Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Spain


Throughout Spain , palaces mirror the grandeur and majesty of Spanish architecture.  Here, Sagovia's Alcazar castle appears like a mirage at the edge of a field of high grass.



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An arcade connects the entrance to the courtyard and outbuildings at the sprawling Baroque Hacienda Micones, an olive grower's estate near Seville.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Spain


Meticulously kept stables at the Cortigo San Andres, near Seville, are witness to the continuing tradition of horse training for which the area is known. 

Thus begins another week cataloging the Spanish postcards that my friend Mark gave me to put on the blog. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Soviet Union


Moscow

Buildings in Kalinin Avenue

The road has since be renamed New Arbat Avenue

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Soviet Union


Moscow

Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent

As of 2004, the Convent is now a UNESCO World Heritage site

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Soviet Union


Moscow

Presidium of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (former P. Demidov's Neskuchny Palace)



Monday, June 19, 2017

Soviet Union


Moscow

Ukraina Hotel skyscraper

The hotel still exists.  It is now the Radisson Royal Hotel and was originally commissioned by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.  It originally opened on May 25, 1957 and still for some purposes uses the older name Ukraina Hotel

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Poland


Warsaw, Freta Street

The church in the distance is the Church of the Holy Spirit.  During World War II the church was almost totally destroyed by the Germans.

Just on the left side of the postcard, where the pedestrians are on the sidewalk, is the birthplace and museum of Marie Curie.  The tall structure on the left side of the street just past the lamppost is Saint Hyacinth's Church.  During the Warsaw Uprising Saint Hyacinth's was used as a field hospital, making it a heavy target of German bombings.  Over 1,000 insurgents and civilians were killed there.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Poland


Warszawa - Palac Kultury I Nauki

The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw was originally named after Josef Stalin.  After Stalin's death and destalinization, the building had Stalin's name removed.  It currently houses many offices, theaters, museums, a large auditorium, shops, and a swimming pool.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Poland


Imperium kontratakuje  by Michal Ksiazek

A Polish film poster for the film The Empire Strikes Back

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

USA - Washington


Tree of Life

This card sold to benefit UNICEF is by the late Indonesian artist Iwan Tirta.  The card comes to me from my friend Valerie in Seattle, Washington.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Japan


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Impression, Sunrise - Claude Monet

While this card comes from Japan, the painting is located at the Musee Marmottan Monet in Paris

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Poland


Torun

The Statue of Nicholas Copernicus

Copernicus (Mikołaj Kopernik in Polish) was the Polish astronomer who formulated during the Renaissance a model of the solar system where the sun, not the Earth, was at the center.  Born in Torun, Poland, on February 19, 1473, he is probably the most famous resident of the city and is one of the most famous scientists and astronomers in Polish history.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Poland


Sw. Jan Pwel II

Saint Pope John Paul II (May 18, 1920 - Apr 02, 2005).born Karol Wojtyła, the first Polish Pope.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Soviet Union


Moscow

The old building of the V. I. Lenin State Library (former P. Pashkov's house) Architect V. Bazhenov

The building is now part of the Russian State Library (after the national library went through de-Leninization after the fall of communism.)  The building was previously the Rumyantsev Museum, the first public museum in Russia, but was closed down by the Soviets in the 1920s.



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Soviet Union


Moscow

The Arch of Triumph in Kutuzov Avenue (Sculptors I. Vitali, I. Timofeev, architect O. Bove)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Soviet Union


Moscow

Monument of M. I. Kutuzov in front of the Panorama Museum of the Battle of Borodino (Sculptor N. Tomsky, architect, L. Golubovsky)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Soviet Union


Moscow

Monument of V. I. Lenin in October Square (sculptors L. Kerbel, V. Fedorov, architects G. Makarevich, A. Samsonov)

I cannot find out if this statue is still standing.  The October Square however was apparently renamed "Revolutionary Square" since the fall of the Soviet Union.  This card is dated 1989, only a few years before the fall of the Soviet Union.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Poland


The Museum of Maria Sklodowska-Curie and Polish Chemical Society with temporary mural in Warsaw, Poland.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Canada


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Banff

Sources thermals - Upper Hots Springs de Banff

This card was issued to celebrate the 150th birthday of Canada!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Poland


Rzeszow

The main image of this card is 3rd of May Street.  Naming streets after that date in Poland seems to be fairly popular since it references the 3 May Polish Constitution of 1791.  It was the second ever written constitution in the world, after the American one.

I will point out that when I bought my Rzeszow postcards, the shopkeeper was so excited that I was buying them that she gave me this one free.  Her store was located on this street but was moving to a different location in a few weeks.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Poland


Torun

The pictures according to the card are of the following: the Monument of Copernicus, Cathederal of St. Johns, Bridge Gate, The Leaning Tower, Raftsman Fountain and The Artus Courthouse, Filus - the dog statue, The Artus Courthouse, Panorama of the city.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Poland


Rzeszow

The city of Rzeszow is the capital of the Subcarpatian Provence or, in Polish, Podkarpackie Voivodeship.  This card shows the modern Hotel Rzeszow (the tall building in the background) which is actually connected to and sort-of a part of the Galeria Rzeszow shopping center.  The iconic monument in for foreground is the communist-era Monument to the Revolutionary Action.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

United Kingdom


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The Rose, 1592

This card of Shakespeare's globe (The Rose 1592) is a card based on the issuance of a 1995 stamp designed by C. Walter Hodges.  The card comes form Swansea, Wales.  I was the 15th state that the card was sent to.

Romania


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Hunedoara Romania

The photo depicts Corgin's Castle which the user says is considered the largest fortified castle in Europe.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Poland


Fryderyk Chopin in house dress by Teofil Kwitkowski (after 1849), in the collection of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum, Warsaw.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

USA - Nevada


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The Library.  It's a classic. 

This card was made by the user's local library around Las Vegas, Nevada after it on the 2014 National Medical for Museum and Library Service.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

USA - Florida


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Shakespeare Plays

Armado: Warble, child; make passionate my sense of hearing.
Moth: Concolinel, [Singing.]
Armado: Sweet air!  Go, tenderness of years; take this key, give enlargement to the swain, bring him festiately hither: I must employ him a letter to my love

Illustration by Normal Wilkinson of Four Oaks from Love's Labour's Lost, Players' Shakespeare series, 1924.

Today marks the anniversary of Shakespeare's birth (and also his death.)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Soviet Union


Moscow

The Exhibition of National Economic Achievements of the USSR.  The Fountain of People's Friendship.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Soviet Union


Moscow

Gorky Street

The street has since been renamed "Tverskaya Street" since the end of the Soviet Union.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Soviet Union


Moscow

In the late 1980s or early 1990s, my aunt went to the Soviet Union and brought back a packet of postcards that she never sent out.  I have 18 or so postcards from this period and I thought I'd share them one week at a time. 

This card shows The Russian Federation Council of Ministers and Council for Economic Assistance.  The white building is the "Russian White House" which was heavily damaged and partly burned during the 1993 coup attempt.  

Friday, April 14, 2017

Poland


Warsazawa - Pomnik Fryderyka Chopina

The Monument to Frédéric Chopin, Polish composer, in Warsaw's Łazienki Park.

The original statue was destroyed by the Germans during the World War II occupation of Warsaw, but was recast after the war from the original mold.  It was one of the first signs of Polish culture that the German's targeted for destruction.  Legend has it that the day afterword a sign appeared where the statue had stood saying  "I don’t know who destroyed me, but I know why: so that I won’t play the funeral march for your leader."[

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Poland


Torun - Grod Mikolaja Kopernika

The City of Nicholas Copernicus

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Poland


Łańcut

Łańcut, pronounced "wein-soot" in southern Poland in the Subcarpathian area of Poland.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017