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.  

Friday, February 12, 2016

You Don't Want to Taste This Rainbow

South Carolina - Rainbow Row, Charleston

For:  US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 74: Buildings/Architecture
Notes: I have posted several cards showing rows of the historic houses in Charleston, South Carolina.  This card shows a closer view of a couple of them.  They are part of Rainbow Row, which was named for the pastel paint colors of the 13 houses in the row.  The houses weren't so colorful when they were built; they were renovated and restored in the 1930s and 1940s.  That was necessary because this area of Charleston was not very well taken care of after the Civil War.  They certainly look much better now!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

It's a Real Bear...Lake

USA US-3632683 received 10-08-2015

Sent by: aneleveld
From: Northglenn, Colorado, USA
ID number: US-3632683
Notes: This is the third of the missing cards.  It is a linen card with a scalloped border, and it shows Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.  The lake was created by glaciers during the ice age, and it sits at and elevation of 9,450 feet (2,880 m).  The mountain in the background is Longs Peak, which was named in honor of explorer Stephen Harriman Long.  It is 14,259 ft. (4,346 m) tall, making it the tallest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, but still only the 13th tallest peak in Colorado.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Fly Your Flag

Netherlands NL-3037447 received 07-07-2015

Sent by: Lisabosch
From: Bunnik, Netherlands
ID number: NL-3037447
Notes: As you can probably guess by where the sender of this card lives, this is the flag of the Netherlands.  Variations of it have been used since 1572, making it the oldest tricolor national flag still in use.  It is very similar to the flag of Luxembourg, but the blue on the Luxembourg flag is a lighter shade.  The Netherlands flag may also be confused with the flag of France, which has the same colored stripes, but vertically instead of horizontally.  

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

L.A. La Land

California - Los Angeles Skyline

For: North American Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 94: States from A-L Viewcards
Notes: I'm sure the city of Los Angeles is familiar to most people because of Hollywood.  The skyline has also been featured in many movies and television shows (NCIS: Los Angeles for example).  This is the downtown district, which is home to over 500,000 jobs.  The round building towards the right is the U.S. Bank Tower, which is the tallest building in the United States west of the Mississippi River.  The black and white building next to it is the Aon Center, the second tallest in California.  

Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy New Year...Four Years Late!!

Taiwan TW-451464 received 02-08-2012

Sent by: meji
From: Taoyuan, Taiwan
ID number: TW-451464
Notes: Today is the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year.  We leave the Year of the Goat behind, and start the Year of the Monkey, specifially the Fire Monkey (as opposed to the Water, Wood, Earth or Metal Monkey).  This card is from the Lunar New Year in 2012 - the Year of the Dragon.  You can see the dragon's body forms the numbers 2012.  Based on the twelve year cycle, the next Year of the Dragon will be 2024, and the next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028.  The element of the next Year of the Monkey will be Earth.

meji wished me a Happy New Year on this card - Gong Xi Fa Chai.  That is the Cantonese pronounciation.  Usually in the U.S., we hear the Mandarin version - Gong Hei Fat Choy.  Both use the same Chinese characters.  

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Oh, the Pain!!

Netherlands NL-3171538 received 10-10-2015

Sent by: amyvynwijk
From: Woensdrecht, Netherlands
ID number: NL-3171538
Notes: This is another of the missing cards that I mentioned the other day.  I still have not found them, even after I looked under the couch.  They'll turn up eventually, I'm sure.  

Although I usually preview viewcards (postcards that show real places), I really like cards like this type of card from Nouvelles Images.  I have several others, showing chocolate, cheese, and foods from Morocco.  This one, obviously, shows bread, known as 'pain' in French.  They all seem to be loaves of what we would call artisan bread.  No Wonder Bread here! 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Capital Idea AKA How Many Times Can I Use That Title?

USA US-1224604 received 07-25-2011

Sent by: Atilla-the-Hungry
From: Washington, D.C., USA
ID number: US-1224604
Notes: This card shows several of the most famous buildings in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United State.  The shorter building with the columns is the Lincoln Memorial, which was built between 1914 and 1922 to honor Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.  The tall, obelisk is the Washington Monument, built in 1922-23 to commemorate the country's first President, George Washington. It looks like its is right next to the Lincoln Memorial from this angle, but it is actually at the other end of the Reflecting Pool, which is 2,029 feet (618 m) long.  Finally, the domed Building is the Capitol Building, which houses the U.S. Congress.  

Friday, February 5, 2016

Colossal Castillo

Puerto Rico - Castillo San Cristóbal, San Juan National Historic Site

Notes: This is another card I purchased while on vacation back in November.  After we disembarked the cruise ship, we took a tour of San Juan that then dropped us off at the airport.  We spent over an hour at Castillo San Cristóbal, and if it hadn't been so darn hot, I might have enjoyed it.  Castillo San Cristóbal is a fort built by the Spanish in the 17th and 18th centuries.  It is the largest Spanish-built fortification in the New World,  Puerto Rico became a territory of the United States in 1898 after then end of the Spanish-American War, and the fort was taken over by the U.S. military.  During World War II, concrete pillboxes and an underground bunker were built as extra defenses.  The Army moved out of the fort in 1961. and it was then taken over by the National Park Service.  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Not So Nautical

Canada - Kamloops Lake, British Columbia

For: North America Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 91: Anything Nautical
Notes: Kamloops Lake is located in southern British Columbia, several hundred miles from Vancouver.  It is part of the Thompson River, and is 18 miles (29 km) long and .99 miles (1.6 km) wide.  You can see in this photo that the lake shore has steep embankments, and the land surrounding it is mostly uninhabited.  It is a popular place for boating and other outdoor recreation. Doesn't look like much boating was going on the day this photo was taken though.  

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Another Mystery Location

Belarus BY-230934 received 09-03-2011

Sent by: ALEHandNATALY
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-230934
Notes: Well, I do know that this card shows some locations in Minsk.  But I have no more specific information on what the buildings are.  The senders just said "Greetings from Minsk - the capital of Belarus!  We hope you will like this night city view."  So yeah, that's nice but not very helpful.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

But...Where is Babe?

New York - Paul Bunyan Muffler Man, Stony Point, New York

For: US to US Traveling Envelop Round Robin - Group 90: Viewcards
Notes: If you know anything about American folklore, you may recognize this as a statue of Paul Bunyan, a giant lumberjack.  The statue is part of a series known as Muffler Men, which were mostly created for advertising purposes.  The company that made the statues went out of business in 1976, but many of the statues still exist.  Oddly, this statue at the Boy Scout's Camp Bullowa in Stony Creek, New York is not on this list of remaining Muffler Men.  I don't know if that means the statue is gone or if it is just missing from the list.  

Monday, February 1, 2016

Down on the Farm

Wisconsin - Dairy Farm

Sent by: My mom
Notes: I received this card when I was a freshman in college.  I guess my mom thought that I needed to be reminded that Wisconsin has a lot of dairy farms while I was at school in Indiana.  Guess what?  Indiana has dairy farms as well! One of the more well known dairy farms in Indiana is Fair Oaks Farms, which features both dairy and pig adventures, as well as a cheese shop, a restaurant and a birthing barn where you can see cows being born.  I have cards from Fair Oaks Farms as well, and I'm really surprised that I haven't posted any before.  Maybe I will one day.