Sunday, August 31, 2014

Algeria


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Annaba, Algeria

This is my first card from Algeria as well as my first card ever received from the entire continent of Africa!  I received it on August 9, 2014.

Annaba is the fourth largest city in Algeria and on the Mediterranean coast, somewhat near the Algeria-Tunisia border.  The building in the distance with the clock tower appears to be the Annaba railway station. 

The card also came with this awesome stamp and cancellation.  The stamp is in honor of the Algerian national team making it to the 2014 World Cup.





Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ukraine


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From Nadya living in Odessa, Ukraine.  This card, with it's blue tint is beautiful.  In comments of the February-March 2014 Ukraine-Russia dispute, she mentions on the card "Who knows...maybe in the next year Odessa will be Russia... :(  "

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hong Kong


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A card called "working upwind and crossing tacks" from the Hong Kong Maritime museum.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pomegranate to Ukraine


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A direct swap sent to Postcrossing user Miracle_ aka Janette in  Donetsk, Ukraine back in April.  Since then, Janette has either changed her user name or quite Postcrossing.  The user name Miracle_ now appears to belong to someone in the city of Perm, Russia.

Incidently, today also marks the 1 year anniversary of my joining Postcrossing.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

USA - Arkansas


University of Arkansas Razorbacks

From my friend Jessica in Arkansas

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Turkey


Ankara, Turkey

Thanks to my friend at The Postcard Blog for sending me this and two other Turkish cards all at once!  



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Poland


Bielsko-Biala, 1914

That street is now 3 Maja Street (for the 3rd of May Polish Constitution)

Direct Swap from Anna


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Germany


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The Actor Ichiawa Ebizo IV in a Shibarau Role, 1796 by Utagawa Kunimasa. A rare non-postcard Postcrossing card.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

USA - California


Old Sacramento, creating the feel of the California Gold Rush.  Card thanks to Melissa!

Monday, August 18, 2014

France


A pin-up girl from Fanny in France.  She wanted to direct swap me to thank me for the card sent in US-2652248.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Germany


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Greetings from Berlin.  I believe at least some of these are images from the Berlin Wall.  The one of the Trabant car breaking through the Wall is one I've seen a number of places.  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gemany


From my friend Erika, while she was taking a study/work abroad in Germany.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

France


I am assuming I have this card the right way.  From Thalicious, the word is "Esperance" meaning "hope" in French and apparently is also shown in Arabic.  

The card also gives the African proverb:

Une vie sans espoir est irrespirable - Life without hope is unbreathable 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Poland


Warsaw, View of the Old Town.

My father actually got me a print of a very similar poster to this card on one of his last trip to Poland that I still need to get framed and hung up in my home.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Germany


Colonge, Germany

Thanks to my friend Diana for sending this from vacation a few years back.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

USA - Ohio


Starlight Over the Rhone by Vincent Van Gogh

I originally picked this and another postcard or so to hang in my first apartment in grad school.  

Saturday, August 9, 2014

USA - Florida


The Beaker's Resort, Palm Beach, Florida

A truly wonderful resort to stay at.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Czech Republic


Karlštejn Castle, Czech Republic

If you're in the Czech Republic near Prague, it is worth a drive up to this castle.  The large center tower acts almost as a keep where, if the castle was under attack, people could run to as a last line of defense.

The small village around the walk up to the castle was filled with quaint restaurants and store selling all sorts of things.  The only thing that ruined the time was one college-age-girl in our group spending an obscene amount of money to call their boyfriend back home and explaining that she didn't realize that the bar she went to the night before was a gay bar.  (Because, clearly, that's just what you want to hear about walking up to a castle dating back to the 1300s!)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

USA - Utah


I found this card in a small trove of small postcards my grandparents sent my father in 1971.  The image is of a marble copy of Dutch sculptor Bertel Thovaldson apparently in the Temple Square near the Visitors Center in Salt Lake City.

The message on the back of the card reads: 

Hi.  We are at the mormon Visitors Center.  The tours [?] are free + so are these cards.  The choir is having its rehersal now + we are going to go listen to them.  It's hot here.  95 [degrees Fahrenheit].

Ma + Pa

This card was written on August 5, 1971 and stamped on the 6th.  That would mean the card was mailed 43 years ago today!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Poland


Kolumna Zygmunta, Warsaw
[Sigismund's Column]

The monument commemorates King Sigismund III Vasa, who moved the capital of Poland to Warsaw from Kraków  in 1596.  The column sits in Castle Square and was badly damaged by the Germans during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944.

This card was sent by my father and mother to my paternal grandparents 41 years ago today on August 4, 1973.



USA - Idaho


From the card: 

Needle in Grand Canyon near Tower Fall, Yellowstone Park is similar to the rock spires nearby, which are responsible for the name of Tower Fall in Tower Creek near this point.  These names originated with the Washburn party of 1870.

I know I've said it before, but I love these kind of white border postcards.  Today is the first of a two-day special posting.  This and tomorrow's card both were found in a box at my grandmother's house and were mailed by my grandparents to my father in 1971.  

This card was dated on August 4, 1971 and postmarked on August 5th.  That would make this card 43 years old today.  The card was printed by Haynes Studios, Inc., of Bozeman, Montana.

The message on the back of the card:

We already used up 5 rolls of film.  Our motel tonight is across from Idaho state Univ.[ersity].  The campus is beautiful.  Yellowstone is beautiful.  The nights + mornings are cold + afternoons hot.
Ma + Pa

Sunday, August 3, 2014

USA - Illinois


A card of Maple Leaves at Mama, 1857, by Utagawa Hiroshige, from the Art Institute of Chicago.

I sent this card as a private swap to Fanny, in France.   

Friday, August 1, 2014

USA - Wisconsin / Poland


An ad card of Batalion "Burza", a Polish living history organization.  Their website, as on the reverse of the card, is www.baalionburza.com

Why this card today?  August 1, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, where the Polish Armia Krajowa (Home Army) and citizens of Warsaw rose up against their Nazi occupiers.  The Poles, attempting to liberate the capital, battled the Germans throughout the city from August 1 to October 2, 1944, while allied Soviet forces mostly waited on the other side of the river. 
  
Estimates range from 10,000 members of the AK were killed in action with 150,000 to 200,000 civilians killed.  Between the initial invasion of the country in 1939, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, and general planned German destruction of the city, 85% of Warsaw was destroyed by January 1945.