Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Italy - Amalfi Coast, A Set of 16 Postcards

1. Positano
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2. Positano
Night View 
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3. Positano
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4. Coast of Amalfi, The 'Little Madonna'
on the road Positano 
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5. Amalfi's stretch of coast
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6. Valley of the marine Gods - Cave of the emerald
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7. View and Cathedral
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8. Panorama View
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9. Historical Regatta
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10. The Cathedral
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11. Night view
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12. View 
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13. Amalfi and the coast - View from the craft
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14. Ravello
The panorama from Rufolo Vila
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15. Ravello
Villa Rufolo - View from the airplane
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16. Ravello

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This set was bought in 2009. 

Slovenia - Kras Multiview with Caves


Kras Karst Slovenija

Predjamski grad in bogastvo kraskega sveta
The Predjama castle and the marvelous subterranean world of the Karst

Foto: Arne Hodalic, Mirko Bijuklic

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Škocjan Caves, found on the Karst Plateau, is a cave system in Slovenia. The area was entered on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites in 1986.

Poland - Warszawa, Warsaw, (Postal Love)

The 1st largest city of Poland
City Area: 517.24 KM2
City Rights: 1328 YR

Population 1,744,357 - Over 3,500 Postcrossing Members

Famous Monuments:
- Royal Castle
- Presidential Palace
- Palace on the Water
- Grand Theatre
- Warsaw Skyline
- Palace of Culture and Science

Famous People:
- Maria Sklodowska - Curie
- Fryderyk Chopin
- Stanislaw Moniusko
- Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski
- Andrzej Wajda
- Boleslaw Prus

The Capital of Poland
Warsaw Metro 1995 about 29 KM
9th Largest Capital Cities of the European Union

This is a 'Postal Love' postcard that was postmarked in 2017.  

North Korea - Panmungak, Joint Security Area

Panmungak, The Administrative Headquarters for the North Korean security force in the Joint Security Area, Panmunjom.

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The Joint Security Area is the only portion of the Korean Demilitarized Zone where North and South Korean forces stand face-to-face.

The Joint Security Area is used by the two Koreas for diplomatic engagements. 

Indonesia - Bali, Tirta Empul Temple

Tirta Empul, temple of the source of sacred water

Photo by Liem Men Sang

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Tirta Empul temple is a Hindu Balinese water temple. The temple compound consists of a bathing structure, famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification.

Tirta Empul means Holy Spring in Balinese.

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Mostar at Night


Stari most
old bridge
alte Brucke
vieux pont
ponte vecchio

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Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who in the medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva. The Old Bridge (An UNESCO site) was built by the Ottomans in the 16th century and is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks.

Belgium - La Dreve (The Woods)

La Dreve (Walhain)
Jean-Marie Vandeloise

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I looked up 'La Dreve' and found this...
A drève is a road carriageway lined with trees.

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Walhain is a Walloon municipality of Belgium located in the province of Walloon Brabant.

Austria - Melk Abby, Four Postcards

Stift Melk - Bibliothek und Kirche

A 3390 Melk an der Donau N.O.
Stift Melk seit 1089, Barocker Neubau von J. Prandtauer 1702 - 1736. 
1) Stiftsbibliothek, Hauptaal mit Decken-fresken von Paul Troger.
2) Stiftskirche hll. Peter und Paul, beruhmte hochbarocke Ausstattung.

From an on-line Translator:
Melk Abbey - library and church

A 3390 Melk on the Danube N.O.
Stift Melk since 1089, Baroque new building by J. Prandtauer 1702 - 1736.
1) Chapel Library, main room with ceiling frescoes by Paul Troger.
2) Stiftskirche hll. Peter and Paul, famous high baroque decor.
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A-3390 Melk a. d. Donau - Wachau

Barockstift der Benediktiner von Jakob
Prandtauer erbaut u. im Jahre 1728 fertiggestelt.
(Baroque cathedral of the Benedictines of Jacob
Prandtauer was built and finished in 1728.)
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Melk an der Donau, Wachau
(Melk on the Danube, Wachau)
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Stiftskirche Melk
Schalldeckel der Kanzel von Peter Widerin
1726 nach Galli-Bibiena

Foto: Baumgartner, Graz

From an on-line translator:
Stiftskirche Melk
Sound cap of the pulpit by Peter Widerin
1726 to Galli-Bibiena
Photo: Baumgartner, Graz

All four of these postcards were given to me in 2017. 
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Melk Abbey (German: Stift Melk) is a Benedictine abbey above the town of Melk, Austria, on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube river.

The abbey was founded in 1089 when Leopold II, Margrave of Austria gave one of his castles to Benedictine monks. A monastic school, the Stiftsgymnasium Melk, was founded in the 12th century, and the monastic library soon became renowned for its extensive manuscript collection. 

Today's Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736 to designs by Jakob Prandtauer. Particularly noteworthy are the abbey church with frescos by Johann Michael Rottmayr and the library with countless medieval manuscripts, including a famed collection of musical manuscripts and frescos by Paul Troger.

Arizona - Tonto National Monument

Tonto National Monument

This is a 'Lantern Press' postcard Image number 43855 of an original poster.

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The Tonto National Monument is located in the Superstition Mountains in Central Arizona.

There are well-preserved cliff dwellings that were occupied by the Salado culture during the 13th, 14th, and early 15th centuries. 

Andorra - Tunnels of La Massana

Valls D'Andorra Alt, 1250 m.
Tunels de la Massana
Tuneles de la Massana
Tunnels de la Massana
Massana Tunnels

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The Dos Valires Tunnel is a major road tunnel in Andorra linking the two upper Andorran parishes of La Massana and Encamp. It is 2.922 kilometres (1.816 mi) long.

The construction of the tunnel was started in 2005 but was halted in 2009 after one of the viaducts at the La Massana entrance collapsed and killed 5 Portuguese construction workers.

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.