Sunday, May 31, 2015

State Parks

Washington - Fort Casey State Park

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 5
Notes: Fort Casey State Park, a 467-acre marine camping park, is located on Whidbey Island in Washington, near the town of Coupeville.  Construction on the fort began in 1897, and featured guns on disappearing carriages that were only exposed long enough to fire.  However, the guns became obsolete soon after the invention of the airplane, as the disappearing guns did nothing to protect the fort from air attack.  The park also features the Admiralty Head Lighthouse, which was built in 1903 to withstand the concussion from the aforementioned guns at Fort Casey.



Washington - Cascade Lake, Moran State Park, Orcas Island

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 5
Notes: Cascade Lake is located in Moran State Park, a 5,000 acre park on Orcas Island.  The name "Orcas" may make you think of killer whales, but that is not where the name came from.  It is actually short for Horcasitas, which comes from Juan Vicente de Güemes Padilla Horcasitas y Aguayo, 2nd Count of Revillagigedo.  Yeah.  He was the Viceroy of Mexico who sent an expedition to explore the Pacific Northwest in 1791.The land for the state park was donated to the state of Washington in 1921 by Seattle mayor and shipbuilder Robert Moran.  

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Water Here, Water There

Netherlands NL-2581164 received 07-24-14

Sent by: dreetje
From: Nijkerk, Netherlands
ID number: NL-2581164
Notes: The Dolfinarium in Hardewijk, Netherlands opened in 1965, after Frits den Herder, owner of a shipping company, had spent a decade collecting marine mammals.  In addition to the bottlenose dolphins shown on this card, the park also has porpoises, sharks, rays, seals, sea lions, walruses, lobsters, crabs and various other fish and marine animals.  The area where the dolphins live is the park's largest tank, which holds 15 million liters of water.  In addition to the marine tanks, the park also has restaurants, shops, playgrounds and a beach on Lake Wolderwijd.  An hotel is also being planned for the park.  



Philippines - Tinago Falls

Sent by: janbonivic
From: Puerto Princesa, Philippines
For: Private swap
Notes: Tinago Falls is located on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, and is one of the main tourist attractions of Iligan, also known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls.  Tinago means "hidden", which is appropriate as the falls are hidden in a deep ravine.  Tourists wishing to visit the base of the falls must climb down around 500 steps...and then, of course, climb back up them on the way out!  The falls are 240 ft (73 m) tall, and have a series of five drops on the way down, ending in a basin-like pool.  

Friday, May 29, 2015

A Capital (or should I say Capitol) View

Washington - State Capitol, Olympia

Sent by: hootnoodle
From: Olympia, Washington
For: US to US I Want _____ Tag
Notes: The State Capitol building, or Legislative Building, in the center is one of the buildings that make up the capitol campus.  It has the tallest self-supported masonry dome in the United States, and the fourth tallest in the world.  (The three taller domes are St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, St. Paul's Cathedral in London and St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg.)  In 1949, an earthquake damage the dome's cupola so badly that it had to be replaced.  Another earthquake in 1965 severely damaged the dome's brick buttresses. Since then, there have been a number of improvements to help the dome withstand further earthquakes.  According to hootnoodle, the body of water in the background is Puget Sound, with the Olympic Mountains far in the distance.  

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Celebrate!

Netherlands NL-346261 received 06-01-2010

Sent by: Khushi
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-346261
Notes: Hey, guess what?  It's someone's birthday today!  Well, actually, there are probably millions of people who have a birthday today, but I'm talking about someone specific.  Can you guess who??   It's me!!!  I love the cake on this card.  First, it's cake.  What's not to like?  And second, PURPLE!!



Netherland NL-1390714 received 08-27-2012

Sent by: Elonie
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-1390714
Notes: Normally, I only post one card on weekdays, but I am going to break that rule today.  Especially because it was so nice of Bert and Ernie to do a song and dance for me!  I remember watching Sesame Street a lot when I was a kid, and Bert and Ernie were always two of my favorite characters.  They first appeared in the pilot episode, so they have been part of the show since the very beginning.  They were originally voiced by Jim Henson (Ernie) and Frank Oz (Bert), but now they are voiced by Steve Whitmire and Eric Jacobson.  Frank Oz does still voice Bert on occasion.



Germany DE-1357456 received 05-16-2012

Sent by: Petra99
From: Cologne, Germany
ID number: DE-1357456
Notes: Finally, what would a Trekkie Gal birthday post be without a Star Trek card?  This is a publicity shot of Spock, portrayed by the late Leonard Nimoy.  The sender is also a Star Trek fan, and she prefers Deep Space Nine.  That is my favorite series as well.  

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Misleading

Netherlands NL-2493755 received 05-28-2014

Sent by: MarianneGroenenboom
From: Rhoon, Netherlands
ID number: NL-2493755
Notes: The caption at the bottom of the card says "Greetings from Poortugaal".  No, that's not Portugal, the country.  It's Poortugaal, a village in the Netherlands near the city of Rotterdam.  Wikipedia doesn't have much to say about the village, but it does mention a 15th century church, which I would guess is the one pictured here.  Since 1985, Poortugaal has been part of the municipality of Albrandswaard, along with Rhoon, the sender's hometown.

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.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tropical Garden

Mauritius MU-1644 received 07-26-2012

Sent by: tropicalsamuelvivi
From: Mauritius
ID number: MU-1644
Notes: Mauritius is an island nationin the Indian Ocean, 1,200 miles (2,000 km) off the south east coast of Africa.  The total population is over 1.2 million people.  This card shows Jardin de la Compagnie in the city of Port Louis, which is the capital and largest city in the country.  The park was original part of the vegetable garden for the French East India Company.  The average high temperature for Mauritius is between 80.1° F (26.7° C) in July and 88.7° F (31.5° C) in January, so it is quite a warm place.  I prefer cooler temperatures, so don't expect me to move to Mauritius any time soon.  I had previously received two cards from Mauritius as part of a swap, but this is my first (and only, thus far) official Postcrossing card from the country.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Sound of Drums

USA US-1170737 received 06-29-2011

Sent by: Punkie9799
From: Sault Saint Marie, Michigan, USA
ID number: US-1170737
Notes: I believe that Punkie9799 sent this card to me because I have Civil War as one of my requests.  This is the Drum Corps of the 8th Regiment New York State Militia Infantry, also known as the Washington Greys.  The 8th New York was one of three regiments that combined to make up the 8th Infantry.  Although they were from New York, this photo was taken in Arlington, Virginia.  This card doesn't actually say it anywhere, but according to other websites with the same photo, it was taken in June, 1861.

Sorry to anyone who thought this was going to be a Doctor Who related post based on the title.  But kudos to you for getting the reference. ;)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Clever Title? Not Today!

Lithuania LT-195246 received 04-09-2012

Sent by: Skaiste6
From: Kretinga, Lithuania
ID number: LT-195246
Notes: Klaipėda is a city in north west Lithuania, situated along the Baltic Sea at the mouth of the Danė River.  In its 750+ year history, the city has been controlled by the Teutonic Knights, the Duchy of Prussia, the Kingdom of Prussia, the German Empire, the Entente States, the Third Reich, the Soviet Union, and of course, the country of Lithuania.  It is the third largest city in Lithuania after Vilnius (the capital) and Kaunas, although the population has declined by about 50,000 people since 1992.  I always like to check out the museums that Wikipedia lists in a city because, you know, museums.  Klaipėda has a castle museum (not sure if it's a museum about castle or a castle that became a museum), a maritime museum (makes sense 'cause they're on the coast), a blacksmith museum and a clock museum (which you would hope would always open on time).


Monday, May 18, 2015

Smile!!

USA US-1038362 received 06-07-2011

Sent by: jschenning
From: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
ID number: US-1038362
Notes: When you think of false teeth, who is the first famous person you think of?  If your answer was George Washington, you are very smart.  Or you read ahead.  Either way, these dentures did indeed belong to George Washington.  Unlike the myth, though, they are not made of wood.  These are made of animal teeth, human teeth and vegetable ivory, fitted into a lead base.  FYI, vegetable ivory is the hard, white endosperm of the seeds of some palm trees.  And yes, I did say lead base.  Having these teeth in your mouth for hours every day sounds like a great way to get lead poisoning!  The dentures are on display at the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center at Washington's home, Mount Vernon.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Unidentified....Again

Latvia LV-74610 received 07-16-2012

Sent by: Freimane
From: Riga, Latvia
ID number: LV-74610
Notes: Did you know that there is a Wikipedia page that lists windmills in every country?  Yeah, I tried to use it to figure out the name of this windmill.  Unfortunately, that page only lists one windmill in Latvia, and it is not this one, so I guess this one will go unidentified and I'll have to talk about someone else.  The sender, Freimane, was 13 at the time she sent the card.  She was on her school holidays, and was spending her time walking her dog, Dekster, skateboarding and sleeping.



Latvia LT-150376 received 06-21-2014

Sent by: sauleszeme
From: Jurmala, Latvia
ID number: LV-150376
Notes: These women are dressed in traditional Latvian clothing, or so I'm assuming.  Once again, neither the card nor the sender's message gives me any clue.  If I was Queen of the Postcards, every card would have a caption on the back so that I'd know what the photo showed.  Incidentally, if anyone knows how I would go about getting that job, please let me know. :)  

Saturday, May 16, 2015

From Vermont to Virginia

Vermont - Waits River

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 5
Notes: Waits River is one of four villages that make up the town of Topsham, Vermont.  The other three are East Topsham, Topsham Four Corners and West Topsham.  The total population of the town is about  1,140 people.  The Waits River flows through the western part of the town.  According to the back of the card, Waits River is the most picturesque village in Vermont.  Sorry that this is a rather dry statement of facts, but I really couldn't find anything more interesting about it.



Virginia - Chincoteague Island

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 3
Notes: Chincoteague Island is located off the eastern coast of Virginia. It is a resort island, and home to the Chincoteague Wild Ponies.  The ponies are descendents of survivors of a Spanish galleon wreck off the coast.  They run wild and live on salt marsh plants and brush.  There is a Pony Penning festival every July (since 1925) where the ponies are rounded up and made to swim across the channel between Assateague and Chincoteague Islands.  They then run through the main street of Chincoteage and rounded up into pens.  Two days later, they swim back.  As you can see from the card, the island also has many seabirds in addition to the ponies.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Language Lesson

South Korea KR-36549 received 04-30-2012

Sent by: Sunnyt12
From: South Korea
ID number: KR-36549
Notes: This is only the second card I've received from South Korea.  This card doesn't give any clue as to the location pictured, but I'd hazard a guess that it is some sort of a temple as it looks similar to other Asian temples that I have seen.  Sun-Hee, the sender, wrote my name in Korean characters.  I can't recreate it here, but I think I'll just stick to my American name.  She also wrote "Have a nice day" in Korean.  You can see for yourself what that looks like on Google Translate.  Actually, I just realized that my name translates as well, and it looks remarkably similar to what she wrote.  Do you think she copied it from Google Translate?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Faux Falls

USA US-759736 received 07-22-2010

Sent by: zackaryscott
From: Wichita Falls, Texas, USA
ID number: US-759736
Notes: Wichita Falls is a city of 104,000 people in northern Texas.  It was named for a waterfall on the Wichita River, which was unfortunately washed away in a flood in 1886.  Nearly 100 years later, the city built this 55-foot high recreation in Lucy Park, which recirculates 3,500 gallons of water per minute. 

The sender of this card was 7 years old at the time, and he wrote the message himself.  I love that.  He went to a dinosaur museum on the day he sent the card.  Sounds like someplace I'd go!  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Where in the World...??

Kazakhstan KZ-5293 received 08-06-2012

Sent by: fyzname
From: Kazakhstan
ID number: KZ-5293
Notes: The only words that I could read on the front and back of this card (other than the sender's message) were "City Mall".  Unfortunately, it didn't say which city!  Well, maybe it did, but only in the Cyrillic alphabet.  I went to fyzname's Postcrossing profile to see where she was from, hoping that would give me a clue, but it seems that she has moved to the Czech Republic since she sent the card.  Fortunately, a little bit of searching through Yahoo! images let me to photos of this mall, which is in the city of....Karaganda.  Yeah, I hadn't heard of it either.  It is located in central Kazakhstan, and has a population of about 460,000 people. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What's in a Name?

Texas - Ameriquest Field, Arlington

Sent by: Veeder
From: Dallas, Texas, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: This stadium, home of Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers, opened in 1994, and for the first ten years of its existence, it was known as The Ballpark in Arlington.  Well, that's original (sarcasm).  For the next two years, it was called Ameriquest Field in Arlington.  Obviously this card was produced during that time.  Then, in 2007, the name was changed to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.  Another highly original choice (sarcasm again).  Just last year, the name changed again, this time to Globe Life Park in Arlington.  Anyone want to take bets on how long this name will last?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Frightening Float

Japan JP-243089 received 02-29-2012

Sent by: puico
From: Tokyo, Japan
ID number: JP-243089
Notes: These brightly colored, lighted floats are part of the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri.  In case you don't know what that is, I can tell you that Aomori is a city of almost 300,000 people in northern Japan.  The Nebuta Matsuri, or Nebuta Festival, takes place every August, and involves carrying nebutas, or floats of a brave warrior figure, through the city center, surrounded by costumed dancers. There are other nebuta festivals in Japan, but the one in the city of Aomori is the most famous.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Pastoral or Populous

Texas - Lone Longhorn

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 5
Notes: You will probably recognize this animal as a Texas Longhorn.  Longhorns are descended from the aurochs (ancient wild cattle) of the Middle East and India.  The cattle were brought to North America by the Spanish starting in the 1490s, and over several centuries, the cattle adapted to the landscape into the hearty breed we know today.  Obviously the most distinctive characteristic of the Longhorn is their horns, which can grow up the 7 ft (2.1 m) from tip to tip.  The horns look intimidating, but apparenly Longhorns a generally pretty gentle, making them ideal to be trained as riding steers.  Longhorns can be any color or mix of colors, although dark red and white is the most common.  



Texas - Dallas Skyline

Sent by: Veeder
From: Dallas, Texas, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: The city of Dallas has a population of around 1.2 million people, with a metropolitan area of around 7 million, the 4th largest metro area in the country.  The city was officially incorporated in 1856, eleven years after the Republic of Texas was annexed by the United States.  This card shows the downtown area of Dallas, with a field of bluebonnets (the Texas state flower) in the foreground.  Of the buildings in the picture, the tower towards the left is the most distinctive. It is the Reunion Tower, the 5th tallest observation tower in the United States at 561 ft (171 m).

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Festival Fever

Japan JP-541248 received 05-30-2014

Sent by: rira
From: Kobe, Japan
ID number: JP-541248
Notes: This is the Chinatown (or Nankinmachi) area of Kobe, one of three designated Chinatowns in Japan.  The other two are in Yokohama and Nagasaki, although Kobe's is known as the most colorful and foreign-looking.  rira believes that this card shows the Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival. It takes place on the night of the full moon that is closest to the autumnal equinox.  This year, that would be September 27th.




Japan FI-610255 received 08-17-2009

Sent by: vixen
From: Pori, Finland
ID number: FI-610255
Notes: This is sort of a multi-national card.  It was sent from Finland.  The snow sculpture is of the Ipiranga Museum in Sao Paolo, Brazil (and it is a very impressive sculpture, I must say).  At first, it might seem obvious that the snow festival for which the sculpture was built took place in Finland; however, the Asian language on the signs and on the upper left of the card tell otherwise.  This is the from the annual Sapporo Snow Festival, which takes place over three sites in Sapporo, including Odori Park, where this sculpture was located.  I'd love to know how long it took to create such a large and detailed building out of snow.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Badlands! BAD!!

USA US-575031 received 12-21-2009

Sent by: dakotadee
From: South Dakota, USA
ID number: US-575031
Notes: The Badlands is a 242,756 acre (98,240 ha) national park in southwestern South Dakota.  In addition to the sandstone buttes, pinnacles and spires, it contains the largest undisturbed mixed grass prairie in the U.S.  Part of the park is also a wilderness area, which was the site of the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land mammal in North America. The park's highest point is Red Shirt Table, which unfortunately has nothing to do with Star Trek.  I have been through the park several times, and each time it was very, VERY hot!  Ugh!!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Kobe or Not Kobe

Japan JP-287330 received 07-09-2012

Sent by: ecc-crocus
From: Kobe, Japan
ID number: JP-287330
Notes: Kobe is the sixth largest city in Japan, with a population of 1.5 million people.  It is located in southern Japan, and it shares its metro area with Osaka and Kyoto.  The tower on this card is the Kobe Port Tower, a 354 ft. (108 m) lattice tower.  It was completed in 1963, and it sits near Osaka Bay, offering spectacular views of the bay and the city from its observation deck.  The strange-looking structure in front of the Kobe Port Tower is the Kobe Maritime Museum.  The lattice design is meant to look like the sails of a ship.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

50 Shades of Sunrise

South Carolina - Palmetto State

Sent by: 5 is Alive
From: Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Notes: I'm not sure if this card was part of a swap or not.  The message on the back just says "Happy Valentine's Day", so that's nice.  The sabal palmetto is the state tree of South Carolina, which makes sense, as the state's nickname is The Palmetto State.  It would be weird to call  it the Palmetto State if the state tree was a maple or something!  It's also the state tree of Florida, but it is more closely associated with South Carolina not only because of the nickname, but also because the tree appears on the state flag and state seal.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Old Photo of an Ancient City

Italy IT-270399 received 05-19-2014

Sent by: cook2001
From: Assisi, Italy
ID number: IT-270399
Notes: Assisi is a town of over 27,000 people, located in central Italy, and built by the Romans as Asisium in the 3rd century B.C.  It is the birthplace of St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan order of the Roman Catholic Church.  A number of the medieval buildings in Assisi are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Basilica of San Francesco, which I believe is on the left side of this photo towards the background.  The castle in the upper right is the Rocca Maggiore, a castle built between the 14th and 16th centuries to intimidate the people in the town below (or so says Wikipedia).

Monday, May 4, 2015

Don't They Know Smoking is Bad for You?

South Carolina - Smoky Mountains

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 5
Notes: The Great Smoky Mountains are actually a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, and they contain approximately 187,000 acres of old growth forest.  The mountains are part of an International Biosphere Reserve, as the forests are home to one of the most diverse ecosystems in North America. They have the densest population of black bears in the eastern United States, and the most diverse salamander population outside of the tropics.  And no, the mountains don't actually smoke (well, unless there is a forest fire).  The name comes from the fog that often hangs over the range, which looks like large smoke plumes from a distance.  

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Shrine and Sanctuary

Indonesia  ID-31614 received 07-21-2012

Sent by: dhani_ab
From: Indonesia
ID number: ID-31614
Notes: The Uluwatu Temple is a Hindu temple on top of a cliff on the Bali Peninsula in Indonesia.  It is one of six temples believe to be Bali's spiritual pillars.  The temple is surrounded by a forest that is home to hundreds of monkeys.  The cliff top is one of the most popular places on the island to watch the sunset, as it offers spectacular views.  Uluwatu is also the number four surfing destination in the world, according to a CNN article from July, 2013.



Italy IT-187848 received 07-11-2012

Sent by: monicuccia
From: Italy
ID number: IT-187848
Notes: This is the Monte Cassino Abbey, a Roman Catholic abbey located about 81 miles southeast of Rome.  It was founded by St. Benedict of Nursia around 529 A.D., thereby establishing the Benedictine Order.  During the Battle of Monte Cassino, which took place between January and May 1944, the abbey made up one section of the German defensive line that was meant to keep the Allies from advancing farther into Italy.  In February, 1944, the abbey was almost completely destroyed during heavy American-led bombings.  The abbey was rebuilt after the war and reconsecrated by Pope Paul VI in 1964.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Cooling Towers and a Carolina

Pennsylvania - Limerick, 1996

Sent by: iSteven
From: Pennsylvania, USA
For: Lottery for Round Robin Hosts
Notes: Limerick is township with a population of about 18,000, located in southeast Pennsylvania, and yes, it was named after Limerick, Ireland.  This postcard shows the Limerick Generating Station, a nuclear power plant with two boiling water reactors.  This seems an unusual subject for a postcard to me.  Surely a better postcard subject in the Limerick area would be the William and Mordecai Evans House.  Built in the 1700s, it briefly became the headquarters for General George Washington in 1777 after the Battle of Brandywine.  See, it's historic!

No, I'm not going to post any limericks.  And neither should you.  I'm talking to you, wassa.



USA US-830066 received 09-15-2010

Sent by: sag
From: Hartsville, South Carolina, USA
ID number: US-830066
Notes: South Carolina became a state on May 23, 1788, the eighth state admitted to the Union.  The building in the "I" appears to be the South Carolina State House, built in 1855.  As for the rest of the letters, the card does not say what any of the locations are.  I did a search for South Carolina waterfalls to see if I could figure out which ones are shown in the "H", but there are too many for me to narrow it down. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

It Came from...Outer Space?

Germany -  Bielefeld

Sent by: boechen
From: Bielefeld, Germany
For: Private swap
Notes: Bielefeld is a city of about 328,000 in north west Germany.  This card is a parody of the movie poster for District 9.  The "spaceship" is Bielefeld University.  boechen says that a lot of people claim that the university looks like a "horrible old spaceship".  Here is another view of it (the building in the back).  To me, it kind of looks like it was designed by someone who played too much Tetris.  But a spaceship?  Not so much.