Thursday, December 15, 2016

Vatican City - A Set of 16 Postcards

Citta Del Vaticano (Vatican City) 
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The Dome of St. Peter's
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General view from the Basilica of St. Peter
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St. Peter
The Basilica is the work of Great Artists from
the Roman renaissance: L. B. Alberti, Bramante,
Raffaello, Michelangelo
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St. Peter
The Basilica is the work of Great Artists from
the Roman Renaissance: L.B. Alberti, Bramante,
Raffaello, Michelangelo
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St. Peter's Basilica 
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Bernini's Baldachin
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Pope Urban VIII commissioned Gian Lorenzo Bernini to design and construct a structure that would be placed over the tomb of St. Peter during the building of the new St. Peter's Basilica. 
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St. Peter's Basilica
The Cattedra
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A cathedra is the chair or throne of a bishop. It is a symbol of the bishop's teaching authority in the Roman Catholic Church. Cathedra is the Latin word for a chair with armrests.
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St. Peter's Basilica 
Michelangelo: Pieta
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Swiss Guards
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Raphael's Stanze: School of Athens
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The Sistine Chapel
Michelangelo - The Creation of Adam, Detail
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Michelangelo: Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
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Michelangelo: the Last Judgment
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Michelangelo: Inside the Sistine Chapel
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Citta Del Vaticano (Vatican City)

I bought this set in 2009 at Vatican City. 

Croatia - Dubrovnik, Franjo Tuđman Bridge

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Europe

This postcard features the Franjo Tudman Bridge.
2016

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Construction of the bridge started in October 1998 and was completed in April 2002. It was officially opened on May 21, 2002. The bridge construction costs were reportedly 252 million Croatian kuna (c. US$31 million) making Franjo Tuđman Bridge the most expensive bridge in Croatia.

Georgia - Jekyll Island, Telephone, First Transcontinental Call

First Transcontinental Call

Theodore N. Vail, New York, President of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, participated in a memorable telephone ceremony January 15, 1915 - January 25, 1915 while recuperating from lameness at Jekyll Island.  In order that President Vail might participate in the long circuit call from Jekyll to Washington, New York and San Francisco a thousand miles of cable were run to the island.

Dr. Alexander Graham Bell was the chief figure in the New York call with Thomas A. Watson assistant to Dr. Bell, at the San Francisco terminal.  President Woodrow Wilson, in speaking to Mr. Vail at Jekyll said "Hello Mr. Vail!"  "Who is this?" (Mr. Vail) "This is the President.  I have just been speaking across the continent." "Oh. yes." (Mr. Vail). "Before I give up the telephone.  I want to extend my congratulations to you on the consummation of this remarkable work," replied the President of the United States.  It has been said that Bell created the telephone and Vail created the telephone business.
Mr. Vail visited Jekyll in two yachts at various seasons.
The Speedwell and The Northwind

Georgia Historical Commission

First Transcontinental Call
Jekyll Island, Georgia
photos by David Noble

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I tried to the best of my ability to type what is written on the plaque correctly.  It is awful small though, so there might be a mistake or two.  

Spain - Rodalquilar Beach, Cabo de Gata Natural Park

Cabo De Gata
El Playazo de Rodalquilar

Parque Natural Cabo De Gata-Nijar

Foto: Laia Moreno
2016

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Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park is in the south-eastern corner of Spain.

Offshore are there are numerous tiny rocky islands and underwater you will find extensive coral reefs teeming with marine life.

In 1997 it was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Germany - Dusseldorf, Rheinturm (Rhine Tower) with Lightning

Dusseldorf Reloaded

This postcard features lighting around the Rhine Tower.  It is from 2016.

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The Rheinturm (Rhine Tower) is a 240.5 metre high concrete telecommunications tower in Düsseldorf, Germany. Construction started in 1979 and finished in 1981. It stands 174.5 metres high and houses a revolving restaurant and an observation deck at a height of 170 metres. It is the tallest building in Düsseldorf.

Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, History of the Liberty Bell

History of the Liberty Bell

Originally ordered to commemorate the 50th year of Pennsylvania under Penn's Charter of 1701, the bell was cast by Thomas Lister of London.  Arriving here in 1752 with an inscription from the Old Testament.

"Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof"

The bell was to hang in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House, later known as Independence Hall.  Cracked during testing, it was melted and recast by two Philadelphia foundry-men, Pass and Stow.

On July 4, 1776, the Newly written Declaration of Independence was read to the Continental Congress in the State House.   Four days later the bell was rung to alert the people to the public reading of the Declaration.

The Liberty Bell's traditional association with the events of the American Revolution and its prophetic "Proclaim Liberty" inscription, have made it the most cherished and revered symbol of American Freedom.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Birthplace of Liberty

The Liberty Bell in the Liberty Bell Pavilion on Independence Mall.

This postcard is from 2011.

Germany - Bielefeld, Postcrossing's 7th International Meeting

Postcrossing
7th International meeting in Bielefeld, Germany
27-30, October 2016

This postcard is postmarked in 2016 with the signatures of around 38 Postcrossing members.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Belgium - Gent, Quai aux Herbes (Graslei)

Gent, Belgium
Graslei
Quai aux Herbes
2016

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Graslei (English: Grass Quay) is a quay (area for walking by the water) in the historic city center of Ghent, Belgium, located on the right bank of the Leie river. The quay opposite of the Graslei is called Korenlei. Both quays were part of the medieval port and are now a cultural and tourist hotspot of the city, with a high concentration of cafés. 

Kyrgyzstan - Yurt Tents and Mountains

Welcome to Kyrgyzstan!

Designer: A. Pariniuc
2016

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A traditional yurt is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Australia - Victoria, London Arch Bridge

International Postcard Week
October 2-8, 2016

London Bridge Australia
Design is by Chris Carney

I have number 1 and 2 in a limited edition of 50 for this unused postcard.

The sender writes:
My husband Dick took the photo of London Bridge when we were on holiday in Australia.  Lots of people walked out to the far side.  Not for me - too much water and too high on the "bridge" and too narrow.  Shortly after we were there the 'bridge' part collapsed stranding people on the far side.  They had to be rescued by helicopter.  The noise when the rock gave way was horrendous, luckily no one was on the bridge when it went.  

Florida - Jupiter Boat Marina and Lighthouse

Jupiter, Floria

Lighthouse and marina on the Jupiter Inlet.
Photo by Martin Goodish
2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bangladesh - Postal Card 1972, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Bangladesh

The sender wrote on the back that this is a rare postal card.  It was sent in an envelope in 2016, but the card is from 1972 and the postal mark is from December 12, 2012 --- 12-12-12. The man on the printed stamp is Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

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Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (17 March 1920 – 15 August 1975) was the founding leader of Bangladesh. He served twice as the country's President.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Italy - Amalfi, Three Shaped Postcards

 Amalfi, Italy
IL Duomo

The name Amalfi on the top is cut out in the shapes of the letters.
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Costiera Amalfitana
The Coast of Amalfi

I love that this postcard is in the shape of a shell.
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Costiera Amalfitana
The Coast of Amalfi

This postcard is in the shape of a fish - The fins and face are also covered in silver glitter!

All three of these postcards are from 2009. 

Italy - Atrani on the Amalfi Coast

Atrani, Italy
Photo: Andrea De Luca Edizioni
2009

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Atrani is a city and comune on the Amalfi Coast in the province of Salerno in Italy. It has a surface area 0.12 km2 making it the smallest community in all of Italy.

Spain - Barcelona, Two 2009 Calendar Postcards

2009 Barcelona 2009
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2009 Barcelona 2009

Both of these unused Calendar postcards were bought in Barcelona Spain in 2009.