Friday, April 1, 2016

Happy Spring!! No wait...April Fools!

Polar Bear

Notes: Even though this is the post for April 1st, I'm actually writing it on April 8th.  So I know that even though it is technically spring, it has snowed almost every day so far in April.  For the most part, the snow has immediately melted as it hit the ground, but tonight it seems to be sticking.  I'm pretty sure that it won't get as deep as the snow this adorable polar bear cub is playing in, but at this point, I'm just ready for flowers and green grass and leaves on the trees.   Please come out of hibernation, Mother Nature.  PLEASE!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Complimentary Kitty

Taiwan TW-1869715 received 03-

Sent by: jenny1996
From: Taichung, Taiwan
ID number: TW-1869715
Notes: It's so nice that this sweet kitty misses me very much.  Especially considering I have never met this kitty, at least that I remember.  I'm not sure what the thought bubble says (besides 'with you'), as Jenny did not translate it for me.  I like to think that it is more compliments.    

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

An American Castle

USA US-3868284 received 03-04-2016


Sent by: USfirefly
From: Avon, Connecticut, USA
ID number: US-3868284
Notes: Most of the castle postcards that I post are from other countries, but this one is actually from the United States.  This is Gillette Castle in Hadlyme, Connecticut.  It was built between 1914 and 1919 for William Hooker Gillette, an actor, playwright and stage manager who is best known for portraying Sherlock Holmes on stage for 34 years.  The castle, also known as Seventh Sister, is now the center of Gillette Castle State Park, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

Yes, I realize that I am behind on posting.  I've been very busy at work, sometimes even bringing work home with me, so I haven't felt much like posting.  Hopefully I will catch up soon.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

What's for Breakfast?

Russia RU-4499076 received 03-07-2016

Sent by: CatherineWinter
From: Volgograd, Russia
ID number: RU-4499076
Notes: I'm not sure if buckwheat porridge is a food that is available in the United States, but it looks interesting.  And just in case you had any doubts that this was Russian cuisine, there is that helpful banner in the upper left corner.  I think if I was going to try this, I'd try it with milk and sugar rather than with butter as I've never been a big fan of butter.  If anyone has any suggestions as to where I could look for this in the U.S., let me know.  

Monday, March 28, 2016

Brownish Mountain Majesties

Colorado - San Juan Mountains

For: North American Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 165: Typical Touristy Cards
Notes: These snow-covered peaks are the San Juan Mountains, located in southwestern Colorado.  I looked at this card a number of times before I saw that guy standing on top of the peak in the foreground.  Yikes!!!  The ridge in the background is part of Mount Sneffels.  That's a funny name - it sounds like the mountain needs a tissue!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Pysanky, Pussy willows and Paskha (but actually Kulich)

Ukraine UK-91365 received 04-15-2011

Ukraine UA-1007557 received 04-12-2014

Sent by: Alenka-Alenka (top) and Nato4-ka (bottom)
From: Kiev, Ukraine (top) and Simferopol, Ukraine (bottom)
ID number: UA-97365 (top) and UA-1007557 (bottom)
Notes: As both of these cards have almost all of the same types of items on them, I thought I'd post them both together.  It doesn't surprise me that both of them were published by the same postcard company.  Alenka-Alenka told me that the three items mentioned in the title of this post are part of a traditional Ukrainian Easter table.  She told me that the bread is called paskha, but my research told me that paskha is actually more of an egg custard.  The bread is actually called kulich, which is blessed by the priest and eaten before breakfast.  Pysanky are the decorated eggs.  The designs are created with wax and then the egg is dyed, which is a lot like how batik fabric is made.  I'm hoping you know what pussy willows are, but in case you don't, they are the branches with the little fuzzies on them. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Eggscellent

Finland FI-781167 received 04-12-2010

Sent by:  Mutsi1
From: Turku, Finland
ID number: FI-781167
Notes: Unlike yesterday's card, I know for sure that this card is for Easter.  The biggest clue is the word "Easter" written in many different languages, including Spanish, French, Polish, Latvian, and of course, English.  Another good clue are the five Easter eggs at the bottom of the card (aren't those speckled ones cool?).  There are several explanations of how eggs came to be associated with Easter.  This is directly from History.com:

Easter is a religious holiday, but some of its customs, such as Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Seasonal ...or Not

Belarus BY-517344 received 07-17-2012

Sent by: Alexial-kun
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-517344
Notes: I had filed this card in the holiday section of my postcards boxes, but I'm not sure that's where it was supposed to go.  It definitely looks like it could be either Easter or spring-related based on the colors.  I just don't know what that words says at the top, and since it is in cursive, I can't even figure out which Cyrillic characters those are to plug them into Google Translate.  Oh well, at least the pansies are pretty.   

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Easter Bunny Convention

Netherlands NL-1105229 received  03-24-2012

Sent by: marjon7553
From: Hengelo, Netherlands
ID number: NL-1105229
Notes: There isn't much I can say about this card.  Clearly it is a drawing of a line of rabbits.  I can only imagine what they have all gathered for.  Marjon's message on the inside of the card (yes, this is a blank greeting card rather than a postcard) says "Happy Easter" and "Greetings from Holland".  The artist is named Remko van der Werf, and you can see more of his work by clicking on that link.  So yea, that's about it.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

NEWSFLASH: Chickens are Aliens!

Finland FI-2051887 received 03-26-2014

Sent by: arjaliisa
From: Jämsä, Finland
ID number: FI-2051887
Notes: Yes, that's right.  Chickens are aliens.  This is an artist's rendition of an actual chicken alien landing on earth.  Or maybe those are ducks.  I'm not exactly sure. Hee hee hee.  No matter what they are, it's a cute card, and since Easter is coming up soon, I thought it was appropriate to post a card with an egg on it.  Don't worry, I'll have some actual Easter cards coming up in a few days.  

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Another Science Museum

Illinois - International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago

Notes: Sometime last year, I received an offer from Groupon for $10 off any Groupon of $20 or more.  That seemed to be too good of a deal to pass up, so I looked through their offers and found one for a membership to the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago for $20.  I like museums (duh!), so I purchased it.  I cashed in the Groupon in early January, and spent a few hours looking through the museum, which is shown here.  The building, which is along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, was built in 1917 as a replica of a building at Versailles.  The museum was founded in 1954, and is operated by the International College of Surgeons.  

Monday, March 21, 2016

A Sign of Spring

Germany DE-11253678 received 02-23-2012

Sent by: oOtomtomOo
From: Landsberg am Lech, Germany
ID number: DE-1253678
Notes: At the time Thomas sent this card to me in February of 2012, it was -4 degrees F (-20 degrees C) in his area of Germany.  He was longing for spring, so he sent out some spring flower postcards to make himself fell better.  It is officially spring here, and nowhere near as cold as it was back then, but it is supposed to snow later this week. Perhaps Mother Nature hasn't looked at her calendar for a while.  

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Pretty Kitty!

Leopard (Panthera pardus)

Notes: A while back, I ordered some postcards from Postcard Locker, including a set of various ranimal postcards.  I had intended on sending them to people, but when I got them, I changed my mind.  There were an number of postcards of big cats, including this beautiful leopard (Panthera pardus).  I usually think of leopards as being spotted, but they can also be melanistic like this black leopard (also called a black panther). Leopards, including black leopards can be found in both Africa and southeast Asia.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Work-Out on the Water

Canada - Paddleboard Yoga, Lake Okanagan, Kelowna, British Columbia

For: North America Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 91: Anything Nautical
Notes: Kelowna is a city in southern British Columbia along the shores of Lake Okanagan. It has a population of about 117,000 people, with a metro area similar in size to Vancouver's.  Apparently, it also has people that do yoga while on paddleboards.  Yes, that's right, Tourism Kelowna thought that showing people doing this would attract people to their city.  Good luck with that, Kelowna!!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Tennessee Trestle

Tennesee - Memphis Skyline and

For: North America Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 95: States from M-W Viewvards
Notes: This is the Hernando de Soto Bridge over the Mississippi River.  It opened in 1973, and connects Memphis, Tennessee to West Memphis, Arkansas.  Hernando de Soto, for whom the bridge was named, was a 16th century Spanish explorer who explored the stretch of the river near what is now Memphis.  The bridge was lit in 1986, after $373,000 in private funds was raised to fund the cost of the installation. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Places I Haven't Been

Barbados - Views of the Island

Notes: Here are several lovely views of the island of Barbados.  Apparently, Harrison's Cave is the number one tourist attraction in Barbados.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to visit it while I was in Barbados, which is disappointing, especially because it is accessed by a tram. I didn't see the South Coast, either, because our tour didn't take us through either of the southern parishes on the island.  We did, however, drive past the Parliament Buildings in Bridgetown.  The Parliament is the national legislature, as Barbados is an independent nation.  It is still part of the British Commonwealth, though, so Queen Elizabeth II is considered the head of the Parliament.  

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Clock That Does More than Tick-Tock

Wisconsin - Apostle's Clock, Oshkosh Public Museum, Oshkosh

Notes: This is the Apostles Clock at the Oshkosh Public Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The clock is 8 feet tall, and was finished in 1895 by a German immigrant named Mathias Kitz.  Every hour, an angel rings a gong, which starts a 3 minute long show featuring lights and music.  In the center above the clock faces, Jesus emerges from a door.  The Apostles come out of a side door in a line, and as they pass Jesus, they nd to him.  Well, most of them do, anyway.  The last Apostle is clearly Judas Iscariot, who turns his head away from Jesus instead of nodding.  You can see a video of it here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Around the World in One Postcard

China CN-104371 received 09-08-2009

Sent by: nemes
From: Wuhan, China
ID number: CN-104371
Notes: This card shows several landmarks from around the world, but this design apparently had something to do with China's bid for the 2008 Olympics.  It has a copyright date of 2001, and the Olympic host cities are chosen seven years in advance, so that makes sense to me.  On the left is the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.  The Statue of Liberty is next to the Opera House.  And I believe the statue on the right is Manneken Pis, the statue of the peeing boy in Brussels, Belgium.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Where Even The Sun Wears Sunglasses at Night

Florida - Sloppy Joe's Bar, Key West

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 72: Nightviews
Notes: The bar now known as Sloppy Joe's first opened on December 5, 1933 - the day that prohibition was officially repealed.  Originally, it was called the Blind Pig, and that was followed by the Silver Slipper.  The bar's most famous patron, Ernest Hemingway, was the one who encouraged the change to Sloppy Joe's.  FYI, the 'sloppy' comes from the fact that the floor was always wet with melted ice.  The bar moved into its current building in 1937, and has since opened two other locations.    

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Why is the Horse Pink?

Belarus BY-362174 received 02-27-2012

Sent by: Tochka-1
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-362174
Notes: This card celebrates "Defender of the Fatherland Day", a holiday celebrated on February 23rd in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, and several other former Soviet Republics.  The holiday has gone through several name changes over the years.  It was originally celebrated in 1919 as Red Army Day, then as the Day of the Red Army and the Navy starting in 1923.  In 1949, it was renamed Soviet Army and Navy Day, and then finally got its current name in 2002.  Officially, it celebrates those who serve in the armed forces, but unofficially, it is a celebration of men.  

Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Best-Smelling Place on Earth

Hershey's Chocolate Factory

Sent by: Janila
From: Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
For: Atlas Quest Tag
Notes: Hershey's is the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America, and Hershey's products are sold in over 60 countries.  The company's headquarters are located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, which was named for the company, not vice-versa.  Hershey, PA also has Hershey's Chocolate World, the visitor center which includes a Chocolate Tour ride.  I visited Hershey's Chocolate World a number of years ago.  When we finished the ride, we received a free (full-size) chocolate bar.  It was really hot outside that day, so I had to eat the whole thing so it wouldn't melt.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Bagel Impersonators

Russia RU-4067447 received 12-07-2015

Sent by: MarinaTo
From: Cherepovets, Russia
ID number: Ru-4067447
Notes: The rings in the center of this photo are baranki, traditional Russian bread similar to bagels, but denser and chewier.  They are one of the bread products classified as bublik.  According to MarinaTo, baranki are not sweet and not soft.  They are typically dipped in coffee or tea before eating to soften them.  I believe the larger bread ring in the back is also a type of bublik, but one of the softer and sweeter variety.  I, however, would be more interested in the candy in the dishes in the front. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

On the Back of a Camel

Arizona - Camelback Mountain, Phoenix

For: North America Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 94: States A-L Viewcards
Notes: According to the caption on the back of this card, the photo shows a rock formation called the Praying Monk. I'm not sure where I'm supposed to be looking. but I just don't see it.  I do, however, see Camelback Mountain, which is located near Phoenix, Arizona.  It was named for its resemblance to a kneeling camel.  It is 2,706 feet (825 m) tall, and it is a popular location for rock climbing and hiking.  

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Misspelled U.S. State or Russian Handicraft?

Russia RU-226060 received 11-01-2010

Sent by: summy
From: Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
ID number: RU-226060
Notes :This card depicts a Khokhloma (bless you!), and to answer the question in the title, it IS a Russian handicraft, not a misspelling of Oklahoma.  Khokhloma is a style of painting wood with red and gold, using flower patterns and a black background.  This style is typically used on tableware or furniture.  It was named after the trade settlement Khokhloma in the latter half of the 17th century.  There are several factories in Russia that still make Khokhloma pieces.  

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

No Pets Allowed!

California - Petco Park, San Diego

Sent by: knurton
From: San Diego, California, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: knurton offered this card to me because he saw that I didn't have a card from Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres.  Of course, he used his message on the back to bash the Cubs.  Hmph! Petco Park opened in 2004, and replaced the former Qualcomm Stadium.  In addition to baseball, it is also a venue for concerts, football, rugby and, apparently, golf.  Not sure how that last one works, but it is on Wikipedia, so it could very well be someone's idea of a joke. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

2nd Time Around?

Russia RU-3034556

Sent by: Neiss
From: Perm, Russia
ID number: RU-3034556
Notes: Normally, I keep my unblogged postcards private on Flickr until after I post them.  This one, however, was public, which really made me question whether or not I have posted it before.  I'm pretty sure I haven't but if I have, oh well!  The card shows a scene from Znamenskaya Square in St. Petersburg, Russia in the 1890s.  It was named after the Church of the Sign, but the church was torn down in the 1940s by the Bolsheviks.  The square was renamed Vosstaniya Square, which translates to Uprising Square.  

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Mackinac Minutia

Michigan - Mackinac

For: Swap at a Postcrossing meetup
Notes: Mackinac could refer to several things.  The Straits of Mackinac, which connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.  Mackinac Island, which is a city located on Mackinac Island in the Straights of Mackinac.  .  Mackinac Bridge, the 16th longest suspension bridge in the world, that connects Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas.  Or even Mackinac County.  Suffice it to say that a lot of places in Michigan have the name Mackinac.  

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Not-So-Orchid World

Barbados - Orchids at Orchid World, St. George

Notes: While I was on the cruise last year, one of the place that my tour of Barbados stopped was Orchid World in St. George Parish.  The Barbados.Org description of Orchid world claims that they grown and display 20,000 orchids.  Unfortunately, I must have been there at a bad time, because I doubt there were even 200 orchids in blooms.  There were a number of other flowering plants, and several areas with good views of the island, so visiting there was not a total waste of time.  

Friday, March 4, 2016

Doesn't Look a Day over 175

Illinois - Museum of Science and Industry and Chicago Flag

Notes: The city of Chicago was founded on March 4, 1837, 179 years ago today.  Happy Birthday, Chicago!  The flag of Chicago is white with two light blue stripes and four red stars.  It looks a lot like this card, except an outline of the Museum of Science and Industry is taking the place of the top blue bar.  Apparently the North American Vexillological Association (who knew there was such a thing?) ranked Chicago's flag 2nd out of 150 city flags.  If you're wondering, number 1 was the flag of Washington, D.C.  Pffft!! 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Where's it AT?

Appalachian Trail Mosaic

Sent by: Green Tortuga
From: Seattle, Washington, USA
Notes: Here is another card sent to me by my friend Ryan while he was hiking.  In this case, he was on the Appalachian Trail, and this card is a mosaic of all of the trail markers along the way.  All of the marker photos were taken by Sarah Jones when she through-hiked the trail in 2008.  I was trying to figure out where Ryan mailed this from, but the postmark is actually on the photo side of the card (lower right corner) instead of over the stamp, so I can't really read it.  I know it was somewhere between Georgia and Maine, which is where the trail begins and ends.

*Note: I realized that I forgot to hit "publish" on this post, so it's a day late.  Oops!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

(Hopefully Not) Lost in Translation

Russia RU-3804755 received 07-30-2015

Sent by: Tatka78
From: Kemerovo, Russia
ID number: RU-3804755
Notes: This card shows two buildings in Kemerovo, a city of over 532,000 people in southern Russia. I'm not sure what the building on the left is, but the church on the right is the Holy Trinity Church.  It is a fairly new church as it was established in 1996, which various sections of the church under construction until 2008.  At least I think that is correct.  I got the information off of the church's website, which of course was in Russian.  I'm not sure how well Google translated it. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Faux Bavaria

Michigan - Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth

For: Swap at a Postcrossing meetup
Notes: Frankenmuth is a city of just under 5,000 people located in western Michigan.  Frankenmuth is probably most famous for Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, the world's largest Christmas store (according to them). The city is also known as Little Bavaria, and this card shows the Bavarian Inn, which was established in 1888.  The building with the name on it is the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, which serves "World Famous Chicken Dinners", along with a variety of German food (yum!).  There is also the Bavarian Inn Hotel, which features 360 European-themed rooms.  I have been to Frankenmuth, and I believe we ate lunch at the Bavarian Inn, but we did not stay there.  

Monday, February 29, 2016

2 Years!

Italy - Colorful Reggio Calabria

Sent by: Dynamite
For: Private swap
Notes: This is the Villa Genoese-Zerbi in Reggio de Calabria, the largest city in southern Italy.  The original villa was destroyed by an earthquake in 1908, so this was built to replace it.  The villa is no longer a home; instead it is used for art exhibitions.

I have now posted at least one postcard every day for two years.  Yay me!  Everyone leap for joy!!  Get it?  Because it's Leap Day! ;)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Twilight in Arlington

Texas - Cowboys Stadium,  Arlington

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 72: Nightviews
Notes: Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, is now known as AT&T Stadium.  It opened in 2009 after four years of construction that cost $1.3 billion.  The roof is retractable, and in addition to football, the stadium has hosted basketball and soccer games, Supercross races and concerts.  In 2009, Guinness World Records certified that the stadium had the World's Largest High Definition Video Display.  When the stadium is turned into a basketball court, the video board is actually larger than the court!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Bavarian Versailles

Germany DE-328986 received 05-04-2009

Sent by: Michaela0705
From: Essen, Germany
ID number: DE-328986
Notes: The name of this palace is a combination of Herreninsel, the island it is on, and Chiemsee, the lake where the island is located.  King Ludwig II of Bavaria purchased the island in 1873, and the former Benedictine Monastery buildings became known as the "Old Palace".  Construction on the "New Palace", shown here, began in 1878.  Ludwig, who also commissioned Neuschwanstein Castle, only spent about 10 days in the palace in September of 1885.  In June of 1886, Ludwig drowned and all work on the New Palace was halted, and it was then opened to the public.  The palace was donated to the State of Bavaria in 1923 by Crown Prince Rupprecht, and it continues to be open to the public.  

Friday, February 26, 2016

Neither Wild Nor Wood

New Jersey - The Wildwoods

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 40
Notes: The Wildwoods are a group of five communities located on the Island of Five Mile Beach in New Jersey.  Yes, they are part of the Jersey Shore.  While they are referred to collectively as The Wildwoods, the five communities - Diamond Beach, Wildwood Crest, Wildwood, West Wildwood and North Wildwood - are all independent.  In the Wildwoods Shore Resort Historic District, there are over 200 motels that were built during the 1950s and 1960s.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Snowy Sight

Belarus BY-190579 received 06-28-2011

Sent by: T_Katya_S
From: Gomel, Belarus
ID number: BY-190579
Notes: I chose this postcard today because of the snow.  There is a lot of snow on the ground here now after yesterday's storm, although it's hard to tell exactly how much because of the drifting.  The photo shows the Troitsky Suburb and the Upper Town of Minsk, Belarus.  Troitsky, or Trinity, Hill was first settled in the 12th century, but a fire in 1809 destroyed the buildings.  It was redeveloped, and today is a popular place for residents and tourists.  On the island, which is known as the Island of Tears, you can see the memorial to the Belorussians who participated in the Soviet War in Afghanistan.  

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Constitutional

We the People

Notes: I'm not sure where I got this card, but it was in the stack that I hadn't yet scanned.  This card shows an art piece with the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution using license plates from each of the fifty states.  It's called Preamble (there's a surprise) and it is on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  In case you aren't sure what it says, here is the Preamble: "We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America."  I can recite that from memory, which doesn't help me in any way, but I can do it. Maybe if I finally make it on Jeopardy! one day, there will be a question about the Preamble.  *keeping my fingers crossed*

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Not So Black and White

Taiwan TW-1586965 received 11-16-2015

Sent by: tarayara2929
From: Dalin, Taiwan
ID number: TW-1586965
Notes: I'm not sure if this is a drawing of a real building, or just one out of the artist's imagination.  I tried to use a visual translator to translate the words at the bottom, but I was just getting gibberish.  Oh well, it was worth a try.  The sender mentioned being a senior high school student, but didn't say anything about the card's picture.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Down on the Farm

Virginia - The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run, McLean

For: North America Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 127: Farm Life
Notes: This cabin is part of the Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, Virginia.  The farm is the only privately run park in the National Park Service, with NPS only performing a few maintenence tasks.  The mission of the park, which was originally called Turkey Run Park, is to recreate the life of a tenant farmer in 1771 as a contrast to Colonial Williamsburg, which demonstrates the lives of merchants and landowners.  Most of the tenant farmers in the colonial period grew tobacco. 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Three C's - Church, Chapel, Castle

Belarus - Mir Multiview

Sent by: LuckyDay
From: Minsk, Belarus
For: Private swap
Notes: At first I thought the caption on the back of the card was missing something because it only lists three locations.  Then I realized that the photo on the lower left and the large photo on the right are both of Mir Castle, which is located in Mir, Belarus.  I have posted other cards showing this castle.  The photo on the upper left shows the Troicki Church, which was originally built in the 16th century, but had to be rebuilt after a fire in 1865.  The photo next to it also shows a church, this time a chapel-shrine.  I'm not sure what it is a shrine to, though.  

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Moon Over Miami?

Florida - Miami Skyline

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 72: Night views
Notes: This is a night view of Miami, but I don't see the moon as per the song from 1935.  Miami is located in southeastern Florida, and is the most populous metropolis in the southeastern U.S. after Washington, D.C.  The Port of Miami has been known as the "Cruise Capital of the World" for the last twenty years because it is the busiest cruise ship port.  The tallest building in Miami is the Four Seasons Hotel & Tower at 789 ft. (240 m) tall.  By comparison, the tallest building in my area, the Willis Tower, is 1,450 ft (442.1 m) tall.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Which Way to Paradise?

St. Lucia - Island Map

Notes: This is another card that I purchased while I was on the cruise back in November.  I don't normally buy map cards, but I really liked this one.  I wasn't sure which way to scan it though, because when it is horizontal like this, the island is on its side.  But if I had scanned it vertically, the words 'St. Lucia, West Indies' and the compass would be on their sides.  I guess going by this card, if someone asked you "Which way is north?", you would have to point to the left.  (Only some of you will get that.)


Thursday, February 18, 2016

What was Old is New Again

California - Governor's Mansion, Sacremento

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 40
Notes: This is the Governor's Mansion in Sacramento, California.   It was built in 1877, and purchased by the state in 1903.  It housed 13 California governors from 1903 to 1967, including Ronald Reagan, who lived there for four month.  After the Reagans moved out, the mansion was turned into a museum.  It is no longer a museum, however, as Jerry Brown, California's current governor, is moving in to the house (or possibly has already moved in).  Interestingly, this is Brown's second time as governor; he previously held the position from 1975-1983.  When California passed a term limit law in 1990, Brown and the other former governors living at the time were grandfathered in, so they were still eligible for reelection.  

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Jabs at Jabba

Star Wars - Vader's Little Princess

For: North America Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 107: Cards That Make You Laugh
Notes: This postcard shows one of the illustrations from the book Vader's Little Princess, a follow-up to Darth Vader and Son.  The book follows Darth Vader's attempts at raising Princess Leia, and as you can see from this card, she didn't turn out very well under his guidance.  This illustration makes me wonder what she did to be captured by Jabba.  In the movie, she went to Jabba's palace in disguise to rescue Han, but here she seems to be too much of a bi...brat to care about anyone that much.  Am I putting too much thought into this? 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

More From Minsk

Belarus BY-216513 received 09-01-2011

Sent by: dagrisanna
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-216513
Notes: It seems that I received one of the only four cards that dagrisanna ever sent out.  The odd-shaped building on the left is the National Library of Belarus.  The shape is called a rhombicuboctohedron (say that five times fast!).  The building has 22 floors, can seat 2,000 readers, and has a 500-seat conference hall.  The collection includes over 8 million items, and the library also has an electronic collection of over 2 million items.

The larger photo shows some buildings in Uskhod, a microraion or microdistrict of Minsk.  The microdistricts are primarily residential areas located outside of the city center.  Sounds a lot like what we would call the suburbs.  

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Big Heat

Michigan - World's Largest Stove, Detroit

Notes: I don't have any sender information on this card because I actually traded for it at a Postcrossing meetup in Grand Rapids, Michigan a few years ago.  This stove was actually created to represent Michigan at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  It was 35 feet high (or 25 feet according to some websites), 30 feet long, and 20 feet wide.  After the fair, it was on the property of a stove company until 1965, when it was moved to the Michigan State Fairgrounds.  It was removed in 1974 because it was not in very good shop, but it was restored and once again went on display in 1998.  Ironically, it was destroyed in August, 2011 by...fire!  This stove was actually made out of wood, not metal, and it is believed that it was hit by lighting.  

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Love Bugs

Netherlands NL-2450859 received 04-21-2014

Sent by: fam Boelema
From: Noordwijk aan Zee, Netherlands
ID number: NL-2450859
Notes: I'm not sure if this was meant to be a Valentine's Day card or not, but it seemed appropriate.  It do know it is a charity card that supports the Foundation for Children's Welfare (at least that the phrase that Google Translate came up with).  I picked the title because of the ladybugs without even noticing that there are heart-shaped butterflies as well.  So cute!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Keep It Civil

USA US-1236932 received 08-04-2011

Sent by: librarycard
From: Palm Harbor, Florida, USA
ID number: US-1236932
Notes: Yes, this card does feature the flags from the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.  Yes, these flags are controversial.  I am not going to post any of my feelings about that, and I'd certainly appreciate if you don't either.  Thank you.

The flag on the left was the first flag of the Confederacy.  It was called "Stars and Bars", which makes sense, and it was used until May 1, 1863, when the second flag was adopted.  It is called the "Stainless Banner", and it was used until March 4, 1865.  The third national flag is actually the one second from the right.  It looks remarkably similar to the "Stainless Banner", but with the addition of the red stripe down the left.  This flag was only in use for just over a month, as the war ended on April 15, 1865.  The flag in the middle is actually a battle flag for the Army of Northern Virginia, and it is probably the one most associated with the Confederacy today.  The flag on the far right is the "Bonnie Blue Flag", which was unofficial, but quite popular.