Monday, August 31, 2015

The Capitol in Charleston

West Virginia - State Capitol Building, Charleston

Sent by: emotis
From: Dayton, Ohio, USA
For: North America Meets the World Round Robin - Group 616
Notes: If you took a state capitals quiz, would you know that the capital of West Virginia is Charleston?  It seems to me that it would be one of the capitals that a lot of people forget.  Charleston was chosen as the capital city in 1877, 14 years after West Virginia officially became a state.  Construction on the current state capitol building began in 1925 after the previous building burned down.  It is 292 feet (89 m) tall, making it the tallest building in West Virginia. By comparison, the 73rd tallest building in Chicago, according to this list, is 550 feet (168 m) tall.  According to the back of the card, the chandelier hanging from the center of the dome is make from rock crystal and weighs 2 tons. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Castles from Other Countries

UK PL-371605 received 02-25-2012

Sent by: PaulaZ87
From: Caerphilly, Wales, UK
ID number: PL-371605
Notes: This is Caerphilly Castle in Caerphilly, South Wales.  You may notice, however, that the ID number for this card is from Poland.  Paula, the sender, is from Poland, but was working and living in Wales when she sent the card.  Obviously she has not changed her country when she requested an address from Postcrossing, so the ID number still started with "PL".  Anyway, Caerphilly Castle was built in the 13th century, and is surrounded by artificial lakes.  The castle started to fall into disrepair in the 16th century, and the lakes were drained in the 17th.  The Marquesses of Bute purchased the castle in 1776 and began extensive restorations.  In 1950, the castle and grounds were given to the state, the lakes were restored, and the castle is now open as a tourist attraction.

Turkey FI-2153104 received 07-23-2014

Sent by: MaHaKo
From: Palokka, Finland
ID number: FI-2153104
Notes: This card was sent from Finland, but it shows the castle in the port city of Bodrum, Turkey.  MaHaKo, aka Marita, purchased the card while visiting Turkey with her mom.  Construction on the castle began in 1404 by the Order of the Knights of St. John, and in 1409, a papal decree guaranteed a reservation in heaven for the workers who built it.  The castle was attacked several times after the rise of the Ottoman Empire.  After the Order's headquarters fell to the army of Sultan Suleiman, the castle was handed over to the sultan as part of the terms on surrender.  In 1962, the Turkish government turned the castle into the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which houses discoveries from ancient shipwrecks.  

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Texas Turf Times Two

Texas - Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium

Sent by: Gardenlizard
From: Dallas, Texas, USA
For: North America Meets the World Round Robin - Group 616
Notes: The Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium was built in 1924 for the University of Texas at Austin Longhorns football team.  It's a huge stadium, with a record capacity of 101,851 people. It was originally named War Memorial Stadium to honor those who died fighting in World War I.  It was also called Memorial Stadium and Texas Memorial Stadium before being renamed for former football coach Darrell K. Royal in 1996.  In Royal's 20 years as coach, the Longhorns never had a losing season, and his career record at the school was 167-47-5.  

Texas - Texas Stadium, Arlington

Sent by: Gardenlizard
From: Dallas, Texas, USA
For: North America Meets the World Round Robin - Group 616
Notes: I was only supposed to receive one card from each person in this round robin group, but I ended up getting two from Gardenlizard.  It was a complete 'oops' on her part, but it was quite alright as I didn't have cards from either of these stadiums.  Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas, opened in 1971as the home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team.  It was supposed to have a retractable roof, but it was discovered that the structure wouldn't be able to support the weight, so the center of the roof was left open.  In 2009, AT&T Stadium opened in Arlington and became the Cowboys new home.  Texas Stadium was imploded on April 11, 2010.  (Here is a view of the implosion from the ground.)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Not Exactly Gold Medal Worthy

Olympics Strong Man

Sent by: stopinspb
From: St. Petersburg, Russia
For: USA to Any Country Tag
Notes: This card clearly has something to do with the Olympics, as evidenced by the logo at the bottom.  There is a rather lengthy caption on the back, but it is all in the Cyrillic alphabet, and partially covered up by the stamps that stopinspb put on it, so I don't have any hope of translating it.  The two words under the Olympic logo translate to "weightlifting".  The weightlifter certainly wouldn't win any sort of a medal in the Olympics nowadays if that was all the weight he could lift!  Based on the old-timey clothing, though, this scene is set over 100 years ago, so maybe back then, it would have won him a medal.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Night and Day

Texas - Dallas Multiview

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Group 43
Notes: The top portion of the card shows the Dallas skyline, which was also shown on a card that I posted on May 10.  The bottom half of the card shows several buildings close-up, including the West End Marketplace.  The West End is the historic district of Dallas, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  One of the attractions in the West End is the Sixth Floor Museum, which is located in the Texas School Book Depository.  Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F. Kennedy from the sixth floor of this building (allegedly).  The West End Marketplace was massive mall and entertainment complex.  I say was because it apparently closed in 2006, so I guess this card was printed before that.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pick a Vase, Any Vase

Germany - Greek Vases, State Collections of Antiques, Munich

Sent by: iheartmail
From: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
For: Museums and Galleries Round Robin - Group 104
Notes: Griechische vasen translates to Greek vases, which makes sense, because the picture shows a bunch of vases.  This ancient Greek pottery is on display at the Staatliche Antikensammlunge, or State Collections of Antiquities, in Munich, Germany.  The museum was founded in the mid-1800s, and has collections of Greek, Roman and Etruscan art.  Their collection of antique pottery is comparable to the collections of the Louvre and the British Museum. I really like the owl-shaped vase, but the one in the lower left with the eyes is giving me the creeps.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Field of Flowers, Sky of Fire

Texas - Bluebonnets at Sunset

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Group 42
Notes: When I first looked at this card, I thought that the sky was on fire.  The wispy clouds even look like smoke.  But then I realized that it is just a sunset (or possibly sunrise) over a field of Texas bluebonnets.  Bluebonnets are typically the bluey-purpley color shown here; however, there have been some mutations that have caused white, pink and even maroon bluebonnets.  But can they still be called bluebonnets if they aren't blue??  

Monday, August 24, 2015

Mail from the Post Office

Macau HK-53194 received 03-24-2012

Sent by: erynvorn
From: Hong Kong
ID number: HK-53194
Notes: The island of Macau is one of the two special administrative regions of China, along with Hong Kong.  It is the most densely populated region in the world, with 642,000 people living in just 11.6 square miles (30.3 square km).  I don't know much about the building shown here, other than the fact that it is the post office.  It's a much nicer looking post office than the ones I have visited here in the U.S.!  erynvorn sent this card while he was living in Hong Kong.  He was born in France, has also lived in Switzerland and Japan, and currently lives in New York.  

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Gone to Oregon

Oregon - Oregon Coast

Sent by: jschwab
From: Portland, Oregon, USA
For: North America Meets the World Round Robin - Group 319
Notes: Oregon has 363 miles (584 km) of coastline along the Pacific Ocean. It is divided into three sections - the North Coast, the Central Coast and the South Coast.  The North Coast boasts the longest stretch of unbroken beach.  Due to the Oregon Beach Bill of 1967, free beach access is given to everyone.  The Central Coast has fewer sandy beaches than the North Coast, but a greater number of bays, cliffs and terraces.  The South Coast is more mountainous, but has both beaches and cliffs.  The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is also located along the South Coast, with dunes over 500 ft (150 m) high.

Unfortunately, this card does not tell me where any of the sites on this card are actually located along the coast.  

Oregon - Lava River Cave, Deschutes National Forest

Sent by: FlagGazer
From: Crooked River Ranch, Oregon, USA
For: North America Meets the World Round Robin - Group 310
Notes: This is the Lava River Cave, located in the Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon.  Within the forest is the Newberry National Volcanic Monument containing 50,000 acres (20,000 ha) of lakes, lava flows and other geologic features.  The cave is a lava tube, and is the longest in Oregon at 5,211 ft. (1,588 m) in length.  The eruption that created the cave occurred about 80,000 years ago.  

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Unusual Illustrations

USA US-2781796 received 05-13-2014

Sent by: wreichert
From: Kingston, New York, USA
ID number: US-2781796
Notes: I'm really not sure what to make of this card.  The painting is called Behold My Heart.  It is an oil painting on wood, painted in 2003 by an artist named Isabel Samaras.  She apparently likes to take characters from classic TV shows and movies (in this case, Planet of the Apes) and paint them into unusual situations.  You can see more of her work on her website.  Beware if you click on the 'Recent Work' tab that the first painting is of nude women (Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie and Samantha from Bewitched).

Germany DE-1448870 received 07-07-2012

Sent by: ernstelli
From: Leipzig, Germany
ID number: DE-1448870
Notes: This may be a photoshopped photo of a dog rather than an illustration, but it is still definitely unusual.  And I bet you can guess exactly why ernstelli sent it to me!  It is actually a folded greeting-type card rather than a postcard, which I normally don't like, but in this case, it's ok.  ernstelli also likes Star Trek a lot, but in Germany, it is called Raumschiff Enterprise, which translates to "Spaceship Enterprise".  

Friday, August 21, 2015

Hello, Buffalo!

New York - Hello from Buffalo

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Group 42
Notes: The city of Buffalo is located in western New York State, along the shore of Lake Erie.  It was incorporated in 1832, and as of 2013, had almost 259,000 residents.  My impression of Buffalo is that it gets a heck of a lot of snow in the winter, because of the lake effect, but according to Wikipedia, it is rarely the snowiest city in the country.  As I was looking through the pictures on the card, I noticed a good-sized baseball stadium in the second "F", which struck me as odd because I know that Buffalo does not have a Major League Baseball team.  They do, however, have a minor league team, the Buffalo Bisons, who play at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bronze Dragon

Hong Kong HK-52328 received 03-12-2012

Sent by: andtanger
From: Hong Kong
ID number: HK-52328
Notes: This fierce-looking statue depicts actor/martial artist Bruce Lee.  Lee was born in San Francisco in 1940, but moved to Hong Kong when he was three months old.  He was introduced to martial arts by his father after getting into several street fights.  He continued street fighting throughout his teens until his father decided to send him back to the United States in 1959.  He lived in San Francisco for several months, and then moved to Seattle to study drama at the University of Washington.  It was at the university where he met his future wife, Linda Emery.  

Lee dropped out of college in 1964 and moved to Oakland to open a martial arts studio with an acquaintance.  He also got back into acting around the same time (he had been in 20 films by the time he was 18).  He made an number of television appearances and then some films, including his two most famous films, Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon.    Enter the Dragon was actually released posthumously, as Bruce Lee died in Hong Kong on July 20, 1973 at the age of 32.  The official cause of death is listed as "death by misadventure", but he apparently died of brain swelling due to an allergy to some medication he had taken. He is buried in Seattle.

This statue is located along Hong Kong's Avenue of the Stars, which was modeled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  It is made of bronze, and the pose is based on the 'ready to strike' pose from Fist of Fury.  It was the site of a detour for the 10th leg of the 17th season of The Amazing Race.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Empire State of Mind

USA US-1573283 received 03-07-2012

Sent by: ethanm
From: West Islip, New York, USA
ID number: US-1573283
Notes: The Empire State Building was built between 1929 and 1931, with some creative embellishments added to the spire by the Daleks.  Wait...I may be confusing Doctor Who with reality again.  Anyway, the building is 1,250 feet (381 m) tall without the spire (1,454 feet (443.2 m) with the spire) and has 102 floors.  It was the tallest building in the world until 1970, when the North Tower of the World Trade Center was completed.  It has been featured in many movies and TV shows, including King Kong, Love Affair, Sleepless in Seattle, and Doctor Who (several times).  The card was sent to me by Alex, who was in third grade at the time, and he wrote the card himself.  

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Different Kind of English Moor

UK GB-209398 received 03-12-2011

Sent by: Kiki1979
From: Torquay, England, United Kingdom
ID number: GB-209398
Notes: Torquay is a seaside city of about 65,000 people in southwestern England.  This photo shows Torquay Harbour, and this area is known as the English Riviera. One of the most famous former residents is the author Agatha Christie, who was born and spent her early years there.  I have read a number of Agatha Christie's books, which I believe I mention in my Postcrossing profile.  She is also one of the characters in a really fun episode of Doctor Who called The Unicorn and the Wasp.   I had a lot to read on the back of this card, because not only is there a caption, but Kiki1979 wrote over 225 words in her message to me!  Her handwriting is very small and neat.  It looks like she might have used an ultra-fine point pen as well.  

Monday, August 17, 2015

This IS the Droid I was Looking For

Netherlands NL-1053645 received 02-27-2012

Sent by: Igha
From: Hengelo, Netherlands
ID number: NL-1053645
Notes: It should come as no surprise that I am a much bigger Star Trek fan than a Star Wars fan. I am known as Trekkie Gal, after all.  But that doesn't mean I don't like Star Wars.  Obviously, the first three movies are MUCH better than those abominations they made in the 90s/00s.  But one character that all six movies have in common (and hopefully the upcoming movie will have him as well) is the adorable droid known as R2-D2.  It's amazing that even though he doesn't have facial expressions and his "voice" is just a series of beeps and squawks, he managed to believably convey emotions such as happiness, sadness, disappointment and fear.  He is definitely my favorite Star Wars character.  

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Resorts and Railway

Nevada - Las Vegas Skyline

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Group 43
Notes: The wide street in this photo is the world famous Las Vegas Strip.  The hotel on the left is New York, New York, as evidenced by the Statue of Liberty and the replica of the Manhattan skyline.  On the right is the sign for the MGM Grand, although the actual hotel is not shown.  Farther down the Strip is Paris, with its smaller scale version of the Eiffel Tower.  I can also see the Stratosphere in the background.  These hotels contain just some of the almost 125,000 hotel rooms available in Las Vegas.  If you stayed in a different room every night, it would take you over 340 years to stay in all of them!!

New Hampshire - Mount Washington

Sent by: ificial_art
From: Gilford, New Hampshire, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: The Mount Washington Cog Railway is the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway.  It carries tourist up the 6,288 ft. mountain to the Sherman Adams Summit building, which contains the Mount Washington Observatory.  The railway was built in the last 1860s, and has been in continuous service since 1869, with only the two World Wars causing interruptions in service.  It ran exclusively on steam power in 2008, when the railway acquired its first diesel locomotive.  The diesel engine can make three trips for the same cost as one trip in with the steam locomotive.  In 2014, the railway carried the most passengers in its history, making a third record year in a row.  

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Mexican Coffee and Austrian Cuisine

Ukraine UA-216250 received 02-27-2012

Sent by: Mary_successful
From: Lviv, Ukraine
ID number: UA-216250
Notes: This card was sent from Ukraine, but the caption on the back says that it is Mexican coffee.  I'm not sure if that means that the coffee beans were grown in Mexico, the eighth largest coffee grower in the world, or if it is a drink called Mexican coffee.  Most of the Mexican coffee recipes I looked at online had cinnamon as an ingredient, and as there are cinnamon sticks on the saucer, I suspect that is what this is.

Austria AT-113542 received 09-01-2012

Sent by: blizzard_maria
From: Salzburg, Austria
ID number: AT-113542
Notes: Wiener schnitzel is made from thin pieces of veal that are breaded and pan-fried.  It is the national dish of Austria.  I have been to Austria, but I can't remember if I had it while I was there.  Schnitzel can be made with meats other than veal as well.  A popular substitute in Germany and Austria is pork as pork is much cheaper than veal.  I have had turkey schnitzel, which was quite good from what I remember. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Retirement Home

Mississippi - Beauvoir, Biloxi

Sent by: Alabama-Ranger
From: Alabama, USA
For: North America Meets the World Round Robin - Group 310
Notes: Beauvoir Plantation, built between 1848 and 1852 near Biloxi, Mississippi, is best known as the post-Civil War home of Jefferson Davis, the former president of the Confederate States of America.  Davis lived in the house until his death in 1889.  His wife sold the plantation in 1902 to the Sons of Confederate Veterans to be used as a home for Confederate veterans and widows.  It served in this capacity until 1953, when the last veteran of the Civil War died.  It was then turned into a museum.  The house was damaged by Hurricane Camille in 1969 and again by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but it was repaired and restored both times and it still open to the public.  

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Random Rainbow


Sent by: Jette
From: Winsehoten, Netherlands
For: North America Meets the World Round Robin - Group 310
Notes: While this card was sent from the Netherlands, that doesn't mean it shows a scene from the Netherlands.  There is no caption on the back to say where it is.  It was published by The Postcard Store as part of their Wonderful World pack, so it could be from just about anywhere.  Guess I won't be able to search for the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow, huh?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


USA US-2805695 received 05-30-2014

Sent by: Appaloosa05
From: Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
ID number: US-2805695
Notes: I am thoroughly convinced that the designer(s) of this postcard just said "Let's use these 5 images on the card and arrange them in the most awkward way possible.  Then let's splash the name of the park across the middle in really big letters."  Seriously.  Makes me wonder what they were trying to cover up.  

Comerica Park is located in Detroit, Michigan, and is home to the Detroit Tigers baseball team (hence all of the tigers on the card).  The stadium opened in 2000, replacing the old Tiger Stadium.  At the time it opened, the scoreboard in left field was the largest in Major League Baseball.  The Tigers played their first game in the park on April 11, 2000 against the Seattle Mariners.  The temperature at game time hovered just above freezing, and the ground crews had to clear snow off the field so that the game could be played.  Ahhh, welcome to the start of baseball season in the upper midwest!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?

UK GB-341213 received 07-12-2012

Sent by: Bluebirch
From: Woking, England, United Kingdom
ID number: GB-341213
Notes: This is the Chichester Cross in Chichester, West Sussex, England.  It was commissioned by the Bishop of Chichester and built between 1477 and 1503 at the intersection of four main streets.  It is made of Caen stone, a yellowish Jurassic limestone quarried in France.  Until the early 19th century, the cross was used as a marketplace.  A market-house was built in 1807 to accommodate the increasing population of the city.  The caption on the back of the card says "The clocks facing north, south, east and west of the 15th Century Cross remind the city dwellers that another day is nearly over."  Well, isn't that cheery??

Monday, August 10, 2015

Bridge to the Battlefield

USA US-1565385 received 03-12-2012

Sent by: tazmama
From: Los Angeles, California, USA
ID number: US-1565385
Notes: The Battle of Antietam took place on September 17, 1862 along Antietam Creek in northwest Maryland.  It was the bloodiest single-day battle of the U.S. Civil War, with over 20,000 casualties.  The bridge shown here is named Burnside's Bridge, after the Union General whose troops tried to capture the bridge. 450 Confederate soldiers in the hills beyond the bridge held of 14,000 Union troops for many hours until they were finally overcome and the bridge was captured by the Union.  Today, the bridge is part of the Antietam National Battlefield, which also includes a visitor center, a cemetery, and a hospital museum.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Neighbors to the North

Canada CA-235919 received 04-02-2012

Sent by: dfrobb
From: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
ID number: CA-235919
Notes: Alberta, along with neighboring Saskatchewan, officially became a province on September 1, 1905.  While Calgary is Alberta's largest city, Edmonton is actually its capital.  The Legislature Building, shown here, was built in Edmonton between 1907 and 1912.  If you didn't tell me where this was (and you covered up the Canadian flag on the building), I might mistake this for a U.S. state capitol building.  

Canada - Sikanni River

Sent by: abw92
From: Arborg, Manitoba, Canada
For: North America Meets the World Round Robin - Group 319
Notes: The Sikanni River (or Sikanni Chief River, as it is listed on Wikipedia) flows through the northern Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada.  It flows north, joining with the Fontas River to form the Fort Nelson River near the town of Fort Nelson.  The name comes from the Sikanni Indians, and Sikanni means "dweller on the rocks".

Field and French Quarter

Louisiana - Superdome, New Orleans

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Group 43
Notes: The Superdome, now officially known as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, was opened in 1975 as the home of the New Orleans Saints NFL team.  Its current capacity for football games is 73,208 people, and the largest crowd ever in the stadium was 75,167 for WrestleMania XXX in 2014.  The stadium infamously became a shelter for thousands of people after Hurricane Katrina hit the city in 2005.  Katrina caused extensive damage to the stadium, and it was closed for more than a year for repairs.

Louisiana - French Quarter, New Orleans

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Group 42
Notes: New Orleans is famous for its jazz music.  Groups of musicians, like the Second Line Jazz Band seen here, play for parades, celebrations and even funerals.  Spectators frequently follow the bands down the street, dancing as they go.  The Second Line Jazz band was founded in 1995, and they have performed in Mardi Gras parades, 4th of July concerts, wedding receptions, jazz society concerts and Roaring Twenties parties, among others.  While this card shows them in the French Quarter of New Orleans, they are actually based in Texas, where they do most of their performing.

Friday, August 7, 2015

I'll Let You Do Your Own Jokes

Norway NO-45381 received 04-01-2011

Sent by: KAS
From: Drammen, Norway
ID number: NO-45381
Notes: Journey to the Seventh Planet is a science fiction film released in 1962. The caption on the back of the card gives a pretty good summary of the movie, so I'll post it instead of trying to summarize a movie I've never seen:

"John Agar strides the spaceways in this trip up Uranus, 2001 AD. The lone American leading a United Nations crew (mainly because the film was shot in Sweden) is soon 'trapped in a spectacle of terror' as he encounters his 'unspeakable fears and deepest desires' in the shape of giant rats, man-eating spiders, one-eyed dragons and replicas of sundry Earthgirls. These are all mental manifestations conjured up by Uranus' only inhabitant, an outsize eye."

This absolutely sounds like a movie that would have been featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000, but sadly it was not.  However, John Agar, the star of this movie, starred in three other movies that did get the MST3K treatment - Women of the Prehistoric Planet, Revenge of the Creature, and The Mole People

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Chichi Chapel

USA US-1881056 received 09-30-2012

Sent by: beetlebug62533
From: Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
ID number: US-1881056
Notes: This is the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel in New Orleans, Louisiana.  It was built in 1826 as the Church of St. Anthony of Padua to serve as a burial church for victims of yellow fever.  It is the oldest surviving church building in New Orleans.  In 1918, it was renamed for Our Lady of Guadalupe.  No word on what St. Anthony of Padua did to get demoted.  At first I was kind of bemused by the fact that the mural behind the statues looks so shiny and glittery, but then I remembered it was New Orleans.  This church has held "jazz" masses, for heavens sake.  Ha ha.  A little over-the-top decoration is to be expected.  

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

All Together Now....Awwwww!

Chile CL-6511 received 04-09-2012

Sent by: gabrielaz
From: Santiago, Chile
ID number: CL-6511
Notes: I don't receive many cards from South America.  The only continent that I receive cards from less often is Africa.  This is only my fourth card from Chile, and the first official Postcrossing card (the other three were from swaps).  The adorable child here is being carried on his mother's back, as is the custom of the people who live in the Altiplano.  The Altiplano (high plains) is a plateau in the Andes Mountains that spans Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina.  It's the largest area of high plateau in the world outside of Tibet, and it contains many active volcanos.  You can see a bit of the Altiplano and one of those volcanoes in this clip from one of my favorite Top Gear specials.  

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Even Classier

California - Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo

Sent by: wassamatta u
From: San Jose, California, USA
Notes: Remember the otter "Who farted?" card that I posted on July 25th, which was sent to me by my extremely classy friend Mark?  Well, Mark sent this card to me as well.  I can honestly say that he is the only person to ever send me a postcard of...a bathroom.  This is the men's restroom at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California.  It's very...umm...retro.  The Madonna Inn was built in 1958 with 12 rooms, and later expanded to 40 rooms, but they burned to the ground in 1966.  A year later, the inn reopened, and today there are 110 rooms.  Apparently many tourists just stop to check out the waterfall in this bathroom, which is actually the urinal.  I'll pass, thanks.

Ok, Mark, the message you wrote on the back of the card says that you expect to see this card show up on my blog at some point.  You're welcome.  And it only took four years!!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Not a Mousy Mouse

Netherlands NL-364881 received 06-19-2010

Sent by: Mamanina
From: Krommenie, Netherlands
ID number: NL-364881
Notes: Minnie Mouse was created in 1928, and first appeared in Steamboat Willie alongside her long-time beau, Mickey Mouse.  A comic strip story published in 1942 gives her full first name as Minerva, although it is rarely used.  That same comic strip established some of Minnie's relatives, including father Marcus, uncles Milton and Mortimer, grandparents Marshall and Matilda, and nieces Millie and Melody.  She has been voiced in her movie and television appearances by six people, including Walt Disney himself.  Since 1986, Russi Taylor has provided her voice.  

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Not a Hat

Florida - Bonnet House Drawing Room, Ft. Lauderdale

Florida - Bonnet House Music Room, Ft. Lauderdale

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Group 43
Notes: Bonnet House, also known as the Bartlett Estate, was not named for the headwear.  It was actually named for a type of water lily.  The property in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was purchased in 1895 by a Chicago lawyer named Hugh Taylor Birch.  Birch gifted the property to his daughter, Helen, and her new husband, Frederic Clay Bartlett, in 1919.  The Bartletts built a plantation-style home where they spent their winters.  Helen died in 1925, and Frederic later married Evelyn Fortune Lilly, ex-wife of Eli Lilly.  They continued to spend their winters at Bonnet House.  Bartlett died in 1953, but Evelyn lived until1997.  Upon her death, the home was turned over to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.  It is now a historic house museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it was used as the finish line for the seventh season of The Amazing Race.  

The top card shows the drawing room, and the bottom card shows the music room.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Caviar and More Caviar

Russia RU-1067056 received 08-11-2012

Sent by: Queen_La
From: Saint Petersburg, Russia
ID number: RU-1067056
Notes: While the card doesn't actually say, I am 99.9% certain that this is caviar and crepes.  I would eat one of those two things.  I'll give you one guess which one.  I'll even give you a hint: it's not the caviar.  All those little fish eggs remind me of the scene at the beginning of Finding Nemo when Coral and Marlin are looking at all of their babies.  *sniff sniff*  

As I was writing this, I keep thinking that Queen_La's name sounded very familiar.  Well, that's because I actually received two cards from her with the same ID number.  This is the one that I registered on Postcrossing, 43 days after it had been sent.  So either Queen_La forget she sent this one, or she thought it was lost in the mail, so she sent the card I posted on June 15th as well. I received that one six days after this one.

Russia RU-2619044 received 05-23-2014

Sent by: natvorilka
From: Lobnya, Russia
ID number: RU-2619044
Notes: This card is captioned, so I can tell you that the hideous looking thing in the center of the plate is baked pike.  It is most likely a mackerel pike, also known as a Pacific saury.  It is sought after not only by Russians, but by Chinese, Taiwanese and Japanese fishermen as well.  They are imported to the UK to be used as bait for sea fishing there.  Also on the plate is some more caviar (looks like two different kinds), tomatoes, possible a cucumber between the tomatoes, some potatoes and green onions.  The card was sent to me "From Russia with love".  Yes, natvorilka actually wrote that.