This card, showing a photo of three cats, is comes from Russia. It also came with some interesting stamps along with a very interesting Par Avion/By Air Mail stamp with Arabic-looking script and no Cyrillic.
Purchased at one of my favorite postcard stores, Von's Books located in West Lafayette, Indiana, this card of a sunset reflected on an Indiana lake was sent to Minsk, Belarus. I sadly don't have another of this card to check if the card says which lake is featured in the photograph.
Minsk, the city that the card was sent to, dates back to 1067 A.D. and is the capital city of the Republic of Belarus. The country only became independent in the early 1990s with the fall of the Soviet Union and borders Poland, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia. Belarus is one of the most prolific Postcrossing nations ranking 6th (March 11, 2015) behind only Germany, Russia, the US, the Netherlands, and Finland in the number of postcards sent.
Belarus and Minsk in particular have been in the news lately due to peace talks taking place there in regards the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
The Postcrossing user, Katerina, has been active recently. Belarus sometimes is known to have one of the longer travel times for postcards of the top 10 countries (along with Russia and China), so it is possible that this card is just taking a bit longer to arrive than normal.
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Valerie, one of my friends who first got me involved in Postcrossing had requested a card from the Intercontinental Hotel in Bucharest. I found this card (probably dating from the 1970s or early 1980s, on ebay and sent it to her. She seemed really excited to receive it.
This beautiful Polish card features images of two men and a women in traditional dress on a wagon pulled by two horses. I love these kinds of cards. The card came with old Polish stamps. One of them is of 1959 Soviet spacecraft and then of Polish communist leader Bolesław Bierut. The one of Bierut was originally for 35 Zloty but overprinted to the amount of 45 Grosz. Grosz is the subunit of the Zloty.
That is what the translation of the card is. This is one of the stranger cards I've come across and both the sender and I are of the mind that we'd never actually send this card to someone as a form of an apology!
A private swap from Poland of Polish Folklore. This card shows various regions of traditional Polish costumes. I got this card back in an envelope, but the sender included old Polish stamps on the card.
This card comes from my friend Kate on Livejournal. The card shows The Aran Islands, County galway in the Republic of Ireland. The islands are known for their tourism and for the Aran Sweater or "jumper".
This card comes from one of my favorite art exhibits, the Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity exhibit in 2013 at the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibit featured not only Impressionism paintings, but also articles of clothing like those in the paintings and from that period.
This white day dress is an American design, made of white cotton pique embroidered with black soutache and is part of the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
The Postcrossing user, Vanessa, hasn't been online in about two months, so it is possible that the card arrived and she just left Postcrossing without bothering to register the remaining cards she has received. Considering the US/Germany mail turnaround seems to be one of the quickest (often taking less than two weeks for cards to arrive), it is possible that this card arrived in mid-to-late January and just never was registered.
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One year ago at this minute, the Par Avion Postcard blog went active publishing our, a simple postcard from Canada stating, quite simply one very apt word: Hello.
Since that one card we've featured postcards sent from all over the world including at least one card sent from six of the seven continents (pesky Antarctica with their tiny population of postcard senders remains understandably elusive!)
I hope everyone has been enjoying these daily posts. Featuring one (or on rare occasion two) postcards lets each postcard send a bit of time in the spotlight with each card being, of course, a tiny conversation between two often random people. In the next year, I'll try to include more of the unusual stamps that sometime are on the reverse of the cards.
Should anyone have any comments, requests, questions, or suggestions on how to improve Par Avion, feel free to comment them.
This structure is an aerial view of the National museum of the United States Air Force located in Dayton, Ohio. The three long buildings are hangers housing exhibits and tons of aircraft throughout the history of aviation in the United States. The small building at the end of the larger ones is a building housing missles and some space-related exhibits. The museum is set to be enlarged in the near future.
This was a direct swap card from Ukraine. The card is of a butterfly balancing on a teaspoon which is in the top of six stacked coffee cups.
The back of the card only tells me that it was mailed from Ukraine (via the stamps) and that it was mailed on or about April 27, 2014. Notably, the card arrived months later in July. The senders name is unreadable due to post-office printing, but the card is surrounded by a border of different colored stars (see below) and a small blue and yellow Ukrainian flag.
Originally I wasn't sure if this was an official card from postcrossing or a direct swap card. The card mentions my asking for the person to mention what the writing on her avatar's helmet said. The Postcrossing user had a patriotic Ukranian icon with writing on the helmet. The writing, in translation, she tells me said "For the honor of Ukraine" with a response of "for the honor of heroes!"
The Postcrossing user who sent this card was Miracle_, who was previously mentioned in this post as the person I sent the card of Marilyn Monroe to. She lived in Donetsk, Ukraine, a city which was claimed by Russian "separatist". It appears that Jeannine has either left postcrossing or changed her profile name as the profile last seen with that username is of a Russian near Perm, Russia.
This card is from Oregon (and my first card, I think, from that state. The card shows something from the other side of the US: a reproduction of a recruitment poster from the Civil War trying to get soldiers for the Tenth Vermont Regiment.
The original broadsheet apparently is housed in the Library of Congress.
This card shows Hong Kong "then and now." The card reads that the photo was "taken from the Waterfront apartments above Kowloon station this view contrasts strikingly with the oil painting of Hong Kong made in about 1865.