Friday, February 10, 2017

Vatican City - St. Peters Square, Roma

Piazza San Pietro
Place Saint-Pierre
St. Peter's Square
Der Petersplatz

Vatican City - St. Peter's Square

Piazza S. Pietro
St. Peter's Square
Place Saint-Pierre
Plaza S. Pedro

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Portugal - Belem, Monument of the Discoveries, Dear Doctor

Monument of the Discoveries in Belem, outside Lisbon, commemorates the 500th anniversary of Prince Henry the Navigator pioneer of maritime discovery.

This is a medical advertising postmarked mailed in 1961 to a doctor in West Virginia, USA.

On the back of the card these words are printed:

Dear Doctor:
Here in Portugal, our special stamp commemorates the life, 5 centuries ago, of Prince Henry the Navigator.  Today PENTOTHAL too has charted new worlds of progress.  You'll like its dependable, easily controlled intravenous anesthesia.  Use it soon.
(Here is the stamp on the postcard.)

Wisconsin - Bayfield, Madeline Island Ice Angel

Madeline Island Ice Angel
Madeline Island - Bayfield

The windsled transports passengers from the mainland Bayfield to Madeline Island when the ice moves in making the lake impassable by ferry boat and before the ice is think enough to drive on.

Photo by Burke Henry
Lake Superior Collection

Suriname - Paramaribo, Natives in a Boat on the River

VI - Paramaribo, Surinam
Natives on Surinam River

Arrived safely . . . . . . .
"Marazine' saved the day as the trip was rough.  Beautiful country!  In 1667 the Dutch traded what is now New York City to England for the sovereignty over Surinam.  Thanks to "Methedrine' I've traded obesity for normal weight.
'B.W. and CO.'

Unfortunately this ends our present trip.  If you enjoyed our cards we hope you will drop us a note.  'Methedrine' literature or samples are available on request.

This is a "Dear Doctor" advertising postcard.  It was mailed in 1953 to a medical doctor in Elkhart, Indiana, USA. 

Ireland - County Antrim, Giant's Causeway

Evening at the Giant's Causeway
Co. Antrim
Northern Ireland

Photo by Esler Crawford
Published by John Hinde, Ltd.

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The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.  It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.

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Incase anyone wants to know what basalt columns are...

During the cooling of a thick lava flow, contractional joints or fractures form. If a flow cools relatively rapidly, significant contraction forces build up. While a flow can shrink in the vertical dimension without fracturing, it can't easily accommodate shrinking in the horizontal direction unless cracks form; the extensive fracture network that develops results in the formation of columns. The topology of the lateral shapes of these columns can broadly be classed as a random cellular network. These structures are predominantly hexagonal in cross-section, but polygons with three to twelve or more sides can be observed.  The size of the columns depends loosely on the rate of cooling; very rapid cooling may result in very small (<1 cm diameter) columns, while slow cooling is more likely to produce large columns.

France - Gordes, Village des Bories, Museum

Bories dans le Luberon
La Provence
bories dans le Luberon

Photo: A. Levy

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Village des Bories is an open-air museum of 20 or so dry stone huts located in the Vaucluse department of France. 

Ethiopia - Mata-Hara, Karayou Shepherd

Mata-Hara, Ethiopia
Karayou Shepherd 
Photo-Art, George Talanos, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

This real-photo postcard is postmarked around 1955.

The sender writes:
All continues to go well.  Africa is almost beyond belief for the boys as well as myself.  We have an interview with the king tomorrow.  As he rarely grants them to visitors, we are all quite excited.

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Haile Selassie I  (23 July 1892 – 27 August 1975), was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor from 1930 to 1974. 

He is on the stamps that are on the back of this postcard.  I wonder if this is who they were able to interview???

Croatia - Dalmatia with a Dalmatian Dog


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The name Dalmatia is from the name of the Dalmatae tribe, which is connected with the Illyrian word delme meaning "sheep".  Its Latin form Dalmatia translates to its current English name.

Dalmatia is referenced in the New Testament at 2 Timothy 4:10 so its name has been translated in many of the world's languages.

2 Timothy 4:10:
for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.

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The Dalmatian dog's roots trace back to Croatia and its historical region of Dalmatia.

Colorado - Mt. Morrison, Seat of Pluto, Park of Red Rocks

On the Seat of Pluto,
Park of the Red Rocks,
Mt. Morrison, Colorado

The sender writes:
We seen this rock the day we were in the park at Morrison.
Lovingly Alice

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Red Rocks Park is owned and maintained by the city of Denver as part of the Denver Mountain Parks system. The park is known for its very large red sandstone rock formations.

Red Rocks Park was the site of the Start and Finish line of The Amazing Race 9 which aired in the spring of 2006.

California - La Jolla, Dock and Seals

La Jolla, California

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La Jolla is a hilly seaside community within the city of San Diego, California, occupying 7 miles (11 km) of curving coastline along the Pacific Ocean.

Arizona - Tucson, Colossal Cave

Colossal Cave
Tucson, Arizona

Colossal Cave is located in the Escabrosa Limestone of Mississippian origin 300 million years old.  The limestone was formed in a great inland sea of that period from the calcium deposits laid down by the remains of a sea creature called the crinoid, a small plant-like sea animal.  The mountains in which Colossal Cave is formed were a mid-tertiary development caused by a crustal upheaval of the earth approximately 40 million years ago.  The cave system was carved out of the solid limestone by the action of seeping water that eventually formed an underground river with many intricate tributaries.  The full extent of the Cave is not yet known but explorations have reached a length of 39 miles.  The many weird and beautiful crystal formations that cover the interior of the cave were formed over a period of thens of thousands of years.  The number of different crystal formations are astronomical and their sizes vary from the minute to the colossal.

Bob Petley photos

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This was written several years ago, so I wanted to find out how long they found out the cave was.

On the official park website it reads:
Colossal Cave has never been fully explored. Although there are an estimated 39 miles of cave tunnels.
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So it looks like they never found more tunnels since back in the 1970's.  

Argenina - Buenos Aires, Gauchos and Girls, Pan American Airlines

Gauchos and girls perform folk dances in local costume at a ranch near Buenos Aires, southern terminal of PAA's Latin American service.

Pan American
World's Most Experienced Airline

Burkina Faso - (Haute Volta), Bobo-Dioulasso Dancer at Night

Lena, pres de BOBO-DIOULASSO,
Danse nocturne ou le masque,
dans sa dimension cosmique,
reactive les puissances de vie.

I put this in google translate and this is what it read:
Night dance or mask,
In its cosmic dimension,
Reactivates the powers of life.

Photo Diavolta

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Bobo-Dioulasso is the second largest city in Burkina Faso.

The name means "home of the Bobo-Doula". It was likely coined by French colonists to reflect the languages of the two major groups in the population.

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.