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

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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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Spain - Barcelona, Three 2010 Calendar Postcards

 Temple De La Sagrada Familia 2010 Antoni Gaudi
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Barcelona 2010
Monument a Colom.  Temple de la Sagrada Familia. Dona i ocell, de Joan Miro
Palau de la Musica Catalana. Torre Agbar. Casa Batllo
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Barcelona 2010
Fotos: Pere Vivas

All three of these calendar postcards were bought in Barcelona Spain.

Spain - Barcelona, La Rambla, Four Postcards

Map postcard of:
La Rambla
Barcelona, Spain
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La Rambla
Barcelona, Spain
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La Rambla
Barcelona, Spain

La Rambla
Barcelona, Spain

This unused postcard has the look of a puzzle, but it isn't one. 
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La Rambla is a street in central Barcelona, popular with both tourists and locals alike.  It is a 1.2 kilometer-long tree-lined pedestrian mall between Barri Gòtic and El Raval.

La Rambla can be crowded, especially during prime time tourist season. Most of the time, there are many more tourists than locals occupying las Ramblas -- this has changed the shopping selection, as well as the character of the street in general.  For this reason also, it has become a prime target for pick pocketing.

Suriname - Paramaribo, Dear Doctor, Pentothal Advertisement

Surinam - Governments Plein, Paramaribo
Photo Courtesy Alcoa Steamship Co.

Dear Doctor:
Here, in tropical Surinam, doctors want and need an intravenous anesthetic that will assure an uncomplicated, swift recovery.  They find it in PENTOTHAL - - - agent of choice the world over,

This is an advertising postcard that is postmarked from Surinam, but I can not make out a date.  The stamp is from 1953.

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Paramaribo is the capital and largest city of Suriname, located on the banks of the Suriname River in the Paramaribo District. The historic inner city of Paramaribo has been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002.

Romania - Alba Iulia, Poarta a III-a a Cetatii, Gate 3

Alba Iulia - Romania
Traseul celor trei fortificatii - Poarta a-III-a
(The route of the three strongholds - Gate III)

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Alba Iulia is a city located on the Mureş River in Transylvania, Romania, with a population of 63,536 as of 2011.  

Minnesota - Red Wing, World's Largest Boot

The Largest Workboot ever witnessed by the civilized public!

The World's Largest Boot

Redwing Shoes
A Fantastic Modern Engineering Wonder of Human Invention!

A bewildering 2,300 pounds of sheer gargantuan bulk!
At 20 feet long and 16 feet tall it's a colossal curiosity
Fit for a 12 Story Human Giant!

In 2005, as part of Red Wing Shoe Company's Centennial.
The World's Largest Boot was created to celebrate generations of shoe-making craftsmen whose labor and dedication built the company and its world-wide reputation for quality.

The sender writes:
I am in Minnesota today and stopped to see the giant red wing boot AGAIN.  Because, once is never enough. :D

This postcard is from 2015.

Trinidad and Tobago - Steelpan Drums

International Postcard Week
October 2-8, 2016

Trinidad and Tobago
Home of the Steelpan

Double Tenor, Bass and Tenor

Did You Know?
The steel pan is the National Musical Instrument of Trinidad and Tobago where it originated in the early 20th century.  Musicians who play the steel pan are called pannists.  A group of pannists who play together is called a steel band.  Annually at Carnival time, there is a steel band competition called Panorama.

This postcard was designed by Nalini Mohammed. 

Oregon - Newport, Tide Pool

International Postcard Week
October 2 - 8, 2016

Hello and Greetings from Salem, Oregon USA!  My name is Kristina and I LOVE going to the beach! I took this picture of my fun rubber boots in the tide pools at Yaquina Head Lighthouse in Newport, Oregon during a day trip this Summer!

I also love sending and receiving mail, so I'm really excited about International Postcard week!
I'm looking forward to getting lots of postcards this week, and I hope you are, too!
Best Wishes!

Gibraltar - Aerial View and Multiview

Aerial View

This postcard is from 2016 and features The Cradle of History Monument, Europa Point Lighthouse and St. Michael's Cave.

Florida - Cocoa Beach, Aerial View

Cocoa Beach

Fun in the sun at the pier in Cocoa Beach.
Photo by Dan McKinley

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Cocoa Beach was the setting for the 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, although no episodes were actually filmed there, and star Barbara Eden only made two visits during the show's production — both in 1969, for publicity.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Finland - Helsinki, Metallic Postcard, SkyWheel, Ferris Wheel

Helsinki, Finland

- Finland declared independence 1917
- Population about 5,4 million
- Capital City: Helsinki (Population about 600.000)
- Area 338.000 sq. kilometers (131.000 sq. miles) of which 10% water - 188.000 lakes-forests cover 68%

This metallic postcard features the SkyWheel and is from 2016. 

Washington D.C. - Men's Room in the Senate Chambers

Men's Room .  Senate Chambers . U.S.Capitol
Responsible for High Level Leaks in Washington since 1873.

Foggy Bottom Ale
Washington D.C.'s Hometown Beer

This is a 'Go Card' advertising postcard. 

Cayman Islands - A Young Pirate on the Beach

Cayman Islands
Tropical Paradise

Beauty, warmth and fun for all the Cayman Islands.

There is a recipe on the back for Green Turtle Stew...

Green Turtle Stew

2 pounds turtle meat
4 onions, chopped
6 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 can (16 ounces) peeled tomatoes
4 sprigs chives, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup red wine
1/2 hot pepper, seeded and chopped
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoon browning
dash freshly ground petter
dash salt
vegetable oil
4 medium limes, juiced

Wash turtle meat with lime juice and water.  Season with onion, tomato, chives, garlic and wine.  Marinate overnight in refrigerator.  In a large pot, add a little oil.  Remove chives, garlic and onions and fry them in a pot.  Add the turtle meat and fry for about 15 minutes.  Add browning and hot pepper.  Simmer for about 2 hours.  Add pepper and salt to taste.  Serve hot over white rice.

This postcard is from 2004.