Thursday, April 13, 2017

Canada - Toronto Subway Map

Toronto Subway Map

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The rapid transit system in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, consists of underground and elevated railway lines, operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). It was Canada's first completed subway system: the first line was built under Yonge Street, which opened in 1954 with 12 stations. 

Germany - Bastei Rock Formations and Bridge

Elbsandsteingebirge Basteibrucke
Zauber einer Landschaft

Scones Elbsandsteingebirge

From a translator:
Elbe Sandstone Mountains Basteibr├╝cke
Magic of a landscape
Beautiful Elbe Sandstone Mountains

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The Bastei is a rock formation towering 194 metres above the Elbe River in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains of Germany. Reaching a height of 305 metres above sea level, the jagged rocks of the Bastei were formed by water erosion.

The Bastei has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years. In 1824, a wooden bridge was constructed to link several rocks for the visitors. This bridge was replaced in 1851 by the present Bastei Bridge made of sandstone. 

Greenland - Nuussuaq and Mountains

The sender writes:
This postcard is from Nuuk, Greenland.  In the foreground you can see Nuussauq (Nuuk itself is not on the card), Nuussuaq is a suburb to Nuuk which has about 15,000 inhabitants.  Nuuk is the capital of Greenland, the largest island in the world.  In the background you can see Sermitsiaq (Saddle Mountain).  It is about 3,970 feet tall.

West Virginia - A Lousy Postcard

My friends went to West Virginia.  Al I got was this Lousy Postcard!

Graphic Design by David Nestmann.

The sender writes:
I figured you wouldn't mind a 'Lousy postcard" from our trip to West Virginia!

Nope - They are correct, I don't mind it at all, in fact I think it is quite spectacular!

Chile - Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile

ALMA Telescope

Photo by Daniil Korzhonov

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The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) is an array of separate telescopes in the Atacama desert of northern Chile.

Consisting of 66 12-metre (39 ft) and 7-metre (23 ft) diameter radio telescopes observing at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths, ALMA is expected to provide insight on star birth during the early universe and detailed imaging of local star and planet formation.

ALMA is an international partnership among Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Chile.

Virginia - Staunton, Woodrow Wilson and His Birthplace

Woodrow Wilson's Birthplace
Staunton, Virginia
This house served as the Presbyterian Manse at the time of Wilson's birth and boyhood.  Now a national shrine and mecca for visitors from all over the world.

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The Woodrow Wilson Birthplace is referred to as The Manse, which is the name of a Presbyterian minister's home. The Manse was constructed in 1846 by the Staunton First Presbyterian Church. It has twelve rooms with twelve fireplaces. The Wilson family moved into the house in 1855 and Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in what is now called the "birth room" on December 28, 1856. The Wilsons left The Manse in early 1858.

After the Wilsons moved out of The Manse it remained a Presybterian minister's home well into the 1920s. It was only after Woodrow Wilson's death that his widow, Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, returned to Staunton with plans of creating a memorial. The house was restored to its 1850s look over the next 80 years, which included removing bathrooms, changing light fixtures, and stripping paint. Recently The Manse was restored to its original red brick, having been painted white for almost a century.

It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

Shown on the postcard is also the Woodrow Wilson presidential car, a Pierce Arrow limousine.

Texas - Houston, 'Greetings From' Mural

Hello from Houston, Texas
We had a great time at the sixth meet-up
Saturday March 11, 2017 11 AM During the
Houston Metro Postcard and Paper Show

Greetings from Houston
Mural by Artist Daniel Anguily
3601 White Oak Drive, Houston

Portugal - The Palace of Queluz, Don Quixote Room

Quarto D. Quixote (1759 - 1774)
Arquitecto: Jean-Baptiste Robillion
Pintores: Manuel da Costa e Jose Antonio Narciso

The Don Quixote Room (1759 - 1774)
Architect: Jean-Baptiste Robillion
Painters: Manuel da Costa and Jose Antonio Narciso

This postcard is from the Palace of Queluz and is from 2017. 

Portugal - Palmela, Castle of Palmela

Palmela, Portugal
Castelo de Palmela

Foto: Luis Almeida

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I am not sure... but I believe this picture was taken from the Casal de Santo Isidro Windmills.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New York - Chinatown in New York City

New York City

Chinatown, in South Manhattan, houses more than 6,000 Americans of Chinese descent.  A touch of the Orient is maintained in the many restaurants and curio shops.

The sender writes:
We are here for  Gloria Estefan's new musical (On Your Feet) and also to see Aladdin.

Missouri - Stanton, Meramec Caverns

PDK Postcard # 8 - 2017
by Pete Klinger
Almost National Postcard Week

Yet another colorful photo from the collection.  This one I took in 2011.  Ever drive past St. Louis on I-44 "Meramec Caverns" signs start before the bypass, many miles before Route 66.  Then more and more, until you approach Stanton, Missouri.  Let me say, it's worth the stop to relax, ice cream shop, nice cool walk, somewhat hokey, but informative tour but if you've never done it, make the stop!  Beautiful formations, well maintained property, excellent lighting effects.  Step back in time to the days when many roadside attractions like this were along the National highways.

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A room within the cavern was used for Hollywood productions, most notably The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1973). In the particular movie, the site was used as the cave system where Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn find the hidden gold.

An episode of Lassie was also filmed in this part of the cave.

Germany - Route Industriekultur, Industry Architecture

Route Industriekultur  (Industrial Heritage Trail)

(1) Henrichshutte Hattingen
(2) Deutsches Bergbau - Museum Bochum
(3) Gasometer Oberhausen
(4) Aquarius Mulheim
(5) Zeche Zollern Dortmund
(6) Tetraeder Bottrop
(7) Zeche Zollverein Essen


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The Industrial Heritage Trail links tourist attractions related to the industrial heritage in the Ruhr area in Germany. It is a part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

(1) The Henrichsh├╝tte is a former hut factory in Hattingen and is now operated as a museum .

(2) The German Mining Museum in Bochum is the largest mining museum in the world.

(3) The Gasometer Oberhausen is a former gas holder in Oberhausen, Germany, which has been converted into an exhibition space.

(4) The Aquarius Water Museum is a water tower that has been shut down.  In 1989 it was renovated and converted into a museum.

(5) The Zeche Zollern II/IV Colliery (Coal Mining) is located in Dortmund, Germany. In 1969 it was recognized as Germany's first technical building and a monument of international importance. Since 1981, it has been the headquarters of the Westphalian Industrial Museum.

(6) The Tetrahedron in Bottrop is a walkable steel structure in the form of a tetrahedron with a side length of 60m, resting on four 9m tall concrete pillars.

(7) The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex is a large former industrial site in the city of Essen, Germany. It has been inscribed into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since December 14, 2001.

Germany - Hamburg 2017 Calendar Postcard

Hamburg 2017

Stell mich auf!  (Position me!)
bitte umklappen (Please fold down)

This novelty postcard has a built in stand.  You can see the dots at the bottom where you tear and fold the strips back to make it so the calendar can sit upright on your desk.

This 2017 calendar postcard is from Germany. 

Florida - Winter Haven, Legoland Welcome Sign

Legoland Florida, Central Florida's newest theme park, offers over 55 interactive rides, shows, attractions, restaurants, and shopping specifically geared for families with children ages 2 to 12.  A multi-day family destination, Legoland Florida is also home to the all-new Legoland Water Park and the beautiful historic Cypress Gardens.

Finland - Turku, Paavo Nurmi Statue

Turku Abo

This postcard is from 2017 and features a statue of Paavo Nurmi.

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Paavo Johannes Nurmi, (13 June 1897 – 2 October 1973) was a Finnish middle- and long-distance runner. He was nicknamed the "Flying Finn" as he dominated distance running in the early 20th century. Nurmi set 22 official world records and won nine gold and three silver medals in the Olympic Games.