Sunday, October 23, 2016

USA - Illinois

The Interior of the Stables at Carton, County Kildare; a Liveried Groom, Lord Charles William FitzGerld, and his Sister Lady Jane Seymour FitzGerald, c. 1825 - George Naim (Irish, 1799 - 1850)

This painting was a part of the Art Institute of Chicago 2014 exhibit  Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840.  The two named figures in the painting Charles William FitzGerald was the 4th Duke of Leinster was born in 1819 and died in 1897 and his sister Jane Seymore (FitzGerld) Repton was born in 1825 and died in 1898.  

Friday, October 21, 2016



From what the sender said this card, apparently from 2005, encourages people to enjoy their lives.  It features a young woman in green with a scale with love (a heart) on one side and the dollar sign (money) on the other side.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

USA - Indiana

This is a bit strange of a postcard.  It features the Purdue "P" with the back of a statue. 

The statue is actually of John Purdue, the university's name sake.  Purdue donated money to help start the university which, despite widespread belief, is actually a state and not private university.  He died on September 12, 1876 which was the first day of classes for the school's only 3rd school year and is buried nearby this statue on campus.

Why someone decided to take a photo and make a postcard of the back of his beyond me.  I have other postcards (that are given away free at the Memorial Union Building) featuring the front of the statue. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016



Bran, Romania

Bran Castle in Romania which is one of the castles of the famous Count Dracula.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sudan via Turkey

Modern Shopping Center

This card is literally of "Modern Shopping Center" and is sent by my friend in Ankara, Neslhan.  The card came from a friend of hers who used to live there.  Apparently this mall was made by a Turkish company and has a few Turkish restaurants!    

Monday, October 17, 2016

USA - Delaware


"Velum Cascade"

This interesting card is my first card from the US state of Delaware, which is actually our first state!

Sunday, October 16, 2016



South End Queensland

The photos include a pineapple field, Brisbane, and Lake Wabby.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

USA - Claifornia

Thaddeus Kosciuszko

Tadeusz Kosciuszko was a Polish-born member of the nobility who rose to great fame when the young man traveled to the American Colonies to join the fight for Independence.  At that time, Poland had already had the First Partition (when Russia, Austria, and Prussia took territory from Poland, eventually leading to the country being wiped from the map of Europe).  

Kosciuszko was a favorite of General Washington and oversaw the construction of West Point.  His will stipulated for the executor of it, Thomas Jefferson, to use the funds to free slaves in America, though sadly Jefferson did not do this.  

Kosciuszko returned to Partitioned Poland and lead the failed Kosciuszko Uprising in 1794.  He died in Switzerland on October 15, 1817, 199 years ago. 

This card comes from my friend Shelby.