Tuesday, March 28, 2017

USA - Washington


Cuddly Kittens

After commenting on our mutual friend Shelby's post about getting one of these cards, my friend Val sent me one as well.  The card were sold in sets of 40 cards in the 1980's for $0.78 at a K-Mart.  Let's note, for those of you who haven't bought postcards in a while, you can usually not even get ONE card for $0.78 today! 

The set even had 4 different types of cards, but this one with the two orange kittens playing in and around a paper bag are the only ones she has remaining.

Monday, March 27, 2017

USA - New Jersey


Resorts, Atlantic City

Resorts is one of the casinos on the famous Boardwalk of Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Located at Boardwalk and North Carolina, since the closure of the Trump Taj Mahal hotel next door, it is one of, if not the, last hotel on that part of the Boardwalk. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Poland


Warszawa

The symbol of Warsaw (Warszawa, in Polish) is the mermaid.  This statue is in the middle of the Old Town Market place. 

A pair of mermaids in 1980's Warsaw are actually main characters in the 2016-2017 Polish-language film The Lure (in Polish called C√≥rki dancingu), which is apparently the first musical in Polish cinema.   

There are however other mermaids around the city.  The mermaid at the Vistula river (below) was designed before World War II (see link) by Ludwika Nitschowa.  The model for that mermaid statue was Krystyna Krahelska (born March 24, 1914), a young poet who during the war became a nurse and currier for the Polish Underground Home Army (Armia Krajowa). 

On August 1, 1944, the day that the Uprising began, she was trying to help an injured collegue when she was shot in the chest three times.  She was taken to the insurgent hosital but died of her wounds on August 2nd, the second day of the 63-day-long Uprising, at the age of 30.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Poland


Warsawa

The Old Town Churches (from the left): Saint Martins, Saint Mary's and Saint John's.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Poland


Warszawa / Warsaw

The coat of arms for Warsaw, capital of Poland.

Friday, March 17, 2017

USA - Illinois


Published by William Darton, Jr. (English c. 1781-1854)

Walker's Tour through Ireland, a New Geographical Pastime,
Published March 9, 1812.  

This card shows a map of Ireland.  A copy of the map was used in the 2015 exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago called Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840.

The exhibit was quite successful.  Originally scheduled for March 17, 2015 through June 7th, it was extended until June 21, 2015 by popular demand.  Below is an ad card for the exhibit, featuring a green portable harp c. 1820 by John Egan.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

France


Paris

My friend Chenele sent me this card of the Louve Pyramid from her trip to Paris in 2016.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Italy


Roma- Campidoglio

I discovered this and a few other old unused postcards at my local antique store.  Never used, but with the purposefully frayed edge, they caught my eye.

Also, please note cards from Rome posted on the Ides of March.