Thursday, December 31, 2015

USA - New York

New York

View of Freedom Tower and Lower Manhattan

This card is from my friend Melissa. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

USA - Illinois

Boulevard de Strasbourg (Corsets), 1912 - Jean-Eugene-Auguste Atget (French, 1857-1927)

This photograph by the French artist Eugene Atget is housed at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Merlion, Singapore
A beautiful sunset view of the national iconic symbol of Singapore.

This is my first card from Singapore, but it isn't a postcrossing card.  This was sent by my little niece Evy when her and her family were visiting friends on Singapore in the summer of 2015.  

More can be read about the Merlion here.

Monday, December 28, 2015

USA - Washington

Arbre couche (detail) by Chaim Soutine (1893-1943)

This card was sent by my friend Val from Seattle.  The artwork is in the Musee de l;Orangerie in Paris.

Sunday, December 27, 2015



Maria Montez

This postcard from Spain is of the actress Maria Montez (6 June 1912 – 7 September 1951).  Originally named María Africa García Vidal de Santo Silas, she was born in the present day Dominican Republic and has an airport named after her in Barahona, Dominican Republic.

Saturday, December 26, 2015


Soyez tendre avec la terre

This card, of a panda comes from my friend Kate who lives in "SwitzerFrance."  It has on it a quote of the Dalai lama, "Be gentle with the Earth."

Friday, December 25, 2015



"Winterabend" by Thomas Kahlau

This card of a snowman amid a series of houses came from Germany last holiday season.  It included this friendly-drawn snowman on the reverse side.

Thursday, December 24, 2015


This awesome card of a cat coming out of a purple box with red ribbon amid snowflakes was a Christmas postcard sent to me from my Finish friend Jenni last Christmas.  It came with this below stamp.  I believe the card is by illustrated Sari Airola.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

USA - Washington


This card from the Museum of History & Industry in Seattle, Washington was sent by my postcrossing friends Chanele, Val, Shelby, and their friends.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015



Sri Channakeshara Temple

The temple has been proposed to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was built near Belur.

Monday, December 21, 2015


Glimpse of the Underworld
Christian Vizl (Mexico) [photographer]
Plants and fungi, winner - 50 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

This card is by my friend Kate.  Kate is a Canadian who works at CERN in Switzerland.  (yes, that CERN!)

This card was sent in the winter of 2014-2015 when she was back in Canada on the card she says, "Here's a relaxing tropical scene to take your mind off winter!"  

The card's image is of water lilies and fish in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.  

Sunday, December 20, 2015



The card features a personally made card from user barecadi who are 9 and 5 years old.  A number of their cards appear to be hand drawn.  I think this one is of a reindeer.  This was the first card that they had ever sent which was registered on Postcrossing.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015



The Tomb of Confucius

This card was sent from Handan, China.

Thursday, December 17, 2015


Sofia - St. Alexander Nevski Memorial Church

This church is located in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria.  The church is one of the main tourist attractions of Sofia and is the second largest Orthodox cathedral in the Balkans.   

Wednesday, December 16, 2015



Cats, 1850 by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)




This card features the Novosibirsk Main Railways Station and the Ob River.  This card was this Postcrossing user's second card that she sent.  Novosibirsk is the most populous city in Siberia or Asian Russia.  It is actually the third largest city in all of Russia (after Moscow and Saint Petersburg).   

Tuesday, December 15, 2015



This card is of a photo that the Postcrosser herself took of Herz-Jesu-Kirche in Freiburg im Breisgau!

Monday, December 14, 2015



Vacuum cleaner? Why? Here and so clean.

At least that is what Google Translate says this says.  The card is of a black cat who seems to have shed quite a bit of fur and is annoyed that presumably her human will be vacuuming.  (Cats seem to all hate the dreaded Vacuum!)  

Apparently this postcard is one in a series by Russian artist Margarita Zhuravlevoy.  For a bit more about her and for photos of the other photos in the series, check out the this link.  It is in Russian, but using Google translate you can read it in English (or presumably any other language).

Sunday, December 13, 2015



Dikke Kus

This card is actually a folded greeting card rather than a postcard.  Inside it features Dutch words such as Vlag (flag), koffie (coffee), kat (cat), and tulpen (tulip).  This was one of only two cards that this user indiexx sent.  She seems to have lost interest and never registered any cards.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015



Gerhard, the rooster.

According to the sender, this card shows a photo of their local rooster, Gerhard.  The card was sent from Herne, Germany.

Thursday, December 10, 2015



Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre

This beautiful card is of the Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre, located in Perm, Russia near the Ural Mountains.  All of Tchaikovsky's operas and ballets are in the theater's repertoire.  Perm actually was called "Molotov" between the years of 1940 through 1957.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

United Kingdom


This direct swap card from my Welsh friend Bryony is of Clytha Hill, near Abergaenny, Wales.  I love the beautiful purple color of the plants on the hillside!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015



Tyumen, Russia.

This card depcits a street in the early 20th century of Tyumen, Russia's first outpost in Siberia, established in 1586.

Olga, the send, is also one of the few people to mention that my postcrossing user name (tediousandbrief) is a reference to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Merry and tragical! tedious and brief! 
   That is, hot ice and wondrous strange snow. 
    How shall we find the concord of this discord? 

-William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream 
- Act V, Scene 1, lines 58-60

Monday, December 7, 2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015



A card celebrating the 400th year Romonov Dynasty of Russia.  Photographed is Tsar Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia, his wife, and their five children ( Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei).  

This would mean that the photo was from around 1913.  The entire family was brutally murdered by Bolshevik forces on July 17, 1918 near Yekaterinburg.  

Saturday, December 5, 2015



Russian Letter B

This postcard features a drawn letter "B" from the alphabet.  The card is one of only two postcards that user timmmi has sent from Postcrossing.



Fun Taiwan

This card of Taiwan includes on the back how to write my first name, "Chicago," the word "cat," and the statement "Failure is the mother of success" in Chinese on the back!

Friday, December 4, 2015




This card shows various parts of the city Gliwice located in southern Poland.

Thursday, December 3, 2015




This card of Katowice, Poland was sent from Estonia.  

Wednesday, December 2, 2015




This card of Gorlice, Poland in southern Poland was sent from Estonia.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015



Husky Dog Safari

This card from Estonia is one of three cards that this user sent me!  

Monday, November 30, 2015



Russian Empire

This card came along with these wonderful stamps inclduing a stamp of Soviet/Russian soprano opera singer Galina Vishnevskaya

Sunday, November 29, 2015




This card is my first official Postcrossing card from Slovakia.  During much of the 20th Century, Slovakia was part of Czechoslovakia.  Prešov is the third largest city in the country.

The sender of the card remarks that if you followed the street down past the arch you would come to where they attended high school.

Friday, November 27, 2015




Palacio da Pena, Sintra, Portugal

The Pena national Palace is located near the Portugese capital of Lisbon and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal!

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

This card, sent by my Turkish friend Leslie, is of the creator of the modern Turkish state, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (May 9 1881 ?  – November 10, 1938)

She jokes in the card "and here I was thinking that puppies made everyone happy!!"  

Wednesday, November 25, 2015



Ich liebe meine matratze.

There are a few things going on in this card.  First, it is an advertisement card (or "ad card" for short).  It is an ad for a German mattress company called Matratzen Direct.  Hence the writing on the front "Ich liebe meine Matratze" or, in English "I love my mattress!"  

But this card doesn't just show a mattress.  It shows a man and a women (presumably topless or naked under the sheets).  

According to the sender of the postcard, there is another, more hidden double-entendre/word play going on with this card.  According to the sender, "Now, a mattress is also a girl with very much intercourse (to sleep on her)."   

Whoever said postcards weren't educational?!  You get to learn how German slang, though apparently it also is English slang dated to at least 2004 according to Urban Dictionary which gives the definition: "A sexually available girl who has many partners."

Tuesday, November 24, 2015



This postcard of a painting of a pin up girl with setting down to a bright summer's picnic with a dog is really quite lovely, and makes me wish for the warmer days of summer.

Monday, November 23, 2015



Romanovs: Emperor Nikolay II with the heir czarevich Alexey.

I love this card for a few reasons.  I love royalty cards.  I had studied Tsar Nicholas II in some of my history classes in university.  The user also put a mark on the card thanking (in Russian and English) " Thanks Mr. Postman!"  The card also comes from Yekaterinburg, the city where Tsar Nicholas, the last Tsar, and his family were murdered.  

Plus, this card was my first card with the Russian Official Postcrossing stamp view-able below on the left-hand side of the below picture.

Saturday, November 21, 2015



The Office of the President, 1975-1980

This card is of a painting housed at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.  The building was built in 1919 by the Japanese according to the Postcrosser.  

Friday, November 20, 2015



Grüße aus Schwanstetten

This card comes from Schwanstetten, Germany.  It is actually this Postcrosser's first ever postcard sent!  That's always a wonderful thing to read in a postcard!  

The card also comes with these wonderful stamps.  This stamps of Panoramic Dresden, Germany.