Monday, September 26, 2016

USA - Indiana


Old Country Store, Nashville, Indiana

This card is of and from the Old Country Store in the small town of Nashville.  Nashville is a small town (estimated about 1000 people) near Bloomington (best known as the home of Indiana University).  

The town is a small tourist destination including a number of stores and an artist colony.   

This mall of pictures are most portraits of inhabitants from the 1800s and early 1900s from the Nashville/Brown County area.  I remember going here as a child and always remembered the wall of photographs you can see here.  The Old Country Store is also in the same building as the Nashville House Restaurant.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

USA - Illinois


Crolan the Irish Bard, c. 1844 - James Christopher Timbrell (Irish, 1807-1850)

The subject of this painting and postcard is Turlough O'Carolan, the blind harpist at the center of the photo.  This painting was on display in Chicago at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014 for an exhibit on Irish Art.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

USA - Illinois


Self-Portrait with Cigarette, 1895 - Edvard Munch

This painting was part of an exhibit on Edvard Munch (probably best known as the painter of the painting The Scream) at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Austria


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Wiener Cafes

This card highlights the coffee cafe culture in Vienna, Austria.  The card was sent at a Postcrossing meet up on January 10, 2016.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Panama


Last Passage Through Miraflores Locks of Queen Elizabeth II, April, 2008

Thanks to my friend Val for sending me this wonderful card of the QE2 from Panama!  This was my first card from the central American country!



Monday, September 19, 2016

Antarctica


July: Specimen of a Portrait, c.1878 by James Tissot

This card was one of my favorite paintings at the 2014 Art Institute of Chicago special exhibit on Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity.  The painting is normally held by the Cleveland Museum of Art.

This card is also one of the postcards that I've sent the most and has, sadly, been lost the most in the mail; however this particular postcard is special....because of where it was posted:


That's right...this card was sent from the USAF McMurdo Base in Antarctica.  I saw a message on Postcrossing in late 2015 saying that someone was going to Antarctica on a research trip and wanted to take mail to have it stamped and mailed from Antarctica.  

The sender included a link to their research experiment which you can check out here about Weddel Seals in the Ross Sea.  Thank you very much!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

USA - Illinois


The Millinery Shop, 1879/86 - Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)

This card is the the above listed painting.  The painting is house at the Art Institute of Chicago.  There is some discrepancy as to whether the women pictured is meant to be a worker in the shop or a customer due to her brassy buckle around her dress.