This card was one of three cards mailed at the same time for the above postcrossing card number. The card, by finish artist Albert Edelfelt, shows sailors on board a ship while it is docked in the Danish capital of Copenhagen.
This is a postcard of a display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The image shows two mannequins holding a German or East German flag as one stands atop four pieces of the Berlin Wall and the other one stands atop a Trabant.
The display is meant to represent the end of the museum's Cold War exhibit and, according to the card "serves as a tangible reminder of the triumph of democracy and freedom over communism."
Ever since learning about the Trabant cars, I've loved them, despite all of their faults (such as being slow, poorly constructed, etc.)
Oddly, this exhibit has only been on display one or two times that I've been at the museum.
This card of Stonehenge is among the quickest cards I've seen mailed. It took only 5 days for the card to arrive, though less when you consider that the sender took a day before he mailed it! It also comes with these lovely stamps on the back, too!
One card in a packet of 100 cards for $15.00 from Pomegranate, this card of the late movie star James Dean was sent to the capital of the Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic is a small nation of just under 10.5 million people, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti in the Caribbean Sea.
From a Postcrossing community perspective, the Dominican Republic is a very rare country. The nation has only 53 Postcrossers and the cards which are sent from there are still in the low 4-digit range. The top user, has only sent out 150 cards, and has been inactive in 3 years!
The user was active about a month ago, so it could just be that she hasn't received any new cards and that my card may still show up. This would have been my first card either received from or sent to the Dominican Republic.
This postcard is missing. Please check your mailbox.
This awesome card of an orange and white cat came from Ireland, traveling very quickly to get to me in only 5 days time! It also had some awesome stamps, including an awesome stamp of a British Shorthair cat as well!
This card is a bit of a mystery to me. It was mailed to me by someone in Postcrossing and I suspect it may have been one of 3 cards mailed in the above official postcrossing card in an envelope. I can recall what the other two cards were fairly easily, but the third one escapes me. Due to circumstances and the process of elimination, I'm pretty sure that the third one was this one.
This would be odd since the card is of Vilnius, Lithuania..which isn't Finland. The card is blank, but lists the image as "The office building". The card itself seems to have a date of 1990 on it, so it may predate the fall of the Soviet Union by about a year or so.
Villeneuve-la-Garenne, 1872by Alfred Sisley (1839-1899) (with additions)
This card of the above listed painting had some slight "additions" by the card sender; namely the monocle dinosaur wearing a top hat and walking stick. The sender said that she "always thought this painting lacks something...something dadaism!"
The original painting, without the prehistoric Mr. Peanut, is housed in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
This card was sent by a a Russia who got it in a visit in Yalta. The card shows Nicholas II, last Tsar of Russia and his family. I've always been fascinated with the Last Tsar and his family, so this was an awesome card to get in the mail!
Old postcards are awesome. Not only are they fun to look at (this style of postcard with the white edging is a particular favorite of mine and apparently dates from around World War I to 1930 or so.
The other thing about older postcards that is awesome is that they show a small glimpse of some else's life a long time ago.
This postcard was sent on April 7, 1930, so 85 years ago today. The back of this postcard can be seen below. The card's printed advertisement for the hotel reads:
Absolute Fireproof. European Plan 200 Rooms Each With Individual Bath. Located Nearer Than Anything to Everything on Atlanta's Most Famous Thoroughfare
By the way, recall that the hotel is advertised as "Absolute Fireproof." I'll be getting back to that. This signed message on the card reads:
April 7/ 30
Arrived at Atlanta 6:00 PM. We are stopping at the hotel shown on the other side.
Your father, A. F. Linn [?]
and the card is addressed to a Frank H. Linn of 511 Park Place in Springfield, Ohio.
Literally, this postcard was a quick message to his son back home that he had arrived at his hotel in Atlanta.
With older cards, I like to do some quick internet searches out of curiosity about the sender and receiver. This can be difficult since people do move around quite a bit, but considering that the year this card was sent was 1930 and that year was a US Census year, it is a bit easier to find this out.
The sender A.F. Linn was likely Alvan F. Linn, born September 23, 1864 during the US Civil War. He was apparently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins and then an instructor of Chemistry at Wittenburg College in Springfield, Ohio.* In 1922 he was also the Registrar.** He passed away less than ten years after sending this card on May 8, 1939
It looks like the receiver, Frank H. Linn was born on or around August 31, 1897, making him about 32 when this card was sent. He sadly passed away in April of 1974 according to web-searches.
The address of the card, 511 Park Place in Springfield, Ohio appears to possibly still exist and looks as if it is owned by Wittenburg University.
The subject of the front of the card is the Hotel Winecoff in Atlanta (originally opened in 1913). It current is called The Ellis Hotel (since circa 2007) and is listed on National Register of Historic Places in the US.
Seventeen years after this postcard was sent, the Hotel Winecoff was the sight of the deadliest hotel fire in US history. On December 7, 1946, a fire in the hotel killed 119 people of the 304 hotel guests.
I purchased this vintage card from an online seller located in Ohio.
*: The Johns Hopkins University Circular, vol. VIII- No. 68, Baltimore, November 1888, page 7 [link]
**:Patterson's American Educational Directory, Vol. 19, 1922 [link]
This card, from my friend Val sent on her trip to Paris, shows the view under the Eiffel Tower. The painting, by G. Roux is entitled Fête de nuit à l'Exposition universelle de 1889, and is housed at the Carnavalet Museum, Paris.
This card, from the UK, shows a 1940 poster. The man on the right side of the card is running back to the double decker bus. He is saying "Stop! Stop!! I forgot to put my ticket in your litter box!!!" The small packet next to the ticket agent says "used tickets".
This card, a direct swap from my friend Patrycja. It is from the small city of Krynica Morska in the very north of Poland. The card is a bit out of focus since the card includes a plastic bubble in the card containing small bits of amber.
It also had this awesome stamp on the card's envelope of Disney characters, including Tinkerbell.