.




Poland PL-24133 received 04-18-2009

Sent by: Admiral_Penguin
From: Poland
ID number: PL-24133
Notes:  As usual, the glitter on this card does not show up well on a scan. You'll have to trust me when I say that the card is actually prettier in person than it looks here.  The eggs in the basket are called pisanki.  There are several different types of pisanki, although I think drapanki (or skrobanki) are the most familiar to people here in the U.S.  Drapanki are eggs that are dyed in natural dyes, and then the dye is scraped away to reveal the white shell underneath.  Polish for 'Happy Easter' is Wesołych Świąt Wielkanocnych.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Duck, Duck, Goo...No, Just Ducks

Finland FI-772274 received 03-27-2010

Sent by: Kattimau
From: Finland
ID number: FI-772274
Notes: Some nights I have trouble coming up with a title for a post.  Tonight was not one of those nights.  Coming up with something to write here, however, was a bit of a problem.  If the card I'm blogging about shows a geographical location, I just look up the Wikipedia page and copy some stuff from there.  But unfortunately, Wikipedia does not have a page for ducklings sitting in a field of flowers. Yes, I checked.  So what can I say about the card, other than that the ducklings are cute?

FYI, if you search 'duckling in a field' on Wikipedia, it will ask "Did you mean 'dueling in a field'?"  No, I really didn't!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Eggcellent

Germany DE-894367 received 04-20-2011

Sent by: housemouse1407
From: Germany
ID number: DE-894367
Notes: I have a number of Easter cards that I haven't posted, so I thought I'd start a few days early with this cute card.  I am a little confused by the animal painting the tulips on the egg though.  Is that a rabbit with really skinny ears, or is it some sort of an insect that is missing two legs?  Because of the theme of the card, I'm leaning towards rabbit.  I think we can agree that the one in the lower left is a chicken, right?

Looks like the postal service in Germany was a bit confused as well, as they postmarked the wrong side of the card!  They must have realized their mistake because there is a postmark on the other side as well.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

No More Postcards

Bulgaria BG-37133 received 05-24-2014

Sent by: zorirasheva
From: Bulgaria
ID number: BG-37133
Notes: After receiving almost 1,000 official Postcrossing cards, and hundreds more through swaps, tags and round robins, it is unusual for me to receive a card from a new country.  This card is one of those rare exceptions - the first (and only) card I have ever received from Bulgaria.  It shows scenes from the town of Varshets (or Varshetz) in northwestern Bulgaria. The town is known for its curative mineral springs, and I believe the building at the top of the card is part of one of the town's two spa centers.

I'm sure you've already figured it out, but the title of this post is just a bit of April Fools fun.