No other pen travels in Smart company. No other pen writes like a Waterman's.
This vintage card seems to be a sort of advertisement for Waterman fountain pens. It shows a group of people looking at a man holding up his pen while they're on a train. It came with the below pretty stamps as well.
Konigsschlosser - Royal Castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau
This card is another of those cards where the country where the card was mailed from doe not at all match the picture. This card was mailed from Jacksonville, Florida in the US, but picture the famous Neuschwanstein castle in Germany. In the distance one can also make out a bit of Hohenschwangau Castle as well.
This rather odd political card comes from Ukraine around the beginning of the Russian take over of Crimea and eventual trouble in the rest of eastern Ukraine and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic games.
The figure in the card is Cheburashka a character from Soviet writer Eduard Uspensky's 1966 story and later a series of Soviet stop-motion films. The character offers bread in a Slavic welcoming gesture, but the character's face is covered in a leather-like zipped mask. The sender calls this card "black humor" and is "dedicated to Russia's aggression [to] my country."
This card features the following four stamps of a lighthouse, a train-car, a windmill, and a dance.
I love these old poster cards! The card came with these awesome old stamps. The stamps celebrate, from left to right, the Fifth World Forestry Congress, White Pine, and Indian art/ Heiltsuk, Bela Bella
This direct swap card comes from Zielona Gora, Poland. The card shows the town hall, an old city building, grapes, and the annual procession which ends the city's celebration. Included is this 5 PLN Zloty stamp and this excellent cancellation.
En itse pääse juhliisi, mutta lähetin hänet seuraksesi!
This card of a series of women (circa 1940s or 1950s ?) laying on a beach came with a very unusual and beautiful stamp as shown below. I believe that the card translate to something such as "I'm sorry I cannot make your party but I sent them to accompany you."
Robert Doisneau's Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Town Hall)
This is one of my favorite pictures . This "postcard" is actually just a photograph of the photo and the sender put stamps on it as if it was a postcard. It arrived well and safe and contained some cool stamps, including one for the Sochi 2014 Olympics.
This direct swap card with my friend Bryony from Wales is of Catherine, Duchess of Camrbdige, also/previously known as Catherine Middleton. I think this is technically my first card from Wales as well!
My 349th and 350th received cards came together, arriving on June 26, 2015!
The top card is of The Door-God, seen in many temples in Taiwan. They are believed to protect the temple. This card traveled 7,648 miles in 13 days from Tainan City, Taiwan sent by user anchi1997.
The second card is of Grand Duchess Marie Nikolaevna Romonov in a photo from 1910. She was one of the daughters of the Tsar Nicholas II the last Tsar of Imperial Russia. She was murdered at the age of 19 years old on July 18, 1918 in Yakatrinburg, Russia by Communist forces. She was murdered along with the the the rest of her family.
Notably, these cards arrived on June 26, 2015 and Marie Romonov was born on June 26, 1899 (old style, June 27th, new style). Considering that by the time I got the mail that day it was after midnight (and thus June 27th), I received this postcard of Grand Duchess Marie on what would have been her 116th birthday.
The card traveled for 4,991 miles from Moscow, Russia to the US in 19 days and was sent by Vodolej.
For the first 350 postcard received, those cards have traveled a total of 1,667,279 miles for an average of 4,763.65 miles-per-card with the cards coming from a total of 43 nations! The national breakdown of cards looks something like this:
This card was sent a number of years ago to our office by one of the attorneys in the office while he was on trip to Paris. He is also a fan of this blog and kindly suggested putting this card on Par Avion.
I figured this would be a wonderful card to show for Bastille Day.
This panoramic card of a small light house was a bit of a mystery as the Postcrossing sender forgot to include the above postcard ID code.
The postcard ID code is the code I put near the top of each and every official Postcrossing card blog post. In this case, the code is "DE-2929283". When you get a card via Postcrossing, you go to the website and register the card using that specific card ID.
If someone forgets to put the ID on the card, puts the incorrect ID on the card, or the card ID is damaged and unreadable, you can go to this website for unknown postcards. On the website, you can enter in all sorts of information about the ID-less card and the good people at Postcrossing will try to figure out which card you received.
In this case, I had the sender's name (Thomas), the date marked on the card (January 29, 2015), the country (Germany, from the stamp), and that the stamp cancel markings mentioned the German city of Koln (Colonge, in English), and of course a description of what the card looked like..
Within probably less than an hour, I received an email telling me what the correct postcard ID was for the card and I was able to register it.
This unusual postcard is an advertisement card for the Dutch tv show A'dam - E.V.A. The card is actually in the shape of the thought bubble. The Dutch words say "I can keep looking at you" (via googletranslate.)
This card was sent with a few others in an envelope.
This postcard comes from Germany, but the most interesting aspect is of what the sender wrote. The sender is a librarian who also is in the Guinness Book of World Records for her collection of mice and rats!