Friday, September 30, 2016

USA - Ohio


Waves Breaking - Claude Money, fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

Thursday, September 29, 2016

USA - Oregon

Smith Family Bookstores

My friend Val sent me this card from Eugene, Oregon, recalling that it had massive stacks of books and was a great place to get lost in.  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016



This direct swap card from my friend Natalie on Postcrossing features a poster of two polish food items, wódka i śledzik, or vodka and herring.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

USA - Indiana

Old Country Store, Nashville, Indiana

This card is of and from the Old Country Store in the small town of Nashville.  Nashville is a small town (estimated about 1000 people) near Bloomington (best known as the home of Indiana University).  

The town is a small tourist destination including a number of stores and an artist colony.   

This mall of pictures are most portraits of inhabitants from the 1800s and early 1900s from the Nashville/Brown County area.  I remember going here as a child and always remembered the wall of photographs you can see here.  The Old Country Store is also in the same building as the Nashville House Restaurant.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

USA - Illinois

Crolan the Irish Bard, c. 1844 - James Christopher Timbrell (Irish, 1807-1850)

The subject of this painting and postcard is Turlough O'Carolan, the blind harpist at the center of the photo.  This painting was on display in Chicago at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014 for an exhibit on Irish Art.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

USA - Illinois

Self-Portrait with Cigarette, 1895 - Edvard Munch

This painting was part of an exhibit on Edvard Munch (probably best known as the painter of the painting The Scream) at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016



Wiener Cafes

This card highlights the coffee cafe culture in Vienna, Austria.  The card was sent at a Postcrossing meet up on January 10, 2016.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Last Passage Through Miraflores Locks of Queen Elizabeth II, April, 2008

Thanks to my friend Val for sending me this wonderful card of the QE2 from Panama!  This was my first card from the central American country!

Monday, September 19, 2016


July: Specimen of a Portrait, c.1878 by James Tissot

This card was one of my favorite paintings at the 2014 Art Institute of Chicago special exhibit on Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity.  The painting is normally held by the Cleveland Museum of Art.

This card is also one of the postcards that I've sent the most and has, sadly, been lost the most in the mail; however this particular postcard is special....because of where it was posted:

That's right...this card was sent from the USAF McMurdo Base in Antarctica.  I saw a message on Postcrossing in late 2015 saying that someone was going to Antarctica on a research trip and wanted to take mail to have it stamped and mailed from Antarctica.  

The sender included a link to their research experiment which you can check out here about Weddel Seals in the Ross Sea.  Thank you very much!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

USA - Illinois

The Millinery Shop, 1879/86 - Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)

This card is the the above listed painting.  The painting is house at the Art Institute of Chicago.  There is some discrepancy as to whether the women pictured is meant to be a worker in the shop or a customer due to her brassy buckle around her dress. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

USA - Washington



This card features a view of Seahawks Stadium and the skyline of Seattle.  Unlike most of my Seattle cards, this one is an actually postcrossing card and not one sent from my friend Val or Chanele who live/lived in Seattle!

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Glud Museum

This card came from a direct swap from Hans who is a fan of the blog!  The Glud Museum houses 14 old farms and houses presenting rural life in Denmark from 1650 through 1950.  

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

San Marino

San Marino

San Marino is a very small republic located in the middle of Italy which claims to be the oldest surviving sovereign state in Europe.    

Special thanks to the Tourist Office of San Marino for sending me this card.  San Marino is a very small country (population under 33,000 people) and only 3 cards have ever been sent on Postcrossing from the country. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


A postcard of old Paris circa 1635.  

This was a very old card that my friend Diana gave me after her trip to France last year.  The card is unused.

Monday, September 12, 2016



Lviv, Open to the World

A photo of a street preformer

Sunday, September 11, 2016

USA - Illinois

Scene from the Steeplechase: The Fallen Jockey, 1866 - Edgar Degas

Saturday, September 10, 2016



This card comes from a penpal living in Sweden.  Småland is a county in southern Sweden.

Friday, September 9, 2016

USA - Washington

Powell's Books - Used & New Books

This card comes from my friend Val.  It is of Powell's City of Books in Portalnd Oregon.  Powell's is the largest independent bookstore in the world with seven locations and a website

Thursday, September 8, 2016


Jamaica, Land we Love

This card of the Jamaican flag comes from my friend Val when she was on a cruise.  The card says:

The Jamaican Flag, "The sun shineth the land is green and the people are strong" is the symbolism of the colors of the flag.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016



Ciechocinek is a spa town in Poland.  This card is from my friend Sara in Poland.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

USA - Indiana

The Slayter Center at Purdue University.  The center was designed with acustics in mind and is located on Slayter Hill which is often used in the late spring through early fall for sunbathing.  

Monday, September 5, 2016

USA - Texas

The University of Texas at Austin

This image is a photo of the UT Tower taken after the 2006 National Championship.  This card comes from my friend Canele on one of her visits back to Texas, mailed on Christmas Eve 2015.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

USA - Illinois

Summer Night's Dream: The Voice, 1893 - Edvard Munch

This painting was on loan to the Art Institute of Chicago for the exhibit Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth  in 2009.

Saturday, September 3, 2016




This card from Poland is of the Beskids (Beskidy, in Polish) portion of the Carpathians going from the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

Friday, September 2, 2016

USA - Indiana

Amur (Siberian Tigers) - Motherly Love

Tigers at the Indianapolis Zoo

Thursday, September 1, 2016



This cute card of a cat wearing glasses looking at a cartoon of a woman.